Formerly a Monterey Peninsula native, mezzo-soprano LEBERTA LORÁL (Annie) is a regional winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She has appeared with the Monterey County Symphony under the baton of Clark Suttle and the Carmel Bach Festival with Sandor Salgo. In 2000, after making her European debut in Bremen, Germany singing the role of Serena in Porgy and Bess, Lorál appeared as a soloist with the highly acclaimed Los Angeles Master Chorale, conducted by Grant Gershon, and the Pasadena Pops Orchestra with Rachael Worby. In 2005 she performed in Sheryl Lee Ralph’s 15th Annual “Divas Simply Singing,” where she was hailed as, quite simply, “phenomenal.”
In October 2006 Lorál made her debut with Opera Pacific under the baton of John DeMain, and in May 2007 worked with him again in LA Opera’s production of Porgy and Bess. In November 2008 Lorál was presented in two concerts in Stockholm, Sweden and was invited to return to Sweden in June 2010. Additional engagements include two concerts in August 2009 of original music composed by a graduate student at the Royal Conservatorium of Music in Sydney, Australia.