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Lorraine Yaros Sullivan
Lorraine Yaros Sullivan, mezzo-soprano, is an active and versatile performer, enjoying success in a variety of genres and styles including opera, oratorio, chamber music, and art song. Some of her favorite opera credits include Dorabella in Mozart's Così fan tutte and Ottavia in Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea, which Opera praised as "regal" and "affecting." She is in demand for her concert and oratorio work in the US and Canada, with recent performances including a range of styles from Bach to Libby Larsen. Dr. Sullivan is equally at home with the intimate collaborations of chamber music and art song. She appeared at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater and travels nationally and internationally as a recitalist. A recent tour included a series of recitals in Taiwan performing American art song and musical theatre, culminating in a performance at the National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center. Dr. Sullivan specializes in turn of the 20th century music and contemporary American music. She has been fortunate to work with several composers on their own music, including Daniel Pesca, Ricky Ian Gordon, John Harbison, Jake Heggie, and David Lang. She is a featured soloist on a forthcoming CD of Margaret Ruthven Lang's choral works on the Delos label.
Currently, Dr. Sullivan is Assistant Professor of Voice at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. She previously served on the voice faculty at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, where the Undergraduate Student Government awarded her the College of Musical Arts faculty member of the year. She was selected to participate in the 2009 NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Intern Program, where she worked with master teacher Carmen Balthrop.
Committed to teaching healthy, functional singing in any musical style (not just classical!), Dr. Sullivan recently attended the Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah University. She is Level III certified in Somatic Voicework - The LoVetri Method. She also has additional performance experience in musical theatre, vocal jazz, and pop music.
Dr. Sullivan completed the Doctor of Musical Arts in voice performance at the University of Michigan, where she studied with Freda Herseth and coached frequently with renowned collaborative pianist Martin Katz. In addition to the distinguished faculty at UM, she studied with voice teachers Melissa Malde and Barbara Dalheim. She has also worked with singers Martina Arroyo, Jon Humphrey, Judith Kellock, and Margaret Lattimore, conductors Alan Curtis, James Sinclair, Kenneth Singleton, and Craig Smith, and pianists Timothy Cheek, Eric Dalheim, and Rudolf Jansen.
Dr. Sullivan also holds a BM in voice performance from Millikin University and a double MM in voice performance and choral conducting from the University of Northern Colorado. She lives in Potsdam, New York with her composer/theorist husband, Tim Sullivan, and their five cats and two dogs.