Renowned mezzo-soprano to perform at Hastings College

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Mezzo-soprano Phyllis Pancella will perform at Hastings College on February 17.

Phyllis Pancella, an accomplished artist known for her radiant and expressive voice, will perform at Hastings College on Tuesday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m. Pancella, who has appeared on many international opera, concert and recital stages, will perform in Perkins Auditorium in Fuhr Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.

Pancella will also work with Hastings College students during her time on campus, including a masterclass the afternoon of Monday, February 17.

Pancella’s many opera successes include Mrs. Noye in Britten’s Noye’s Fludde with Los Angeles Opera; Eduige in Handel’s Rodelinda with San Francisco Opera; Cornelia in Giulio Cesarewith Houston Grand Opera; the title role of Carmen at the Teatro San Carlo, New Israeli Opera, English National Opera, and Houston Grand Opera; Fidalma in Il matrimonio segreto and the title role in Offenbach’s Grand Duchess of Gerolstein with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; Ottavia in L’incoronazione di Poppea and the title role of Lizzie Borden at Glimmerglass Opera; The Death of Klinghoffer with Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Robert Spano; and Dolores in the world premiere of Anthony Davis’ Wakonda’s Dream with Opera Omaha.

Pancella’s concert repertoire includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (National Symphony Orchestra); Mozart’s Requiem (Cincinnati Symphony); Bach’s Magnificat (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra); Dejanira in Hercules, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, and Mozart’s Requiem (Music of the Baroque); Messiah and Holofernes in Juditha Triumphans (Boston Baroque); and Verdi’s Messa per Rossini (Opéra de Lyon).

She will be accompanied by Robert Lamar Sims. He has extensive and varied experience as a performer, teacher, coach and director in church, academic, concert and theatrical settings. He holds B.M. and M.M. degrees in piano performance with an emphasis in vocal accompanying and chamber music from University of Maryland College Park.

Hastings College is Nebraska’s premier private college. A four-year residential college that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement, Hastings’ student-centered initiatives include providing books, an iPad Pro and a two-week study abroad experience at no additional cost. A block-style semester schedule allows professors and students to focus on fewer classes at a time and promotes hands-on experiences. Discover more at

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