From her sensational debut as Amneris in Aida at the Metropolitan Opera in 1994, Barbara Dever has been in demand throughout the world in the dramatic mezzo-soprano operatic and concert repertoire.
In the 2000/1 season, she was heard at the Metropolitan as Azucena in Il Trovatore, Amneris in Aida, and Ulrica in Un Ballo in maschera. She opened the season with Azucena for the Washington Opera, Amneris in Montreal, Mexico City and Macerata, Eboli in Don Carlo at the New National Theatre in Tokyo. More recently, she appeared at the Teatro Massimo Bellini di Catania in Adriana Lecouvreur and Aida (Amneris), and performed the role of Azucena in Il Trovatore at the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari , at the Michigan Opera Theatre in Detroit and at National Theatre in Tokyo.
Future seasons take her to Mexico for Das Rheingold (Erda) and to Teatro alla Scala in Milan to portray the role of Madre Marie in Les Dialogues des carmélites.
Barbara Dever opened the 1999/2000 season as Herodias in Salome in Mexico City, followed by her debut at the Vienna State Opera as Eboli, where she returned later in the season as Amneris. She was heard in opera galas at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, was Azucena in Il Trovatore in Parma, was the soloist in Mahler's Symphony No. 3 in Reykjavik and closed the season with her return to Philadelphia as Herodias in Salome and as Azucena in Mexico City.
Recent seasons have included performances as Azucena in Antwerp, Eboli at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, Ulrica in San Diego, and Adalgisa in Norma in Catania. In 1998 Miss Dever was Dalila opposite Placido Domingo's Samson in Mexico City. She was in Palermo for the grand reopening of the Teatro Massimo as Amneris in Aida. She sang at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Missa solemnis under the baton of Zubin Mehta, gave a Lieder recital at the Rutgers University SummerFest, travelled to Vancouver and Santiago as Azucena in Il Trovatore, and added two new Verdi roles to her Metropolitan Opera repertoire: Eboli in Don Carlo and Azucena in Il Trovatore.
Barbara Dever sang her first Amneris at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, where she has also been heard as Klytamnestra in Elektra. In recent seasons she has sung the roles of Amneris, Herodias in Salome, and Ulrica in Un Ballo in maschera for the Metropolitan Opera, and sang her first Fricka in Die Walküre for the Met's 1993 tour of Japan under the baton of James Levine.
She made her German debut at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin as Amneris, her Argentinean debut with her first performances in the title role in Samson et Dalila at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, and her Italian operatic debut as Amneris at the Arena di Verona under the baton of Nello Santi. She then sang Fricka in Die Walküre and Ulrica in Un Ballo in maschera at the Teatro Municipal in Santiago, Adalgisa in Norma and Azucena in Il Trovatore with the Israel Philharmonic, Ulrica for the Miami and Washington Operas, and Azucena for the Cincinnati Opera.
In addition to her vast operatic repertoire, Barbara Dever maintains an active schedule of performances with orchestras throughout the world. In recent seasons she has been heard in Mahler's Rückert Lieder with the State Symphony Orchestra of Sao Paulo, in the Missa solemnis and The Messiah with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonie Orchestra and in Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the Louisville Orchestra and at the Chautauqua Festival. Other engagements have been in Verdi's Requiem with the Florida Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony, and the National Orchestra of Mexico, in Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Netherlands Radio Orchestra under the baton of Hans Vonk, and in numerous performances of Mahler's Symphonies Nos. 2, 3, 8 and Das Lied von der Erde with the National Orchestra of Mexico.
In 1994 Miss Dever recorded Amneris for Naxos Records with the Irish National Orchestra led by Rico Saccani. Her next recording, as Adalgisa in Norma from the Teatro Bellini in Catania, is scheduled for a late 1999 release. Miss Dever has appeared in concert with Luciano Pavarotti on Pavarotti Plus, Great Performances at Lincoln Center telecast live throughout North America.
7 February 2003