Opera Student Tivoli Treloar Earns Rave Reviews in Professional Debut

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Mezzo-soprano Tivoli Treloar is a fourth-year voice performance major at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. She has recently made her professional debut with the Long Beach Opera, singing the role of The Lover in the world premiere of The Romance of the Rose. 

Tivoli Treloar, as the Lover, second from left, presents a white rose to Lucas Steele as the Dreamer in Kate Soper’s “The Romance of the Rose” Photo from Los Angeles Times.

Los Angeles Times reviewer Mark Swed praised the new opera as a triumph. Swed particularly singled out Treloar, who “superbly inhabits the stage like a veteran in her extraordinary first professional starring role. She commands an epic part, exuding a confidence attained through song, operatic aria and extended avant-garde vocal practices.”

New York Times reviewer Zachary Woolfe gave the opera a strong review as well, calling The Romance of the Rose a “tender, whip-smart” opera that balanced earnestness and wit, whimsy and self-awareness. He especially noted Treloar’s exceptional range and depth, with a voice “flexible enough to convey all the Lover’s changes of perspective.”