Canadian born mezzo-soprano Judith Forst has been highly acclaimed for her operatic and concert performances throughout North America and in Europe in many of the world’s most prestigious theaters which have included the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Munich, Netherlands Opera, Dallas Opera, Washington Opera, Vancouver Opera, and the Santa Fe Opera among many others.
Judith Forst began her career at the Metropolitan Opera when, after her participation in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, General Manager Sir Rudolf Bing immediately offered her a contract with the company. Her first roles at the Metropolitan included Preziosilla in La Forza del Destino, Stephano in Romeo et Juliette and Siebel in Faust and she has returned to the Metropolitan regularly all through her career for roles such as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni under James Levine, Giulietta in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Countess Adelaide in Arabella, and the Kabinicha in Katya Kabanova. After her first seasons at the Metropolitan, Forst was soon heard at most of the operatic theaters in North America in roles such as Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte, Rosina in Il Babiere di Siviglia, the title role in La Cenerentola, Adalgisa in Norma Charlotte in Werther, Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier and Bizet’s Carmen. She made her Seattle Opera debut as Giovanna Seymour in Anna Bolena and subsequently appeared in this role opposite Dame Joan Sutherland in San Francisco, Toronto, Detroit, Washington, DC and in New York where the concert was also televised as part of the “Live from Lincoln Center” series. Forst made her European debut in Paris in 1985 in a concert performance of Hoffmann and her Munich debut as Preziosilla in La Forza del Destino. She made her London debut in the spring of 1992 in the British premiere of Rossini’s Ermione and starred as the Composer in a new production of Ariadne auf Naxos at the English National Opera in 1994. Recognized as one of Canada’s most distinguished artists, Forst has been honored with the Order of Canada.
In recent season, Forst has continued her presence at the Metropolitan Opera in the world premier of Two Boys and as Kostelnicka in Jenufa, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in Katya Kabanova and as Bronka in The Passenger, at the Houston Grand Opera as Mrs. Grose in The Turn of the Screw, and at the Vancouver Opera as Herodias in Salome.