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Penn State Senior Wins Encouragement Award At Metropolitan Opera Auditions

Lisa Marie Rogali is accustomed to the spotlight.

The senior has performed as a soloist three times with various music ensembles — including the Penn State Concert Choir and Penn State Opera Theatre — and has held leading roles in various productions at Penn State and in the State College area. The seasoned veteran took on a new challenge, however, when she auditioned for the Metropolitan Opera at its National Council Auditions.

The auditions took place on December 5 in Pittsburgh, where Rogali ended up winning the Encouragement Award for her performance of Handel’s “Da tempeste” from “Giulio Cesare” and Menotti’s “Steal Me, Sweet Thief.”

Rogali is a voice student of Jennifer Trost, an associate professor of music and voice teacher in the School of Music. Rogali is pursuing a degree in music education and will student teach a general music emphasis course this semester. Hopefully, we’ll get to see this star continue to shine in her final months as a Penn State student.

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Gabriela Stevenson

Gabriela is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism and Onward State's student life editor. She is from Norristown, PA, which she normally refers to as "30 minutes outside of Philadelphia" (she looked up the exact driving time). She enjoys Broadway musicals, neck pillows, and eating cereal at night. To contact Gabriela, e-mail her at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter @GabiStevenson if you want to feel young again.


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