Eric Ashcraft to present Luther College faculty artist series recital set for Sept. 27

Eric Ashcraft, Luther College adjunct faculty in music, and Alexandra LoBianco will perform a faculty voice recital at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Music Hall on the Luther campus.

The duo will perform tenor/soprano duets from "La Bohéme," "Cavalleria Rusticana," "L'Amico Fritz" and many more.

The concert is open to the public with no charge for admission.

LoBianco comes from an instrumental background and is also an arts educator. She is a teaching artist, adjudicator, voice teacher and has mentored many students.

Hailed as "a true Verdian voice of velvet-covered steel," LoBianco is a dramatic soprano from New York City who is in the beginning stage of her career. She won first prize at the 2011 Liederkranz Vocal Competition and was named Audience Favorite at the 2011 Irene Dalis Competition.

Ashcraft has earned praise for his performances with the Sorg Opera, Arizona Opera Company, Pine Mountain Opera, Muddy River Opera, the Erie and Nevada opera theaters, the symphony orchestras of Ann Arbor, Battle Creek and Dubuque, New York City Opera and Opera International in Washington, D.C.

He has also recently performed Verdi's Requiem where the Springfield Republican newspaper gave him high reviews.

His upcoming performances will include Cavaradossi in "Tosaca" with South Texas Lyric Opera, the Verdi "Requiem" with the La Crosse Symphony and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Quad City Symphony.

Internationally, Ashcraft has appeared with the Dublin Grand Opera and at the prestigious Wexford Festival Opera.

Ashcraft made his Carnegie Hall debut in Schubert's Mass in G with MidAmerica Productions. He holds a master of music degree from the University of Cincinnati.

Ashcraft will present a faculty artist series recital on Sept. 27