Operatic soprano Caroline Worra will present a free recital Sunday, Feb. 2, at 2:30 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.
Worra, who will perform favorite opera arias of Puccini, Handel and Mozart, and additional masterworks by Schubert, Gounod and Stravinsky, will be accompanied by pianist Lou Ann Potter.
The recital, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Bucknell's Department of Music, and is made possible by a grant from Loren and Jane Amacher.
Worra has been hailed by David Shengold at Opera News as "a serious artist destined for international stages." Alex Ross at The New Yorker calls her "a new soprano powerhouse" and Beckmesserschmitt at Opera-L claims that "she has precisely the same magical quality that Sills had."
The Grammy-nominated singer has performed more than 75 different operatic roles including 20 World, American, and Regional Premieres. She was internationally acclaimed for her performances of Jenny in The Mines of Sulphur, a Grammy nominated CD for Best Opera Recording, and as the title role for The Greater Good; Passion of Boule de Suif, an Opera News and New York Times pick for one of the top classical CDs of the year. Her third full opera recording, Glory Denied, was just released by Albany Records.
Worra has worked with more than 30 opera companies including The Metropolitan Opera, The Lyric Opera of Chicago, Boston Lyric Opera, Dallas Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Fort Worth Opera, and six seasons at both Glimmerglass Opera and New York City Opera.
She performed on two U.S. National Tours with San Francisco's Merola/Western Opera Theatre singing Violetta in LaTraviata and Rosalinda in DieFledermaus. She gave a debut recital at Carnegie Hall (Weill Hall) and performed on the main stage of Carnegie Hall as the soprano soloist in Britten's Spring Symphony, Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass and Orff's Carmina Burana.
Overseas, Worra has performed as Anne True Love in The Rake's Progress at Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania, Sicily, and Jenny in The Mines of Sulphur at The