MM, Northwestern University
Soprano. Nancy Gustafson has appeared in Europe’s major opera houses, including the Vienna State Opera, Covent Garden, La Scala, and the Paris Opera, and in the US at the Metropolitan, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston Grand, and Chicago Lyric Operas. She has collaborated with such artists as Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavorotti, and Joan Sutherland, and conductors Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti, Bernard Haitink, Sir Andrew Davis, and Sir Georg Solti. Gustafson’s honors include the title of Kammersaengerin, bestowed by Austria, and an honorary doctorate from Mount Holyoke College. Her recording highlights include Wagner’s Das Rheingold with Christoph von Dohnányi; Symphony No. 2 by Mahler, conducted by Zubin Mehta; and La bohème under Kent Nagano. She is a native of Evanston, IL.
Songs by Heart (Fanfare, fall 2015)
Gustafson founded the Songs by Heart Foundation to bring quality-of-life-enrichment programs into retirement communities nationwide. Through interactive live music programming, the organization aims to improve the intellectual, physical, social, spiritual, and emotional well-being of those with age-related memory issues.