From art song to opera to cabaret, soprano Gretchen Farrar moves easily through styles, genres, and languages. The Münchner Merkur described her performance of American songs with Elysium-Between Two Continents in Germany as “…technically more than brilliant... an overall elegant tightrope-walk between charming entertainment and profound quality...” The New York Times noted her “passionate and shapely performance” of Ernesto Cordero’s songs with guitarist Francisco Roldán at the Mannes Guitar Festival. The duo most recently performed as part of Lincoln Center Local and has been invited to perform at recital series across the northeast from Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Maryland to Helen Day Arts Center in Vermont. Gretchen Farrar has also frequently performed with piano at recital series and venues in and around New York including Weill Hall and Merkin Hall offering a variety of repertoire. With Elysium-Between Two Continents, she has sung German and American works and assisted directing their performances in Germany and New York. Her opera and chamber music credits include Anchorage Opera, Eugene Opera, Belleayre Festival Opera, Opera at Florham, Dicapo Opera, Hudson Opera Theater, National Lyric Opera, ChamberMusicNY and New Music New York. Gretchen Farrar has been a teaching artist for the Metropolitan Opera Guild and was a graduate teaching fellow at the University of Oregon where she received her Master’s in Music. She is a graduate of Bates College. A passionate advocate for the arts, Gretchen recently moved back to Eugene, Oregon where she is Associate Director of Development for the Oregon Bach Festival.
Gretchen Farrar's recording, Interweaving, with Francisco Roldán, guitar is available at cdbaby. You can also hear it at OperaMusicBroadcast.com - the future of classical music radio.
Gretchen sang the National Anthem at the February 20, 2016 University of Oregon v. Oregon State Men's Basketball game in Matthew Knight Arena. Click here for the video.
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