Laurie Rogers will present a mastser class on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 in Geiringer Hall from 2:30-4 p.m. The program will include performances by four UCSB Graduate Vocal Program students, Zachary Mendez (tenor), Naomi Merer (soprano), Adam Bradley (tenor), and Sally Rose Bates (mezzo-soprano), accompanied by faculty member, John Ballerino.
Laurie Rogers, the Director of Young Artist Programs for Opera Saratoga, is currently preparing the Los Angeles Opera production of Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick. In addition, she has served as an assistant conductor at the Dallas Opera, and was on the music staff for the San Francisco Opera’s production of Moby-Dick. Recently, she made her Opera Saratoga mainstage conducting debut with Offenbach’s Le 66. She served as assistant conductor for the Opera Company of Philadelphia over the course of 13 seasons, also serving for many years in artistic administration for the company. She is a New England Conservatory of Music alumna and has prepared productions for San Diego Opera, Utah Opera, Atlanta Opera, Green Mountain Opera, Arizona Opera, Opera New Jersey, Michigan Opera Theatre, Washington National Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Sarasota Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Glimmerglass Opera, and others. Ms. Rogers has been a faculty member and conductor for The Professional Advantage vocal studies program in Mercatello sul Metauro, Italy; she has also taught at the Lake Placid Institute for the Arts, the Chautauqua Institution Voice School, and the New England Conservatory Opera Department, and accompanies regularly for the Philadelphia Orchestra and Astral Artists. She was integrally involved in the creation of Richard Danielpour’s Margaret Garner and David DiChiera’s Cyrano and most recently helped prepare the world premiere of Heggie’s Moby-Dick at the Dallas Opera, and assisted the composer with editing and preparation for the published piano-vocal score. Ms. Rogers gives master classes on pianist/singer issues, and has been published in “Classical Singer” magazine. She lives in Philadelphia, where she maintains an active coaching studio.