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Mandac, Evelyn (Lorenzana)

Mandac, Evelyn (Lorenzana)

Mandac, Evelyn (Lorenzana), Filipino soprano; b. Malaybalay, Mindanao, Aug. 16, 1945. After training at the Univ. of the Philippines (B.A., 1963), she pursued her studies at the Oberlin (Ohio) Coll.- Cons, of Music and then at the Juilliard School of Music in N.Y. (M.A., 1967). In 1968 she made her formal debut in Orff’s Carmina burana in Mobile, Ala. Her operatic debut followed as Mimi in Washington, D.C., in 1969. On Dec. 19, 1975, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, and remained with the company until 1978. She also sang opera in San Francisco, Glyndebourne, Rome, Houston, Geneva, and other cities, and she also toured as a concert artist. Among her roles were Despina, Zerlina, Susanna, Pamina, Juliet, and Mélisande. She also created roles in Pasatieri’s Black Widow (1972) and Inez de Castro (1976).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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