Lisa Vroman '79  

Soprano

Lisa Vroman starred on Broadway and in Los Angeles and San Francisco as Christine Daaé in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. Praised as having “one of American musical theatre’s most beautiful voices” by Sir Cameron Mackintosh, she has garnered critical acclaim for her portrayal.

Vroman has starred as Lili Vanessi in Kiss Me, Kate (Glimmerglass Opera/MUNY Theatre of St. Louis), Birdie in Regina, Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore, Anna in The Seven Deadly Sins (Utah Symphony/Opera), Marian Paroo in The Music Man (with Shirley Jones), Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus (New Jersey Opera), and Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella (New York City Opera). She played Johanna for PBS’s Emmy-winning Sweeney Todd in Concert program, and was featured in the Hey! Mr. Producer concert for the London Royal Gala. Vroman played Laurey in Oklahoma! (BBC Proms), Mary Turner in Of Thee I Sing (San Francisco Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas), and sang and danced opposite Dick Van Dyke as Mary Poppins at the Hollywood Bowl in a Disney 75th anniversary celebration. Lisa is a frequent guest with numerous symphonies, including the San Francisco, Nashville, Philadelphia, Dallas, Utah, St. Louis, Houston, Pacific, Atlanta, Hong Kong, Cleveland, National, Florida and Cleveland symphony orchestras, as well as with the BBC Concert  Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the Philly Pops and the New York Pops in Carnegie Hall. She performed at  the New York Festival of Song with organist David Higgs. Her Broadway debut was in Aspects of Love, and she is well known for being the first person to play both Fantine and Cosette in Les Misérables.

Vroman is a graduate of SUNY Potsdam, where she studied at The Crane School of Music and earned her Bachelor of Music degree, and went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University. She is a past winner of the prestigious George London Competition, and was the recipient of the Minerva Award, SUNY Potsdam’s highest honor, in 1999. Vroman was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from her alma mater last year. This year, her travels included performances in Taiwan, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong, as well as an evening of Cole Porter’s La Revue des Ambassadeurs in Paris. Visit lisavroman.com for a full biography.

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