Internationally accomplished mezzo-soprano LORI BROWN MIRABAL has enjoyed an eclectic singing career throughout the United States and abroad. Over the years, Lori has worked with such legendary opera and music theatre luminaries as Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Hal Prince, Susan Stroman, and Cab Calloway. One of her more recent engagements was the role of “Adelaide Bobo” in a world premiere opera entitled Les Negres at Opera de Lyon in France. Other career highlights include: the title role in Carmen with New York City Opera National Tour; “Queenie” in the Broadway revival of Jerome Kern’s Showboat; a featured appearance in the PBS television documentary Aida’s Brothers and Sisters; and a comical cameo performance in the major motion picture The Secret Lives of Dentists.
In addition to her performance career, Lori Mirabal is accomplished as a scholar and music educator. After receiving a B.F.A. in theatre from the University of Memphis, Lori, aided by a scholarship from Oprah Winfrey, attended Manhattan School of Music. Here she earned a Masters degree in music performance. Shortly afterwards, she was awarded a fellowship and stipend to participate in the prestigious Juilliard Opera Center program. In the Spring of 2007 she received a Masters degree in music education from Columbia University Teachers College, where she recently (Spring 2008) has completed a Doctorate in this field. While at Teachers College her primary focus involved creative strategies in music education, and pedagogy for young voices.
The OPERA SOUP PRODUCTIONS provide Lori with an opportunity to share with young people the accumulative wealth of her experiences as a performer, music educator, and parent. It is anticipated that this caliber of presentation will not only engender a more thorough comprehension of opera, but it will also inspire a lifetime enjoyment of this art form, and enhance the lives of students beyond the presentations.