Loretta  Giles

Instructor

 

Loretta Giles, mezzo-soprano, has performed both nationally and abroad, receiving critical acclaim as a singing actress. Coached by Todd Duncan, her concert version of Porgy & Bess was praised by Worcester Telegram as "...a realistic and lyrically beautiful Bess". She holds a BM and MM in Vocal performance from the New England Conservatory of Music and her performing career spans opera, musical theatre, symphony, oratorio, lieder, television, recording, radio and educational programming.  Her repertoire includes Carmen, The Composer, Musetta, Cherubino, Dorabella, Suzuki, Hansel and Zazà. Musical theatre credits include Sophisticated Ladies, starring Gregory Hines; The King & I with Yul Brenner; Calalou with Teresa Merritt and a featured role in the Olney Theatre's 2007 production of EUBIE. She won the BRONZE PRIZE for the United States in Seoul Korea's 1979 World Song Festival, performing a song composed by one of her voice students. She recorded a highly acclaimed song entitled Steve, also written for her, dedicated to the memory of Steve Biko, and released  by "Ebony Records" of the Ivory Coast. She co-hosted an Emmy-nominated TV show, CLUB 44, which was produced by WGBH and  narrated on "The Spider's Web", their nationally-syndicated children's radio program. Her cabaret act has been well- received on some of the world's major cruise lines as well as in the Catskills. After completing her graduate study at NEC, Loretta continued to augment her skills and development with Santa Fe Opera, Wolf Trap Opera and the Metropolitan Opera Studio before moving to Germany and studying, performing and teaching abroad. Winner of Northern Virginia Opera Guild's 2004 Teacher of the Year award, Loretta is also a member of NATS, AGMA and the Actor's Equity Association.

From 2000-2010, Loretta collaborated with William K. Brehm on the publication of Sacred Arias, entitled, LORD, BE MY SHEPHERD. The sacred text evolved from scripture in both the Old and the New Testaments. The operatic arias offer a wide musical variety through the adaptation of lyrics for scores composed by Purcell, Mozart, von Flotow, Wagner, Saint Saëns, Catalani and Cilea. A recording of these arias, performed by world-class singers, and produced by Loretta, is available with sheet music and accompaniment tracks at:  http://www.brehmcenter.com/initiatives/fredbock/jubal-house/sacred-aria-project/