David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences

Barbara Ann Peters

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Adjunct Instructor of Voice

Lyric-coloratura soprano BARBARA ANN PETERS has been praised as a “highly articulate and sensitive artist” “with a gloriously soaring voice” whose “singing and acting has proper poise.” From The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC): she..”brings an affecting vulnerability to alcohol-addled Birdie, her warm soprano making the most of several big moments…”.

Among her opera/operetta credits are appearances with Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Sadun, Sadun, an opera-ballet), Goldovsky Opera Company as Gilda (Rigoletto), Eurydice (Orfeo ed Eurydice), and Marzelline (Fidelio); Henry Street Opera as Anna (Die lüstigen Weiber von Witwe), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), and Despina (Cosí fan tutte); Manhattan Opera as Juliette (Roméo et Juliette); John Harms Theater as Elizabeth (Robert and Elizabeth); Alabama Symphony as Maria (West Side Story); York Theater as Minerva (The Golden Apple); and Berkshire Choral Festival as Jemmy (Guillaume Tell), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Casilda (Gondoliers), and Phyllis (Iolanthe).

Peters made her Carnegie Hall debut in Mahler’s Eighth Symphony with Canterbury Choral Society, and has been a featured soloist in over 60 oratorio, chamber, and Pops programs with, among many others, Greensboro Oratorio Singers, Augusta Choral Society, New York Chamber Symphony, Dallas, Santa Fe, and Springfield Symphony Orchestras, New York’s Schubertiade, I Cantori di New York, Manhattan String Quartet at Music Mountain, and the Berkshire Choral Festival. Peters was a featured soloist on the William S. Newman Artists Series in Chapel Hill, NC, has toured with UNC’s Women’s Glee Club as soloist in Debussy’s La Damoiselle Élue, and has sung several recitals in the Triad and Triangle areas, including programs at Duke University, Wake Forest University, Greensboro College, UNC-CH, and UNC-Greensboro. Peters has performed in recital at Glenridge Performing Arts Center in Sarasota, FL and made her acclaimed Long Leaf Opera debut in the role of Birdie in Marc Blitzstein’s Regina. She was guest soloist and Lecturer for Meredith College’s Debussy Festival and has sung recitals of French mélodie at Harford Community College in Bel Air, MD and at Salisbury University, MD, where she also gave two Master Classes.

The soprano made her European television debut in recitals for the RAI from the historic Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy. Additional European appearances include recitals at the American Academy, Rome, the Salle Cortot, Paris, and the Deutsches Museum, Munich. An active recitalist and new music advocate with performances broadcast by WQXR-New York and WGBH-Boston, she has presented several New York and world premieres by American composers Richard Hundley, Mira Spektor, Ezra Laderman, James Carlson, Louis Rosen, and Caroline Mallonée, among others. Twice a guest soprano for the American Society for Jewish Music, Peters has also been presented in concert on the Joy of Singing series in New York and in numerous recitals across the United States and Europe including appearances in North Carolina at The Reynolda House, Meredith College, Duke University, and Guilford College.

Currently Visiting Faculty at UNC School of the Arts and Adjunct Faculty at High Point University, Peters was Adjunct Faculty at Elon University from 2008-2012, and a member of the voice faculty at UNC-Greensboro from 2002 until 2008. She served on the voice faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill from 1999 until 2007, where she was Patroness of Sigma Alpha Iota’s UNC Iota Tau Chapter, and was nominated for the 2004 Outstanding Faculty Award for contributions made to students on and off campus. Peters serves as Mid-Atlantic Regional Governor of NATS where she has also served on the Ethics and the National Student Auditions Committees, and is a veteran officer of NC Chapter of NATS. French opera and mélodie guest clinician for American Singers Opera Project (ASOP), she has taught Italian, French, English and German Diction at Mannes College of Music (NY), Hartt School of Music (CT), UNC-Greensboro, and UNC-Chapel Hill. Peters has given Master Classes at UNC-Greensboro, Campbell University, The Boston Conservatory, Texas Christian University, Meredith College, and University of North Carolina School for the Arts. As Vocal Clinician, she has worked with choirs in Chapel Hill and Greensboro, NC, Augusta, GA and Long Island, NY and proudly served as founding voice faculty of Berkshire Choral Festival from 1982-2007. Executive Director of Greensboro Opera from 2009-2011, Peters is a member of the prestigious Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, and is an active Certified Voice Therapist, McClosky Institute of Voice, for whom she leads workshops and seminars. The soprano holds the B.M. in Vocal Performance from The Boston Conservatory, a License de Concert Chant from L’École Normale de Musique, Paris, and the M.M. in Vocal Performance from UNC-Greensboro. Peters has maintained a private studio for over 40 years – currently in Greensboro, NC.

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