Ms. Marquita Lister
International opera star Marquita Lister has earned worldwide critical praise for the past two decades, during which time she has garnered kudos from critics and colleagues alike, while audiences the world over relish her interpretive dramatic capabilities in each operatic role.
Her repertoire includes the works of Verdi, Puccini, Gershwin and Strauss, and she has been heard in the most prestigious opera houses, including San Francisco, Houston, Montreal, Buenos Aires, Berlin, Paris and La Scala. Her on-stage partners have included Placido Domingo, Justino Diaz, Frederica Von Stade, Marcello Giordani, Simon Estes and Sherrill Milnes, to name a few. Ms. Lister has appeared in television productions with the Boston Pops and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra as well as on PBS in the broadcast, Live from Lincoln Center. She has recorded George Gershwin's Blue Monday and excerpts from Porgy and Bess for Telarc Records with the Cincinnati Pops, and can be heard on the Albany Records recording of Where the Sunsets Bleed by Edward Knight. In 2006, she recorded the critically acclaimed Porgy and Bess CD for Decca Records, which was hailed by Opera News as one of the best recordings of the year. In 2010, Cambridge Who's Who named Ms. Lister "Professional of the Year in Performing Arts" and the honor of being included in its prestigious registry.Ms. Lister holds a Bachelor of Music degree from New England Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music Degree from the University of Oklahoma. She is a member of the Sigma Alpha Iota Fratenity Inc, the National Association of Negro Musicians and is proud to be the spokesperson for the "Negro Spiritual" Scholarship Foundation which named a scholarship in her honor and for which she has given a fundraising concert performance at the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C. Ms. Lister continues to appear on a variety of television programs. She recently debuted a radio talk show series with noted radio host Doug Llewellyn and appears regularly on WAMU radio.