Internationally celebrated for her interpretations of Wagner, Strauss, Verdi and Puccini, Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka has brought to life such powerful women as Senta, Chrysothemis, Sieglinde, the Marschallin, the Kaiserin, Tosca, Elisabetta, and Amelia on leading opera and concert stages in Europe, North America and Asia. Adrianne’s performances have taken her to the most renowned opera stages around the world, as well as at some of Europe’s finest summer festivals. Her portrayals of Senta in Der Fliegende Höllander and Sieglinde in Die Walküre have taken her to some of the world’s most famed houses – both characters have become signature roles earning her the title as “the Sieglinde of our time” (Die Zeit).
Adrianne’s recently released recording Adrianne Pieczonka Sings Strauss and Wagner (Delos) received critical praise. In addition to this new recording, her discography includes several JUNO-Award winning recordings including Orfeo and Beethoven: Ideals of The French Revolution (Analekta).
Adrianne began her career at the Canadian Opera Company in Lady MacBeth of Mzensk in 1988, returning to that company in 1994 to sing the role of Mimi in La Bohème. In 1989 she joined the Vienna Volksoper and established her home and career in Europe. After living in London for some time, Adrianne returned to live in Toronto in 2005, where she continues to make her home.
Adrianne is an Officer of the Order of Canada, the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and was named a Kammersängerin by the Austrian government. In May 2013, she was named an Honourary Fellow of The Royal Conservatory of Music and in 2014 she received the Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award. Adrianne holds Honorary Doctorates from her alma mater, the University of Western Ontario, and McMaster University.
Widely recognized as one of today’s leading collaborative pianists, Brian Zeger has performed with many of the world’s greatest singers including Marilyn Horne, Deborah Voigt, Anna Netrebko, Adrianne Pieczonka and many others. Recent concert highlights have included recitals with Deborah Voigt, collaborations with Susan Graham at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at Carnegie Hall, and much more.
In past seasons Zeger has been a regular guest at many summer festivals and enjoyed chamber music collaborations with the Borromeo and Brentano Quartets, An die Musik, and the New York Philharmonic Chamber Ensembles. He has also made concerto appearances with the Boston Pops, multiple concert appearances at the White House and United States Supreme Court and appeared with Deborah Voigt and Frederica von Stade on the telecast of the Metropolitan Opera’s Gala saluting Joseph Volpe.
His recent recordings include All Who Wander, a recital disc with Jamie Barton; Preludios – Spanish songs with Isabel Leonard; a recording of Strauss and Wagner lieder with Adrianne Pieczonka, and Dear Theo: 3 Song Cycles by Ben Moore with Paul Appleby, Susanna Phillips and Brett Polegato, all for the Delos label.
In addition to his distinguished concert career, he also serves as Artistic Director of the Vocal Arts Department at The Juilliard School and the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artists Development Program. Previously he had served for many seasons as the director of the vocal program at the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival as well as on the faculties of the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, the Chautauqua Institute, the Mannes College of Music and the Peabody Conservatory.
Born in upstate New York, Mr. Zeger is now a resident of Manhattan. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Harvard College, a master’s degree from The Juilliard School and a doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music.