~ photo by Brian Hatton ~
Soprano, Lisa Williamson, is a young artist who has forged a distinctive and diverse career that has taken her around the world from Muscat, Oman to the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall to the Indianapolis Brickyard.
This season Ms. Williamson makes her Washington National Opera debut in the world-premiere production of Jeanine Tesori’s children’s opera, The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me. She was recently seen at the Glimmerglass Festival as the Soprano in the world-premiere staging of David Lang’s the little match girl passion and as Maud Dunlop in The Music Man at the Royal Opera House, Muscat in Oman. Additional past opera performances have included Despina in Così fan tutte, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia, all with Yale Opera. On the concert stage, she appears this season with the Hartt School of Music Wind Ensemble singing Frank Ticheli's Songs of Love and Life. Past concert highlights include Musetta in Act III of La Bohème with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Eileen Sherwood in Wonderful Town with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, Italy, and The Grinch in Robert Kapilow’s Green Eggs and Ham with The Coast Guard Band Chamber Players at the Midwest Clinic. A strong advocate of the song recital, she is an active recitalist who was chosen to be part of a select group of singers to participate in a master class with Marilyn Horne and the Song Continues at Weill Recital Hall.
From 2005-2010, Ms. Williamson was the vocal soloist with The United States Coast Guard Band. In this high-profile position she sang for Presidents, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and all Secretaries of the Department of Homeland Security. She performed at the state funeral of President Gerald Ford and was featured in the 2009 National Cherry Blossom Festival. In 2006 and 2007 she performed the National Anthem at the Indianapolis 500 for live audiences of over 400,000 people and millions on television world-wide. In her more than two hundred performances with the Coast Guard Band she performed in thirty-four states in the U.S. and Japan singing a wide range of repertoire including patriotic songs, opera arias, classical chamber works, and the American Songbook. She is featured on six Coast Guard Band recordings.
Ms. Williamson holds a Master of Music in voice from the Yale School of Music, as well as a Performer’s Certificate from the University of Connecticut and a Bachelor of Music in voice performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University. She has been a young artist at The Glimmerglass Festival, Chautauqua Opera, and Connecticut Opera and has recieved awards from The Metropolitan Opera National Council, Connecticut Opera Guild, Annapolis Opera, the Philharmonic Society of Arlington, and Lakes Region Opera.
Lisa, the daughter of two military musicians, grew up in Alexandria, Virginia. She now makes her home in Connecticut with her husband, Lieutenant Commander Adam Williamson, the director of the United States Coast Guard Band.