Lisa Edwards-Burrs, soprano

Lisa Edwards-Burrs’ performances in recital, oratorio and chamber music are extensive.  Her operatic roles include the Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Ola/Harriet Tubman in Vanqui, Blanche in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Monica in The Medium, Despina in Così fan tutte, Treemonisha in Treemonisha and Poppea in L’incoronazione di Poppea.

She has received several awards including the Carson Silver Medal and monetary prize from the American Traditions Competition of Savannah! Onstage and Outstanding Vocalist of the Year from Richmond MagazineInternationally, her appointment as an Artistic Ambassador for the United States to South America with pianist Melanie Day resulted in a five-week concert tour, several master classes and television appearances.  Additionally, she has performed at the International Conference for Moral-Rearmament in Caux, Switzerland and with the Amalfi Music and Arts Festival held in Vietro sul Mare, Italy.

Her performances featuring the works of African-American composers and other contemporary works have also received critical acclaim.  She was featured in the CenterStage Foundation’s Voices of America Series in 2014 and two recordings on which she is featured received ballot consideration for Grammy nominations in 2013:  A Crown of Stars by Andrew Earle Simpson with the Cantate Chamber Singers (Best Choral Recording) and Portrait of a Nude Cleopatra by Leslie Burrs (Best Opera Recording/Instrumental Solo).   Other recordings on which she is a featured performer are Auksalaq (the first climate change opera) by Matthew Burtner and Ceiling Floats Away (also by Burtner) featuring settings of poetry by Rita Dove.

She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Catholic University of America (all in Vocal Performance).

She is an Associate Professor at Longwood University and an adjunct professor at Hampden-Sydney College.  Lisa is a soprano soloist at St. James’s Episcopal Church in Richmond.