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Thursday, March 17, 2011

MEZZO-SOPRANO TO PERFORM MARCH 25 AT PITT-BRADFORD

MEZZO-SOPRANO TO PERFORM MARCH 25 AT PITT-BRADFORD

BRADFORD, Pa. – Mezzo-soprano Lorraine Sullivan, an internationally recognized soloist and professor will perform Friday, March 25, at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

She and pianist Kirk Severtson will take to the stage of Bromeley Family Theater of Blaisdell Hall at 7 p.m. The concert is free and is an offering of the university’s Spectrum Series.

Sullivan’s program includes songs by Georges Bizet, Gioachino Rossini, Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Verdi, and Richard Strauss, as well as Benjamin Britten’s “A Charm of Lullabies” and “Cabaret.”

“I’ve seen Dr. Sullivan perform on several occasions, and she’s captivating,” said Dr. John Levey, assistant professor of music at Pitt-Bradford. “She’s selected some fantastic repertoire for her recital, and it will be a treat to hear her with a pianist as accomplished as Dr. Severtson.

“It’s also fitting that she’ll be here just a few weeks before Marilyn Horne returns to campus as commencement speaker,” Levey said. Bradford native Marilyn Horne is a world-renowned operatic mezzo-soprano.

Sullivan has appeared as Dorabella in Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte,” as Ottavia in Monteverdi’s “L’Incoronazione di Poppea,” and as soloist in Schoenberg’s “Pierrot Lunaire.” This past summer, she sang throughout Taiwan, with a culminating recital at the National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center. She has also performed at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theatre. Sullivan is assistant professor of Voice at the Crane School of Music.

Severtson is music director of the Crane Opera Ensemble and chair of the music performance division at the Crane School of Music.

More information about the Spectrum Series is available by contacting Patty Colosimo, assistant director of arts programming, at (814) 362-5155.

For disability related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Service at (814)-362-7609 or clh71@pitt.edu

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