EULALIA S. McINTIRE

PROFESSIONAL NAME: LALITA SALAZAR

VOICE: MEZZO-SOPRANO

VOCAL TRAINING AND PERFORMING EXPERIENCE

Early Training. •Coached in Havana, Cuba by Paul Csonka, choral director of the Philarmonic Orchestra and by former Italian opera singer, Julia Lucignani.

•One year of vocal studies in New York with George Ferguson and Henry Jacobi. After suffering severe throat problems resulting from mproper use of vocal chords, met and studied with Herbert Wall in Hollywood, California. (Mr. Wall was a pupil of the famous Polish opera star, Jean de Revsky). He changed my vocal classification from soprano to mezzo, and after daily practice, my voice returned. After two years of intensive study in vocal technique and repertoire, Mr. Wall advised me to audition for the Los Angeles and San Francisco Civic Light Opera.

First Professional •Accepted by the company, I performed with them on stage for one Performances season. After the brilliant success of the premiere of Song of Norway in San Francisco, in which I had a small solo part, the entire production moved to Broadway. My U.S. student visa had expired during this interval, and I was not allowed to remain any longer in this country, and returned to my native Cuba.

In Cuba •I continued working with Paul Czonka and participated in various performances with the Havana Philarmonic Orchestra. I joined the Cuban Union of Artists and sang as a professional on Radio and TV, and recorded two LPs of Cuban Folk songs. At the time I also attended the Municipal Conservatory of Havana and studied solfege, theory, harmony and piano. Numerous recitals followed, many sponsored by the Ministry of Culture.

In the U.S. •The Castro takeover of American businesses, forced my husband, who worked for Sears Roebuck, to return to the United States. My professional career took a modified priority in our new lifestyle. While in Miami, I fulfilled a contract with the Miami Opera Guild, singing the role of the Countess with Renata Tebaldi in Andrea Chenier. Our next move took us to South Texas. I started college

at Lamar University on a part-time basis for two years. A new transfer to Wichita Falls allowed me to continue my studies at Midwestern University. At that time, I auditioned for the Dallas Opera Company, and was offered a contract. Family obligations and the logistics involved forced me to cancel the contract. During my stay in Texas, I did join local musical societies and took leading roles in Little Theatre musical productions.

Fifteen Years •In Peru, I took over the direction of the Lima Women's Chorale, overseas an organization that had been in existence for over twenty years. We performed for many cultural affairs, including a gala performance at the Municipal Theatre, commemorating United Nations' Day with the Lima Symphony. Apart from my duties as director of the Chorale, I sang as a soloist with a local company that specialized in Viennese Operetta and Spanish Zarzuela. The U.S. Information Service, asked me to go on a tour of Peru and Ecuador, performing in various cities with an accompanist, presenting a program of American musical comedy. At that time I recorded my third album of traditional Cuban songs. My activities in the musical field brought me many vocal students. In Caracas, Venezuela, I founded a women's choral group, and called it The Lyric Singers, later changing the name to The Caracas Women's Chorale. We were sponsored by VAAUW (Venezuelan-American Association of University Women) and performed for charitable instiutions. cultural groups and the American Embassy. During this time I took leading roles in Little Theatre musical productions.

Return to the U.S. •The overseas assignment terminated in 1982. Settling in Philadelphia, I enrolled at Chestnut Hill College as a CED student, and earned my BA in Music, majoring in voice in l986. During that time, I performed with the college choir and with a select group known as the Madrigal Singers. Later I obtained a Master's Degree in Music at Temple University.

ROLES I HAVE PERFORMED

Siebel...........................................................Faust

Cherubino.................................The Marriage of Figaro

Lola............................................Cavalleria Rusticana

Suzuki............................................Madama Butterfly

Egyptian Queen...............................Solomon and Balkis

Prince Orlofsky....................................Die Fledermaus Mercedes.....................................................Carmen

The Countess.......................................Andrea Chenier

The Blind Woman.....................................La Gioconda

Anna.................................................The King and I

M. Pistache.................................................Can-Can

Professor..........................................Song of Norway

Nurse............................................Man of La Mancha

Mama.....................................................Funny Girl

Mrs. McAfee.......................................Bye, Bye Birdie

Pitti Sing.................................................The Mikado