Announcing the Winner of KDFC’s Star Spangled Sing-Off!
Posted by KDFC Staff · 9/17/2019 12:00:20 PM
Congratulations to Leberta Lorál! She’s the winner of KDFC’s 2019 Star Spangled Sing-Off! She’ll perform the National Anthem live from the pitcher’s mound at Oracle Park at Opera at the Ballpark for the San Francisco Opera’s free simulcast of Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet on Saturday, September 21st, 7:30pm.
"The Mask in the Mirror, a chamber opera by Richard Thompson, chronicles Dunbar's (Paul Laurence Dunbar) rocky relationship with writer Alice Ruth Moore. Occasionally, we get a dose of something jazzier...in which the charming Joplinesque rag turns into a very catchy trio number for Humes, Leberta Lorál and Roland Mills, who sound terrific together".
Opera News, Critics Choice
“This is a true story” begins the narrator, and instantly one’s mind goes to Britten’s The Turn of the Screw: “It is a curious story” says that narrator. Both operas explore darker elements of society, and here Thompson uses a wide variety of means, from gentle, nostalgic dances to instrumental interjections that seem to speak volumes. There really is the impression that every note is so carefully considered. Joining Hughes’s powerful assumption of Paul is the strong Alice of Angela L. Owens (herself nicely complemented in act I scene 4 by the Victoria of Leberta Lorál."
Fanfare Magazine Archive
"I was so pleased to work with LeBerta Lorál in the performance of my piece on August 19, 2018. She has a phenomenal voice, was a pleasure to work with, and sung with power and expressiveness. Lorál filled the hall with a glorious sound and brought the crowd to their feet for a well-earned S.O. I am looking forward to working with her again!"
Rick Yramategui, composer
"Ovens’ song cycle brought forward local treasure Leberta Lorál (pictured with the composer) for Yours and Mine, three song settings of sensually provocative poems by Alice Fulton. Ovens, a Walla Walla native who retired from the faculty of Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania a year ago, and a marimba player of intense harmonic instincts, pushed Lorál through some awkward voice leading that stretched her range and, as he confessed enthusiastically, made his work easy."
'Soprano, Leberta Lorál displayed great virtuosity...her voice leapt through high passages with ease, sometimes loud enough to fill the church, but also sometimes so quiet that you found yourself on the edge of your seat in anticipation. It was a technically impressive, but also emotionally intense performance that brought many audience members to their feet when it was finished."
"I have been remiss in not attending the Monterey County Composers Forum concerts over the many years since Steve Ettinger founded the group. They have preferred the Hidden Valley theater as their venue and on Sunday afternoon attracted a near sold-out house of fans, including newcomers like me...Yramategui’s own Look at the Birds of the Air, with verses from Matthew 6, not only contained memorable writing for both voice and piano, but with operatic soprano Leberta Lorál, brought the audience to its feet!"