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Soprano, Lisa Williamson, has forged a distinctive and diverse career that has taken her around the world from Muscat, Oman to the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall to the Indianapolis Brickyard.
In the 2014-15 season Ms. Williamson returned to Washington National Opera to sing The Rose in Rachel Portman’s The Little Prince and she returned to Opera Theater of Connecticut singing Adele in Die Fledermaus. She also made debuts with Connecticut Concert Opera as Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi and with Salt Marsh Opera as Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro, with additional engagements with Opera Theater of Connecticut as Musetta in La Bohème and at the Sanibel Music Festival in An Evening with Rodgers and Hammerstein. The 2013-14 season brought her Washington National Opera debut as the Flamingo in the world-premiere production of Jeanine Tesori’s The Lion, the Unicorn and Me, and she returned to The Glimmerglass Festival as the soprano soloist in the world-premiere staging of David Lang’s the little match girl passion. Other past highlights on the opera stage include Maud Dunlop in The Music Man at the Royal Opera House, Muscat in Oman, Despina in Così fan tutte, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia, all with Yale Opera.
On the concert stage she has appeared with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, Italy, singing Eileen Sherwood in Wonderful Town, with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra singing highlights from La Bohème, with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra singing Bachianas Brasilieras, No. 5, and the Hartt School of Music Wind Ensemble singing Frank Ticheli's Songs of Love and Life. Lisa is an active recitalist who was featured in The Song Continues at Carnegie Hall in 2013 and was a 2015 March and Eva Stern Fellow at Songfest where she performed in recital with Martin Katz. She frequently performs solo recitals throughout the East Coast.
From 2005-2010, Ms. Williamson was the vocal soloist with The United States Coast Guard Band. In this high-profile position she sang for Presidents, Supreme Court Justices, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Cabinet Members, Senators, and Congressmen. In 2006 and 2007 she performed the National Anthem at the Indianapolis 500 for live audiences of over 400,000 and millions on television world-wide. In her more than two hundred performances with the Coast Guard Band she performed in thirty-four states in the U.S. and throughout Japan singing patriotic songs, opera arias, classical chamber works, and the American Songbook. She is featured on six Coast Guard Band recordings.
Ms. Williamson holds a Master of Music in voice from the Yale School of Music, as well as a Performer’s Certificate from the University of Connecticut and a Bachelor of Music in voice performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University. She has been a young artist with The Glimmerglass Festival, Chautauqua Opera, and Connecticut Opera and has been an award winner in competitions with The Metropolitan Opera National Council, Connecticut Opera Guild, Annapolis Opera, the Philharmonic Society of Arlington, and Lakes Region Opera.
Lisa, the daughter of two military musicians, grew up in Alexandria, Virginia. She now makes her home in Connecticut with her husband, Lieutenant Commander Adam Williamson, the director of the United States Coast Guard Band.