About Lisa Saffer
Trained at Oberlin and the New England Conservatory of Music, soprano Lisa Saffer makes her home in Boston.
"Recent opera highlights included her first 'Lulu' in London with conductor Paul Daniel.  'It was a dream of mine for a long time to sing "Lulu,"' Saffer said.  'It was a lot of work.  I was in London from February through May.'

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"'My next opera is Mozart's Finta giardiniera, but not the role you might think,' Saffer says.  'Not the soubrette--I'm singing Sandrina.  It's in England, at Garsington, with Stuart Bedford conducting.  Also next year I'll be at City Opera in New York singing in a new Charles Wuorinen opera based on Salman Rushdie's "Haroun and the Sea of Stories."  It's a trouser role:  I'm singing Haroun, an 11-year-old boy.'"--from an article by Keith Powers in the
Boston Herald of November 14, 2002.
Photo:  J. Henry Fair
"Cleopatra's ''Piangero la sorte mia,'' in which the ill-fated queen mourns her fate, is a gorgeous lament of great dignity and poignancy. Saffer sang it with glorious tone and tragic intensity," wrote Ellen Pfeifer in a November 19, 2002, review in the Boston Globe of a Boston Cecilia concert.
"Saffer [as Angelica in Haydn's Orlando Paladino] defined her character through the music, skillfully clarifying and humanizaing that character's representational aspect, without resorting to stock gestures.  For Angelica, fixated on lamentation, Saffer found an appropriately weird, stylized physicality, yet voice, movement and dramatic reality were always of a piece.  Her Act III mad scene, culminating in a virtuoso aria with extensions up to D and E flat, drew a huge, well-deserved ovation."--from Judith Malafronte's review in December 2002 Opera News of a July 10, 2002, performane at Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, New York.
Lisa Saffer has recorded the title role in an English-language recording of Berg's Lulu for Chandos.

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Lisa Saffer is scheduled to sing the title role in performances of Handel's Semele for Opera Boston on Friday, February 1, 2008 at 7:30 pm;
Sunday, February 3, 2008 at 3:00 pm; and
Tuesday, February 5, 2008 at 7:30 pm.