Brahms Requiem Soloists
Margot Rood, soprano
Margot Rood, hailed for her “luminosity and grace” by the New York Times, can be heard performing a wide range of repertoire. Most recently, Ms. Rood performed Johanna in Sweeney Todd with St. Petersburg Opera, Ramiro in Helios Early Opera’s production of Cavalli’s Artemisia, and performed as soloist in Purcell’s The Indian Queen with Handel and Haydn Society. Other recent appearances include her debut with Boston Modern Orchestra Project performing as soloist in Kati Agocs’ Vessel and as soprano evangelist in Arvo Pärt’s Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi secundum Joannem, and singing the world premiere of Christopher Trapani’s Past All Deceiving in New York City with Argento Ensemble. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in the world premiere of Shawn Jaeger’s Letters Made with Gold, under the direction of Dawn Upshaw, and her Boston Symphony Hall debut as soloist in Handel’s Israel in Egypt with conductor Harry Christophers. In addition to her solo work, Ms. Rood performs regularly with top ensembles around the country including Seraphic Fire, Tucson Chamber Artists, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Skylark Ensemble, Music at Marsh Chapel, Handel and Haydn Society, and Lorelei Ensemble. Engagements in 2013-2014 include singing the role of Emily Webb in Rorem’s Our Town at Monadnock Music Festival, soloist in Mozart’s C Minor Mass and Bach’s St. John Passion with Tucson Chamber Artists, soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with Seraphic Fire, and soloist in Bach’s B Minor Mass and Vivaldi’s Gloria with Handel and Haydn Society.
Bradford Gleim, baritone
Baritone Bradford Gleim performs opera, oratorio, song and choral music to critical acclaim throughout the United States and Europe. “Gleim’s rich, expressive voice” has been described as “consistently impressive, his restraint only reinforced [by] his vocal charisma” and his flexible burnished baritone praised as “reliable and resonant.” He has appeared with such groups as Emmanuel Music, Conspirare, The Yale Choral Artists, Seraphic Fire, The Hereford Three Choirs Festival, The Longfellow Chorus, Opera Boston, The Princeton Singers, The Connecticut Early Music Festival, Cut Circle, and The Mark Morris Dance Group.
Bradford Gleim has explored diverse repertoire with a wide variety of ensembles. He has been featured as a soloist with Boston’s premier period orchestras: the Handel and Haydn Society under Harry Christophers and Boston Baroque with Martin Pearlman. On the opera stage he has portrayed a number of leading roles including John Proctor in The Crucible, Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, Silvio in Pagliacci, and Friedrich Bhaer in Little Women. In recital, he has offered German and American Song including Brahms’ Four Serious Songs at Boston College’s Gasson Hall and has created a multi-media lecture recital of Francis Poulenc’s Le travail du peintre at the Longy School of Music. Bradford Gleim was proud to be honored with the Borromeo String Quartet’s Guest Artist Award and to subsequently perform Samuel Barber’s Dover Beach with the quartet. An active recording artist, Mr. Gleim has recorded on the Coro, Harmonia Mundi, and Musique en Wallonie labels as well as with Linn Records, and is frequently involved in projects at the new WBGH Studios in Boston.
When not singing, Bradford Gleim devotes his life to teaching. He is a passionate about music and shares his infectious zeal for all styles of vocal performance with his students. Mr. Gleim has worked in classroom, studio and outreach settings with such highly esteemed organizations as the Handel and Haydn Society and the Metropolitan Opera Guild. Currently Mr. Gleim serves as assistant professor of voice at Berklee College of Music.