Shudong Braamse, soprano
An international performer, coloratura soprano Shudong Braamse has appeared on stages in Canada, Italy, Austria, Finland, Estonia, Spain, Latvia, Singapore, Taiwan and China. She has performed the role of Lucy in The Telephone, Sally in Thomas and Sally and Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore. As a recitalist, she has premiered a number of works by Asian and American composers, including Huaihua’s I Wish I Were a Little Light Boat which has become popular in Singapore, Gary Nash’s cycle Peace, Love and Prosperity premiered in Nashville in 2010, Michael Bulychev-Okser’s Spanish art song Romance de la Luna premiered in 2014 in Tallinn, Estonia. Critic Carol Cohan of Orlando’s ‘The Villages Daily Sun’ praised Shudong’s “powerful upper register” and described her technique as “fluid and true, flowing from top to bottom effortlessly.” Shudong has been invited to judge the George Gershwin International Music Competition in NYC, and as a guest artist and faculty member to perform and teach at the Alion Baltic International Music Festival in Tallinn, Estonia.
Shudong has a passion for sharing the traditions of Western vocal music with her native China and sharing developments in Chinese concert music with audiences and students in the United States. She has given numerous master classes in China, including the Wuhan Conservatory, Guangxi Fine Arts Institute, Capital Normal University in Beijing, and Fudan University in Shanghai. The books she translated, Complete Preparation: A Guide to Auditioning for Opera by Joan Dornemann and Basics of Vocal Pedagogy by Dr. Clifton Ware, have been published by prestigious People’s Music Publishing House in Beijing. These publications are kept in most university libraries and sold in major book stores in China.
Shudong’s recording, Silvery Night, in collaboration with Charles Hulin, introduces American listeners to the songs of Yao Qi, a composer from Singapore. Her CD album Voix Suprême, also in collaboration with Charles Hulin, features French Art Songs by Jules Massenet. Voix Suprême, released by Navona Records and distributed by Naxos of America, was praised by reviewer Gerald Fenech in Music and Vision: “Shudong Braamse has the perfect voice for this repertoire, and her performances are excellent throughout – faultless, even…” Voix Suprême was a top digital album on the Navona label in spring of 2017 with a high number of streams and downloads. The album also received airplay from radio stations such as KALX, UC Berkeley, WRUV, Vermont, and KMUN, Oregon. Shudong just finished recording 19 Spanish art songs. The album will be released by Navona Records in February of 2019.
Dr. Braamse received her MM and D.M.A. in Vocal Performance from Michigan State University. Currently, she is a professor of voice at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida.