Soprano, LORNA DALLAS, from Illinois, went from winning a national talent contest in high school (the finals in Town Hall in New York) to Indiana University to the Metropolitan Opera National Company (her debut was as Susannah in THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO) to London to star as Magnolia in the record-breaking revival of SHOW BOAT with Dame Cleo Laine. Excerpts from SHOW BOAT were filmed at the Adelphi Theatre and shown worldwide as part of the American Tony Awards to represent its global importance and recognition as a landmark production. She remained in the UK to star in major musicals such as THE KING AND I, CLOSER THAN EVER, KISMET, SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM, RATEPAYERS' IOLANTHE, and many others. Critics were to call her "one of the finest singing actresses on the British stage."

Prior to London, Lorna had been nominated for an Emmy for her performance on CALLBACK! The musical director for this series filmed at the famous Village Gate Theatre was a then relatively unknown Barry Manilow. There are some demo recordings of the musical, THE AMBASSADOR, that exist of Lorna with the incredibly talented John Collum which are considered cult classics.

In London, for the BBC, Lorna had one of the most ambitious and successful series, LORNA DALLAS…MY MUSICAL WORLD. She recorded a special concert for television at the Brisbane Cultural Arts Centre with the Brisbane Symphony of the music of Novello, Porter, and Coward. She starred in COLE for the renowned Hong Kong Arts Festival. She has been guest artist in all the major concert halls from London to Australia and starred in countless concerts and television specials such as LET'S FACE THE MUSIC OF KERN, THE MAGIC OF RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN, BEING ALIVE! A SONDEHEIM TRIBUTE, COLE PORTER CENTENNIAL GALA, MAD ABOUT THE BOY, GIVE US A CLUE, THERE GOES THAT SONG AGAIN, NAME THAT TUNE, BEWITCHED BOTHERED AND BEWILDERED, NIGHT OF 100 STARS, HELLO DOLLY! IN CONCERT, IN A STYNE WAY, A HANDFUL OF KEYS, GREAT SINGERS…GREAT SONGS, THE GOOD OLD DAYS, and many, many more including THE ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE in the presence of Her Majesty, the Queen Mother. For ITV, she starred as Betsy, Wife No. 5 in the popular sitcom, THE MANY WIVES OF PATRICK. Heinz Gietz wrote KATHARINA UND POTEMKIN for Lorna's unique soprano voice. This German television opera was recorded by ZDF in Hamburg and also starred Anneliese Rothenberger. Lorna also starred with Caterina Valente in VERLIEBTE IN MUSIK for ZDF as well as their famed series, MUSIK IST TRUMPF in which she was special guest in their American musical tributes (SHOW BOAT, OKLAHOMA & KISS ME KATE) filmed in Vienna, Munich, and Berlin. Lorna also played the wife of Telly Savalas (TV's Kojak) in the film INSIDE OUT which was filmed in Berlin.

While in London, Lorna also recorded the jingle or theme tune heard in the General Motors adverts on television and radio; the music of Morton Gould and specially arranged in five part harmony by Bernard Ebbinghouse. Lorna recorded all the voices in exact and close harmony. Another hidden talent!

Lorna has recorded 4 PBS Specials which included a tribute to Comden & Green with Comden & Green, the George Gershwin Centenary Special from the London Palladium, her own show for the Brownville Concert Series, and the Ira Gershwin Special from the Royal Albert Hall. Her rendition of THERE IS NO MUSIC was chosen as Pick of the Week by BBC.

She is firm favorite of the Royal Family and has appeared by special request at many Charity Galas and concerts in their presence. She has, in fact sung for every member of the Royal Family. Her countless appearances and tireless efforts for these charitable causes have also meant she is honored to have been invited to Buckingham Palace on several occasions. She has traveled to Belfast and throughout Germany to entertain for the Army Benevolent Fund of which Princess Anne is the patron. She was a special guest and artist for former Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and John Major.

When her solo album, THE GIRL I KNEW…the music of Novello and Kern, was released, it was featured in SHOW MUSIC magazine. The liner notes were written by no less than Cleo Laine & John Dankworth: "A combination of an excellent singer and two truly great composers…Lorna Dallas is one of the very finest American vocalists of her style and generation." The critics once again sang her praises, such as Marc Miller of THEATERMANIA: "Rare Kern! Rare Novello! Lorna Dallas! Caviar, I tell you, pure caviar!" and CABARET SCENES: "This is a voice worthy of a great role to introduce this star of the British musical theater to the land of her birth. THE GIRL I KNEW is a good introduction to this wonderful talent, a performer you'll want to get to know better." The CD was named CD of the Year by the renowned critic, Michael Billington ("LORNA DALLAS is Novello and Kern's best modern interpreter.") in the BBC Music Magazine and was No. 5 in the top 150 CDs chosen by its critics. It has been hailed as a genuinely innovative recording. INTHEATER magazine named it as one of the Top 10 CD Picks of 1998. United Airlines has also made the album one of its audio channel choices…so you will hear her in the stratosphere as well as on land!

From a sold out engagement in New York at the famed Oak Room in the Algonquin Hotel to the Royal Gala with Dame Cleo Laine at Town Hall to her US concert debut with the world-renowned conductor/arranger, Skitch Henderson, Lorna has wowed the critics and received standing ovations when she has appeared as special guest with Skitch with the Honolulu, Florida, Quebec, New Haven, Savannah, Jacksonville and Dallas Symphony Orchestras. Reviews: "Dallas is a show stopper of the first degree." In November 1998, Lorna made a stunning Carnegie Hall debut with Skitch and the New York Pops to rapturous response from an ecstatic audience. It was breathtaking! She is a frequent guest on the famed Lyrics & Lyricists Series at the 92nd Street Y. With Peter Howard and Howard McGillin, Lorna starred in a Cole Porter review LET'S MISBEHAVE! at the Westhampton Performing Arts Center. She followed this review with a SHELDON HARNICK Tribute at the John Drew Theatre in Easthampton with Sheldon Harnick and Peter Howard….all with standing ovations. She returned to this venue in the highly successful revue, NOËL COWARD: A TALENT TO AMAZE with Steve Ross.

In November 1999, she was a special guest with Cleo Laine at Royal Festival Hall in London in FAREWELL 20TH CENTURY…A MUSICAL MEANDER THROUGH THE LAST 100 YEARS. This program, with John Dankworth, CBE as musical director, was truly one of the concert highlights in London for 1999.

She debuted her new one-woman show, LORNA DALLAS Celebrates the music of Jerome Kern and Ivor Novello, at the grand reopening of the Jermyn Street Theatre in London. It was a sell out season and one of the hottest tickets attracting press from both sides of the Atlantic. The critics were full of praise and Peter Hepple of THE STAGE wrote: "Many young singers, especially from the musical theatre, have tried their hand at the art of cabaret, but it takes a performer like Lorna Dallas to show them how to do it properly. For one thing there is the voice, which in her case is a pure soprano. Properly trained and produced, it is able to sink to a virtual whisper but is still as clear and controlled as when she is singing at full throttle, which she does only occasionally. None of that breathy vibrato stuff for her. And then there is the style. And finally there is the repertoire. This an exceptional evening which is a unique blend of musicality, charm, humour and incidental information." Peter Leavy wrote in CABARET SCENES: "Alone onstage, the lady soars!" This show was directed by award-winning director Barry Kleinbort with another award winner Christopher Denny as musical director…whom she refers to as "Team Dallas." In March, 2000, her eagerly anticipated New York debut of GLAMOROUS NIGHT (once again with "Team Dallas") at the illustrious FireBird was a smash hit with the public and the critics alike (Rex Reed: "Ms. Dallas has a voice that wraps itself around theatrical gems with the warmth of a mink stole"; John Hoglund in Back Stage: "Lorna Dallas is one of a handful of today's truly great cabaret singers. This is a rare opportunity to see a perfect show by a beautiful lady at the peak of her craft"; Theatre Reviews Ltd: "Ms Dallas does not just sing, she personifies the words and music she chooses to perform and she does the 'act' with a sense of conviction and a degree of depth that invades the audience with irrepressible energy. Lorna Dallas' appearance is a once in a life time experience").

In October, 2000: Lorna shared the stage with Cleo & John in a gala opening for The Wavendon Center (The Stables Theatre) with Princess Margaret in attendance. Later that week, Lorna was a special guest for the 25th Anniversary Gala Concert of SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM at the Wavendon Theatre with Ned Sherrin, Millicent Martin and many more. This special concert was recorded and was one of the highlights of the 2000 concert series…eagerly anticipated and sold out long before the official box office opened.

In January, 2001, Lorna was named by the Siegels of as one of "Best of Y2K Major Female Vocalists." Her new show, SPRING COLLECTION, debuted in April at the chic Arci's Place in New York…once again to raves from the critics. Stephen Holden wrote in The Times: "Ms Dallas is your ticket." The Siegels wrote for BACK STAGE: "Her vocal performance is so powerful that you find yourself thrilled to be in her presence." David Hurst wrote for SHOW BUSINESS: "Possessing a full-bodied soprano voice that is neither shrill nor overbearing, Dallas is an astute artist who marshals her resources wisely. Her voice has a burnished tone that is both warm and inviting. Unlike many sopranos with opera-based training, Dallas never covers her sound with too much operetta flourish. Instead, she is happy to have moved beyond the ingenue and soubrette stage of her career to become an interpretive stylist of considerable substance. Make no mistake, however-the top notes are still there and they are as free and ringing as ever. They are never pinched or strained, as she made clear at the end of "Suddenly It's Spring" (film of Lady in the Dark), "He Wasn't You" (On A Clear Day…) and "You Are Love" (Show Boat). She is lucky to have cultivated excellent technique over the years. Her breath support is laudable and she continues to phrase and breath at appropriate lyrical moments often without the audience's awareness. Her pitch remains accurate and her note placement is in the center of the tone-she often makes entrances on high notes with a precision and ease that is startling. Her vibrato remains rock-solid. Happily, even though she is a soprano, Dallas wisely eschews the heavy-handed dramatics of some of her contemporaries, preferring instead to employ an understated style that goes hand in hand with her elegant and classy presentation. She clearly understands what her gifts are and gives them generously to the audience." Once again, a classy and elegant show… and with capacity audiences.

Lorna opened the Sumter Fine Arts Festival in October, 2001 in her own solo evening with the Charleston Symphony with Don Pippin as her guest conductor in a program called "THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK." This program was stunning and original and funfilled…with another standing ovation. The critics: "A master class of song!" Lorna and Don have a program FROM COVENT GARDEN TO BROADWAY for symphony orchestras which will be presented later in the US.

Later in October, she starred in WALTZ OF MY HEART at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, a work devised by Barry Day to celebrate the music of her favorite composer, Ivor Novello. In December, she starred in THE MAKING OF A MODERN MUSICAL at the Bruno Walter Auditorium in New York. This is another work devised by Barry Day and also starring Simon Jones, Barrie Ingham, and Eric Comstock. Later it was presented at the famed Players in New York.

She premiered her latest SPRING COLLECTION at the Jermyn Street Theatre in London in April, 2002. A sold out event…and a welcome return to London. SPRING COLLECTION, a highly intelligent and musically demanding show, brought reviews which were ecstatic. Michael Billington wrote in The GUARDIAN: "Some cabaret singers take you by storm; the velvet-voice American soprano Lorna Dallas wins you by stealth. Dallas's great gift is to suit her technique to the material. She can be crisp and witty with a comic number. But she lets her voice soar on Novello's unashamedly romantic 'Waltz of My Heart.' And she discovers new emotional depths in a standard like Rodgers' and Hammerstein's 'Younger than Springtime.' She does it by caressing each word and syllable so that 'softer than starlight are you' becomes not a throwaway sentiment but a lingering expression of genuine passion; it is the technique of the classical actor applied to a song lyric. Lorna Dallas is a rare soprano who has an instinct for truth that puts many of her lauded showbiz rivals to shame." Clive Davis wrote in THE TIMES: "Few performers handle a ballad with such purity and sensitivity." Mark Shenton for THE STAGE: "Some cabaret artists - like vintage wines - mature and deepen with age. One such is Lorna Dallas…emerging as a major cabaret player on both sides of the Atlantic. The quality of her shimmering, still vibrantly youthful soprano has never been in doubt but she has found her interpretative voice too and that is finally propelling her forward, not merely as a singer of songs but as a rich communicator of them. She caresses the lyrics with diction and delight. It is precisely this attribute that now puts her in the company with the cabaret elite…Barbara Cook. Like Cook, she draws her material from the familiar and the unknown to alternately embrace and surprise you. She is always sublime." Michael Darvell for WHAT'S ON IN LONDON: "Although she has now finished her short season at Jermyn Street Theatre, I couldn't let Lorna Dallas go without reminding our readers what a good performer she is, and bemoan the fact that we really do not see enough of this superb singer in the West End. Her SPRING COLLECTION was such a brilliant piece of programming, a very pleasing mixture of the familiar and the rarely-performed that provided a textbook example of what cabaret is all about. Lorna Dallas has such a warm, melodious voice that to be in her company is like being bathed in hot chocolate. I am not the first person to compare her with the likes of Barbara Cook, for she possesses a similar vocal quality of emotional depth that comes out in every song she interprets. I do hope she will be repeating this excellent programme at other venues as well as perhaps committing it to record, for it really is one of the finest cabaret compilations in living memory." Lee Stevens of LBC: A rare talent…not seen enough these days. This is a brilliant act combining great material performed by a superb performer…and she sings and performs as beautifully as she looks! There's only one Lorna Dallas!"

Lorna recorded the title role for the CD, ANNA KARENINA…the Audio Musical written by Ralph Chicorel for release in 2003. This recording featured an all star cast and the Milwaukee Symphony. In June, she starred in a new version of the Cole Porter revue LET'S MISBEHAVE! at the Napa Valley Opera House in California with Peter Howard and George Dvorsky. The response was overwhelming with the review: "The show had two things going for it -- Porter's incomparable music and the glorious voice of soprano Lorna Dallas, who has become the toast of London's West End." Lorna will return to the new Opera House with her own show in the very near future.

October, 2002…a busy month…a sold-out Albert Hall and the occasion…CLEO & JOHN'S GOLDEN MUSIC JUBLIEE hosted by Ned Sherrin. This was a magical night and as a special guest in a starry lineup, Lorna's rendition of WHERE OR WHEN was particularly stunning. The following week she starred in WALTZ OF MY HEART at the Cardiff International Festival of Music. All these engagements were complete sellouts.

In January, 2003, Lorna starred in the American premiere of Noël Coward's PACIFIC 1860 at the York Theatre in New York as part of their famed Musical in Mufti Series. This sold out engagement was one of the series highlights and marked Lorna's Off-Broadway debut as well. Once again, the critics were to say: "Bravo to the great Lorna Dallas!" She was a special guest of the Coward Society at the Ivy in London and presented an unforgettable program of the Master's music with Mike Haslam at the piano. Another new show!

By special request of Skitch Henderson… who was to write of Lorna: "There are certain performers that exude skill, showmanship, and warmth. Putting these categories together, Lorna Dallas delivers performance and great professional giving with the utmost of consistency (the latter, to me, the most important).

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I'm her fan across the sea and here in America." she made a return engagement to Carnegie Hall. The occasion was the 20th BIRTHDAY GALA OF THE NEW YORK POPS. Her rendition of BILL prompted this quote: "What a performance! BILL had such depth of emotion with sustained vocal beauty -- and she brought tears to the eyes."

On July 4th, 2003, Lorna raised the flag in a special concert at Wavendon for the Garden Season. She produced and starred in BROADWAY AND BEYOND with the Wavendon Strings and Brass…a combined orchestra of 40 superb musicians. Lorna's infectious personality and performance had the audience wilding cheering…and waving the Stars and Stripes as she spiritedly conducted the orchestra in a new Dankworth arrangement of Sousa's STARS AND STRIPES. A rollicking good show and a BiPondal celebration of the 4th!

Lorna eagerly anticipates the coming events in 2004…Master classes at the famed Indiana University, her alma mater… and in Illinois at the John A Logan College. She will also be presenting her new show at JAL…with her acclaimed pianist and arranger from the UK, Jason Carr. And plans for later in 2004 include a new musical premiering on the West End stage…a welcome return to her theatrical roots.

Lorna combines her theatrical and concert work with the busy and demanding role of Mrs. Garry Brown. She and Garry celebrate a long running engagement of 23 years with homes in New York and London. It is this production which brings her such joy and satisfaction…and glowing reports from her stepchildren.

Critics on both sides of the Atlantic agree:
"This lady is classy…and a class act!" " She sings with Passion and Pizzazz!"
"Catch Dallas while you can!"
…Sheridan Morley, International Herald Tribune