Linda Lister

Singer / Teacher / Composer / Author

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Marriage on my mind

Posted By on August 1, 2014 in Blog |

Marriage on my mind

I’m looking forward to directing my first full production of The Marriage of Figaro this year at UNLV Opera. I’ll be directing Figaro amid my own wedding planning, so this will be two dreams come...

Disney Princesses #NATSinBoston

Posted By on July 5, 2014 in Blog |

Disney Princesses #NATSinBoston

It’s time for the the biennial convention of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. I’m Boston-bound to present a paper on Disney Princesses. Who said academic conferences aren’t fun! In the words of Anna from Frozen, “For the first time in forever, nothing’s in my...

Prague, Lennon, and McQuillan

Posted By on June 10, 2014 in Blog |

Prague, Lennon, and McQuillan

A whirlwind weekend trip to Prague led to my first trip to the Lennon Wall, and my third recording venture in this beautiful city. At the Prague Radio Symphony studios, I recorded Lee McQuillan’s “Poet’s Song” and “The Last Goodbye.” Of course I had to wander past the Estates Theatre, where Don Giovanni and La clemenza di Tito...

The Composer

Posted By on April 29, 2014 in Blog |

The Composer

April is coming to an end, and it’s been busy with UNLV Opera’s Ariadne auf Naxos. What a joy to combine my love of opera and ballet in what was the most complicated production I’ve ever directed. But ah, the sweet rewards of Richard Strauss! I identified with his Composer character, who relished his music come to life. Speaking of composing, it’s been great having my songs sung this spring, from Evelyn Shreves premiering “Sky-born music sings” at the University of Georgia to Lenora...

C’est magnifique

Posted By on March 23, 2014 in Blog |

C’est magnifique

March has been magnifique, with recitals at both the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Mississippi State University. It was wonderful to finally perform with both Dr. Paul Houghtaling, bass-baritone, and Dr. Kevin Chance, pianist. From the absurd Virgil Thomsen to the divine J.S. Bach, the music was diverse and diverting. Still, my favorite was our finale medley of Cole Porter’s “Ça, C’est l’amour” and “C’est...

Famous Fairies and a Vegetarian Canadian

Posted By on February 4, 2014 in Blog |

Famous Fairies and a Vegetarian Canadian

Recital preparations are underway. Canadian-born pianist Amanda Johnston will join me in Vegas for a reprise of our recent recital at her school, the University of Mississippi. The fellow vegetarian collaborates with me on a program including some of Debussy’s Vasnier songs, Canciones Amatorias by Granados, excerpts from the Strauss Brentano Lieder, and the Nevada premiere of my own song cycle, Pleas to Famous...