phyllis bryn-julson

Phyllis Bryn-Julson provided her "pitch-perfect, three-octave range" to the choral sections of 200 Motels.


known for her lustrous voice and her pitch-perfect three-octave range, phyllis bryn-julson commands a remarkable amount of vocal literature that spans many centuries.


engagements during the past two seasons include performances in los angeles during the 1996 boulez festival, five performances including her celebrated unaccompanied recital at the tel aviv new music festival, performances in stockholm, sweden with conductor esa-pekka salonen on two separate occasions, orchestral engagements in geneva, switzerland, seattle and omaha, as well as numerous recitals including those in washington, d.c., at the yale summer school, and at the university of north carolina. currently taking part in a year-long celebration of the 70th birthday of gyorgy ligeti. ms. bryn-julson is performing his works in amsterdam, london and paris. she has recorded his music for sony in a complete edition of mr. ligetis works. her lengthy list of recordings continues to win many awards and prizes. she was nominated for a grammy in 1997 for her performance in dallapicollas opera ii prigioniero, which also won the prix du monde. her performance of erwartung by arnold schoenberg, won the 1995 best opera grammaphone award. soon to be released on the arabesque label will be her first recording with leon fleisher, pianist. of schumanns frauenliebe und leben. she has recorded for cbs masterworks, cr1, decca, edici, erato, london, louisville, new world, nonesuch, orion, deutsche grammophon, rca, gothic, collins. emi, and music and arts.


ms. bryn-julson recently received an honorary doctorate from concordia college in moorhead, minnesota. in the spring of 1997, she was awarded the dickenson college arts award, which in the past had been granted to the philadelphia orchestra, w.h. auden, and robert frost, to name a few. phyllis bryn-julson appears extensively in europe in every major city, and at every major festival. with the ensemble intercontemporaine under the direction of pierre boulez, she has traveled to canada, spain, japan, australia, russia, and all of europe including england. her unaccompanied recital has received standing ovations in paris, at the warsaw festival, in israel, and in the united states. she is particularly known for her works of the 20th century, including works of schoenberg, boulez, webern, berg, bernstein, carter, wuorinen, stravinsky, and britten. this season alone, she will premier compositions by matthew burtner, elliott carter, mark schultz, henri lazaroff, william albright, and gyorgy kurtag. a member of the peabody conservatory faculty in baltimore, maryland. ms. bryn-julson is the coordinator of the voice department. in 1988, she performed with the peabody orchestra in moscow, and became the first american ever to give a master class at the moscow conservatory of music. 

ms. bryn-julson made her opera debut in the 1976 world premier of roger sessions montezuma in the lead role of malinche. later at covent garden, she performed in both le rossignol by stravinsky, and lenfant et les sortileges, by ravel. she has also performed the role of vitellia in la clemenza di tito several times in germany as well as at the mostly mozart festival in new york.



frank zappa: 200 motels
   (1971, 2lp, usa, united artists)

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1976 dave brubeck- la fiesta de la posada [festival of the inn]

1987 del tredici: in memory of a summer day/ slatkin, bryn-julson

1992 griffes: vocal music / sherrill milnes, jon spong

1992 sibelius: lemminkäinen legends, etc / gibson, scottish natl

1993 minnesota orchestra- beethoven: overtures and incidental music / skrowaczewski

1993 american masters- the music of robert starer

1993 american masters- rorem: women's voices, some trees, etc.

1993 varèse: works vol 1 (1920-1927) / kent nagano

1994 cri 40th anniversary- the composer-performer

1994 schoenberg: pierrot lunaire; stravinsky /new york new music

1995 american masters- david del tredici: i hear an army, etc

1995 dallapiccola: il prigioniero / salonen, swedish rso & choir

1995 del tredici: an alice symphony / knussen, bryn-julson

1995 schoenberg, berio, carter, kurtag, xenakis / pierre boulez

1996 gay american composers

1996 beethoven: missa solemnis

1997 györgy ligeti edition vol 4 - vocal works / salonen, et al

1997 varèse: works vol 2 (1925-1961) / kent nagano

1997 musica rediviva - krenek: zeit-lieder, etc / bryn-julson

1997 schumann: song cycles / fleisher, bryn-julson, shirley-quirk

1997 phillip rhodes: memory, art, time and form

1998 voices from elysium - copland, cowell, crawford-seeger, etc

1999 bretan: sacred songs / ludovic konya, phyllis bryn-julson

1999 society of composers inc - transcendencies - fortner, et al


beethoven "die weihe des hauses" minnesota orchestra, skrowaczewski, conductor (vox box 5156)

beethoven "missa solemnis" sinfonieorchester des suedwestfunks; gielen, conductor (aurophon 031445 cd)

birtwistle "punch and judy" london sinfonietta; atherton, conductor (etcetera 2014)

boulez "le visage nuptial"; "le soleil des eaux" bbc symphony, boulez, conductor (erato 2292-45494-2)

boulez "pli selon pli"bbc symphony,boulez, conductor(erato 2292 45376-2)

britten "our hunting fathers" english chamber orchestra, bedford, conductor (collins 11922)

brubeck "la fiesta de la posada" st.paul chamber orchestra, russell-davies, conductor (cbs 73903)

carter "a mirror on which to dwell" ensemble intercontemporaine, boulez, conductor(erato 2292—45364—2)

clayton "cree songs to the newborn"; dickman songs, hibbard "menage" weisberg, conductor (cri sd 498)

copland and cowell songs da capo chamber players (new world records 317)

dallapiccola "il prigioniero" salonen, swedish radio, et al

davidovsky "scenes from ‘shir ha shirim’" (cri sd 530)

del tredici "an alice symphony" tanglewood festival orchestra, knussen, conductor (cri)

del tredici "i hear an army" composers string quartet (cri 294—sd)

del tredici "in memory of a summer day" st. louis symphony, slatkin, conductor (nonesuch 79043)

del tredici "syzygy" festival chamber orchestra, dufallo, conductor (cri sd 492)

gideon "the condemned playground" (cri 343-sd)

griffes "three songs of fiona macleod" boston symphony orchestra, ozawa, conductor (new world 273)

haydn "grande messe avec orgue" orchestre de paul keuntz keuntz, conductor (edici 41050)

jones "ambiance" contemporary chamber ensemble, weisberg, conductor (nonesuch h-71302)

krenek "string quartet" and songs southwest chamber, ligeti "vocal works" (sony)

lockwood "to margarita debayle" and walker songs, donald s. sutherland and george walker, pianists (cri sd 488)

lybbert "lines for the fallen" with two pianos (odessey 32—16—0162)

mamlok "stray birds" and rhodes "autumn setting" speculum musicae (cri sd 301)

moss "hear this touch" and wilson "sappho" with tape (orion 80374)

organ and voice music w. donald s. sutherland, organist (gothic 38210)

rhodes "lament of michal" louisville orchestra, mester, conductor (lo first edition 704)

rhodes "mountain songs"(orion 77276)

rhodes from "paradise lost" louisville orchestra, mester, conductor (lo first edition 723)

rochberg "string quartet #2" concord string quartet(turnabout 34524)

rorem "nantucket songs" with rorem, piano(cri sd 485)

schoenberg songs with ursula oppens, piano (music and arts 650)

schoenberg "pierrot lunaire" ensemble modern, eotvos, conductor (rca 09026-61179-2)

schoenberg "pierrot lunaire" new york new music ensemble, black, conductor (gm cd 2030 cd)

schoenberg "erwartung" birmingham philharmonic rattle, cond.(emi cd 55212)

schoenberg "erwartung" swf orchestra, baden-baden gielen, conductor(swf 860-915)

schubert "mass in c" london sinfonietta atherton, cond. (decca 430-363-2)

schumann "song cycles"; leon fleisher, piano, phyllis bryn-julson, soprano;

john shirley—quirk, baritone (arabesque cd)

sibelius "luonnatar" scottish national orchestra, gibson, conductor (chandos 8395 6)

starer "anna margarita’s will" w.donald s.sutherland,piano(cri 453)

stravinsky chamber works ensemble intercontemporaine, boulez, conductor (deutsche grammophon 2531 377)

stravinsky "rossignol" bbc symphony, boulez, cond.(erato 2292—45627—2)

varese "offrandes" & "octandes" orchestre nationale de france, nagano, conductor (erato cd 4509-92137-2)

tavener "akmatova requiem"

varese "nocturnal", nagano

wuorinen "a winter’s tale" lincoln center chamber players, wuorinen, conductor (koch international classics cd 7272)

wuorinen "a winter’s tale"; messiaen "poemes pour mi"; dallapiccola "quatro

liriche di antonio machado" with mark markham, pianist (music & arts cd 912)

wuorinen "a winter’s tale"; schuller and carter songs, with mark markham, pianist (music & arts cd 900)

zimmerman requiem cologne philharmonic, bertini, conductor

                                     to be released

-lazarof "encounters", with seattle symphony, gerard schwartz, conductor

-works of carter, wuorinen, and ravel



1971 frank zappa's 200 motels

1989 the true story of 200 motels


frank zappa  / musicians timeline



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