Lori L’Italien, mezzo-soprano, is a versatile performer of musical theater, opera, and oratorio throughout Boston and northern New England. Most recently, she appeared as Fantine in Woodland Theater Company’s fall production of Les Miserables, and sang the role of Homeless Lady in William Finn’s A New Brain with Moonbox Theater Company. In October 2012, she sang the role of Lucille Frank in FUDGE Theatre Company’s production of Parade, for which she earned a nomination as Best Actress in a Musical from the IRNE (Independent Reviewrs of New England.) Critics described her voice as “absolutely beautiful” and praised her as having “the confidence and control of a very accomplished performer” (Boston Theatre Review.) Edge Boston reported “L’Italien conveys deep reservoirs of strength, and…deliver(s) truly tender moments.” Ms. L’Italien appears regularly in local recitals, concerts, and cabarets; upcoming engagements include the role of Betty Haynes in White Christmas with the Weston Friendly Society.
In May 2012 Lori sang the role of Adelaide with Woodland Theatre Company inGuys and Dolls. Earlier that year she appeared as Lucinda in Next Door Theater’s production of Into The Woods. She sang the role of Martha in FUDGE Theater’s 2011 critically-acclaimed production of Spring Awakening. That same year she appeared as Lucy Harris in Wildhorn’s Jekyll and Hyde with the Colonial Players. In 2010, Ms. L’Italien appeared as Sally Bowles (Cabaret) with Theatre Company of Saugus. Other musical theater roles include Bird Girl (Seussical the Musical) and Kit Kat Girl (Cabaret), both with Hackmatack Theatre.
Equally comfortable performing classical repertoire, Lori sang the role of Third Spirit in MetroWest Opera’s 2010 production of The Magic Flute. She also covered the role of Alisa in Commonwealth Opera’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor, and appeared as Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors) with Indian Hill Opera and Petra in Boston Opera Collaborative’s production of A Little Night Music. In 2009 Lori created the role of Lorena Cosburg in the world premiere of the opera Holy Ghosts by award-winning composer Larry Bell. That same year she covered the role of Mercedes (Carmen) with Boston Opera Collaborative and appeared as L’Enfant/Dragonfly in MetroWest Opera’s production of L’Enfant et les Sortileges. In the 2008 season, Ms. L’Italien returned to her home state of Maine to perform with PortOpera, where she covered the role of Stephano in Roméo et Juliette and appeared as Dame Doleful in Too Many Sopranos. Later that season she sang the role of Maestra delle Novezia in Suor Angelica and created the role of Diana in Salir el Amor del Mundo, both with Longy Early Opera. Other opera credits include Prince Orlofsky(Die Fledermaus), Madame Kirstin (Captain Lovelock) and Second Sister (Beauty and The Beast), all at Longy School of Music.
Lori teaches for The Metropolitan Opera Guild’s outreach program Urban Voices and was recently named Massachusetts Program Administrator for the program. She joined the faculty of Lasell College in 2012 as adjunct professor of music, teaching acting, music fundamentals, and voice. Lori also directs the youth choir at the Second Church of West Newton and maintains a private music studio, where she teaches voice and piano lessons. She has collaborated on numerous outreach and education projects with MetroWest Opera and Boston Opera Collaborative. Ms. L’Italien was engaged by the Key West Symphony Orchestra in 2007 as both a young artist and a voice teacher for the children’s program at the Key West Symphony Orchestra’s Sol-fest Young Artist Program. Ms. L’Italien was engaged by the Key West Symphony Orchestra in 2007 as both a young artist and a voice teacher for the children’s program at the Key West Symphony Orchestra’s Sol-fest Young Artist Program.