Opera Apprentice Program
Since her sensational debut as Amneris in Aida at the Metropolitan Opera in 1994, Barbara Dever has been in demand throughout the world as a dramatic mezzo-soprano. She has sung Dalila opposite Plácido Domingo’s Samson in Mexico City. She sang Amneris for the grand re-opening of the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Italy. She has performed at the Metropolitan Opera as Eboli in Don Carlo, Azucena in Il trovatore, Amneris in Aida, Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera and Herodias in Salome. In addition to performing with Luciano Pavorotti on the stage of the Met she appeared with him on Pavarotti Plus, Great Performances at Lincoln Center.
Her performances with orchestras throughout the world include Handel’s Messiah and Verdi’s Requiem with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic, Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the Louisville Orchestra and at the Chautauqua Festival. She has sung with the Florida Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony and the National Orchestra of Mexico. Recordings include Amneris in Aida for Naxos with the Irish National Orchestra, Azucena in Il trovatore on Fone live from Parma and Adalgisa in Norma for the Teatro Bellini in Catania. On Phillips under the baton of Seiji Ozawa she sings Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. More recently, she appears with the Ocean City Pops on their “Americana” CD.
Born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Barbara Dever grew up in Camden, New Jersey. She is a Distinguished Alumna of Camden Catholic High School and was recently inducted into the South Jersey Hall of Fame. Ms Dever received an Honorary Doctorate from Rowan University in 2009. She presently holds the position of Distinguished Artist in Residence at Montclair State University.