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 199 onstage performances as a principal soloist, including 26 live radio and television broadcasts that are still regularly broadcast over Sirius 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 McCullum 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 regular study and communication with leading music professionals in pedagogy and science. I have recently studied with Dr. Ingo Titze and Dr. Katherine Verdolini Abbott in the Vocology program held at the National Center for Voice and Speech, and have taken a course on Voice Disorders with Dr. Aaron Johnson. I am comfortable with Voce Vista software and regularly attend conferences offering current developments in my field.
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.