COMING UP -- July 25 & 26 - Chamber Music Concerts: Summer with the Symphony

Lisa Marie Rogali

Lisa Marie Rogali

Mezzo-soprano Lisa Marie Rogali performs Handel’s Messiah and Holiday Pops from December 2-3, 2004.

Award-winning American mezzo-soprano Lisa Marie Rogali has been praised for her “nuanced voice” and “spontaneity” on the stage. Opera News described her début performance with Minnesota Opera as “…a tour de force of diction, precision and pizzazz.” Ms. Rogali is quickly establishing herself as a versatile performer of opera and musical theatre as well as contemporary and concert music.

This season, Ms. Rogali joins Detroit Opera’s Resident Artist Program, singing the roles of Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Lapak in The Cunning Little Vixen, and covering Dodo in Breaking the Waves. She will also make her role début as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia with North Carolina Opera.

Last season, Ms. Rogali débuted the roles of Princess/Lucy/Fancy Doll #1 in the world premiere of Edward Tulane with Minnesota Opera. She also performed her first Hansel in Opera Birmingham’s production of Hansel and Gretel this spring. On the concert stage, she was featured as the alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Naples Philharmonic, as well as Mozart’s Requiem with The Masterwork Chorus. Additionally, she performed Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with Williamsport Symphony Orchestra as part of their “Love & Romance” concert. Additionally, she returned to The Glimmerglass Festival to sing Stéphano in Roméo et Juliette and Paquette in Candide.

Ms. Rogali has been featured in roles on the stages of companies including Minnesota Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Opera Birmingham, and Opera Saratoga. New to mezzo-soprano repertoire, she has already garnered attention for her success in the zwischenfach world. Some of her most notable operatic roles to date include: Mercédès in Carmen, Tina in Flight, Lisette in La rondine, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Musetta in La bohème, Elle in La voix humaine, and Blanche de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites. Ms. Rogali’s versatility extends to the musical theatre realm as well, where she has performed and covered leading roles such as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Louise in Gypsy, and Maria in The Sound of Music.

On the competition circuit, Ms. Rogali has earned top accolades from a variety of prominent organizations. Recently, she was awarded Third Place in the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition (Eastern Region), Second Place in the Orpheus Vocal Competition, First Place in the Dorothy Lincoln Smith Classical Voice Competition, Fourth Place in the Giulio Gari International Vocal Competition, and Second Place in the American Traditions Vocal Competition. She has also won awards from the Lotte Lenya Competition, Jensen Foundation, Career Bridges, and Opera at Florham Competition, among others.

Ms. Rogali received her M.M. in Vocal Performance from The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and her B.M.E. in Music Education from The Pennsylvania State University.