(USA) Lara Billings, soprano, hails from Salt Lake City, Utah, where she studied vocal performance at the University of Utah. She sang the title role in Suor Angelica and the roles of Alice Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff, La madre in Dallapiccola’s Il prigioniero, and Micaëla in Peter Brooks’ adaptation of Bizet’s La tragédie de Carmen. As a recitalist, Ms. Billings’ repertoire has been “outside the box,” including songs of Stenhammar, Sibelius, Rachmaninov, Rimski-Korsakov and a recent recital of all Russian music, including Shostakovich’s Seven Poems of Aleksander Blok, Prokofiev’s Ugly Duckling, and songs of Tchaikovsky, opus 73. She has sung solos in the Vivaldi Gloria, Harold Schiffman’s Alma, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, and The Four Last Songs of Strauss. Voice Instructor at Troy State University in Alabama, Ms. Billings also works at the Florida State University where she is completing her Doctoral degree.