A native of Bossier City, Louisiana, soprano Lori Ann Fuller has been performing with numerous opera companies, symphony orchestras, and theater companies since 1999. Her first professional role was Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, performed in Park Ridge, Illinois. After that, Ms. Fuller debuted in London with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, performing the leading soprano role, Angela, in Kurt Weill’s Firebrand of Florence. This performance, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, also stars Rodney Gilfry, Felicity Palmer, Lucy Schaufer, and George Dvorsky. It was released on CD by Capriccio Records in 2003.
Ms. Fuller made her Lyric Opera of Chicago debut as Rose Maurrant in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene in October 2001, alongside Catherine Malfitano, Dean Peterson, Gregory Turay, and Timothy Nolan, with David Pountney directing, and Richard Buckley conducting. She also performed a concert version of Street Scene at Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms, singing the same role, conducted by Barry Wordsworth with the BBC Concert Orchestra.
Since these prestigious debuts in London and Chicago, Ms. Fuller has performed several roles all around the US, including Madame Goldentrill and Mrs. Gobineau in a double bill of Mozart’s Impresario and Menotti’s The Medium with Portland Opera Repertory Theater (ME), Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi with Pine Mountain Music Festival (MI), Zorika in Lehar’s Gypsy Love with Light Opera Works (IL), Gilda in Rigoletto with l’opera piccola (IL), and Violetta in La traviata with Pacific Repertory Opera, now called Opera San Luis Obispo (CA) and also Antelope Valley Opera (CA). With Alternative Opera Theater (CA), she performed the leading roles in a double bill of Menotti’s The Telephone and Hugo Weisgall’s The Stronger.
Other career highlights include Adina in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’Amore performed in Sant’Angelo in Vado, Italy, Marian Paroo in Willson’s Music Man (CA), and Josephine in HMS Pinafore (CA). In 2010, Ms. Fuller performed the role of Suckley in the world premiere opera The First Lady, composed by Kenneth Wells, conducted by Stephen Karr.
Since making Southern California home base, Ms. Fuller has had great opportunity performing with Los Angeles Opera in numerous capacities. Her LA Opera mainstage productions include Maiden in Kurt Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (2006), starring Patti LuPone, Audra MacDonald, and Anthony Dean Griffey, Jano in Janacek’s Jenufa (2007), starring Karita Mattila, Lover in Il Tabarro, starring Mark Delevan, and Cercatrice in Suor Angelica (2009), starring Sondra Radvanovsky, and various roles in the Grammy Award Winning Opera, Ghosts of Versailles (2015). All of these productions were conducted by James Conlon.
Also for LA Opera, Ms. Fuller has performed concerts and recitals for LA Opera for Educators, LA Opera Leagues, LA Opera Ring Festival, Hispanics for LA Opera, and many donor benefits.
In 2007, Ms. Fuller debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, performing the Bachianas Brasilieras No. 5 by Heitor Villa-Lobos, conducted by Joana Carneiro.
Additionally, on the concert stage, Ms. Fuller has performed as soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Stravinsky’s Les Noces, Haydn’s The Creation, Faure’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bach’s Cantatas No. 6 and 51, Mozart’s Concert Arias K. 369 and K. 583. In 2010, she debuted with Orchestra Unleashed, singing the world premiere of Abide With Me, composed and conducted by Gustav Hoyer. She has performed as featured soprano soloist with the Longview Opera (TX), and in California, the Mozart Festival in San Luis Obispo, Verdi Chorus, Hollywood Master Chorale, Bach’s Lunch Recital Series, and Live at the Lounge in Hermosa Beach.
Ms. Fuller studied voice at Centenary College of Louisiana before transferring and graduating with the Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. After graduation, she moved to Chicago, where she studied and completed her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance at DePaul University.
Her amazing voice teachers include Catherine Malfitano, Norman Gulbrandsen, Dr. Craig Maddox, and Dr. Gail Odom.
She has had the privilege to work with many professionals in the world of music, including:
Conductors: James Conlon, Sir Andrew Davis, Richard Buckley, Joana Carneiro, Barry Wordsworth, Thomas Brooks, Bruce Hangan, Eric Townsend, Julian Dawson, Robert Kaminskas, Harold Bauer, Gustav Hoyer, David Newby, Stephen Karr
Directors: Darko Tresnjak, William Friedkin, David Pountney, Oliver Tambosi, Harry Silverstein, Paul Curran, Buck Ross, Nicolette Molnar, Sue Ellen Kuzma, Dona D. Vaughan, Sharon Daniels, James Marvel, Courtney Selan, David Cox, Hegji Arpad Jutocsa
Coaches: Armen Guzelimian, Daniel Faltus, Victoria Kirsch, William Hicks, Dr. Kit Bridges, Jane Steele, Alan Stone, Pam Bullock, Andrew Massey, Ubaldi Fabbri, Lucia Tosi, Roger Bingaman, Dr. Page Williams, Tom Gerhold.