Mezzo-soprano Kathleen A. Lane came to the ISU voice faculty after five years as the singing instructor at the Yale University School of Drama. She founded and directs a major performing ensemble, the 40-voice ISU Women’s Choir, and heads Opera ISU, while maintaining a large and successful voice studio and serving as Vocal Coordinator for the Department of Music. Since arriving in Idaho, Professor Lane has appeared in recitals, opera and musical theater throughout the region. Local concertgoers recognize her as a familiar soloist at the Idaho State Civic Symphony and Idaho Falls Symphony.
As a recitalist, Prof. Lane has promoted the great song-cycle repertory, including Dominick Argento’s From the Diary of Virginia Woolf; Hector Berlioz’s Les nuits d’eté; Aaron Copland’s Old American Songs; Sir Edward Elgar’s Sea Pictures; Gustav Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and Rückert Lieder; and Richard Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder. In 2011, she revived the rarely heard Fünf Lieder op. 38 by Viennese opera prodigy turned Oscar-winning Hollywood icon Eric Korngold. In 2012, she shared the recital stage with piano/vocal faculty from the University of Montana, presenting all-Schubert recitals both here at the Stephens Performing Arts Center and in Missoula, MT.
As general director of Opera ISU since 1996, Prof. Lane has revitalized the program. Scheduled for Spring 2014 is a full production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers, in cooperation with Theatre/Dance ISU. Previous major productions include Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera (2010); Donald Pippin’s A (Mini) Magic Flute, adapted for children from Mozart’s fantasy opera (2007); Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow (2006); Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado (2004); Giacomo Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi (2002); Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (2000); Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus ( 1998); and Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah (1996).
Widely recognized as both a vocal pedagogue and a choral conductor, Prof. Lane adjudicates and presents master classes throughout the region. She is an active member of the National Opera Association, and in 2012 was elected to the ISU Faculty Senate.