Dr. Virginia Subletta picture of Dr. Virginia Sublett

Professor Emerita
Voice, Opera

E-Mail: Virginia.Sublett@ndsu.edu


  • D.M.A., University of California, San Diego
  • M.A., University of California, San Diego
  • B.M., Louisiana State University

Virginia Sublett joined the faculty in 2004, teaching applied voice, opera theatre and voice-related academic subjects until her retirement in May 2017. She has also taught at the University of California, San Diego, and the University of San Diego.

Dr. Sublett has appeared as a principal artist with opera companies throughout the United States and France. She appeared as Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute with New York City Opera, San Diego Opera, and Central City Opera; and at Los Angeles Opera as Nannetta in Falstaff and Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She also appeared as the Fire and the Nightingale in New York City Opera’s Maurice Sendak production of L’Enfant et les sortileges. Her European debut was with L’Opéra de Nice,
France, as Ismene in Mitridate, and she returned there as Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito. She made her debut with the Fargo Moorhead Opera in November 2008 as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni.

Dr. Sublett has appeared frequently as soprano soloist with orchestras, oratorio societies and chamber music ensembles throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico, including such ensembles as Los Angeles Philharmonic, Mainly Mozart, Illinois Symphony, Vancouver Chamber Choir, and Pacific Symphony.

Particularly at home in music of the 17th and 18th centuries, Dr. Sublett has appeared with numerous period instrument ensembles, among them the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston, and appears regularly at the NDSU Baroque Festival. Dr. Sublett is also in demand as a soloist in repertoire of the 20th Century and often has been featured in concerts of new music.

Dr. Sublett is co-founder and co-director of the San Diego-based professional choral ensemble, Cappella Gloriana, which made its second European tour in 2005 and has released three CDs.

Dr. Sublett’s article, “Vibrato or Nonvibrato in Solo and Choral Singing: Is there Room for Both?” appeared in the May/June 2009 issue of the Journal of Singing. It was translated into German by request of the editor of Vox Humana and appeared in that journal’s February 2010 issue. Dr. Sublett’s encyclopedia entries on vocal music appear in The All Music Guide to Classical Music (Backbeat Books: San Francisco 2005) and online at www.allmusic.com. She has presented research papers and lecture recitals on topics related to 20th century vocal music at several national conferences of the College Music Society.

Dr. Sublett's students are active performers and music scholars. Her students have been featured soloists with the Los Angeles Opera, San Diego Opera, Orquestra de Baja California, and the Festival de Homenage a Augustin Lara, and have appeared as choristers with Opera London and the London Philharmonic Choir. They have gone on to graduate programs at USC, California State University, Fullerton, and Australian Catholic University, Melbourne.

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