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Frances Pallozzi Wittmann

Frances Pallozzi Wittmann

Mezzo-soprano Frances Pallozzi Wittmann has come to be known as an accomplished vocalist in the concert hall, on the operatic stage, and in recital. Critics across the country have found her to have a "glorious, warm, full voice" that is "captivating" and "tonally resplendent."

Making her New York City concert debut at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Ms. Pallozzi Wittmann performed with the Little Orchestra Society in the American premiere of Vivaldi's Dixit Dominus. She made return appearances with the group both as a soloist in their Vivaldi's Venice series and as the mother in their annual production of Amahl and the Night Visitors at Avery Fisher Hall. She went on to win national acclaim as a concert soloist performing such works as the Durufle Requiem with the Utica, Catskill, and Schenectady Symphonies, Handel's Messiah with the Shreveport, Syracuse, and Jacksonville Symphonies, C.P.E. Bach's Magnificat with the Monterey Symphony, and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Sun Cities Symphony, among others. She has been featured with most of the choral groups in the Albany area including Albany Pro Musica, Burnt Hills Oratorio Society, the Mendelssohn Club, and Capitol Hill Choral Society in such works as Bach's B Minor Mass, Christmas Oratorio, Magnificat, and St. Matthew Passion; Handel's Messiah, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Mozart's Requiem, and the Brahms Alto Rhapsody.

In 1993, Ms. Pallozzi Wittmann made her New York City Opera debut in featured roles in The Mikado, Madama Butterfly, and the world premiere of Lucas Foss' Griffelkin. She returned the following season for several productions including the new La Traviata which was telecast on the PBS Live from Lincoln Center series. Some of Ms. Pallozzi Wittmann's other operatic credits include the title role of Carmen (Lake George Opera Festival), Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus (Oswego Opera), Giulietta in Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Liederkranz Foundation), and Emilia in Otello (Cincinnati Opera, Syracuse Opera). She began her operatic training as a young artist with both Glimmerglass Opera and the Lake George Opera Festival.

Ms. Pallozzi Wittmann has toured throughout northern Italy with Sessioni Senesi per la Musica e l'Arte and has won such competitions as the Liederkranz Foundation, the Long Island Opera, and the Schenectady Light Opera. She holds graduate degrees in vocal performance and vocal pedagogy from Indiana University School of Music. She has maintained a private studio in the Albany area since 1989 and has also taught in many of the area college music programs. She has been teaching at the University at Albany since 1999.

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