Jeralyn T. Refeld
- Office Location:
- Oliphant Hall 309 and Oliphant Hall B02
- (714) 744-2123 / (714) 744-2113
Jeralyn Glass, (formerly known as Jeralyn Talia Refeld) is an internationally celebrated artist on the opera and concert stages of the world. She is known as a “Mozart singer of the first order” for her performances as Pamina, Ilia, Susanna, Zerlina, Despina, and Blondchen in many of the world’s leading opera houses. She has been praised as an artist with “glamour and style” by London’s Opera Magazine, and honored as one of the most exciting young talents to emerge on the European music scene by the yearbook of Opernwelt. She has sung under the baton of Sir Neville Marriner, Emmanuel Villaume, David Stahl, Michael Jurowski, Louis Langree, John de Main, Kenneth Montgomery, Stefan Soltesz, Friedemann Layer and Andreas Delfs and collaborated with artists such as Sir Peter Hall, Placido Domingo, Frank Corsaro, Jonathan Miller, Cynthia Auerbach, Marthe Schlamme and Frederica von Stade.
Admired for her “radiant lyric expression,” “brilliant coloratura,” and “clear, sparkling soprano,” Ms. Glass was a member of the Dortmund Opera Ensemble for 3 seasons, singing Gilda, Ännchen, Micaela, Gretel, Woglinde, Princess Eudora, Marzelline. She has sung in the opera houses of Bonn, Leipzig, Munich, Nice, Toulouse, Strasbourg, Montpellier, Marseille, Tours, Lille, Maastricht, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Zurich, Malaga, Venice, San Diego, Michigan, Los Angeles, Chautauqua, Pittsburgh and at the Aspen Music Festival, among others. She sang an acclaimed Zerlina in the Don Giovanni production which reopened the renovated Gärtnerplatztheater in Munich. She has sung concerts in Japan, at La Fenice, at the Nice Festival of Sacred Music, in Paris at the Salle Gaveau and was featured in live radio broadcasts from the Schubert Festival in Nantes, France and the West German Radio Orchestra (WDR) in Cologne, Germany. She toured Germany with the Northwest German Symphony Orchestra in an Opera Gala, in performances of Beethoven’s IX Symphony, and as soprano soloist in the Brahms Requiem and the Poulenc Gloria. She partnered with tenor Rene Kollo in Gala concerts throughout Germany. She sang Bach St. Matthew Passion in an acclaimed staged version in Bonn. She sang Bach Christmas Oratorio and Cantatas at the famed Andechs Festival in Bavaria. She is a regular guest artist at the Philharmonie am Gasteig, Munich, recently singing an evening of Bel Canto Opera and starring in a New Year’s Eve Gala. In the Thuringen Festival of Sacred Music, she soared in Haydn’s The Creation. Her original show ‘Red Tones’ was critically acclaimed in Germany. She made her oratorio debut in Segerstrom Hall, California under the baton of Dr. William Hall singing the soprano soloist in the Mozart C minor Mass and sang in concerts at Alice Tully Hall, New York. In 2012, Jeralyn was asked to sing in Jerusalem for Hadassah’s 100th Birthday celebration. She appeared in 2012 and 2013 as guest artist in concert in Munich at the Unicredit Night, the opening of the Munich Opera Festival. In January, 2014, she sang a benefit concert for the typhoon victims in the Philippines.
Ms. Glass appeared on European television in an Arts documentary ‘Erotic Intelligence’ and in ‘Emotional Intelligence’ for Bavaria Television. She has appeared on KOCE Television in Los Angeles with Dr. Jim Doti. Ms. Glass has been honored by Chapman University as the inaugural holder of the William Hall Visiting Professorship in its internationally renowned Conservatory of Music. She presents workshops in musical theatre and conducts master classes in vocal performance, specializing in both classical music and musical theatre. Her original show ’Can’t Help Singing’, a personal look at the legacy of Broadway musical theatre giants George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Kurt Weill and Stephen Sondheim, played to sold out audiences in Los Angeles and has been enthusiastically acclaimed in Germany. The original show follows the early days of her career, which began at age 19 in the National Touring companies of Jesus Christ Superstar, Showboat, and Camelot. She made her Broadway debut with Rex Harrison in the 25th anniversary revival of My Fair Lady.
She was educated at USC, UCLA and on a scholarship at the Juilliard School, New York. She studied voice with Annette Smith, Nina Hinson, Martial Singher, Ellen Faull and Josef Metternich and coached jazz with Phil Moore. She studied opera in Italy with Renata Tebaldi and Carlo Bergonzi, acting with William Esper and at The Actors Institute, New York. This native Californian has won the Young California Artist Award, the California Mozart Competition, as well as honors in the San Francisco Opera Awards, New York NATS First Prize, and the Liederkranz Competition in New York. She was semi-finalist in the Mirjam Helin International Vocal Competition in Helsinki, Finland.
Jeralyn is known as an innovative artist and teacher. A leading vocal teacher in Munich, she taught at the August Everding Theaterakademie. She is an active member of the BDG, the German Association of Teachers of Singing. Her students have consistently won national awards in musical, pop and classical singing contests. Many are attending prestigious institutions in Munich, Berlin, Hamburg, Essen and New York, and are working professionally in Musicals, Films and Operas. She was asked to create “Powerful Communication: Authentic Expression” a course for business professionals at the request of a leading international entrepreneur.
She is passionate about guiding young people on a fulfilling path in the performing arts. She is founder and artistic director of the kids4kids World Foundation, www.kids4kidsworld.org, a charitable organization which develops young talents, coupling artistic development with teamwork and social responsibility. The governing board includes Mary Hammond from the Royal Academy of Music, London, Pia Douwes, Musical star and Christoph Poppen, internationally known conductor. kids4kids World Foundation holds auditions every winter and presents original musical productions at the SchauBurg State Theater and the Conservatory of Music, Munich. The proceeds support music therapy programs for traumatized youth in Germany. This project is the subject of a documentary film, ‘No One is Alone’, which was released in 2007. It is supported by the Bavarian Ministry of Education and Culture and the Ministry of Family. Since its inception in July 2006, the Foundation has raised over $30,000 per year for music therapy programs for children. She is currently establishing a kids4kids branch in Southern California.
‘Songs for a Sunday,’ is a benefit concert for Trinity Kids Care Hospice and is a popular event every winter in Los Angeles. She is happy to be home in Southern California after many years living abroad and delights in being a Professor at Chapman University. She maintains a private voice studio and conducts workshops internationally. Her students never cease to inspire her and she adores giving her knowledge and experience to young performers. Ms. Glass is proud and honored to sing the national anthem at Staples Center, Los Angeles on February 19, 2014 when the Lakers play Houston.