Lisa van der Ploeg’s rich, lustrous sound and electrifying stage presence have captivated audiences, displaying a remarkable variety in over 45 roles such as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, Azucena in Il Trovatore, Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Amneris in Aida, and the Witch and Mother in Hansel and Gretel.
Lisa’s operatic repertoire spans the genre, from Handel to Verdi. Hers is a large, dramatic voice capable of great nuance and heartfelt communication, as well as impeccable comedic timing. In addition to those listed above, some of her favorite roles performed include Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music, Katisha in The Mikado and the title roles in Giulio Cesare and Orlando. Her extensive concert repertoire is equally diverse, additional highlights of which include the Bach B-minor Mass, the Mozart Requiem and Duruflé Requiem, Symphony No. 9 by Beethoven, and Dvorak’s Stabat Mater. Of her performance of Mahler’s 3rd Symphony, the Herald Times called Lisa a “voice of substance…[she] appeared not only in full vocal control, but immersed.” A favorite of the West and Midwest regions, Lisa has performed with Utah Festival Opera, Tulsa Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, Stockton Symphony, San Francisco Opera Center, and Intermountain Opera among many others, working with conductors including Raymond Leppard, Daniel Hege, and Neal Gittleman, who described the Mahler Rückert Lieder as “tailor made for the richness of Lisa van der Ploeg’s voice and the intelligence of her singing.”