SOPRANO LORI JOACHIM FREDRICS is a native of New York City. She holds a BM from William Paterson University of New Jersey and a MM in Voice Performance from The University of Texas at Austin.
Lori has performed in major international music festivals in the US, Canada, Scandinavia, Latin America and Asia as a soloist in such diverse venues as the Seoul Opera House, The Banff Center for the Arts, Lincoln Center, The Barbican Centre in London and the Museo Naçional De Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba for the Cuban Ministry of Culture.
Her extensive performing experience includes international level opera under the baton of such conductors as Robert Spano, Patrick Summers, Richard Bado and Roberto Abbado among others. Lori has also been privileged to work with directors, Francesca Zambello and Werner Herzog at the Houston Grand Opera. Lori, who began her career as a mezzo-soprano, has performed numerous roles, including Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro and Maria in The Sound of Music. She made her London opera directing debut in The Whitechapel Whirlwind at the Bloomsbury Theatre in 2005.
As a university instructor of voice and private coach to many professional singers, Lori has been a mentor to performers on both sides of the Atlantic. She has been teaching singers since 1984, maintaining a private studio as well as teaching at William Paterson University, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, Kingston University of London, and Brown University.
Lori's versatility is demonstrated in her numerous recordings and performances in styles as divergent as commercial pop and rock, traditional and modern jazz, folk, musical theatre, contemporary classical, as well as an extensive repertoire of art song and operatic literature.
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