Happy Sunday! We are making our way through the cast of The Faith Operas this month, leading up to its world premiere on Saturday, April 8 at 7:30 PM at Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford. Tickets are now on sale! You can learn more about the show and purchase tickets by clicking here.
Today, we are featuring soprano, Lisabeth Miller. You can also check back later this week for an interview with Liz about the evolution of Hartford Opera Theater.
Lyric soprano Lisabeth Miller is sought after for her musically sensitive and dramatically compelling performances on both the opera and concert stages. The 2016 included recital performances as part of the Twenty-First century music series at the Prosser Library in Bloomfield and the Noon Concert Series at the First Congregational Church of Windsor, CT. Lisabeth performed as a guest soloist with the New Britain Chorale, and as Donna in A Fine Invention by David Wolfson as part of Hartford Opera Theater’s New in November festival. Next up for Miller is the world premiere of David Wolfson’s The Faith Operas with Hartford Opera Theater and the soprano solos in Das Klagende Lied by Gustav Mahler by the Manchester Symphony and Chorale.
2015 included performances as the soprano soloist in “Carmina Burana” with the University of Connecticut Festival Chorus, and a debut as soloist with the Farmington Valley Symphony. Miller sang as a soloist with the Farmington Valley Chorale for their 2014 “A Festival of Carols and Dance” as well as her debut with Connecticut Concert Opera in Gianni Schicchi (Nella). Miller has been featured in performances at Opera Theater of Connecticut, and was a soloist for CONCORA’s spring 2011 opera excerpts concert conducted by Willie Anthony Waters. She sang the title role in Alcina with Hillhouse Opera, and was soloist with the New Haven based Nutmeg Symphony for all of their 2010-11 concerts. As a DMA candidate in voice performance at the University of Connecticut, Miller sang the role of Ann Putnam in The Crucible and First Lady in Die Zauberflöte. An enthusiastic performer of new music, Miller has been featured in Hartford Opera Theater’s “New in November” festivals from 2010-2016
Lisabeth Miller is pursuing a DMA in voice performance at the University of CT, studying with renowned pedagogue Dr. Constance Rock, and was also a student of Willie Anthony Waters. She also holds a master of music degree from the Hartt School of Music, as well as a bachelor of arts degree in music from Brandeis University where she was a student of Frank Kelley. She is proud to be the artistic director of Hartford Opera Theater, as well as director of music at Old St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Bloomfield, CT.
Here is what Liz had to say about "opera without borders" -
To me border is synonymous with limitation; limitations might be physical and tangible, or they might be emotional or spiritual. This season's productions at Hartford Opera Theater are tackling both kinds of borders. Our collaboration with the American School for the Deaf is crossing a physical border to reach an audience not traditionally served by opera companies. The characters we meet in both The Faith Operas and The Tender Land find themselves at emotional and spiritual borders as they have to choose between the lives, religious teachings, and family expectations, and the places that scare (and inspire) them. As artists, we regularly grapple with borders and constantly push against limitations in order to find truth.
Check back later this week to learn more about Hartford Opera Theater. Have a great week, Connecticut!