Lori Hultgren, soprano
American Soprano Lori Hultgren is an alumna of Indiana University where she completed her bachelor's, master's, and post graduate work in voice. Hultgren began her professional career as a mezzo soprano singing such roles as: Dorabella in Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte, Octavian in Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier, the title role in Bizet's Carmen, Maddalena in Verdi's Rigoletto, and Giulietta in Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann. She made her soprano debut in 2001 singing the title role in Richard Strauss' opera Ariadne auf Naxos with the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University and reprised the role with the Britten-Pears program in Aldeburgh England. Hultgren's recent concert appearances have included Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde and Kindertotenlieder, Ravel's Sheherazade, Britten's War Requiem, and Strauss' Vier Letzte Lieder.
In concert and on stage, Hultgren has been praised by The Baltimore Sun as a young dramatic soprano whose "interpretive ardor is contagious." She has performed roles with St. Louis Opera, Nashville Opera, Chattanooga Opera, Annapolis Opera, Opera Vivente, Baltimore Opera, Britten-Pears, Peabody Conservatory, and Indiana University. Hultgren has also been a featured soloist and recitalist with the Indianapolis Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Peabody Symphony, Pueblo Symphony, Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra, Marquette Symphony, Johns Hopkins Symphony, Columbia Symphony, Britten-Pears Orchestra, Wigmore Hall, Music in the Great Hall, and the Greenwich Music Festival. Career highlights have included a debut recital with pianist Graham Johnson at the prestigious Wigmore Hall in London, singing the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos under the direction of Maestro Oliver von Dohnani and Colin Grahm with the Britten-Pears program, and singing the premiere of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem conducted by Simone Young in Aldeburgh,England. Hultgren's awards include semi-finalist in the New England Regional Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition, second place winner of the Annapolis Opera Competition, and the first place winner of the Sylvia Green Competition. Hultgren will be performing locally with the Loudon Symphony in Spring 2013 singing Richard Strauss' Four Last Songs.