(February 29, 1932)
Reri Grist is an American coloratura soprano who had a major International career in leading opera houses around the world.
A native New Yorker, Reri Grist's official operatic debut was at the Santa Fe Opera in 1959, as Adele in Die Fledermaus. This was followed by her playing the part of Blondchen in The Abduction From the Seraglio.
Her European debut came in 1960 when she played the Queen of the Night in Mozart's The Magic Flute at the Cologne Opera.
As a member of the Zurich Opera from 1960–1966 she sang roles including Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) and Adina (L'Elisir d'Amore).
Her reputation grew and she found herself in much demand singing at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 1962 in Le Coq d'Or and at the Glyndebourne Festival as Despina in Così Fan Tutte.
A period at the Vienna State Opera followed in 1963, and she performed there in no less than twenty five seasons that followed.
In the same year she made her debut at the San Francisco Opera as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and throughout the next twelve seasons there she sang roles such as Gilda in Rigoletto, Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera, Manon in Massenet's Manon, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Zerbinetta and Adina.
At the Salzburg Festival in 1964 she debuted as Zerbinetta and throughout the next twelve seasons there, she sang under conductors like Karl Böhm, Zubin Mehta and Herbert von Karajan.
Her roles included Susanna, Despina, Blondchen and Papagena.
At her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1966 she played Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and other roles such as Adina, Norina (Don Pasquale), Gilda (Rigoletto), Olympia (Les Contes d'Hoffmann), Oscar, Sophie and Zerbinetta followed.
She ended her operatic career in 1991 at De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam in the one-woman opera, Neither.
Among her many awards is a Lifetime Achievement Award of the Licia Albenese Foundation that she received in 2003 and two from her Alma Mater Queens College.