Blythe Gaissert has already appeared on the stages of Los Angeles Opera (Israelite Man in Judas Maccabeus, Cincinnati Opera, Sarasota Opera (Maddalena in Rigoletto), Tulsa Opera (Hansel in Hansel and Gretel), Lake George Opera (title role in Carmen) and Opera Southwest (title role in Carmen), attracting the notices of critics who have described her performances using adjectives such as "flamboyant," "eloquent," "sensuous," "vocally assured," and "vivid."
Recent engagements include appearances with Des Moines Metro Opera as Mother Marie in Dialogues of the Carmelites.and at the Lyrique en Mer Festival as Maddalena in Rigoletto. Last season, she joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for their productions of Die Walküre and Nixon in China. This past season, she returned to the Metropolitan Opera and joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic for their production and tour of Adams' The Gospel of the Other Mary.
This past season included performances at the Tanglewood Music Festival's performance of Act 3 of Die Walküre, the Sarasota Opera as Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus and the Duluth Symphony in performances of the Verdi Requiem and workshop performances at AOP of As One.
Ms. Gaissert has participated in a number of notable programs for young artists, including San Francisco Opera's Merola Program, Cincinnati Opera, Lake George Opera, Sarasota Opera, Aspen Opera Theatre Centre (Mother Marie in Dialogues of the Carmelites and Maddalena).
Ms. Gaissert is the 2010 Winner of the First Prize of the National Opera Association. In the past, she has been a finalist in a number of other competitions, including the Jensen Competition, Giulio Gari Competition, Portland Opera/Eleanor Lieber Competition, Bel Canto Competiton, and McCammon Competition. She is also the winner of Sarasota Opera Mandelker Award.
On the concert stage, Ms. Gaissert has appeared with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra (El Amor Brujo), Cincinnati Symphony (Zemlinsky's Psalm 83), Colonial Symphony (Candide), Florence Symphony and the Garden State Philharmonic (Handel's Messiah), World Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. She earned particular acclaim for her interpretations of Andriessen's Y Despues and Ligeti's Sippal, Dobbal, NadiHegiduvel in their American premieres at the Aspen Music Festival and for a program of songs by Shostakovich for the New York Performing Arts Library. She also performed with the Sarasota Chamber Orchestra.
Notable conductors with whom she has worked include Harry Bicket, James Conlon, Victor DeRenzi, Ascher Fisch, James Levine, Julius Rudel, Anthony Barrese, and Kostis Protopapas. Directors with whom she has worked include Ed Berkeley, Helena Binder, Garnett Bruce, Jonathan Eaton, David Edwards, Chuck Hudson, Nic Muni, Stephanie Sundine, and Paula Williams.