Voice group: Alto
Raised in California and North Dakota, Lori Liebelt received her first voice and piano lessons from her mother. Later she trained as a clarinettist and played in various ensembles. After winning the North Dakota State Music Contest, she embarked on her first concert tour of Europe at the age of 16. She then completed her vocal training at the University of North Dakota, where she was a scholarship student of the honors program. Additional studies with Laurette Goldberg, John Adams and others led to degrees in fine arts and vocal performance at the San Francisco Art Institute and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She then polished her musical skills in master classes with Luciano Pavarotti, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Norman Shetler and Christa Ludwig. At the same time she continued her career as a clarinettist, playing under conductors of the stature of Kent Nagano. During and after her studies she also worked in the architectural offices of I. M. Pei & Partners (New York) and Skidmore, Orwings & Merill (San Francisco and New York).
Various guest contracts took the young mezzo-soprano to such leading opera house as Zeitgenössische Oper (Berlin), the Semper Opera (Dresden) and Pippin’s Pocket Opera (San Francisco). Her opera roles include Dorabella in Mozart’s “Così fan tutte”, Cherubino in “The Marriage of Figaro”, Dido in Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” and Dejanira in Handel’s “Hercules” as well as many roles from 20th- and 21st-century operas, such as the title role in Britten’s “The Rape of Lucretia”. Appearances in many performances of Bach and Handel oratorios led to collaborations with such ensembles at the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (San Francisco) and the Hassler Consort. She regularly appears in the world’s leading concert halls, singing a repertoire from Monteverdi, Caccini and the works of the Viennese classical composers Haydn and Mozart to contemporary music by Britten. She has a special passion for the songs of Gustav Mahler.
Lori Liebelt works with the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts, the Frankfurt Opera and the Culture Department of the City of Munich, and has received contracts from the Bavarian, Central German, West German and North German broadcasting systems. She is the founder and organiser of the solo choir of the Munich Biennale, which appears in a wide array of theatre productions on a regular basis.