Lorraine DiSimone, soprano and Ron Ulen, baritone
Gabriel Dobner, piano

Wednesday, February 15 @ 8 p.m., Recital Hall

This trio of internationally recognized artists share the stage for an extraordinary evening of music by Brahms, Schubert, Schumann and others.

Lorraine DiSimone has sung at opera houses in America including Glimmerglass Opera, Sarasota Opera, Boston Lyric Opera and Opera Boston, New York Grand Opera, Texas Opera Theater and Des Moines Metro Opera as well as opera houses in Italy, Germany and the Czech Republic. She made her Carnegie Hall debut as Fenena in Verdi’s Nabucco and returned for performances of Handel, Mozart, Beethoven and Mascagni. A finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions her repertoire includes most of the standard mezzo repertoire as well as Wagner, Strauss and contemporary works by Harbison and most recently, Elizabeth Proctor in Ward’s The Crucible. She has sung as a soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Shreveport Symphony and Hartford Symphony. She has been on the faculty of Clark University, Wake Forest University and the Berkshire Choral Festival.

The American baritone Ronald Ulen has enjoyed a rewarding and successful career, appearing with opera companies around the world in a wide variety of roles. He made his professional debut as Guglielmo in Mozarts “Cosi fan tutte” with the National Opera Company. This led to appearances throughout United States, for example as Malatesta in “Don Pasquale,” Figaro in “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” Count Eberbach in “Der Wildschütz,” Mr. Ford in “The Merry Wives of Windsor” and Marcello in “La Boheme.” An active and versatile performer who feels equally at home on the opera, concert or recital stage, Mr. Ulen has performed over 90 roles in nearly 2000 performances. His career has taken him to opera stages and concert halls around the world including those of Vienna, Rome, London, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, New York, Munich, Paris, Chicago and Berlin. He earned his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Minnesota State University Mankato followed by two master’s degrees from Florida State University, in Vocal Performance and Opera Production.

Gabriel Dobner has appeared with some of Europe’s leading singers in the major concert venues of Munich, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Zürich, Vienna, Tokyo and Nagoya. He has recorded for both the Ottavo and MDG labels, winning high praise from BBC Music Magazine, Fono Forum and the West German Radio in Cologne, who referred to him as a “master among Lieder pianists.” He has also done numerous radio recordings in the U.S., Germany and Japan.

Ticket prices: $8–$10 Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the box office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. and 1½ hours prior to performance). Major credit cards, cash, checks and JACards accepted.
JMU student tickets: $4 in person at box office only with ID. Cash only 1½ prior to performance.

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