A Force of Nature
Described by critics as “a force of nature”, busy soprano Lynn Spurgat was recently seen as Norma in Norma by Bellini in New York City. New York audiences have also delighted in her performances of Anna Bolena in Donizetti's Anna Bolena, Donna Anna in Mozart's Don Giovanni, and Richard Strauss heroines Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos, Chrysothemis in Elektra and the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier. In Montecarlo, Italy, she brought her dynamic abilities to the title role of Clementina in Bocherinni’s La Clementina.
Previous operatic roles include the title role of Suor Angelica in both Italy and New York City, First Lady in Die Zauberflöte at the prestigious International Holder’s Festival in Barbados and Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte in Los Angeles and Bay View, Michigan. Her other roles have included La Princesse in L’Enfant et les Sortileges, Amelia in Amelia Goes to the Ball, and Carolina in Il Matrimonio Segreto. Lynn also spent two years employed as a company member with the Los Angeles Music Center Opera.
A Frequent Recitalist
Ms. Spurgat is a frequent recitalist and guest artist with symphonies across the country performing such works as the Messiah, Elijah, Carmina Burana, and The Creation. Her most recent orchestral engagement in New York was with the Long Island Philharmonic where she was the soprano soloist for the Bruckner Te Deum under the direction of David Wiley. In the fall of 2001, Ms. Spurgat was chosen to open the season of Noontime Concerts in Kansas City, Missouri sponsored by the Missouri Arts Council. She recently returned to Missouri for a 2nd appearance with the St. Joseph Symphony under the direction of Deborah Freedman. Ms. Spurgat returned to sing the soprano soloist in the Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio.
An Award Winning Artist
In addition, Lynn has garnered many awards and honors. She has been the first place winner in several competitions including The California Federation of Music Clubs, The American Educators of Italian Origin, The Rio Hondo Symphony Young Artist Competition, The Bayview Music Festival concerto Competition, and The National Academy of Letters and Sciences. She was also a District Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a finalist in The Jenny Lind Foundation. She took third place in the Los Angeles Division of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Career Level Competition and is a scholarship winner from the Léni Fe Bland Foundation and the Opera Reading Club of Hollywood.
Well-versed in the Art
Her Masters Degree in Vocal Arts is from the University of Southern California. Prior to her graduate studies, Ms. Spurgat earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Vocal Performance at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. During this time, she also held an internship in the Marketing Department with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City.
Ms. Spurgat has attended the Tanglewood Summer Music Festival, the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies, the Centro Studi Italiani, Bel Canto Northwest, OPERAWORKS, and the Bay View Music Festival. She has worked with such noted musicians as Martin Katz, Warren Jones, Licia Albanese, Sherrill Milnes, Hermann Prey, Graham Johnson, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Phyllis Curtin, Olivia Stapp, Louisa Jonason, Margo Garrett, Ward Holmquist and others. She enjoys teaching voice and has recently added a new dimension to her craft by delving into the world of Caberet singing at a reputable Caberet house on Broadway. In 2015, Ms. Spurgat was elected to the Board of Directors of the >Riverside Symphony in New York City. The orchestra's mission is to promote new works by current living composers, perform rare or neglected works from all musical periods, and bring classical music to thousands of New York City public school children through it's Music Memory Program. Ms. Spurgat currently resides in New York City and continues to study voice with Judith Oas Natalucci.