B i o g r a p h y
Lyric mezzo-soprano, Halley Pearlstein’s strong musicianship, dramatic engagement, vocal versatility, and approachable demeanor make her a refreshing and competitive force in the world of classical music. Her favorite operatic roles include Hänsel, Mistress Quickly, Prince Orlofsky, Frugola, Mrs. Herring, Meg Page, and Alma March. During the summer of 2013 she debuted the role of Mrs. Who in the Act I world premiere of Libby Larsen’s A Wrinkle in Time. She has worked with distinguished artists, including Julie Simson, Leigh Holman, Nicholas Carthy, Richard Crittenden, Elizabeth Vrenios, Mutsumi Moteki, and Barbara Caprilli. In 2013 she was recognized as a finalist in the graduate division of Colorado/Wyoming NATS, and was a recipient of the Doscher JB Graduate Voice Scholarship at the University of Colorado.
Halley is a passionate recitalist, and enjoys performing contemporary and standard song repertoire. She has sung such standard repertoire as Britten’s A Charm of Lullabies, Poulenc’s Banalités, Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder, as well as selections from Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne and Argento’s From the Diary of Virginia Woolf. She is also very enthusiastic about performing works by Jewish composers. She began her exploration of Yiddish art songs with a set of songs by Lazar Weiner, featured on her recital at the University of Delaware in 2012. As an interpreter of chamber music, Halley has recorded Frank Martin's Quatre Sonnets à Cassandre and Trois Chants de Noel. Recent engagements include the role of Hänsel in the University of Colorado Opera's production of Hänsel und Gretel, and a song recital of works by Fauré, Mahler, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Copland, and Heggie.
Halley also enjoys teaching private voice and piano lessons. In addition to her own studio, she has taught at schools in central New Jersey. Inquiries about studio policy, availability, and fees can be made through the contact form, or directly, at email@example.com.
Halley recently completed her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she studied privately with mezzo-soprano, Abigail Nims. Halley graduated summa cum laude from the University of Delaware in 2012, where she received her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and a minor in Music Management, and studied with sopranos, Noël Archambeault and Marie Robinson. Halley resides in Morganville, New Jersey, where she is teaching and pursuing performing opportunities across the Northeast.