Took the breath away from every listener.

                 Los Alamos Monitor

 

Provided true frissons.

             Baton Rouge Advocate

 

She is a fine, fine singer.

       Seattle Post Intelligencer

 

 

W A N D A

 B R I S T E R,

Mezzo-Soprano

 

Just Released: (2020)

Book:

Madeleine Dring: Lady Composer,

Clemson University Press

(Wanda Brister & Jay Rosenblatt) 362 pp.

https://libraries.clemson.edu/press/books/madeleine-dring/   Also available through Liverpool University Press, Oxford University Press, and Amazon.com

Reviews:

Light and Lyrical (Magazine of the Music Society Magazine (90, p. 23 Winter 2020)

Double Reed (Journal of the International Double Reed Society) Vol. 44 no. 1, pp .171-73.

Double Reed News (Journal of the British Double Reed Society)

Journal of Singing (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Vol. 77 no. 5, p 726

CD: Upcoming

Madeleine Dring: Songs from the West End and Radio: 30 vocal pieces recorded in May 2016

with Courtney Kenny, Nuala Willis, and Matt Cooksey. 

Recent Presentations:/Master Classes

Dring Lecture: 20th C British Song Literature: Florida State University.

Instrumental Music of Madeleine

Dring: 

Women's Music Festival at MUW,

Columbus Mississippi. March 2020

Master Class:

Mississippi State University

Starkville, Mississippi. March 2020

Recently Published Music of Madeleine Dring: Women Composers Festival of Hartford

Hartford, CT. March 2019

Cabaret Songs of Madeleine Dring: 

Women's Music Festival at MUW 

Columbus Mississippi. March 2019

Cabaret Songs of Madeleine Dring:

Mini lecture recital National Conference (NATS)

Las Vegas, NV 2018

Songs of Madeleine Dring: 

Women's Music Festival at MUW

Columbus Mississippi. March 2018

Release of CD: December 2018

Cabaret Songs of Madeleine Dring (CD1251) 

Cambria Music

17 Previously unrecorded songs with cabaret artist and pianist, Courtney Kenny, and Nuala Willis. Recorded in England May 2015. https://www.amazon.com/s?k=dring+cabaret&ref=nb_sb_noss

WINNER: 2019 Solo/Chamber Album of the year: Light Music Society of Britain

Reviewed by Stefania de Kenessey in the IAWM Journal, Vol 26, No. 2 2020, pp. 31-32.

The performances are lively, entertaining, clever, stylistically apt and─equally importantly─cover a wide range of emotions, from hilarious comedy to serious introspection....

Each performer brings an intriguing personal connection to the music of Madeleine Dring.

 

A professor of voice at Florida State University, Wanda Brister discovered Dring’s music sometime in 2000; shortly thereafter, she began working on the composer’s legacy. She initiated a long correspondence with Dring’s husband, Roger Lord (principal oboist of the London Symphony Orchestra for over thirty years, starting in 1951), and their only son, Jeremy; currently, she is assisting the granddaughter with organizing a large trove of unpublished manuscripts. Brister is also at work on a comprehensive biography of the composer, Madeleine Dring: Lady Composer, scheduled to be published this year.

Reviewed by Gregory Berg in the

Journal of Singing: (May 2019)

The voice itself is rich and opulent and she does not sound like she is scaling back its warmth or fullness... she is able to navigate these songs with a saucy, earthy ease and naturalness that make them come alive... Someone listening to this recording might very well be reminded of Eileen Farrell's groundbreaking album... Brister seems to approach these songs with a similar sense of fun tempered by the care one takes when singing something very special. There is love here.

Reviewed by Daniel Adams in Light Music Society Magazine (October 2019)  

Brister’s voice is a pleasing mezzo soprano with barely a hint of her American accent in this highly anglicised set of song lyrics. Courtney Kenny himself  is a voice in very fine fettle indeed! Willis only appears in Model Models, but her humorous delivery of the witty text is a joy. 

Recent Publications:

Article in Light Music Society Magazine, October 2019 entitled "Finding Madeleine."

Biography in International Alliance of Women in Music Journal, Fall 2019

Program Notes on Cupboard Love for Byre Opera of St Andrews University June 2019.

EDITOR AND COMPILER:

https://www.classicalvocalrep.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=dring+brister

Previously Unpublished Vocal Works by

Madeleine Dring: 

Volume 1: CVR: 5111 

Art Songs and Arrangements, (c) 2018

Volume 2: CVR: 5139 

Cabaret Songs, (c) 2018

Volume 3: CVR: 5142 

More Art Songs, (c) 2018

Volume 4: CVR: 5148 

More Cabaret Songs, (c) 2018

 Volume 5: CVR: 5153

Still More Art Songs, Arrangements, and Love Songs, 

(c) 2018

Volume 6: CVR: 5154

Still More Cabaret, (c) 2018

Volume 7: CVR: 5155

Cabaret Duets, (c) 2018

Volume 8: CVR: 5156

Ensembles for More than Three Voices, (c) 2018

Volume 9: CVR: 5157

Songs from West End Revues, (c) 2018

Reviewed by Kathleen Roland-Silverstein in the Journal of Singing,  November 2018

We are fortunate indeed to have artist-scholars who turn their passion for art song performance into outstanding research... Dr. Wanda Brister has been a champion of the songs of British composer Madeleine Dring... (Her) contribution to the scholarship concerning MD is impressive...

Madeleine Dring: 

Cupboard Love, a one-act opera

CVR 5103, (c) 2017

Events:

Oct. 11, 2015: Church of St Nicholas and the

     Annunciation, Etchingham, East Sussex

July 5-19, 2015:  Lessons at Orfeo Music

     Festival, Vipiteno, Italy

Feb. 2, 3, 2015:  Masterclasses at  University                      of Southern Mississippi,  (Hattiesburg)

Nov. 22, 2014: Masterclass at FSU with                              Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet