Judith Forst, O.C., O.B.C., Mezzo-soprano

Mezzo-soprano Judith Forst, O.C., O.B.C., has been engaged to perform the role of Lady Sybil. Vancouver-born and resident, she is a UBC graduate. Judith continues to appear in significant roles with opera companies in major North American and European cities (New York, Chicago, Prague and Milan) and to make recordings for the CBC label. She not only has brilliant technique, with a voice of wide range and gorgeous, even tone, but also a rare dramatic sense that makes her a commanding figure in opera.

Judith Forst has sung with most major opera companies throughout North America, including the New York Metropolitan Opera, where she has given over 200 performances in 17 seasons. She has also performed regularly with the San Francisco Opera, the Santa Fe Opera, the Canadian Opera Company, and the Dallas, Chicago and New York City Operas.

Ms Forst's most recent successes have included these highly-acclaimed performances:
  1. KABANICHA in Janacek's Kata Kabanova at the Met (2004-05)

  2. KOSTELNICKA in Janacek's Jenufa with the Met (Feb. 2007), the Prague National Opera (2006) and the Dallas Opera (2004 and 2007)

  3. MRS. DE ROCHER in Dead Man Walking with the Pittsburgh Opera (2004) and Calgary Opera (2006).

Recent European engagements (2003-2006) have included performances in the Czech Republic and in the Netherlands with the Dutch National Opera.

Judith Forst's third CD, Modern Canadian Music, won a Juno Award for best classical recording of the year (2001). The release of Ms Forst's 4th CD, featuring the music of Canadian composer Barbara Pentland, occurred in 2006.

In 2006, Ms Forst made her debut with La Scala, Milan (KABANICHA) and with the Chicago Lyric Opera (HERODIAS in Strauss’s Salome).

Ms Forst received an honorary Doctorate of Letters in 1991 from the University of British Columbia, becoming the first performing artist to be so honoured. A year later she was inducted into the Order of Canada. In 1995, the University of Victoria conferred upon Ms Forst an Honorary Doctorate of Music. Induction into the Order of British Columbia followed in 2001.

In 2004, Judith Forst received Canada’s most prestigious opera honour—a Ruby Award—marking her distinguished career in opera.