Lisa van der Ploeg is thrilled to return to Zion Chamber Orchestra, having previously performed in a wonderful collaboration of de Falla’s El Amor Brujo. Her rich, lustrous sound and electrifying stage presence have captivated audiences, displaying a remarkable variety in over 45 roles such as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, Azucena in Il Trovatore, Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Amneris in Aida, and the Witch and Mother in Hansel and Gretel. Her extensive concert repertoire is equally diverse, highlights of which include the Bach B-minor Mass, Handel’s Messiah, Mahler’s Symphony no. 2 and Symphony no. 3, the Verdi Requiem, and Dvorak’s Stabat Mater. A favorite of the West and Midwest regions, Lisa has performed with Utah Festival Opera, Tulsa Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, Stockton Symphony, San Francisco Opera Center, and Intermountain Opera among many others, working with conductors including Raymond Leppard, Neal Gittleman, Daniel Hege, and Benjamin Zander, with whom she recently performed Mahler’s Symphony No. 2. Upcoming performances for the 2018-19 season include the role of Maggie in David Conte’s Gift of the Magi with Solo Opera in Walnut Creek and Handel’s Messiah with Auburn Symphony and Kokomo Symphony Orchestra. Upon sending their twin-boys off to college, she and her husband have moved their “empty-nest” from California to the Mid-West.
Here is a video of one of her recent performances: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYDnwnvnPek