Lisa Vroman’s powerful and ethereal soprano voice is a welcome sound in any concert hall, opera house, or Broadway theater. This month, she joins us in Merchant Hall for a concert with the American Festival Pops Orchestra (AFPO): Broadway’s Best (5/14). Well-known for her six-year stint playing Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, she was also the first actress to play both Fantine and Cosette in Les Misérables. Some of her notable operatic roles include Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella at the New York City Opera; Charlotte in A Little Night Music with Michigan Opera Theatre; and Lili Vanessi in Kiss Me, Kate at the Glimmerglass Opera. Vroman is a regular guest artist with symphonies around the world, including San Francisco, Cleveland, Hong Kong, the Boston Pops, and New York Pops.
Her performance with AFPO will spotlight the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and more. The concert also marks Maestro Anthony Maiello’s final performance with the orchestra. “I have loved EVERY MINUTE on the podium in front of this fine orchestra and our loyal AFPO audience,” Maiello shares. But, “it is time to pass the baton.” Join us May 14 to celebrate his 12 years on the podium as founder and conductor of AFPO, while enjoying an evening of cherished Broadway classics.