Luana DeVol (born 1943 in San Mateo, California) is an American operatic soprano who made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Ortrud in April 2007 in Wagner's Lohengrin. The production was broadcast internationally on April 29, 2007. She was named "Singer of the Year" in 1997 and 2000 by the German opera magazine Opernwelt.
Early life and education
DeVol graduated from Capuchino High School in San Bruno, California, where she grew up, and attended the College of San Mateo in San Mateo. She had a featured role in a production of Patience by Gilbert and Sullivan, the very first performances by the San Mateo Community Theatre, in the summer of 1963.[verification needed]
Since the mid-1980s, DeVol has sung primarily in Europe and has enjoyed success in the German repertoire. She was a featured soloist with the Masterworks Chorale in San Mateo under the direction of Galen Marshall, and sang in a great variety of choral works, especially by Ludwig van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms. DeVol appeared with the San Francisco Symphony and the San Francisco Opera. She moved to Germany in 1984 to further pursue her career, giving numerous operatic performances there.
DeVol has been featured on recordings released by the Bayer Music Group.
- "Luana DeVol, Soprano". The Metropolitan Opera Guild. Archived from the original on 29 December 2005. Retrieved 1 October 2009.
- "75TH Anniversary Season of Live Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts to begin on Saturday, December 17th, with Verdi's Rigoletto". The Metropolitan Opera Guild, Inc. 3 October 2005. Retrieved 30 September 2009.
- "Wer sind die besten Sänger unserer Zeit?", Opernwelt (9 April 2010) (in German)
- Eyewitness account by Robert E. Nylund
- "Soprano returns to the scene of the crime – DeVol back at S.F. Opera after 20 years" by Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle (September 3, 2003)
- Performance details for The Mother of Us All in September 2003
- Luana De Vol website
- Portrait, Vol. 2 (Beethoven, Weber, Marschner, Wagner)