April Fredrick: Soprano
American soprano April Fredrick has performed widely as a soloist in recital and oratorio venues in the UK and Europe. Her work spans from period music, principally with baroque ensemble Dei Gratia, through to contemporary, devised and site-specific performances, including a recent multimedia narrative concert about Richard Strauss, through the lens of his relationship with his wife Pauline, entitled The Life That Suits Me Well, which she wrote and premièred.
Her first disc on the Somm label, featuring Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and Copland’s 8 Songs of Emily Dickinson was received with critical acclaim, and her second disc of songs by John Ireland with pianist Mark Bebbington has recently been released.
Other recent performances include Queen of the Night in Woodhouse Opera Festival’s Magic Flute, Countess in Opera de Baugé’s Marriage of Figaro, Mahler Symphony 4 Judith Weir’s King Harald’s Saga , Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem with the English Chamber Orchestra, Britten’s Les Illuminations and Shostakovich Symphony 14 with the Orchestra of the Swan. Next year she makes her debut at Bridgewater Hall singing Mahler Symphony 2 with the Wrexham Symphony Orchestra and her international orchestral debut at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham singing Mahler Symphony 4 with the Warsaw Philharmonic.
April studied at Northwestern College in Minnesota, USA and the Royal Academy of Music, where she went on to gain an MMus in Vocal Performance and a PhD on the late songs of Ivor Gurney. While there she studied with Jane Highfield, Iain Ledingham and Dominic Wheeler. She sang regularly with the RAM Lyric Song Salon, the RAM Historical Performance ensembles, Academy composers, and in masterclasses with Roger Vignoles, James Bowman, Robert Tear and Graham Johnson. She now studies with Jacqueline Straubinger-Bremar.