Kindra Scharich

Mezzo-Soprano

Kindra Scharich

mezzo-soprano

American Citizenship

Mezzo Soprano Kindra Scharich has been praised by The San Francisco Chronicle for her “exuberant vitality”, “fearless technical precision”, “deep-rooted pathos” and “irrepressible musical splendor.” As a dedicated recitalist, she has performed over 150 art songs in 10 languages and given solo recitals the The American Composer’s Forum, The Wagner Society, Lieder Alive and The La Jolla Athenaeum. In the summer of 2016, Ms. Scharich toured in Brazil, where she performed with Ricardo Ballestero and Cristiano Alves at the acclaimed Sala Cecília Meireles and in 2017 she and Mr. Ballestero will continue their collaboration in presenting all of the non-Portuguese songs of the great Brazilian composer Alberto Nepomuceno, which until now have remained in relative obscurity. A great proponent of Lieder, she is currently collaborating with the Alexander String Quartet on new quartet and voice arrangements of the great orchestral Lieder (Rückert, Kindertotenlieder, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Wesendonck-Lieder and Vier letzte Lieder), which are to be recorded in 2017 and released in the spring of 2018. Symphonic works performed include Les nuits d’été, Rückert Lieder, Pulcinella, Fauré’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, The great choral works of J.S. Bach and Handel’s Messiah. In the world of opera, Ms. Scharich has sung over 25 roles in the lyric mezzo repertoire, most recently and to much acclaim as Minerva in West Edge Opera’s production of Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria. In 2017, she will appear as with Opera Parallèle as Agathe in Les Enfants Terribles, and as the Fox in The Little Prince. Enthusiastic about working with living composers, she has premiered works by Kurt Erickson and will be heard in Janis Mattox’s upcoming chamber opera Sueños de Medianoche (Midnight Dreams), set in Spanish and based on Bolivian legend.

May 2017

OPERA

Adamo Jo LITTLE WOMEN
Berlioz Didon LES TROYENS
Bizet Carmen
Mercedes
CARMEN
Carlson Anna Karenina COUNTESS LYDIA IVANOVNA
Glass Agathe LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES
Handel Teodata
Cornelia/Sesto/Cesare
Medoro
Eduige
FLAVIO
GIULIO CESARE
ORLANDO
RODELINDA
Humperdinck Hansel HANSEL AND GRETEL
Menotti Vera Baronel THE CONSUL
Monteverdi Minerva IL RITORNO D’ULISSE IN PATRIA
Léhar     Danilo THE MERRY WIDOW
Leoncavallo Silvio PAGLIACCI
Mozart Dorabella
Zerlina
Cherubino
COSÌ FAN TUTTE
DON GIOVANNI
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
Offenbach La Périchole Nicklausse/The Muse LA PÉRICHOLE
LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN 
Pallavicino Florinda LE AMMAZONI
Portman The Fox THE LITTLE PRINCE
Puccini Suzuki MADAMA BUTTERFLY
Purcell Dido DIDO AND AENEAS
Rossini Rosina/Berta
Angelina
IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA
LA CENERENTOLA

CONCERT

Bach, C.P.E. Magnificat
Bach, J.S. MAGNIFICAT
JOHANNES PASSION
MATTHÄUS PASSION
WEIHNACHTS ORATORIUM
Brahms RHAPSODIE FÜR ALT
Britten DOVER BEACH
Copland SONGS OF EMILY DICKINSON
Elgar SEA PICTURES
Fauré     REQUIEM
LA BONNE CHANSON
Handel MESSIAH
SAMSON (MICAH)
Mahler LIEDER EINES FAHRENDEN GESELLEN
KINDERTOTENLIEDER
RÜCKERT LIEDER
SYMPHONY NO. 2,3,4
Mozart REQUIEM IN D MINOR
CORONATION MASS IN C MAJOR
Stravinsky PULCINELLA
Wagner WESENDONCK LIEDER

“Scharich’s singing of these exquisite lieder proved exemplary. It was easy to sense her channeling Rückert’s poems, actually becoming the voice of the poet. With nearly perfect German diction, she delivered the deeper meaning of the poetry in a most remarkable way.”
The San Diego Story, Yochanan S. Winston

“Scharich’s easy flow of warm, plangent tone had an instrumental quality all its own, and she seemed without limitations at either end of her range. The performance was so beautiful, and so honored the essence of love and longing in the heart of Brahms’ music, I wanted it to go on and on.” [Brahms Lieder Recital]
San Francisco Classical Voice

“Yet the evening’s most remarkable star turn came from Kindra Scharich as Minerva, singing with exuberant vitality and fearless technical precision that made her every appearance a delight. Scharich has been a welcome presence on the Bay Area’s musical landscape for a while now, but I’ve never heard her take over the limelight with such irrepressible musical splendor.”
SF Chronicle, Joshua Kosman

“Stealing scene after scene was the Minerva of lyric (mezzo) soprano Kindra Scharich, whose sunny energy and vocalize were second to none in the cast of 10 singers playing at least 12 roles.”
Arts SF, The Independent Observer of SF Bay Area Music and Dance, Paul Hertelendy

“Minerva (Athena), brilliantly sung by mezzo-soprano Kindra Scharich….(whose) bright, well focused singing was a highlight of this opera.“
The Berkeley Daily Planet, James Roy MacBean

“The night’s most consistent singing came from mezzo-soprano Kindra Scharich as Zerlina, the country maiden whose wedding party is hijacked by Don Giovanni. She was fresh-voiced and sweetly limber in such lyric numbers as “Batti batti” and “Vedrai, carino.”
San Jose Mercury News, Richard Scheinin

“Scharich proved multiply gifted, securing a dynamic range from forte declaration to muted, but clearly audible, pianissimo. And more than the multitude of both recital and operatic vocalists, Scharich was successfully, visibly theatrical, her face and posture conveying stories of love and longing, even to those of us unable to fully translate the German texts of Schubert, Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, and Hugo Wolf. All these composers would have celebrated her services, as should all of us. And Fee’s piano approach, variously tender, crisp, and gleeful, provided gratifying support to the singer.”
San Francisco Classical Voice, Jeff Kaliss

“Mezzo-soprano Kindra Scharich was a noble, vocally assured Dido, singing with stately grace and deep-rooted pathos.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Kindra Scharich (Teodata) proved a special treat. Offering the steadiest singing of the afternoon, she invested her role with innocence, disarming charm and beautifully rounded, effortless tone.” [Flavio]
Opera News

“As for Kindra Scharich, what can I say? Her lovely lyric mezzo voice is ideal for the part of Isabella and she acts the part to perfection. The flashing eyes, the mobile face, her whole body language. Here is a young woman with unbounded confidence that she can master any man, any situation, and have fun doing it. Put me down in the middle of a scene from an opera I don’t know, sung in a foreign language with no supertitles; if Kindra is on stage, I’ll be supremely happy just watching and listening to her, even if I have no idea what is going on.” [Isabella, Italiana in Algieri]
LA Splash

Opera San Jose
LA Opera (Education & Outreach)
West Edge Opera
Opera Parallèle
Opera San Luis Obispo
Townsend Opera
Haymarket Opera Chicago
West Bay Opera
San Francisco Performances
The Lieder Studio (São Paolo, Brazil)
Sala Cecilia Mereiles (Rio, Brazil)
Associação Minaz de Cultura (Ribeirão Preto, Brazil)
San Francisco Choral Society
Santa Rosa Symphony
Masterworks Choral
Napa Valley Symphony Orchestra
Athenaeum Concerts La Jolla, CA
Lieder Alive!
Noe Valley Chamber Music
The Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, San Francisco
Classics at the Merc Temecula
Goethe Institut
The Wagner Society
American Composers Forum