Raehann Bryce-Davis has been hailed by the New York Times as a "striking mezzo soprano" and by the San Francisco Chronicle for her "electrifying sense of fearlessness." She opened the 2019/20 season singing Verdi’s Requiem with conductor Kent Nagano and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal at the Olympic Stadium. She then returned to Opera Vlaanderen for her role debut as Eboli in Verdi’s Don Carlos and made her LA Opera debut in the World Premiere of Aucoin and Ruhl’s Eurydice, a coproduction with The Metropolitan Opera, and sang Sara in Roberto Devereux opposite Angela Meade and Ramon Vargas. Upcoming performances include the world premiere of Anthony Davis's We Call the Roll with The Lied Society, Preziosilla in Verdi's La Forza del Destino at Théâtre du Capitole, Azucena in Verdi’s Il Trovatore at LA Opera, and Guinevere in Chausson's Le Roi Arthus at Bard Summmerscape. Recently, she released her music video, "To the Afflicted," which received much critical acclaim and has been chosen as an official video for Word Opera Day on October 25. She is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and the University of Texas at Arlington.
I was trained in a very Italianate way and believe primarily in the close relationship between speech and singing. I can trace my musical heritage through my own teacher all the way back to Manuel Garcia.
I love to start musical exploration with Italian exercises especially Vaccai, and build a healthy foundation for healthful and honest singing. I encourage students to connect intention, specificity, technique, and love in every note.
Through various exercises geared towards opening the body and releasing the tension that limits range and agility, I lead the students through their own journey of discovery. I believe that singers should be empowered to make decisions about their own goals, trajectory, and desired outcome. I also center positivity and self love in the studio.