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Harolyn Blackwell


Harolyn Blackwell, Soprano

"With a voice ‘spun of pure 24 Karat Gold," British soprano Alison Buchanan has thrilled audiences in her performances with the opera companies of the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, San Francisco, Los Angeles (singing Nedda in I Pagliacci with Placido Domingo), New York City, Philadelphia, Michigan, Chicago, Sedieres Festival (France), and Wexford. Ms. Buchanan has also collaborated with Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Colin Davis, Donald Runnicles, and David Robertson, and appeared with the Royal Philharmonic, Philippines Philharmonic, London Symphony, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Israel Kibbutz Orchestra, and Boston Symphony, among others. Her acclaimed performances of Britten’s Peter Grimes under Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony has been recorded. She has appeared in recital and concert at Carnegie Hall, Sadlers Wells, and Wigmore Halls, and is a collaborator with the Ritz Chamber Players. She received accolades for her performances as Serena in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess throughout Europe with New York Harlem Productions. A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music in London, and Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, she is the winner of the Kathleen Ferrier, Luciano Pavarotti, Washington International, and Maggie Teyte International competitions. This evening marks Ms. Buchanan’s Kennedy Center Debut.

Watch Past Performances

Video 2/25/2015: Apollo Orchestra with Harolyn Blackwell

The D.C. group presents Dance Music of the Americas, featuring Ginastera, Copland, Stravinsky, and Arturo Márquez. The program also features Metropolitan Opera soprano Harolyn Blackwell as guest soloist in the orchestral premiere of excerpts from Ricky Ian Gordon’s Genius Child, and in the spiritual “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to 2 tickets per person.

Harolyn Blackwell