Berkshire Choral International

Barbara Ann Peters


Barbara Ann Peters, soprano, made her Carnegie Hall debut as Mater Gloriosa in Mahler's Eighth Symphony with Canterbury Choral Society, and has been a featured soloist in over 60 oratorio, chamber, and Pops performances with 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 Berkshire Choral Festival.

Among her opera/operetta credits are appearances with Long Leaf Opera as Birdie (Regina), 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).

Barbara 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 memorable performances along the eastern seaboard and since moving to NC in 1997, at Duke University, Meredith College, Wake Forest University, High Point University, Guilford College, Reynolda House, Greensboro College, UNC-Chapel Hill, and UNC-Greensboro.

Visiting Faculty at UNC School of the Arts, School of Drama, High School Division and Adjunct Faculty at High Point University since 2013, Barbara has served on the faculties of Elon University, UNC-Greensboro, and UNC-Chapel Hill. She proudly served as founding voice faculty of Berkshire Choral Festival from 1982-2007. She has taught Italian, French, English and German Diction at Mannes College of Music, Hartt School of Music, UNC-Greensboro, and UNC-Chapel Hill and has presented Master Classes at UNC-Greensboro, Campbell University, Salisbury University, The Boston Conservatory, Texas Christian University, Meredith College, and UNC School of the Arts. While Executive Director of Greensboro Opera 2009-2001, Barbara created the “Write Your Own Opera! Contest for Guilford County 4th graders, for which she was honored and named in January 2018. She currently serves as NATS Mid-Atlantic Regional Governor, and is an active Certified McClosky Voice Technician, 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. Barbara has maintained a private studio for over 45 years, currently in Greensboro, NC, where she lives with her husband and artist R. David Westfall.

This season in Fullerton marks Barbara's 26th year on the BCI faculty.

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