Wyoming Arts Council

Lila McConigley performs in hometown Casper

Lila McConigley (shown at right) and Tenors UnLimited will be featured in a concert on Wednesday, July 23, 7:30 p.m., at Natrona County High School in Casper.

Here’s some background on the event from the ARTCORE web page:

In fourth grade, Lila McConigley volunteered when Marcia Patton asked who from the Casper Children’s Chorale was trying out for a solo. A year later, she sang a duet with her sister, Nina, when the Chorale and the Wyoming State Choir performed “Carmina Burana” in Avery Fisher Hall. From that night, she set her sights on becoming a performer and going to New York.

Lila studied music at St. Olaf College, singing and touring with the world famous St. Olaf Choir. She then moved to New York and worked at Sesame Street, as well as singing in a choir at Juilliard and directing a children’s play at Lincoln Center. Still greatly inspired by opera, Lila went to Florence, Italy to study and perform with famous maestro and renowned Italian tenor, Franco Pagliacci, for three years.

In the spring of 2003, Lila was accepted into London’s Royal Academy of Music’s post-graduate course in musical theater. She graduated with distinction and went straight into her West End debut in Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Bombay Dreams.” She has sung with Elton John, at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and she is the regular guest Diva of famous British opera group, Tenors UnLimited.

Here’s another bit of news from Nina McConigley, Lila’s sister:

Lila is performing with the London-based group, Tenors UnLimited. They perform across Europe and are known as “The Rat Pack of Opera.”

It’s a funny twist, as Lila is marrying one of the “Tenors,” Paul Martin, in Casper a few days post-concert. So the concert is a fun way for Lila to introduce Wyoming to his group. They are having a Western wedding, but the concert will be a fun mix of classical and non-traditional music.

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