Lakotah Terrace, bass-baritone, is an alumnus of Idaho State University’s School of Performing Arts, where he studied Voice Performance under the tutelage and mentorship of Dr. Diana Livingston-Friedley, whilst also being active in the Theatre and Dance departments.
A native Idahoan, Lakotah spent his childhood and adolescence in the mountainous wilderness of Central Idaho, living in Salmon and Challis, where his teenage musical endeavors included mastering piano selections from Jane Austen films and explaining to cattle ranchers that he played the oboe not the elbow. Lakotah’s first real introduction to opera was his participation in ISU’s Summer Youth Opera scenes program, where he would meet longtime friends and colleagues Teaira Burge, Jason Dyer, and Jordan Bowman.
Sometimes called a singing actor, Lakotah’s resolve to imbue performances with four-dimensional characterization and depth is reflected in the art song cycles his is drawn to perform, such as Mahler’s Fünf Rückertlieder, Ibert’s Quatre Chansons de Don Quichotte, Wolf’s Michelangelo Lieder, and Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death. He is compelled by texts that are transcendent, psychological, queer, and visceral.
Keeping with his commitment to inter-disciplinary collaboration, Lakotah participated in the world premiere of Callous Physical Theatre’s 2013 production of Robert Fruehwald and G.B. Waldschmidt’s Double Blind Sided under the direction of Josephine Garibaldi and Paul Zmolek. The production utilized a collaborative dialogic devising methodology to create choreography based in text and movement analysis.
In addition to his vocal pursuits, Lakotah also possess a knack and passion for costuming. He served as costume coordinator for Opera ISU’s scenes programs Viva Italia!, A Tribute to Britain, and Old Town Actors Studio’s production of Terrence McNally’s Corpus Christi. In January 2016, he will be costuming OTAS’s production of John Cariani’s Almost Maine.
Lakotah plans to pursue graduate studies in Voice Performance in Fall 2016. When he is not practicing and otherwise surviving as a Bohemian, he can be found enjoying a nice peppery Syrah with antipasto and close friends, or suffering through barre en pointe.