Beatrice Broadwater, a lyric soprano, is a native New Yorker and a graduate of Mannes College The New School for Music. Prior to attending Mannes, she studied voice at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and worked in the administrative offices of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Lincoln Center, Inc. During that time, she followed her love of singing by performing with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, then The Oratorio Society of New York and finally The Blue Hill Troupe where she has enjoyed participating on and off stage for three decades.
As a result of her studies at Mannes with Sebastian Engelberg, and subsequent work with Peter Elkus, she was drawn to classical art songs, vocal chamber music and sacred oratorio. Beginning with a series of solo recitals at St Peter’s Church at Citicorp and performances with “Le Bel Esprit Chamber Ensemble” a group that she helped to form, she explored a wide variety of repertoire. She also gave concerts in Paris, Hamburg and Wick, Scotland.
In 2000, she gave a recital at Merkin Concert Hall with pianist Matthias Veit in a program that included Alban Berg’s Sieben Frühen Lieder and Dominick Argento’s Casa Guidi, based on letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning. She subsequently returned to Merkin Hall in a recital program called “Forever, Enduring Poems in American Song” with pianist Arlene Shrut. In December 2008, she gave the first performance of Gerald Ginsburg's song cycle Earth Tones accompanied by the composer at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in a program that also included works of Brahms, Fauré and Poulenc with pianist Jon Holden.
Ms. Broadwater has brought her joyful insight to the soprano solos of Haydn’s Creation with the Canterbury Choral Society, Vivaldi’s Gloria at Alice Tully Hall, Handel’s Messiah with the Candlewood Choral Society and Beethoven’s Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra (Vladimir Feltsman, piano.) With Ensemble Pi, she has sung Miriam Gideon’s Böhmischer Krystall and narrated Elizabeth Austin’s Wie eine Blume in the American Composers Alliance Festival at Symphony Space in New York.
She has been featured in several concerts in the MoreMusic series at the Church of St. Thomas More in New York under the direction of composer Harvey Burgett. These have included the solo version of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and a program of Handel, Mozart and Burgett for soprano and strings. This season, Mr. Burgett wrote a new work for her: De Spiritu Sancto – Three Portraits of Mary that was presented in December.
For the last two years, she has helped to develop cabaret performances of “The songs of Ivor Novello,” and “Crazy for Kern” with a small group of friends and pianist John Hargraves for performances throughout New York. Their upcoming program, “Over the Rainbow – The Songs of Harold Arlen” is in rehearsal for performances this spring.