Lyric coloratura soprano Evelyn Pollock is a
In Ms. Pollock's current 2013-14 season in St. Gallen, she will revisit three previous roles, as well as tackling two debut roles. The season begins with Donna Elvira in Guy Joosten's production of Don Giovanni, followed by the Wiederaufnahme of Annina in Eine Nacht in Venedig. She then pays homage to one of her very first professional roles, singing performances of Gilda to Paolo Gavanelli's Rigoletto in the spring. Ms. Pollock will also play the Fuchs in Janacek's Das Schlaue Füchslein, thereafter joining the St. Galler Festspiele for the featured role of Inez in Donizetti's La Favorita.
In the 2012-13 season at Theater St. Gallen, Ms. Pollock took on the leading role of Annina in J. Strauss' Eine Nacht in Venedig. She then sang Arminda in a ribald production by Lydia Steier of Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera. To end the season, she appeared as the soloist in a dance piece entitled Die Stunde da wir nichts voneinander wussten, performing Rachmaninov's Vocalise and Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5.
The 2010-11 season brought four crucial cornerstone roles to her repertoire. Her St. Gallen season began with the title role of Amina in Bellini's La Sonnambula, opposite tenor Lawrence Brownlee, and continued with Adele in Die Fledermaus. January brought Ms. Pollock's unanimously lauded performance as the title role in Massenet's Manon, premiered in a new production by film director Jan Schmidt-Garre. She rounded out the season with another role debut as Rosina in Barbiere di Siviglia.
Last year's season included many exciting and esoteric roles. Beginning in September, Ms. Pollock sang Madame Silberklang in Mozart's Der Schauspieldirektor as a double bill with John Cage's aleatoric Theater Piece. She then travelled to Valencia, Spain to record the role of Isabella in Frederic Chaslin's new opera Wuthering Heights with the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana. In October, she took on the premiere of David Alden's production of Medea in Corinto (Mayr), in which she played the princess Creusa. This project was released as a CD on the Oehms Classics label. Thereafter she joined the Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen as the Soprano Soloist for performances of Beethoven's 9th Symphony in conjunction with his Op. 118 Elegischer Gesang. The new year brought Ms. Pollock and her husband, tenor Derek Taylor, to Hawaii Opera Theater where they sang Musetta and Rodolfo in La Boheme to stellar reviews. A return to Switzerland found them together once again in Verdi's Alzira with the Theater St. Gallen; singing the roles of Alzira and Zamoro, respectively. In June, Ms. Pollock then performed in a chamber music concert of the Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen's Sonntags um 5 Concert Series -- On the program were Schubert's Der Hirt auf dem Felsen with clarinet / piano and John Harbison's The Rewaking with string quartet. The season finished with her debut with the St. Galler Festspiele as the heroine Sela in Donizetti's Il Diluvio Universale, as well as the soprano soloist in Donizetti's Requiem.
The 2008-09 season included two operas in which Ms. Pollock and her husband sang opposite each other: as Violetta and Alfredo in La Traviata and as Valencienne and Camille in Die Lustige Witwe. Her season opened with a rarely performed Haydn opera, Il Mondo della Luna, in which she sang the role of Clarice with the Theater St. Gallen. Traviata then followed in October, and Lustige Witwe in December. Ms. Pollock then successfully debuted at the Florida Grand Opera in the title role of Delibes' coloratura showpiece, Lakme. The 08-09 opera season rounded out with her first R. Strauss role, as Zdenka in Arabella in St. Gallen.
In the fall of 2007 she made her European debut in St. Gallen, Switzerland, thrilling audiences and critics in the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor. In October, she rejoined Michigan Opera Theater as one of the creators of the role of Roxane in David Di Chiera's World Premiere opera Cyrano. Ms. Pollock then returned to St. Gallen to sing her first Micaëla in Carmen, after which she reappeared with the Opera Company of Philadelphia to perform Roxane in the East Coast premiere of Cyrano. To finish the season, she appeared as Ännchen in Der Freischütz with the Stadttheater St. Gallen.
Performances for the busy 2006-07 season began with Musetta at the Kentucky Opera. Reported Opera News: Evelyn Pollock's brilliantly sung Musetta ignited the stage, 'working the room' like a pro, rejoicing in life, but exhibiting a tenderness brought out by the ebullient staging." In January, she performed Ännchen in Der Freischütz at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center. She then made her soloist debut in Carnegie Hall singing both versions of Mozart's Regina Coeli and Schubert's Mass in G. In February she returned to Palm Beach Opera for Elvira in L'Italiana in Algeri, and then made her Opera Company Philadelphia debut as Nannetta in Falstaff. Thereafter she sang her first Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with Michigan Opera Theater.
Her 2005-6 season included performances of six debut roles: Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Norina in Don Pasquale with the Palm Beach Opera, Woglinde in Das Rheingold, Ellen (cover) in Lakmé with the Opera Orchestra of New York, and Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Tulsa Opera. During the summer, she returned to the Wolf Trap Festival to essay the role of Cephisa in Telemann's unique tri-lingual opera Orpheus.
The summer of 2005 marked her debut at the Wolf Trap Festival, where she sang a "gently shimmering...unusually affecting " Zerlina (Opera News) in Don Giovanni and Clorinda in La Cenerentola; additionally, she performed with the National Symphony Orchestra and in The Latest Word Song Recital with Steven Blier. Miss Pollock recently made her
2003-04 was a busy season, adding six new roles to Ms. Pollock’s repertoire. As a
Ms. Pollock was first heard at the Santa Fe Opera in 2003 as an Apprentice Artist, covering the title role in the world premiere of Bright Sheng’s Madame Mao. She was also the only Apprentice selected to perform with the
In past seasons, Ms. Pollock has also sung with the Merola Program of the San Francisco Opera, the Western Opera Theatre Tour, the Colorado Symphony, Central City Opera, and the Accademia Verdiana in Busseto, Italy. She received her training from the Academy of Vocal Arts, Indiana University in Bloomington, and
Her concert credits include soloist appearances in Handel’s Messiah, Poulenc’s Stabat Mater, Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Copland’s In the Beginning, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, and Bach’s B Minor Mass. She has also been heard in the opera broadcasts of
A native of Chicago, Ms. Pollock is a District and Regional Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a second Place Winner of the Opera Index Competition and the Mario Lanza Competition, a Grand Prize Winner of the Bel Canto Foundation and the National Society of Arts and Letters Competition, and an Audience Favorite in the Travel Grant Competitions. She is a two-time Sara Tucker Grant Finalist, a National Semi-finalist of the Macallister Awards, and a major award winner of the Loren L. Zachary Competition.
Ms. Pollock also graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in Psychology at Northwestern University. Prior to that she was the valedictorian of her graduating class at Lake Forest High School. She and her husband, tenor Derek Taylor, make their home in Switzerland.