“XIV. Anne’s Meditation”, James Whitbourn’s Annelies
Renowned for her pure, luminous, rich soprano, persuasive performances, and dramatic ability, Arianna Zukerman is considered one of the première vocal artists of her generation. An international artist known for concert and opera performances, Ms. Zukerman is also an avid chamber musician and regularly collaborates with some of today’s foremost chamber players. The Washington Post says: “Arianna Zukerman possesses a remarkable voice that combines the range, warmth and facility of a Rossini mezzo with shimmering, round high notes and exquisite pianissimos that would make any soprano jealous.” This season, Ms. Zukerman sings Verdi’s Requiem with Southern Arizona Symphony and with True Concord, sings Despina in Così fan tutte in concert with National Philharmonic, sings the Mozart Mass in C-minor with the Richmond Symphony, opens the season with a vocal chamber music concert for Classics on Hudson in Hudson, NY, and performs again in Hours of Freedom, a multimedia concert drama for the Defiant Requiem Foundation.
Ms. Zukerman is the featured soloist on the critically acclaimed, GRAMMY® nominated 2013 Naxos recording of James Whitbourn’s oratorio, Annelies: the first major choral setting of The Diary of Anne Frank. The Guardian (UK) praised her performance on the CD, stating, “Arianna Zukerman sings with subdued beauty.” She sings the work often including performances in Dallas, TX, Cleveland, OH, Jona-Rapperswill, Switzerland, and, notably, the New York City première of the work at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center in Spring of 2014. She also sang the piece with the Lincoln Trio, clarinetist Bharat Chandra, and The Chicago Children’s Choir, Josephine Lee conducting, at Chicago’s Harris Theatre (presented under the auspices of the US Holocaust Museum’s 20th anniversary year).
Ms. Zukerman’s extensive career includes performances with an impressive group of conductors including James Levine, Charles Dutoit, Leonard Slatkin, Lorin Maazel, Ivor Bolton, Constantine Orbelian, Julian Wachner, Jane Glover, Lawrence Foster, Rossen Milanov, Marin Alsop, Pinchas Zukerman, Jose Luis Gomez, and Andrew Litton. She has worked with major orchestras worldwide, including the orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Minnesota, Dallas, Colorado, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia, the Rochester Philharmonic and National Arts Centre Orchestra in North America, and with the English String Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic (UK), the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra abroad. Among the opera companies with which she has performed are the New York City Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Arizona Opera, the Berkshire Opera Company, and the Castleton Festival. In her chamber music collaborations, she has worked with such esteemed artists as violinist Daniel Hope; pianists Benjamin Hochman, Ken Noda, Navah Perlman, Joy Schreier, Giovanni Reggioli and Brian Zeger; clarinetists Bharat Chandra, Alex Fiterstein, Patrick Messina, and Anthony McGill; flutist Eugenia Zukerman; the Miami String Quartet; and The Lincoln Trio.
Arianna Zukerman was born in New York City into a musical family. Her father is violinist/violist/conductor Pinchas Zukerman; her mother is flutist, writer and arts broadcaster, Eugenia Zukerman; and her sister Natalia Zukerman is an accomplished singer/songwriter. In addition to her busy performing schedule Ms. Zukerman is the Chair of Vocal Studies at the Wintergreen Music Festival and Academy and is the Festival’s Advisor for Vocal Programming. She also serves on the faculty of the Potomac Vocal Institute and the faculty of Bel Canto in Tuscany in Greve in Chianti. She served on the faculty at the Catholic University of America teaching Vocal Performance and Musical Theatre from 2008 – 2017 and on the faculty of the University of Maryland for the fall semester of 2016 for Delores Ziegler who was on sabbatical. Ms. Zukerman has taught private voice lessons in New York City and Washington, DC since 2001 and gives master classes internationally.
A past recipient of the Sullivan Foundation Award, Ms. Zukerman was a member of the Bavarian State Opera’s Junges Ensemble. She studied theatre at Brown University and received her Bachelor of Music from the Juilliard School. She resides with her family in Greater Washington, DC.