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Critically acclaimed soprano Lisa Lockhart has appeared on opera and concert stages across the United States and throughout Europe. Recent performances include the Soprano solos in Mozart’s Coronation Mass with the St. Augustine Community Chorus, "I Too, Sing America: A Celebration of Black History and Song in the United States, which Ms. Lockhart produced for the 2023 St. Augustine Romanza Festivale of Music & the Arts and the title role in Gustav Holst’s opera Savitri with First Coast Opera.
Since moving to Saint Augustine, FL from the NYC area 9 years ago, Ms. Lockhart has appeared onstage with a number of area organizations: she has produced and sung in programs for the past four years of the Romanza Festivale and has appeared in numerous concerts and opera roles with First Coast Opera, including Musetta in their “Pasta & Puccini” production of La Bohème, the soprano soloist and a composer/arranger for their Marian Anderson Tribute concert, the Countess Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and the Mother in the FCO/EMMA Concert Series’ production of Amahl and the Night Visitors. Lisa was heard as the soprano soloist in the song cycle Feel the Spirit with the St. Augustine Chamber Singers in both 2019 and 2022, sang the title role in the Kukua Institute’s world premiere of Viola!; a song cycle about Viola Edwards, the founder of the first Black hospital in Pensacola, appeared in "Carmen to Carousel", a concert of opera and musical theatre favorites for the Music at Grace Series at Grace United Methodist Church in downtown Saint Augustine, as the Soprano soloist in Jose de Jesus Ravelo's oratorio The Seven Last Words of Jesus on the Cross at the historic Cathedral Basilica and in the St. Anastasia Concert Series’ “A Spiritual Christmas” and Christmas/Messiah concerts. Lisa made her non-musical acting debut as Esther Mills in Lynn Nottage’s play, Intimate Apparel with A Classic Act Theatre in Saint Augustine. Other notable engagements include numerous European and U.S. performances of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess as Serena or Bess, the title roles in Madama Butterfly with Summer Garden Opera in VA and Aïda with Palm Beach Opera’s Family Opera Series, Leonora in Il Trovatore and Aida, Tosca and Gilda in Three Act Threes with Opera in the Heights in Houston, the Mother in the world premiere of the opera Pocahontas with the Virginia Symphony, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus with ConcertOPERA Philadelphia and the Landon Symphonette in MD, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with the Landon Symphonette, Tigrana in Puccini’s Edgar with DiCapo Opera Theatre in NYC and several turns as the Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro: with FCO, the Opera Company of Brooklyn, the International Opera Festival in Rome and the Opera in the Chapel Series at Mount Vernon in Washington D.C. Lisa has appeared in recital at the White House, the French and German embassies, and on concerts sponsored by FCO, Fieri International, the Urban Philharmonic Society, Pacific Opera, Annapolis Opera, New Rochelle Opera, the Natchez Music Festival, the Long Island Masterworks and many others.
A graduate of The Boston Conservatory of Music, Lisa has enjoyed teaching voice and dramatic expression for over 25 years. In addition to her thriving private studio, she is an adjunct vocal professor at Florida State College at Jacksonville, teaches a musical theatre and a vocal performance class at Zoika’s Dance Studio and is a frequent music director at Limelight Theatre. Upcoming engagements include , a musical revue starring 3rd and 4th graders that Lisa will stage and music direct this June for Limelight Theatre’s Education Department, and the role of Geraldine in Barber’s this August (opposite her husband, baritone Dirk Gavin McCoy as David) for Jacksonville-based Bold City Opera’s inaugural season.