Hailed by the New York Times for her “beautiful tone and a graceful sense of phrasing,” soprano Lori Guilbeau joins the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra as Sieglinde in a concert performance of Die Walküre in the 2018-19. Last season, she returned to Theater Kiel for her first performances of the title role in Arabella, Amelia in Un ballo in maschera, and 3rd Norn and Gutrune in Götterdammerung. While a member of the company’s ensemble, her other numerous roles have included Sieglinde in Die Walküre, Valentine in Les Huguenots, Corinna in Il Viaggio a Reims, Liù in Turandot, Helmwige in Die Walküre, Micaëla in Carmen, and Euridice in Orfeo et Euridice. She also recently returned to the States to join the Metropolitan Opera for its Rising Stars concert series throughout the country.

The soprano recently made her Metropolitan Opera debut as the High Priestess in Aida with Marco Armiliano conducting and has returned to the company for Voce dal Ciel in Don Carlo as well as for its productions of Götterdämmerung and Nabucco. She recently sang her first performances of the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos with Theater Kiel, Giorgetta in Il tabarro with LidalNorth in Oslo, and Fiordiligi in Cosí fan tutte with Shreveport Opera. On the concert stage, she joined the American Symphony Orchestra for Esmerelda in Schimidt’s Notre Dame at Carnegie Hall as well as for concerts featuring French repertoire by Saint-Saëns, Gounod, Delibes, and Massenet at the Bard Music Festival. Among her other concert performances are Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder with the Monterey Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem with the Louisiana Philharmonic and East Alabama Arts Association, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with Theater Kiel, and concert programs of varied repertoire for Verein Opera in Zurich and Den Nye Opera. She sang a solo recital in New York City that was presented by the Marilyn Horne Foundation and Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall and joined bass John Relyea in a recital presented by the George London Foundation at New York City’s Morgan Library.

She triumphed as a grand prize winner of the 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in which she sang “Give me some music” from Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra and “Toi qui sus le néant” from Don Carlos with the legendary orchestra under the baton of Marco Armiliato. She is the 2010 recipient of the George London/Leonie Rysanek Award from the George London Foundation, first prize in the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, first prize in the Alan M. and Joan Taub Ades Vocal Competition at Manhattan School of Music, and the Richard F. Gold Career Grand from the Shoshannah Foundation. Addition, she received the Beverly Sills Award from the Elardo International Opera Competition and both the Edvard Grieg and Audience Choice Award at the Solveig Competition in Oslo, Norway.

The soprano received both her Master of Music and Bachelor of Music from Manhattan School of Music, at which her performances of the title role of Fauré’s Pénélope received great critical acclaim. While there she also scenes of Agathe in Der Freischütz, Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro, Amelia in Un ballo in maschera, Leonore in Fidelio and was presented in recital at the Terrace Theater of the John F. Kennedy Center as part of the Conservatory Project Recital Series singing songs of Duparc and Marx. A former participant of the Merola Opera Program in association with San Francisco Opera, she sang excerpts of the title role of Arabella, Alice Ford in Falstaff, and Mimì in La bohème. Additionally, she is a former participant of the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari, Italy; Intermezzo Festival in Brugge, Belgium; Lidal North in Oslo, Norway, and Sherill Milnes’ VOICExperience.

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