Graduate Student Lecture Recital: Naomi Merer, Soprano

Event Date: 

Saturday, May 8, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Event Date Details: 

YouTube Premiere link: 

Event Location: 

  • Virtual Event

Event Price: 

Free and open to the public

Event Contact: 

Adriane Cleary
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
Naomi Merer (photo by Zach Mendez)
Photo by Zach Mendez
Graduate vocalist Naomi Merer (soprano) will present a virtual Doctor of Musical Arts lecture recital, titled "Get thee to an asylum: reflecting on the evolution of mental illness and its portrayal in Thomas’s operatic mad scene," with pianist Mandee Madrid Sikich on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 4 pm PDT as a YouTube Premiere via the Department of Music’s YouTube channel. Merer will perform excerpts from Songs and Sonnets to Ophelia by Jake Heggie and Hamlet by Charles Ambroise Thomas. Merer is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate.
YouTube Premiere link:
View a PDF of the program here

About the Artist

Described as having a “vivid soprano” (VOICE Magazine), Naomi Merer most recently performed Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni in a remote concert production with the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) Opera Theatre. In 2020, she was a featured singer in the Santa Barbara Symphony’s concert of the Carnegie Hall Link-Up program. Naomi’s operatic roles include Sarah Good in The Crucible (Opera Santa Barbara—OSB), Zerlina in Don Giovanni (Prague Summer Nights Young Artists Music Festival), Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Miss Phoebe in Lehár’s operetta, The Mock Marriage, and Youth in Thomas Cipullo’s After Life (UCSB). She has also performed chorus roles with OSB, including Lolette in La rondine, a Hen in The Cunning Little Vixen, and Suor Osmina in Suor Angelica. In 2018 and 2017, she won second place in the Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation competition. Naomi’s lecture recital is based on a dissertation of the same name. She is currently a teaching assistant for Music Appreciation.
Naomi Merer (photo by Zach Mendez)