Mezzo-soprano Blythe Gaissert has established herself as one of the preeminent interpreters of some of the brightest stars of new classical music. A true singing actress, she has received critical acclaim for her interpretations of both new and traditional repertoire in opera, concert, and chamber repertoire. “Gaissert gave a dramatically powerful, vocally stunning portrait of a woman growing increasingly desperate and delusional from lack of contact with the outer world. Gaissert’s development of Loats’s personality was utterly believable, and she gave a virtuoso performance of this very challenging music.” (Arlo McKinnon, Opera News for The Echo Drift) Gaissert is known for her warm tone, powerful stage presence, and impeccable musicianship and technical prowess. “Mezzo-soprano Blythe Gaissert was impossible to ignore…She has a pure, powerful and appealing voice and a forceful stage presence to match.” (Denver Post)
In the 2018-19 season, Ms. Gaissert created the role of Georgia O’Keefe in Today it Rains with San Francisco’s Opera Parallele and American Opera Projects, the world premiere of the third opera by the highly acclaimed and record-setting team of As One: Laura Kaminsky, Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed. She also reprised her role as Hannah After in her 6th production of As One with New York City Opera/American Opera Projects, sang Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with both the Buffalo Symphony and Sarasota Orchestra, and performed a workshop performance of Laura Kaminsky’s fourth opera, also with librettist Kimberly Reed, Postville: Hometown to the World with Opera Fusion: New Works in conjunction with Cincinnati Opera and her alma mater Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Recent engagements include Berio’s Folk Songs and Siegrunue in Die Walküre with the Dallas Symphony, and Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ with the Orquesta Sinfónica y Coro RTVE, conducted by Miguel Harth-Bedoya. Upcoming engagements include Hannah After As One with Opera Idaho, New York City Opera, Opera Memphis and Opera Columbus, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Fort Worth Symphony and Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel with San Diego Opera.
Previous engagements include Carmen, Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, Siegrune in Die Walküre, Lucretia in The Rape of Lucretia, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Suzuki in Madama Butterly, soloist in Verdi’s Requiem, Berio’s Folk Songs, Mozart’s Requiem, and world premieres by John Adams, Laura Kaminsky, Mikael Karlsson, Robert Paterson, Martin Hennessy, Mohammed Fairouz, Richard Pearson Thomas, Glen Roven, Yotam Haber, Jorge Martin, Tom Cipullo, Renee Favand-See, Gilda Lyons, Jessica Meyer, Gabriel Kahane and more. Companies with whom Ms. Gaissert has performed include the Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera, Dallas Symphony, San Diego Opera, Prototype Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, Lyrique en Mer, Tulsa Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Sarasota Opera, and Opera Saratoga.