After delighting audiences in The Soldier’s Tale, Robert McBride returns to the PCSO stage alongside Portland’s own Lisa Neher to recite the ticklingly clever, wonderfully rhythmic poetry of Dame Edith Sitwell, set brilliantly to music by a young William Walton.
Portland, Oregon mezzo-soprano and composer Lisa Neher (DMA) thrives in the crossroads of the concert hall and the theatre stage. Trained as a stage actress, she is equally at home in the worlds of opera and spoken theatre, bringing dramatic specificity and committed physicality to her performances. Lisa performs with the Resonance Ensemble in Portland and is in high demand as a concert soloist. Her soloist credits include Duruflé’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, and Coronation Mass, Bach’s Magnificat and Ascension Oratorio, and Arvo Part’s Pässio. A composer and contemporary music specialist, Lisa is a fearless performer of new works. She premiered the leading role of Jennifer in Rita Ueda’s chamber opera One Thousand White Paper Cranes for Japan with the Singaporean ensemble Chamber Sounds. Lisa was recently heard with Third Angle New Music, Queer Opera, Opera Theatre Oregon, Cascadia Composers, at New Music Gathering in Boston, the Iowa Composer’s Forum, and the International Saxophone Symposium, where she premiered her own chamber-vocal work When My Daughter Asked Why There Are Stars, I Said with Resonance Saxophone Orchestra. For more information, visit her website, www.lisanehermusic.com. Lisa uses she/her pronouns and her last name is pronounced “NEER.”