March 08, 2017 1:15PM
Pittsburg State University will host the first Barbara Rondelli Kansas Statewide Classical Voice Competition on March 11 in Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. The competition will run from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. with a winner’s concert slated for 4 p.m. The entire competition is free and open to the public.
The competition was established through a gift from Rondelli, a PSU alumna and internationally recognized lyric soprano, and her husband, Richard R. Perry.
Rondelli Perry, whose father was the principal at Cherokee High School and whose mother was an elementary school teacher, grew up listening to the Metropolitan Opera on the radio. She performed her first recital on the McCray Recital Hall stage in 1956 at the age of 16. She earned both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in vocal performance and eventually went to the Royal Academy of Music in London on a two-year Fulbright Scholarship, where she studied under the internationally acclaimed soprano Dame Eva Turner.
Rondelli Perry performed internationally in more than 40 major operatic roles, more than 50 major oratorio roles and many song recitals.
From 1975 until 2011, Rondelli Perry served as professor in the Department of Music at the University of Toledo. She was named professor emerita in 2012.