Kimberly Gelbwasser Lazzeri, soprano, is Assistant Professor of Voice and Vocal Area Coordinator at Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts (SOTA). Dr. Gelbwasser is the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Junior Faculty Award in the College of Arts and Sciences. Prior to arriving in Kentucky in 2014, she served as Instructor of Voice at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU). During the 2009-2010 academic year, Dr. Gelbwasser served as Visiting Professor of Voice at the University of North Florida.
Prior to teaching in New Mexico, Dr. Gelbwasser performed and taught throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. While in California, she performed with Sierra Repertory Theatre, Pear Avenue Theatre, Bus Barn Stage Company, Viva la Musica, and Opera on Tap. She also served as Assistant Director of the Sunnyvale Singers and regularly presented two lecture-recitals, entitled The Musical Portrayal of "Lust for Life and Adversity" in Selected Songs by Leonard Bernstein and "To Be an American": How Irving Berlin Assimilated Jewishness and Blackness in his Early Songs. While in New Mexico, Dr. Gelbwasser appeared as a featured soloist at the Vocal Artistry Art Song Festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico and at Hornswoggle in Jemez Springs, New Mexico.
Dr. Gelbwasser's operatic roles include Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Adele in Die Fledermaus, and Despina in Così fan tutte. As a soloist, Dr. Gelbwasser has appeared in concert with the Coastal Symphony of Georgia, and her concert repertoire includes Brahms's Ein deutsches Requiem, Handel's Messiah, Respighi's Laud to the Nativity, Vivaldi's Gloria, and Mendelssohn's Elijah. Dr. Gelbwasser’s passion lies in performing art song. Of her singing, American composer Jake Heggie wrote, “In addition to a wonderful humanity, beautiful voice, and depth of feeling, Kimberly also brought joy: the joy I feel is essential to singing—and sometimes missing! She loves to sing and she loves to sing songs.”
Dr. Gelbwasser has spent time studying, singing, and teaching abroad. During the summer of 2009, she received a Mercer Scholarship from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) as well as a scholarship from the Università per Stranieri to study Italian at the University for Foreigners in Perugia, Italy. Two summers prior, she attended the Goethe Institute in Freiburg, Germany, where she received her Zertifikat Deutsch (German Certificate), showing a solid command of the language. Dr. Gelbwasser spent an earlier summer in Salzburg, Austria, where she won the University of Miami's Performance Competition. In summer 2013, Dr. Gelbwasser joined her choral colleagues on an ENMU Performance Tour of Italy, where she performed as both a soloist and chorister. In summer 2016, Dr. Gelbwasser returned to Salzburg to serve on the music faculty of the Kentucky Institute for International Studies. Recently, Dr. Gelbwasser brought NKU SOTA students on a transdisciplinary trip to Rome and Florence in Italy. There, the students experienced art, theatre, and music, under the guidance of NKU professors from each of these disciplines.
In summer 2016, Dr. Gelbwasser was invited to perform Louis Spohr’s Sechs Deutsche Lieder at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest in Lawrence, Kansas. In summer 2015, Dr. Gelbwasser served on the voice faculty of the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts in Danville, Kentucky. This past summer, Dr. Gelbwasser pursued her passion for theatre when she performed in The Commonwealth Theatre Company’s production of The 39 Steps. She also recently starred as Jennie Malone in Neil Simon’s Chapter Two at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Dr. Gelbwasser is a certified Kripalu yoga teacher who teaches a course entitled “Yoga for Creativity.” She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from CCM, and she holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University. To learn more, visit “Kimberly Gelbwasser Voice Studio” on Facebook.