- Trudi Ann Wright
(b Boston, MA, 1927). American contralto. She studied singing at the Longy School of Music, earning a performance certificate, and also at Tanglewood. In 1946 she made her professional debut with Koussevitzky and the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood as a soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. She continued to appear with them through the early 1950s.
In 1950 Alberts moved to New York, where she continued her work as a concert soloist, garnering the attention of New York City Opera. She made her NYCO debut on 4 October 1951 as the Elderly Woman in the world premiere of Tamkin’s The Dybbuk. 1955 was an important year for Alberts, which included solo work with the Philadelphia Orchestra in Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion, their world premiere of Hanson’s Sinfonia Sacra, and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the New York Philharmonic under Bernstein. In that year she also became a member of Lyric Opera of Chicago, singing opposite Maria Callas in ...