“Time is precious and life is short. Do what makes you the most happy.” Lisa Agazzi (’90) lives by her own wise words, and has made a career out of what makes her happiest: singing and performing. Her passion for music began at an early age, when she heard her mother sing “Alleluia” at mass. “That’s how I first heard an operatic voice. I thought it was pretty (just like her) so I imitated that sound and here we are!”
Back during her time at Bishop Foley, Lisa’s extracurricular activities at school helped her to develop her passion and learn more about what would one day be her career. She was involved in choir all four years, and also participated in Drama, the Venturettes and Yearbook Committee. “I loved play practice. I looked forward to it more than any other activity I was involved with.” Lisa was given a role her freshman year, and the lead her sophomore year. She also credits her choir teacher Mr. Turnbull for teaching her a technique that she still uses. “He used to make us take out a sheet of blank paper and write out the words to our choir songs and solos. I still use this technique to see how well I know my words.”
After her time at Bishop Foley, Lisa studied at Oakland University, where she got both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music for Vocal Performance. She then went on to work as an apprentice and studio artist at various Opera houses, including the San Diego Opera, Utah Opera and Indianapolis Opera. This is when she truly learned the ropes of being a professional opera singer. In 2002, she received a prestigious award in San Diego from The Metropolitan Opera National Council.
Currently, Lisa teaches private voice and piano lessons, and travels for concert work and roles with regional opera companies. She can next be seen singing the role of Alma March in “Little Women” with Michigan Opera Theatre at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts on March 11th & 12th. The only thing that she loves more than performing, is spending time with her family. Lisa is a proud aunt of three nieces and two nephews.
“Time is precious and life is short. Do what makes you the most happy.” We wish Lisa continued success as she continues to share her love of music, and live her message.