B.M. (Vocal Performance), Stephen F. Austin State University, Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist apprentice
Yvonne Gonzales Redman has enjoyed an 18-year career as a main stage soprano at the Metropolitan Opera including nearly 200 onstage performances as a principal soloist, including 26 live radio and television broadcasts that are still regularly broadcast over SiriusXM radio. Highlights include Zerlina in Don Giovanni (James Levine, conductor); Giannetta in L'Elisir d'Amore (with Luciano Pavarotti for his 30th anniversary gala); Jouvenot in Adrianna Lecouvreur (in Mirella Freni's final performances of this work); and in Parsifal with Placido Domingo, to name only a few highlights of her career. She is a grand prize winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council competition and the Eleanor McCollum Houston Grand Opera competition.
Ms. Redman has performed at the Santa Fe Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Seattle Opera, Minnesota Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Wolf Trap, Opera Illinois, and the Houston Grand Opera, where she sang the world premiere of Daniel Catan's Florencia en el Amazones. She was featured in the role of Mimi in La Boheme in the Bregenz Festival in Austria.
She has shared the stage with some of the greatest operatic artists, including Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Samuel Ramey, Nathan Gunn, Bryn Terfel, Teresa Stratas, Renee Fleming, Frederica von Stade, Susan Graham, Carol Vaness, Dawn Upshaw, Denise Graves, Paul Groves, Ben Heppner, Jerry Hadley, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Rene Pape, and Thomas Hampson. Conductors with whom she has collaborated include James Levine, James Conlon (Music Director of Ravinia, among other titles), Sir Charles Mackerras, Leonard Slatkin, Richard Bonynge, and Murry Sidlin.
I believe that every performer is a future teacher/pedagogue, if not of others then certainly of themselves. It is my desire to develop students into independent performers who find freedom in vocal expression and stability in their technique due to being supported by reliable methods of artistic singing.
As a pedagogue, I intend to be a model performer and knowledgeable technician of all vocal production. I aim to clearly communicate necessary fundamental concepts of the whole body that lead to healthy, expressive, and efficient vocal production. Just as my performance career was supported with leaders in the vocal field, my teaching is informed by past experience, and regular study and communication with leading music professionals in health, science, and pedagogy.
I have studied with Dr. Ingo Titze and Dr. Katherine Verdolini Abbott in the Vocology program held at the National Center for Voice and Speech, have taken a Voice Disorders course with Dr. Aaron Johnson , and have regularly attended the Acoustic Pedagogy Workshop at New England Conservatory where I will be teaching in Summer 2020. I am conversant in Estill Voice Training 1 & 2 and comfortable with Voiceprint and VoceVista Video Pro software. My research interests relate to the effects of music environments on voicing and hearing, and I am pleased to have a relationship with professors in the Speech and Hearing Science department. I have presented at conferences on music health topics, vocal cross-training, and performance anxiety. I regularly attend conferences offering current developments in my field and am available for master classes and presentations.
Voice is the only class where you will spend weekly one-on-one time with your instructor, often for many years. I am happy to communicate with students, parents or teachers interested in knowing more about studying with me and what Illinois offers to guide students into a productive future.
Upcoming and recent activity:
- Jul 2020 Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Workshop Instructor, New England Conservatory, Boston, MA.
- Jun 2020 The Office: Voice Instructors Work Environment, National Association of Teachers of Singing National Conference, Knoxville, TN.
- Feb 2020 From Fear to Fierce: Managing Performance Anxiety, Texas Music Education Association Conference, San Antonio, TX.
- Nov 2019 Smiling from Ear to Hear: Protecting and Preserving our Hearing, Central Region National Association of Teachers of Singing, Iowa City, IA.
- Nov 2019 Master class/Presentation: Stetson University, DeLand, FL.
- Sep 2019 Voice and Noise Dosimetry in College Voice Teachers, The International Congress of Acoustics, Aachen, Germany.
- Sep 2019 Master class/Presentation: Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.
- Sep 2019 Master class/Presentations: Donna Independent School District Choirs, Donna, TX.
- Jul 2019 Master class: Midwest Institute of Opera, Normal, IL.
- May 2019 Work-Related Communicative Profile of College Voice Teachers, The Voice Foundation Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
- Jan 2019 From Fear to Fierce: Managing Performance Anxiety, Florida Music Education Association Professional Development Conference, Tampa, FL.
- Nov 2018 Work-Related Communicative Profile of College Voice Teachers, American Speech and Hearing Association Convention, Boston, MA. Poster session.
- Oct 2017 Crossing the Genres: A Classical Singer’s Guide to Jazz, Central Florida National Association of Teachers of Singing, Orlando, FL.
- Aug 2017 Crossing the Genres: A Classical Singer’s Guide to Jazz, International Congress of Voice Teachers, Stockholm, Sweden.
- Jul 2015 Professional Operatic Performance panel, WolfTrap Opera Company, Vienna, VA.