Portrait by Michael Young
MR. LUMBLEY'S artistic résumé includes artistic careers as an operatic tenor, composer and producer of film and television.
As an operatic tenor, Mr. Lumbley studied voice with soprano Elsa Porter (1980-82), protégé of Dame Eva Turner, mezzo-soprano Frances Bible (1983-1989), and tenor Denes Striny (1998-2001). His last performance credits include the Amalfi Coast Music Festival (1998), the Ravello Music Festival (2000), the Badia di Cava Music Festival (1998 & 2000)—all in Italy—and the Bryant Park Young Performers Series (1998) in New York. His other credits include the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra (1981 & 1982), the Houston Grand Opera (1983-1990), the Houston Symphony Orchestra (1981-1983), the American Vocal Ensemble (1992-1993), the Hilliard Ensemble (1993), the National Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys (1991-1993), and many others.
Mr. Lumbley’s operatic roles included U.S. Naval Lt. B.F. Pinkerton in Puccini's Madama Butterfly, Rinnucio in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, Mario Cavaradossi in Puccini's Tosca, the title role in Bernstein's Candide, Faust in Gounod's Faust, Il Duca di Mantua in Verdi's Rigoletto, Nemorino in Donizetti's Il elisir d'mor, and many others. In 1995, he received the BRAVO! award for his contributions to the vocal arts.
Mr. Lumbley’s broadcast credits include the NBC Presents, PBS Great Performances, Discovery Channel, ABC National Radio, NPR National Public Radio, GMTV in the United Kingdom, and Italian National Television.
As a composer, he studied with Normal Nelson at West Texas State University and Paul Cooper at Rice University. Mr. Lumbley’s first major work, Angel Dances - A Dancework in Eight Segments was written in tribute to American choreographer Mark Morris and recorded in 1996 along with Tango M, scored for orchestra. In 1997, his Hodie Christus natus est premiered at San Jacinto College in Houston, Texas. Lee’s concerto for piano and orchestra L'hommage à la nuit was composed in 1999 for the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Piano Competition and then recorded in 2002 along with Symphony of Myself, his first symphony. In 2003, his Sonata per pianoforte and Aria per un giorno primaverile (Song for a Spring Day) was written for solo piano and recorded. He also served as artist-in-residence for the Opera/Music Theater Institute (1993-1995) in Washington, DC and as guest composer/lecturer at San Jacinto College in Houston, Texas (1993).
As a producer, Mr. Lumbley’s projects included the films: Last Flight to Savannah (2004) with American director Robert Pietri, The Real Ones (2003) with American director Henry Lee, Under the Willow Tree (2003) with Chinese director Sen-I Yu, El Rincón de Venezuela (The Venezuelan Corner) (2003) with Venezuelan director Reyther Ortega, The end side of a carousel (2003) with Chinese director Ming Chen, music video: For Reasons Unexplained (2004) for Sony artist Casey Stratton with Trinidadian director Vashti Anderson, and PBS television series Sesame Street (2003-4).
Beyond his artistic endeavors, Lee enjoyed significant careers in two other areas. First, Mr. Lumbley was an arts administrator with Houston's Alley Theater, Houston Ticket Center (Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Houston Ballet Foundation, and Society for the Performing Arts), and later, the Washington, D.C. based Troika Organization. Second, he was a consultant and advisor in the field of legal technologies and practice support for Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue in Washington, DC, and Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein, and Schulte, Roth & Zabel, LLP, in New York in a broad range of practice areas including White House investigations, US Senate investigations, SEC civil and criminal investigations, tobacco litigation, general corporate litigation, mergers and acquisitions, and intellectual property.
Portrait by Andrey Egorov
Portrait by Alexander Levin
Mr. Lumbley’s other affiliations include the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Professional Music Fraternity, the AIDS Foundation of Houston, the Design Industries Foundation for AIDS (DIFFA), the 1989 Outstanding Young Men of America, the Washington Cultural Alliance, the American Guild for Musical Artists, the 1993 Inaugural Committee for President Bill Clinton, the Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), the Volunteers of America, the American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmFAR), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) the North Texas Food Bank, and the Trevor Project, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, and the International Association of Amatuer Heralds, where he is a Fellow and professional digital heraldic artist.
Mr. Lumbley lives in his native Texas.