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Louise Toppin

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Louise Toppin, finalist in the Munich International Competition and winner of the Metropolitan Opera regional auditions, has received critical acclaim

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Louise Toppin, finalist in the Munich International Competition and winner of the Metropolitan Opera regional auditions, has received critical acclaim for her operatic, orchestral, and oratorio performances in the United States, Czech Republic, Sweden, Uruguay, Scotland, China, England, New Zealand, the Carribean, Bermuda, Japan and Spain. She has appeared in recital on many concert series including Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall), Merkin Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Licieu Theatre in Barcelona,Spain  Her opera performances include: the title role in the world premiere of the opera Luyala by composer William Banfield, Treemonisha in Scott Joplin\'s Treemonisha, Mary in William Grant Still\'s Highway One, Lucy in Menotti\'s  The Telephone, Clara and Bess in Gershwin\'s  Porgy and Bess, Mrs. Clancy in Lee Hoiby\'s one woman opera The Italian Lesson and Donna Anna in Mozart\'s Don Giovanni.  Ms. Toppin performed Mozart\'s Impresario (Goldentrill) at The Kennedy Center, to rave reviews from The Washington Post. This season she created the role of Maria in the world premier of Joel Feigin\'s opera Twelfth Night, Elisa in Mozart\'s Il Re Pastore and The Queen of the Night in Mozart\'s Magic Flute.  She is represented by Joanne Rile Artist Management and is currently in her second season touring in "Gershwin on Broadway" with pianist Leon Bates, singers Cedric Cannon, LaRose Saxon and Sam McKelton. For eight seasons she toured in "A Gershwin party" with pianist Leon Bates and tenor William Brown.  She also appears in "Gershwin by Request" and "Spiritual Ensemble" shows presented by Joanne Rile Management.  She has recorded thirteen compact disks of American Music Songs of Illumination, (Centaur), Ah love, but a day (Albany), Extensions of the Tradition (Albany) More Still (Cambria), Sence you went away (Albany) and Paul Freeman Introduces... Vol. II and Vol. IV (Albany) with the Czech National Symphony, A Hall Johnson collection published by Carl Fisher (2003), William Grant Still\'s Opera Highway One (Visionary), The Major\'s Letter (Albany), and  Poetry Preludes (Albany Records).  For release later this spring Good News (Videmus) and He\'ll Bring it to Pass (Albany). Her teachers and coaches include: George Shirley, Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Reri Grist, Charlotte Holloman, Sylvia Olden Lee, and Mattiwilda Dobbs. Currently, she is the Director of the non-profit organization Videmus and Professor of Voice at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.

             

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