Mezzo Soprano Lorraine DiSimone has performed extensively in concert as well as on the opera stage. Ms. DiSimone has sung with the Pittsburgh Symphony, under the direction of Eduardo Mata, in DeFalla’s La Vida Breve, Bernstein’s Arias and Barcarolles with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra under Keith Lockhart and concert performances of Wagner’s Die Walkürewith 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 at Carnegie Hall in performances of Händel’s Messiah, Mozart’s C Minor Mass and Requiem, Beethoven’s Mass in C and Mascagni’sSilvano.
A CD of Silvano was released on Elysium Recordings in 1995. Her European debut was made in concert at La Fenice in Venice, singing Socrateby Satie. Since that time she has soloed with the Augsburg Philharmonic in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2and Songs of a Wayfarer, Berlioz’s Nuits d’été, Romeo and Juliet and La Mort de Cléopatre,as well as Ravel’s Scheherazade. Ms. DiSimone was a soloist with the Hartford Symphony in performances ofMessiah and Dvorak’s Stabat Materand, most recently, Händel’s Messiah with the Omaha Symphony.
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 Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, and The Queen in John Harbison’s chamber opera, A Full Moon in March, with Opera Boston. A recording of this was released in April 2009.
In 2005 Ms. DiSimone sang the role of Elizabeth Proctor in Opera Boston’s production of 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 the Glimmerglass Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Texas Opera Theater, Opera Idaho, Sarasota Opera, DiCapo Opera, New England Lyric Operetta, Opera Boston, Knoxville Opera and the Theater Augsburg.
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. Ms. DiSimone is Associate Professor of Voice at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and has performed locally with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and the Knoxville Opera, most recently singing the role of Henrichetta in Bellini’s I Puritani.