BM Loyola University of the South, MFA Tulane University. Vocal studies with Anna Hamlin, Marinka Gurewich, and George London. European studies with Tito Gobbi, Luigi Ricci, Antonio Beltrami, Ingrid Bjoner, Zinka Milanov, and Regine Crespin.
Study grants: Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music, William Matthews Sullivan Foundation, National Opera Institute, 1975 and 1976. Competition achievements: Metropolitan Opera auditions, 1973; competition for Verdi voices, Busseto, Italy, 1973, and Vercelli, Italy, 1973; first prize, Rio de Janeiro, 1975, Geneva Competition, 1975. New York City Opera debut as Micoela in Carmen, 1974. Began an international career as a member of the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, 1976-80; Metropolitan Opera debut as the Kaiserin in Strauss' Die frau ohne schatten, 1989. Repertoire includes roles such as Elisabeth in Tannhäuser, title role in Turandot, Sieglinde in Die Walküre, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, title role in Ariadne auf Naxos, Leonora in Il Trovatore, title role in Norma, Chrysothemis in Elektra, Leonora in La forza del destino, Elsa in Lohengrin, Senta in Der fliegende Holländer, and Leonora in Fidelio. Appearances with the Opera de Paris, Wiener Staatsoper, Hamburgische Staatsoper, La Scala, Royal Opera at Covent Garden, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro La Fenice, Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires, Opéra de Marseille, New Orleans Opera, Opera de Monte Carlo, and many others. Concertized extensively with conductors including James Levine, Nello Santi, Gerd Allrecht, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Marek Janowski, Andrew Davis, Seiji Ozawa, and Christoph von Dohnanyi. Member of Voice faculty at Mannes The New School for Music since 1991.
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