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“Music is the shorthand of emotion.” - Leo Tolstoy
Home Town: New Haven, Connecticut
Hailed by the New York Times as an “elegant,” “rich-toned alto” with “riveting presence,” mezzo-soprano Virginia Warnken is known throughout the American Early Music community for her heartfelt interpretations of the sacred works of Bach and Handel. A lifelong lover of both solo and chamber ensemble repertoire in the Early Music genre, Ms. Warnken has been a soloist and ensemble member with the renowned Trinity Wall Street Choir, TENET, Clarion Music Society, Musica Sacra, Oratorio Society of New York, Green Mountain Project, and Vox Vocal Ensemble. In recent seasons, she has appeared on the main stage of Carnegie Hall as the alto soloist in Bach’s B Minor Mass, Handel’s Messiah, and Mozart’s C Minor Mass. Ms. Warnken is also an advocate of contemporary music, and has performed and premiered works by numerous prominent composers including Louis Andriessen, Caleb Burhans, Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, Judd Greenstein, and Steve Reich. She is a member of the groundbreaking vocal octet Roomful of Teeth, integrating western and non-western vocal techniques such as Tuvan throat singing, Inuit throat singing, yodeling, high Bulgarian belting, and Korean P’ansori, and collaborating with composers to forge a new repertoire for the voice using an expanded sound palette.
Performance: Vocalists : Chorale : Mezzo-Soprano
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