Associate Professor of Music
Lesley Manring received extensive training on the violin, but completed a B.M. degree in voice performance at the University of Michigan. She holds a Master of Music degree and has pursued doctoral studies at the University of Arizona. Her American career was launched touring in leading operatic roles with the Boris Goldovsky Opera and concert tours with the Gregg Smith Singers as soprano and violinist. After winning a Sullivan Foundation Award in New York City and a Katherine Long Award for a year's study at the Metropolitan Opera, Professor Manring began a European career in Germany in coloratura roles such as the Queen of the Night, Rosina, Gilda, Zerbinetta, and Konstanze. She has since appeared in over 20 European opera houses, including Mannheim, Hannover, Bonn, Freiburg, Heidelberg, and Wuppertal. At the Vienna State Opera, she performed the unusual role of Emily as soprano and violinist in Menotti's Help! Help! the Globolinks! Her repertoire includes some 40 operatic roles, most standard oratorios, chamber music, and song literature from four centuries. She has recorded with the Collegium Josephinium Bonn, Bavarian Radio, Munich, and the Orchester-Vereinigung Gauting; appeared in European film, and television; and been broadcast over radio in Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Russia, and recently the United States with Richard Faith.