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A native of South Bend, Indiana soprano Lisa Layman has appeared with the Houston Grand Opera, the Concert Chorale of Houston, Yale Opera, Yale Chamber Music Society, and the Yale Philharmonia. Lisa made her operatic debut to critical acclaim as Micaela in a Connecticut Grand Opera production of Bizet's Carmen. As a founding member of the Lyric Orchestra of New York, New Jersey & Florida, she sang the title roles in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, Bellini's Norma, Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur, Verdi's La Traviata, Luisa Miller, Gilda in Rigoletto, as well as in Puccini’s La Boheme, Suor Angelica, Madama Butterfly and Tosca.
With Soviet-Russian-born American classical composer and pianist and poetess Lera Auerbach, Ms. Layman premiered three songs written especially for the soprano at the prestigious Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado with Ms Auerbach at the piano! For composer Stephan Collantti, she debuted the role of Autumn in his world premiere opera The Selfish Giant with the Erie Opera Theatre, and can be heard on the debut album as well. She thrilled audiences at Tampa Opera with Gilda in Rigoletto where one critic referred to her has "a young Callas!"
Her oratorio work and concert recitals have included performances of Brahms’ Deutsches Requiem, Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, and Handel's Messiah. She appeared with the Riverside Choral Society in Mozart's Requiem and Mass in C Minor at Alice Tully Hall @ Lincoln Center as well as Beethoven's Mass in C, and at Merkin Hall in Mirjam's Siegesgesang by Schubert. She debuted at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall with the Lyric Orchestra singing Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise.
An active church musician, recitalist and teacher, Ms Layman has appeared locally with the Erie Philharmonic, Erie Opera Theater, Erie Chamber Orchestra, Winds on the Lake, the Hillman Opera @SUNY Fredonia, the College Symphony Orchestra @ SUNY Fredonia and numerous faculty recitals.
Ms. Layman resides in Erie, PA with her husband Brent Weber, is on the voice faculty @ SUNY Fredonia and is currently the Executive Director of the Western New York Chamber Orchestra.
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