Minnesota native Lori Hultgren is an alumna of Indiana University where she earned her Bachelor and Master degrees and did postgraduate work, all in voice. While at Indiana, she performed such opera and musical theatre roles as Carmen, Mother Marie in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Zaida in Il Turco in Italia, Despina in Cosi fan Tutte, Laurey in Oklahoma, and Mrs. Anna in The King and I.
With the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Ms. Hultgren sang the role of Marthe in Faust and Berta in a touring production of The Barber of Seville. She has performed frequently with Nashville Opera as Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte and as Mary in Der Fliegende Hollander. With the Baltimore Opera, she sang Giulietta in a concert version of Les Contes d'Hoffmann. With Annapolis Opera she appeared as Maddalena in Rigoletto and as Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte. She was second place winner in the 2001 Annapolis Opera Competition.
In 2001, Ms. Hultgren made her debut singing the title role in Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos with the Peabody Conservatory. She reprised Ariadne with the Britten-Pears program in Aldeburgh, England under the direction of Maestro Oliver von Dohnanyi and Colin Graham. While in England, Ms. Hultgren was selected to perform on the Britten-Pears Wigmore Hall Recital, accompanied by Graham Johnson. Upon her return to the U.S., she performed Richard Strauss' Four Last Songs with the Peabody Symphony as the winner of the 2002 Sylvia Green Competition. In 2003, she was a New England Regional Semi-Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition.
In the fall of 2003, Ms. Hultgren returned to England to perform as the soprano soloist in the Aldeburgh premiere of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem with conductor Simone Young. She was also featured as a soloist with the Greenwich (Connecticut) Music Festival, where she will return this season. Ms. Hultgren has also performed in concert with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Nashville Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, and Detroit Symphony.
December 4, 2004