Black Hills State University and the Johanna Meier Opera Theatre institute will present a concert of opera arias and art songs titled, “Darci Bultema and Friends,” Sunday, April 1 at 4 p.m., in the Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall.


Soprano Darci Bultema, has performed on the operatic stage in a variety of roles, such as La Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Clorinda in La Cenerentola, the Female Chorus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, and Lavinia in Bononcini’s Camilla.  Originally from North Dakota, Bultema has brought her talent and versatility to opera companies across the United States.


In addition to her operatic repertoire, Bultema has appeared as a soloist in an assortment of orchestral works with the Florida Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Miami Chamber Symphony, Peabody Symphony Orchestra, Washington D.C. Youth Orchestra, and the Fargo Moorhead Symphony.  In these venues Bultema’s voice has been showcased in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the Chants d’Auvergne of Canteloube, Griffes’ Three Poems of Fiona Macleod, and oratorios of Bach, Handel, Haydn, and Rossini.


As an emerging artist, Bultema’s talent and promise have been recognized and nurtured through her participation as a Young Artist with Florida Grand Opera, Tulsa Opera, and Natchez Opera.  Adding to her acclaim, a concert review by Classical New Jersey of Bultema’s interpretation of Cilea’s Il son l’umile ancella, Son pochi fiori from Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz, and Bachelet’s exquisite art song Chére Nuit, was quick to note “Miss Bultema’s ability to float those stratospheric notes with ease and grace,” as well as her “luscious legato line, completely even production throughout the compass and sumptuous crescendos.” 


Bultema earned a Bachelor of Science degree from North Dakota State University and a Master of Music degree from Peabody Conservatory of Music, where she was honored further with a prestigious Graduate Performance diploma.  Additionally, Bultema has a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from North Dakota State University.  She currently serves on the voice faculty of Northern State University in Aberdeen.


A suggested donation of $25 for Opera Institute scholarships will be accepted at the door.  For more information contact Dr. Jonathan Nero, assistant professor of music at BHSU, at 642-6628.