Lori Decter, Soprano

2001 – 2006

Former resident artist LORI DECTER is now serving as Director of Education for Sweet Adelines International in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she is married to former resident artist Joseph Wright.

During the 2007 – 2008 season, Ms. Decter appeared as a soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with Symphony Silicon Valley, and performed scenes from Il trovatore with former OSJ artist Joseph Wright as part of the 150th Anniversary Celebration Concert for San José State University.

Upon her departure from Opera San José, former resident artist Ms. Decter made her international debut as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte with Bangkok Opera in Thailand in June of 2006. While there, Ms. Decter was also a featured soloist in concerts at the Thailand Cultural Center, and performed for the royal Thai family.

While a resident artist with OSJ, Ms. Decter appeared as Amelia (A Masked Ball), Mimì (La bohème) , Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), the title role in Tosca, Micaëla (Carmen), and Senta (Der fliegender Holländer). Other roles performed with Opera San Josè include Santuzza (Cavalleria rusticana), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus),Clorinda (La cenerentola), Leonora (Il trovatore), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Alice Ford  (Falstaff), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), and First Lady (Die Zauberflöte). For West Bay Opera, Ms. Decter sang the role of Donna Elvira for the company’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni in spring 2004.

Ms. Decter has been a frequent soloist in concerts and recitals throughout the Bay Area. In spring 2004 she appeared in the SJSU Artist Showcase Concert in honor of retiring professor Dr. Charlene Archibeque.  Her concert repertoire includes Schubert’s Mass in G and Magnificat, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, and Saint-Saens’ Christmas Oratorio.

Recent awards include Fourth Place in the 2001 Anton Guadagno Vocal Competition sponsored by Palm Beach Opera, National Semi-finalist for the 2001 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, International Finalist for the 2001 Gerda Lissner Foundation Auditions in New York City, in which she received an Encouragement Award, as well as First Place in the San José Music Study Club and Henry and Maria Holt Memorial Scholarship competitions in 2000.