On February 15 at 12:30 in the Ernst Center Forum on the Annandale Campus, the Lyceum will feature soprano Bharati Soman in her performance titled “Love & Affection: From Patriotism to Parent- hood.” Admission is free.
Soman has been praised for her “lovely, orna- mented soprano” and “silken renderings of Mozart’s legato arias.” Her opera credits include Mimì (La Bohème), and the title roles in Madame Butterfly and Semele with Pocket Opera, Hanna Glawari (The Merry Widow) with Livermore Valley Opera, Diana in (Emperor Norton) with California Chamber Opera, the Countess (The Marriage of Figaro) with Cinnabar Theater, and Zerlina (Don Giovanni) with Sacramento Opera. Other repertoire includes Léïla (Les pêcheurs de perles), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance), and Yum-Yum (The Mikado).
Also active as a concert soloist, Soman has performed works with Choralis, the UC Davis Symphony, Kensington Symphony Orchestra, Camellia Symphony Orchestra and Washington Chamber Symphony, and given recitals for Oakland Lyric Opera. Soman is a past winner of the San Francisco Sinfonietta Messiah Competition and the East Bay Opera League Young Artists Scholarship Awards Competition. She has also been a finalist in Orlando Opera’s Rehfuss Singing Actor Competition and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Awards, Pacific Region, and has placed in Eugene Opera’s Belle Voci National Competition and Maryland Opera Society’s Marie E. Crump Vocal Arts Competition.
In addition to performing, Soman was on the voice faculty at UC Davis for three years. She currently teaches at Fairfax High School and maintains a private studio in Falls Church, Virginia. She holds a Bachelor of Music from James Madison University, and a Master of Music and Performer Diploma from Indiana University.
Currently, Soman can be seen performing throughout Virginia and the D.C. Metro area with 7 Sopranos. Other upcoming engagements include the role of Grilletta in Haydn’s Lo Speziale with Baltimore Vocal Arts Foundation (June 2012). You can learn more about Soman at http://www.bharatisoman.com.