Leberta Lorál, soprano
Soprano Leberta Lorál possesses a clarion spinto voice, as well as artistry that is both technically impressive and emotionally intense. Highlights of 2018/2019 include exciting collaborations with Gentry Tennyson, her first independent project featuring pianist Pauline Troia based upon the 8 types of love according to the ancient Greeks, and, being asked to appear again in March 2019 as the Soprano soloist with the Camerata Singers of Monterey County in Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem.
In March 2018, Ms. Lorál was honored to perform Henry Mollicone’s Beatitude Mass with The Camerata Singers. Ms. Lorál was invited to appear with them again in May 2018. From that concert, Ms. Lorál had the honor of meeting and working with the composer, Rick Yramategui. She sang his "Look at the Birds of the Air” in the 2018 Monterey County Composers Forum in Carmel Valley. In February 2017, Ms. Lorál was a featured soloist in the 20th Annual Conference of the African American Art Song Alliance where she performed the works of composer Richard Thompson and Undine Smith Moore. During that conference, she was asked to record the roles of Victoria and The Woman in the Bar for his original opera, Mask in the Mirror based upon the life of American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. The release is slated for January 2019 by Parma Records on the Naxos label.
In August 2012, she was in concert again with Maestro Mabalot at Herbert Zipper Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and in December 2014, Ms. Lorál was invited by Mr. George Shirley to sing in his annual Heritage Holiday Concert in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She accepted his invitation to her again to return to Ann Arbor in December 2016.
In February 2011, Ms. Lorál was the soloist in Mahler's Rückert-Lieder in Munich, Germany with the Symphonisches Orchester Münchens Andechs (SOMA) with Maestro Andreas Pascal Heinzmann. Additional engagements also include concerts in Sydney, Australia where she performed the works of Maestro Frederick Bayani Mabalot at the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and, a Holiday AIDS benefit concert in Los Angeles, CA. Ms. Lorál performed in sold out concerts with Metropolitan Opera Mezzo, Susanne Mentzer at the Monterey Museum of Art in Monterey, CA, the Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel, CA, and in a gorgeous private residence also in Carmel, CA.
A regional winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, she has appeared numerous times as a featured soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra’s Summer Concert Series at Hollywood Bowl, Southeast Symphony, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. To critical acclaim, she has performed a broad spectrum of concert works, ranging from the Baroque to Contemporary periods. Her core repertoire comprises pieces such as Johann Sebastian Bach’s Magnificat and the Mass in B minor, Handel’s Messiah , Mozart's Requiem, Rossini's Stabat Mater, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Saint-Saëns’s Christmas Oratorio, and Fauré's Requiem, as well as, 20th century compositions such as Vaughan Williams's The First Nowell, Mabalot’s Songs of Rumi, and Thompson’s Songs of Passion. Additional concert repertoire being prepared is Strauss's Four Last Songs and Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde. Her operatic repertoire includes the roles of Serena in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and the Mother in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.