Chicago native, Thereza Lituma, will be pursuing a Masters degree in Vocal Performance and Literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with research focuses in Quechua and Andean operatic/art song repertoire. She studies voice under the tutelage of Professor Sylvia Stone. This summer, Ms. Lituma will perform as a Young Artist with the Ad Astra Music Festival as a part of their alternative virtual summer festival.
Most recently, Ms. Lituma was the alto soloist in Dvorak’s Stabat Mater under the direction of Andrew Megill and was the contralto soloist in Ustvolskaya’s Symphony No. 4 with the Illinois Modern Ensemble. Last season, she performed the role of Lucretia in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia (Lyric Theatre at Illinois), where she was praised by The News Gazette for singing with a “sweeping emotive power.” Her past opera credits include Ježibaba/Third Wood Sprite in Dvorak’s Rusalka, the Owl in Janaček's The Cunning Little Vixen, and Albanact in Purcell’s King Arthur. She will soon premiere the role of Mary in Michael McAndrew's [i am a city]. She made her European debut participating in the Scuola Italia Summer Program for Young Opera Singers.
An avid singer of choral works, Ms. Lituma is a Professional Member of the prestigious Grant Park Chorus. She made her Grant Park debut as a Grant Park Music Festival Project Inclusion Voice Fellow, where she had the opportunity to preform as a soloist in multiple Chicago summer concert series including the Night Out in the Parks recitals and a Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert at the Chicago Cultural Center. She also returned to the festival as a soloist at the Advocate for the Arts Awards 2019 Gala.
Ms. Lituma is also a member of the University of Illinois Chamber Singers. In 2018, they traveled to and performed at the Chicago Symphony Hall and Alice Tully Hall for the historic 150th anniversary of the University of Illinois. She has also had the immense honor of sharing the stage with the The King Singers during their encore performance at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
Ms. Lituma has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Elizabeth Meier Frauenhoffer Memorial Award in Music, the Edmund Plaszczykowski Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Music, Aspire Graduate Fellowship, the Theodore Presser Foundation Scholarship in Music, the T. J. Smith Scholarship Competition, the Mary Mottl Memorial Scholarship, the Division Achievement Award in Music Education, the Sigma Alpha Iota Summer Music Scholarship, the Judy Riemenschneider Marderosian Memorial Music Scholarship, and the Mary Payne Performance Award.
Ms. Lituma is the proud daughter of South American immigrants. In her spare time, she enjoys twirling her baton, drinking bubble tea and writing/composing her first chamber opera.
February 21st, 2019