Soprano RENEE SOUSA is a multifaceted performer who is at home on both the operatic and concert stage.
During the past year Sousa made her debut with Los Angeles Opera as Lolette in La rondine and sang the title role in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah with California Opera. She has also appeared as Mimì in La bohèmefor Arizona Opera, Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni for the Santa Barbara Grand Opera, and Alexandra in Opera Pacific’s production of Marc Blitzstein’s Regina at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Other operatic engagements include the roles of Gertrude in Hansel and Gretel, and Serpina in Pergolesi’s La serva padrona.
Renee Sousa’s activities on the concert stage include an appearance with Michael Feinstein at Carnegie Hall in a unique concert exploring the influence of classical on popular music. She performed Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Los Angeles Symphonic Camerata and was featured as a soloist in the William Hall Master Chorale’s presentation of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8. Other concert solo performances include Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the La Mirada Symphony, the Los Angeles presentation of Robert Strassburg’s contemporary choral symphony, Leaves of Grass, David Tamkin’s The Dybuk, the Brahms German Requiem, and Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer and Rückert Lieder.
In September, Sousa will appear as the guest soloist in “The Magic of John Philip Sousa” at the Hollywood Bowl, and, yes, they are related.