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Mary Lutz-Govertsen, a "formidable soprano [who] seems to defy categorization (Vocal Arts Chicago, 5/25/16)" is an active young soprano in the Chicago opera and classical music scene. She has performed with numerous Chicago-area and Midwest companies, including Third Eye Theater Ensemble, Transgressive Theater-Opera, Windy City Opera, Chamber Opera Chicago, Verismo Opera, Main Street Opera, OperaModa, Opera for the Young, the DuPage Symphony and Chorale, the Music Institute of Chicago, Katydid Opera, and Chicago Symphony Chorus. Her roles include Alice Ford/Falstaff, Lucia/Lucia di Lammermoor; Donna Anna/Don Giovanni; Fiordiligi/Così fan tutte; Rosalinde/Die Fledermaus; Adele/Le Comte Ory; Heroines/Les Contes d’Hoffmann; First Lady/The Magic Flute; Mimi and Musetta/La bohème, Madame Lidoine/The Dialogues of the Carmelites; Female Chorus/The Rape of Lucretia; and Mlle. Silberklang/Der Schauspieldirektor, among others. She has been an apprentice at Opera New Jersey, where she covered the role of Clorinda/La Cenerentola and at Opera Cedar Rapids, as Fiordiligi/Cosi fan tutte.
Lutz-Govertsen has been an avid performer of 20th and 21st century works since her time at Northwestern University, where she sang the role of Deborah Metcalfe in the inaugural workshop production of T.J Anderson's opera Slip Knot. She is currently a member of VOX3, where she recently sang John Musto's song cycle Penelope, and is a frequent performer with Third Eye Theater Ensemble, a Chicago company dedicated to presenting modern opera that addresses relevant social issues. Her contemporary opera roles include Anna Eingold in Joshua Bornfield's opera Uncle Alex, Almera in Nico Muhly's Dark Sisters, and Mabrouka in Mohammed Fairouz's Sumeida's Song.
This upcoming season Mary performs the Board Member in ...for the sake of a narrative closure with Thompson Street Opera and revisits Adele in Le comte Ory for Transgressive Opera Theater.
She lives in Chicagoland with her husband, bass-baritone David Govertsen and 3-year-old son Ben.
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