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Lyric Soprano Lisabeth Miller is sought after for her musically sensitive and dramatically compelling performances on both the opera and concert stages. An accomplished performer in a variety of musical styles, Miller’s 2020 season included her first Knoxville, Summer of 1915 with the Farmington Valley Symphony, BWV 191 Gloria in Excelsis Deo with the Nutmeg Symphony, and Handel arias with the Connecticut Doctors’ Orchestra; unfortunately all of these concerts were canceled due to Covid 19. In October, Lisabeth was honored to join Opera Connecticut in their tribute concert to the late justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “We Sing in Her Honor” at the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, CT.
In recent seasons, Miller joined the acclaimed West End String Quartet for a series of performances of Virgil Thomson’s stunning Stabat Mater. She was a featured soloist delightful concert of the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein with the Snow Pond Symphony in Sidney, Maine, conducted by Broadway’s Paul Staroba, and also sang chamber music with the Edgewater Duo. Miller made her role debut as Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors with the Farmington Valley Chorale. She sang the soprano solos in Gustav Mahler’s rarely performed cantata Das klagende Lied with the Manchester Symphony and Chorale, and also collaborated with the Nutmeg Symphony and Waterbury Chorale for Mozart’s Missa Longa.
A fierce advocate for new music and contemporary composers, Miller was instrumental in the founding of Hartford Opera Theater’s New in November festival in 2010. Since 2010, she has sung in operas by David Wolfson, Tom Cipullo, Steven Serpa, Chen Zhangyi, Jerome Kurtenbach, and Daniel Morel. In 2017 she sang the roles of Donna, Jennifer, and Holly in Hartford Opera Theater’s world premiere production of The Faith Operas by David Wolfson, and was invited to give a recital for the 21st century music series at the Prosser Library in Bloomfield.
Miller made her debut with Opera Connecticut in Gianni Schicchi (Nella) in 2014. She has been featured in performances at Opera Theater of Connecticut, Hartford Opera Theater, and Hillhouse Opera. As a DMA candidate in voice performance at the University of Connecticut, Miller sang the role of Ann Putnam in The Crucible, First Lady in Die Zauberflöte, and the soprano solos in Carmina Burana.
Dr. Miller earned her DMA in voice performance at the University of CT, as a student of renowned pedagogue Dr. Constance Rock. She also holds a master of music degree from the Hartt School of Music, as well as a bachelor of arts degree in music from Brandeis University. She is proud to be the artistic director of Hartford Opera Theater, as well as director of music at Old St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Bloomfield, CT.