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Barbara Fusco-Spera

Adjunct ProfessorDirector of Vocal Studies

B.A., Long Island UniversityGraduate Studies, Long Island University

Description

Barbara Fusco-Spera, mezzo-soprano, a native of Long Island, is Director of Vocal Studies at LIU Post where she maintains a full voice studio. She enjoys an active freelance career as a soloist in and around the Tri-State area, and has performed throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Europe and Africa. Ms. Fusco-Spera has sung roles with the Center for Contemporary Opera, Opera on the Sound, West End Opera, and the Wagner Training Center in New York where she worked under the baton of David Gilbert in Wagner’s Die Walküre as Grimgerde, and Dryade in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos. Her orchestral appearances include the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Alice Tully Hall under the direction of Robert Craft and Musica Viva of NYC. She has been the mezzo soloist in such works as the Verdi Requiem, performed at the Tilles Center, Bach St. Matthew Passion, the Bach Magnificat, the Brahms Alto Rhapsody, Rossini's Messe Solennelle, Händel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Mozart’s Requiem to name a few. Her festival credits include the LIU Post Chamber Music Festival, Respiro Opera of NYC and Songe d’Été en Musique in Quebec, Canada where she performs and teaches voice. Ms. Fusco-Spera, a certified yoga instructor, developed “Yoga for the Creative Heart”, a yoga program designed for singers. Her program is also taught at the Canada and NYC programs. She most recently presented this program for the Metropolitan Opera Guild where she worked with their “Rising Star” High School students.  She teaches Yoga Basics at Afterglow Yoga Studio in Calverton, NY.