Associate Professor of Voice, Area Coordinator of Voice
Lorraine DiSimone, assistant professor of voice, has performed extensively in concert as well as on the opera stage. Ms. DiSimone has sung with the Pittsburgh Symphony under Eduardo Mata, with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra under Keith Lockhart and a concert performance of Wagner's Die Walküre with the Prague State Opera under Hans Wallat. She made her Carnegie Hall debut as Fenena in Verdi's Nabucco with the New York Grand Opera and since that time has been a soloist in Carnegie Hall in performances of Handel's Messiah, Mozart's C Minor Mass and Requiem, Beethoven's Mass in C, and Mascagni's Silvano. Her European debut was made in concert at La Fenice in Venice, singing a set of Virgil Thompson songs and Socrate by Satie.
Since that time she has sung as soloist with the Augsburg Philharmonic in Mahler's Symphony No. 2 and Songs of a Wayfarer, Berlioz's Nuits d'ete, Romeo and Juliet and La Mort de Cleopatre, as well as Ravel's Sheherazade. Ms. DiSimone has been active in performing contemporary music in both Europe and the United States. She has performed with the Composers in Red Sneakers, Lincoln Center Outdoors, and Symphony Space concerts. A finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, the Washington International Competition and the American Opera Auditions, Ms. DiSimone received her Master of Music in voice from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. She received her Bachelor of Music in music history from the University of Connecticut.
Ms. DiSimone has taught on the faculties of Clark University, Wake Forest University and the Berkshire Choral Festival.
Students of Ms. DiSimone have gone on to schools such as Manhattan School of Music and University of Maryland. They have sung at festivals such as Sarasota Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera North, Opera St. Louis, as well as with the prestigious Merola Program at the San Francisco Opera.
Ms. DiSimone's opera repertoire spans mezzo roles from Rosina in Barber of Seville, Preziosilla in Verdi's La Forza del Destino, Nancy in Britten's Albert Herring, Savitri in Holst's Savitri, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Wellgunde in Wagner's Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung, and Gerhilde in Die Walküre. DiSimone also sang Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, The Queen in John Harbison's Full Moon in March, and Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible. Her repertoire also includes many trouser roles such as Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito, Nicklausse in Tales of Hoffman, Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro, Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier.
She has performed with such companies as the Glimmerglass Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Texas Opera Theater, Opera Idaho, Sarasota Opera, New England Lyric Operetta, Opera Boston and the Theater Augsburg. She is currently on the faculty of the Berlin Opera Academy, a summer opera training program in Berlin, Germany. She was previously on the Amalfi Coast Summer Festival.
- M.M. in Vocal Performance - New England Conservatory of Music (1982)
- B.M. in Music History - University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT (1978)