Lisa Willson Denolfo - Voice
Lisa was the soprano soloist in Verdi’s Requiem Mass, entitled The Defiant Requiem, with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Murray Sidlin, which was televised nationally on PBS. She has appeared with the Washington Choral Arts Society, both as Soprano I in Mahler's Symphony No.8 and then as the soprano soloist for their Christmas concerts at the Kennedy Center under the baton of Maestro Norman Scribner. Lisa has been the soprano soloist in Hadyn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Bach’s Mass in B Minor with the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra and the Brahm’s German Requiem with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra. Past orchestral performances also include the Dvorak’s Stabat Mater at Zürich’s Tonhalle, Hermann Sutter’s Requiem in Basel, the Mozart Requiem and Brittan’s War Requiem with Virginia Tech Orchestra and Bruckner’s Te Deum.
On the operatic stage, she has portrayed many of the lirico-spinto and young dramatic roles such as, Tosca, Ariadne, Jenufa, Desdemona, Rosalinde, Fiordiligi, Countess, Donna Elvira, Goose Girl, Michaela, Violetta, and Komponist. She has performed with Opera Company of Philadelphia, San Francisco Western Opera Theater, Long Beach Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera Colorado, Opera Roanoke, Basel, Switzerland, and Saverne, France. She has worked with many leading conductors such as Murray Sidlin, Norman Scribner, David Gilbert, Lou Salemno, Christopher Macatsoris, Neil Varon, Victor DeRenzi, Andreas Mitisek, Stephen White, Stephen Mercurio and John DiCostanzo.
Lisa received her education at the Academy of Vocal Arts, The Juilliard Opera Center, Manhattan School of Music, and the University of Idaho Lionel Hampton School of Music. She was a European finalist in the Luciano Pavarotti International Competition, a two- time winner of the Gerda Lissner Foundation grant, a five-time winner of the Sergio Franchi Foundation Grant, and a recipient at the Mario Lanza competition in Philadelphia.
Lisa is an annual performer at the Voice Foundation’s World Voice Day celebration directed by Dr. Robert T. Sataloff and is a fellow under his tutelage through the Drexel College of Medicine, observing voice therapy practices, laryngogical procedures, and voice pedagogy both in the medical office and in the OR at Lankenau Hospital. Lisa has served as an adjunct voice instructor in musical theater at Temple University where she continues to teach and is a D.M.A. candidate in voice performance with a minor in voice pedagogy. She is the founder and co- operator of Willson Vocal Academy with her husband, tenor, Ian DeNolfo, which is comprised of 6 voice teachers and located in Bryn Mawr, PA. She and members of her faculty run a 5- week intensive Summer Vocal Boot Camp in Wayne, PA which concentrates on different styles of vocal performance and technique, vocal health, acting through song and choreography. Lisa has been an adjunct voice professor at Bryn Mawr and Haverford College and director of (PIMF) Philadelphia international Music Festival Opera Theater Program. Lisa is currently a student of Dr. Christine Anderson and has been a voice student of Dr. Robert T. Sataloff, Ms. Margaret Baroody, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Bill Schumann, Marlena Malas, and Adele Addison. In addition, she coaches with Mr. Richard Raub of Academy of Vocal Arts. Lisa is an active GPNATS board member and is a sustaining member of The Voice Foundation. She and her students participate annually at Philadelphia’s Voice Symposium, The NATS Student Auditions, and the Classical Singer Competition. She recently joined the board of the Women’s Sacred Music Project.