Quality Education in the Benedictine Tradition
Fr. Rene Kollar, O.S.B., DeanSchool of Humanities and Fine ArtsPhone: 724-805-2343Fax: 724-805-2812
Mezzo-soprano Joanne Luchsinger has appeared on stage in numerous operas including Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (Cherubino), Cosi fan Tutte (Dorabella), Die Zauberflote (Die Zweite Dame), Strauss’ Die Fledermaus (Prince Orlofsky), Britten’s Albert Herring (Florence) and Bizet’s Carmen (Mercedes). She also appeared as Mad Margaret in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore.
In the Oratorio solo repertoire, she has performed Handel’s Messiah, and Bach’s St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion, Magnificat in D, Jesu, der du meine Seele, Lobet Gott in seinem Reichen, and Bereitet die Wege, die Bahn. Other performances include Missa Solemnis (Beethoven), Elijah (Mendelssohn), the Mozart Requiem, the Vivaldi Gloria, the Alto Rhapsody (Brahms), King David (Honnegger) and Copland’s In the Beginning.
She has been a soloist with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Oratorio Society, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Johnstown Symphony, the Westmoreland Symphony, and has toured and performed with orchestras throughout the United States, England Spain, Italy, Austria, and Germany. For twenty years, she was the alto soloist at Calvary Episcopal Church in Shadyside.
After taking an early retirement in May of 2000, Ms Luchsinger began studying the cello. In 2004, she became Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Festival Orchestra, and co-founder of the All Saints Festival at St. Andrew’s, which has just completed its seventh year.