Luther College to host soprano Valeria Kishkunas

Hailed by the Des Moines Register as "clear and ferociously expressive," Luther College's music department is pleased to host Valeria Kishkunas in a guest voice recital at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus.

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

Kishkunas will perform "Wesendonck Lieder," a song cycle by Richard Wagner, "The Shining Place" by Lee Hoiby and songs by George Gershwin and Ottorino Respighi.

With numerous opera performances to her name, Kishkunas most recently appeared as Mimi in scenes from Puccini's "La Bohème" at Luther. Other recent roles include Donna Anna in Mozart's "Don Giovanni," Königin der Nacht in Mozart's "Die Zauberflöte" and Manja in Emmerich Kálmán's "Gräfin Mariza."

Kishkunas was a winner at the 2014 Wisconsin District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and was awarded an Encouragement Award at 2013 auditions. She has taken first place at the Iowa National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition and was a finalist in the Schubert Club Competition in Saint Paul.

She holds a bachelor's degree in voice and a master's degree in vocal performance from the University of Northern Iowa. She is currently studying with Julia Faulkner, director of vocal studies at the Ryan Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,400, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.

Valeria Kishkunas