Accomplished on so many levels, Liza Forrester’s innate artistry and communication continue to evoke visceral responses from audiences across the operatic, concert and recital stages. Ms. Forrester made her New York City Opera debut as Aloës in L'Étoile in their 2010 and was a participant at the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival working with Mº James Conlin.
She has been recognized for her achievements by the Rebekka Coolidge Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Norman Triegle Corbett Opera Competition Award, the Arden J. Yockey Award for Voice, the Atlanta Music Club Award for Voice and a Cincinnati Theater Orchid Award for her portrayal of Shelby in Steel Magnolias. Noteworthy engagements include the New York Festival of Song's “Great American Song Writing Teams,” presented at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater in Washington D.C., and Flora in La Traviata with Glimmerglass Opera. Ms. Forrester made her international debut as Dido in Dido and Aeneas with Teatro Nacional Sucre in Quito, Ecuador and has since sung the Sorceress and Second Witch in the aforementioned with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and Glimmerglass Opera, respectively. Concert credits include engagements with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, in their presentation of St. Stanislaus and Howard Shore's Lord of the Rings Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Dayton Bach Society and Bowling Green Western Symphony Orchestra.
As a Young American Artist with Glimmerglass Opera she sang the roles of Nireno in Giulio Cesare, Hattie in Kiss me Kate and the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas. She was also presented her cabaret, "Tell Me the Truth About Love!" during the 2009 summer Recital Series. Other young resident artist engagements include Chairman Mao's Secretary in Cincinnati Opera's acclaimed production of Nixon in China and the Vocal Rising Stars program of the Caramoor Center.
Ms. Forrester is heard on Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's world premiere recording of Liszt's St. Stanislaus on TelArc Records and Hal Leonard/G.Schirmer's recording of An Anthology of Arias for Mezzo Soprano by Gian Carlo Menotti.
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Engagements include: opening for Rufus Wainwright in a Jazz at Lincoln Center debut; New York Festival of Song; Wolf lieder recital; Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen with Bowling Green Symphony; Winterreise with Pittsburgh Song Festival.
“Tiny Jennifer Zetlan was charming as the princess, but tall Liza Forrester, as her confidant and abettor in tickling strange sleeping men, had a mezzo that made me daydream of hearing her in many larger, more rewarding roles.” --Opera Today, John Yohalem, March 2010 (L’Étole NYCO)
“…resembling a Dior New Look model, [Ms. Forrester] used her gracious presence to draw us breathlessly into each atmospheric scene. Her sweet instrument was ever at the command of the text, which she caressed with delicate distinction and generosity." —Operaticus, Whitney Scott, 2009