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Teresa Ringholz, M.M.

Adjunct Professor of Voice


M.M. in Vocal Performance, Eastman School of Music

B.M. in Vocal Performance, Eastman School of Music


Performance Experience

Principal soprano soloist: Oper der Stadt Koln,  GERMANY
Western Opera Theater: USA Tour 1982

Soprano Teresa Ringholz,a native of Rochester, N.Y., received her Bachelor and Master degrees in Vocal Performance at the Eastman School of Music; was winner of the first Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition at Eastman; debuted at Lincoln Center as winner of the Liederkranz Vocal Competition; performed with the North Carolina Symphony as winner of the Joseph Bryant Vocal Competition; and won first place in the Toulouse and Barcelona International Vocal Competitions. She was also an apprentice of the San Francisco Opera Merola program and toured the United States with Western Opera Theater performing the role of Gilda in Rigoletto

Shortly thereafter, she made her European debut in Strasbourg as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos and in the same year was hired as principle soprano soloist at the Cologne Opera in Germany.  Within the 5 years of this engagement she performed 20 roles in the lyric/coloratura repertoire and worked with internationally recognized conductors and stage directors such as Sir John Pritchard, James Conlon, Hans Neugebauer and Jean-Pierre Ponelle.

As a freelance artist she became a frequent guest at opera houses and festivals throughout the world: Deutsche Oper Berlin, Dresden Festival, Teatro Liceo Barcelona, Paris Opera Comique, Zürich Opera, Salzburg Festival, Prague Mozart Festival, and the Washington Kennedy Center.

In 1992 she sang the role of the Wife in the world premiere of Alfred Schnittke’s first opera: Life with an Idiot at the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam under the musical direction of Mstislav Rostropovich. This historic production was recorded by SONY.  Her other recordings include operetta excerpts with the Eastman-Dryden Orchestra (ARABESQUE), La Scala di Seta (CLAVES), and Alceste (NAXOS) - cited as “Best Recording 1999” in Fanfare Magazine.

She has made numerous live concert broadcasts with German radio orchestras: WDR, SDR, NDR, and the British BBC.  She starred in 2 televised opera productions: Alice Ford in Salieri’s Falstaff from the Schwetzingen Festival (released by ARTHUS on DVD in 2001) and the title role in Alceste from the Drottningholm Festival which was broadcast live throughout Scandinavia in August, 1998.

From 2001-2004, she performed the role of Duchess in the opera: Powder Her Face by Thomas Ades, receiving much critical acclaim at international contemporary music festivals in: Odense, Tel Aviv, Zagreb, Chicago, Winterthur, Rome and Naples. In 2004 she made her debut at the Concert Gebouw in Amsterdam singing a concert performance of Alceste with the Dutch radio orchestra: NPS and appeared in the Martinu Festival Basel under the direction of Gennady Rozhdestvensky. In 2005 she sang the Wife and Sphinx in Mark Anthony Turnage’s Greek in Winterthur; Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos for the South-East Bavarian Theater and Giulietta in Les Contes des Hoffmann for the 53rd European Festival Passau.

Her range of Baroque to Contemporary Opera, Operetta, Musical Theater, Recital and Concert performances, plus her numerous CDs and prominent reviews, document the diverse ability of her vocal talent and internationally recognized musicality. For over 15 years, she taught voice in Germany and gave Master Classes in Bavaria, Mauritius and Bogotá.  She maintains a private studio in Rochester and is also an adjudicator and lecturer.

Courses Taught

MUS 1003 Applied Voice

Vocal Coaching