Lorraine DiSimone, Associate Professor of Voice at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has appeared extensively in concert as well as on the opera stage. She has performed with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony, Hartford Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony and Shreveport Symphony. She has sung over 50 opera roles including Rosina in Rossini’s Barber of Seville, Octavian in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier, Composer in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, Elizabeth Proctor in Ward’s The Crucible, Santuzza in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, Preziosilla in Verdi’s La Forza del Destino, La Zia Principessa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Wellgunde and Gerhilde in Wagner’s Ring as well as Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde.
Ms. DiSimone has sung with numerous houses in Germany and central Europe. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in Verdi’s Nabucco and has performed there often in works of Beethoven, Handel, Mascagni, Mozart, etc. She has performed with many U.S. companies, including Glimmerglass Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Boston, New York Grand Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Knoxville Opera and Sarasota Opera.
Ms. DiSimone made her European debut in Venice at La Fenice. She sang Maddalena to Marcello Giordani’s Duke in Rigoletto in Spoleto, Italy. Ms. DiSimone has also been active in performing contemporary music. She has performed with the Composers in Red Sneakers, Center for Contemporary Opera (NYC), Lincoln Center Outdoors, and Symphony Space concerts as well as with the Bayerische Rundfunk Kammerorchester in Munich. A finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, Ms. DiSimone has taught on the faculties of Clark University, Wake Forest University, the Berkshire Choral Festival and the Amalfi Coast Music Festival. CDs include Mascagni’s Silvano and Harbison’s Full Moon in March.
Since 2005, Ms. DiSimone has been on the faculty of the University of TN Knoxville and iArea Coordinator as well as Faculty Coordinator for VolOpera, the undergraduate opera workshop at UT. Since Summer 2016 she has been on the faculty of the Berlin Opera Academy.