DMA University of Colorado-Boulder, 1992
MM University of Utah, 1984
BM University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1981
Vocal Performance Diploma Lamas Conservatory Caracas, Venezuela, 1974
Vocal Music of Spain and Latin America
Cultural Studies: Music and Identity
At UK since: 1991
Noemi Lugo, soprano, is a native of Caracas, Venezuela. She received a Vocal Performance Diploma from the José Angel Lamas National Conservatory of Music. While in Venezuela, she performed with major orchestras and choral organizations, soloing extensively throughout the country and Europe with Schola Cantorum de Caracas under the direction of Alberto Grau. She performed with the Opera Metropolitana de Caracas and Opera Teresa Carreflo, Madison Civic Opera, University of Wisconsin Opera, and University of Colorado Opera. Dr. Lugo’s operatic roles include Oscar in Ballo in Maschera, Despina in Cosi fan tutte, Norma in Don Pasquale, Adina in L’Elisir d’amore, Susanna in La Nozze di Figaro, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, and Amelia in Amelia al Ballo.
Her Oratorio, Orchestra repertoire includes, among others, Bach’s St John’s Passion; Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater; Mendelssohn’s Elijah; Handel’s Messiah and Judas Maccabeus; Mozart’s Requiem; Vivaldi’sMagnificat; Falla’s Amor Brujo and El Sombrero de Tres Picos; and Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas #5.
She remains active, presenting many recitals and lecture recitals of Art Songs from Spain and Latin America. In January 2003, Dr. Lugo traveled to South East Asia to offer concerts in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Hong Kong. These concerts benefited institutions such as the Kidney Foundation, Children with Aids, and others. The summer of 2003 took her to Bolivia where she participated as a performer and scholar in the first “Songs Across The Americas Festival,” organized by Songs Unlimited, Inc.
Dr. Lugo has taught for the Kentucky Institute for International Studies, Middlebury College, and Operafestival di Roma. She has presented recitals, master classes, and lecture recitals in Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Ohio, Texas, Utah, Puerto Rico, and Germany. She was a presenter in the National Conference of the National Association of Teachers of Singers in San Diego and in the International Conference of the College Music Society in Alcalá de Henares in Madrid, Spain.
She served as chair of the Vocal Area at the University of Kentucky’s School of Music from 1997 to 1999 and as Director of Latin American Studies Program from 2002 to 2004. She teaches a course for the Freshman Discovery Seminar on “Musical Understanding through Music.” Dr. Lugo is one of only two tenured faculty at UK named a winner of the 2008 Provost's Outstanding Teaching Award.
In 2007, Dr. Lugo was a guest teacher for the Operafestival di Roma in Italy, and will offer a solo recital in Middlebury College, Vermont.