Name: Margaret (Peg) Lisi
Voice type: Mezzo-soprano
SFS Chorus member since: 1987-1990; 2009-present
Hometown: Madison, WI
Music school I attended: UCLA opera workshops and apprenticeships with Florida Grand Opera, Chautauqua Opera, and Portland Opera.
Began singing: My mom says I came out of the womb singing!
Musical inspirations: My high school chorus conductor; Frederica Von Stade.
If I were not a professional singer, I might be: A clinical psychiatrist with a specialty in primate research, which is what I initially went to school to become until I did a little self-analysis and realized I needed to pursue a career in music instead. (In my dreams, I’d have been a dancer and a percussionist!)
Favorite composers: Mozart, Rossini, and Handel for singing opera; for choral singing I love Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms, and composers such as Stravinsky, Bernstein, and Adams
Favorite vocal works: Bach’s B Minor mass; Verdi’s Requiem; Mozart’s Mass in C minor
When I’m not working, I enjoy: Yoga, hiking, eating out, cooking, and going to live theater
Recent reading: I’m a mystery junkie. (James Patterson, Michael Connelly, John Lescroart, Ruth Rendell, to name a few)
On my CD player/ iPod: Mostly audiobooks! For music, you’ll find Sheryl Crow, Dido, Joni Mitchell, Bach, and Bernstein
Favorite things to do in the Bay Area: I love to attend live theater because it’s close enough to what I do as a musician for me to appreciate the art form, but far enough removed from what I do for me to sit back and simply enjoy without such a critical mind. I also enjoy exploring the wide variety of excellent restaurants we have in our city and nearby, wine tasting (North and South), hiking, yoga, and going to movies.
Plus: In addition to my career as a singer, I am a doctor of audiology. I have a special interest in conservation of hearing for musicians and rehabilitation of musicians with hearing loss and related issues.
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