"Abundant power, effective technique and steady intonation"
-The Denver Post
Abigail Chapman is a versatile light lyric coloratura soprano who sings music ranging from the Medieval period to compositions written today. While she performs music from all centuries and has sung in a variety of musical styles, she is best known for her work in early music, her performances of 20th and 21st century music, and her creative song recitals. A proud native of Damariscotta, Maine, she has also lived and sung in and around New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Denver, and has performed elsewhere around the United States, as well as in Germany, Japan, and New Zealand.
So far this season, Ms. Chapman has appeared as the soprano soloist in the Fauré Requiem at St. Mark’s Church in Philadelphia; sung Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols with The Mastersingers of Wilmington; given a program of music for two singers and two lutes with her Renaissance ensemble, The Riverview Consort; and been heard on WRTI Philadelphia with the Grammy-winning choir, The Crossing. Upcoming appearances include Christmas concerts with The Crossing and The Riverview Consort; an appearance as soprano soloist in George Frideric Handel’s Messiah with House Music Philadelphia; performances of a new work by Bang On A Can’s Julia Wolfe with The Crossing and the New York Philharmonic; a concert of music of New France at Princeton University with Les Agréments de Musique, an ensemble specializing in music of the French Baroque; and additional concerts with The Crossing, Les Agréments, The Riverview Consort, and The Mastersingers of Wilmington.
Highlights of the 2017-2018 season include singing the role of Dolly in William Shield’s opera The Woodman with Brandywine Baroque; appearing as the soprano soloist in Alfred Desenclos’s Requiem with The Mastersingers of Wilmington; singing with The Crossing in Chicago, Philadelphia, upstate New York, and Montana; making several recordings with The Crossing; making a recording of David Hertzberg’s new opera The Wake World with Opera Philadelphia; giving a number of performances with The Riverview Consort; appearing with Les Agréments de Musique at Westminster Choir College; and singing a program of music by living composers with violist Gregory Williams and pianist Fang-Yi Chu in New York City and New Jersey.
Ms. Chapman holds an MM in Voice from The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, where she was awarded the George Woodhead Prize in Voice and a Peabody Career Grant. She holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, where she was a winner of the Sarah Lawrence Concerto Competition and was awarded the Jerome Swinford Scholarship. Her major teachers have included William Sharp, Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Wayne Sanders, and Eddye Pierce-Young, and she has sung in master classes with Denyce Graves, Dawn Upshaw, Andreas Scholl, Julianne Baird, Drew Minter, Pamela Dellal, and others. She has been heard on Colorado Public Radio in performances with the Denver Early Music Consort, and may also be heard on a recording of two masses by Henri Hardouin with St. Martin’s Chamber Choir on the Toccata Classics label.