Ms. Dueppen is thrilled to be back at Lakes Area Music Festival this summer! She most recently sang the effervescent role of Cunegonde in Candide as a Resident Artist with Opera Theater Pittsburgh. One Pittsburgh critic wrote, “This Candide’s standout performance is by far that of Pittsburgh native Abigail Dueppen, who dazzles with her performance as the ditzy-happy Cunegonde. Her rendition of ‘Glitter and Be Gay’ quite literally stopped the show on Sunday with a prolonged – and fully merited – round of vigorous applause”. Another reviewer wrote, “Abigail Dueppen sparkled and shone as Cunegonde, her every note a gem, her every gesture and attitude just right for [the] role of a vacuous bubble-head who triumphs adversity by not understanding what that word means.”
Ms. Dueppen made her professional debut in 2011 at Opera in the Heights in Houston, TX as Léïla in Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles. The Houston critics also hailed her performance, writing that her singing has “magnificent control and impeccable diction, soaring through Bizet’s coloratura. Her luscious soprano, lithe frame, and piquant stage presence bespeak a major talent.” She also recently sang the delicious role of Yum-Yum in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado with The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Houston and Die Erste Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Lakes Area Music Festival in Minnesota. Since her professional debut she has quickly amassed a number of audience-pleasing appearances. Among those are included joining members of the Houston Symphony as the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass and appearing with the Woodlands Chamber Orchestra as the soprano soloist in Rutter’s Magnificat and Requiem. She also performed with Houston’s Ars Lyrica as La Musique in Charpentier’s Les plaisirs de Versailles. Among other recent roles in various venues, she particularly enjoyed The Vixen in Janácek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Contessa di Folleville in Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims, Celia in Mozart’s Lucio Silla, Cupidon in Orpheé aux enfers and Anne Egerman in A Little Night Music. As a concert artist, she has sung the Fauré Requiem, the Bach Magnificat and St. Matthew’s Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Exultate jubilate and his Requiem.
Ms. Dueppen completed her graduate studies at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, obtaining her Master of Music degree in vocal performance. Ms. Dueppen holds her Bachelor of Music degree with academic distinction in vocal performance and music education from the Eastman School of Music. Currently, she studies with world-renowned soprano Ruth Ann Swenson. Upcoming performances include a multimedia concert in collaboration with Montana PBS featuring the world premiere of “Shout Across the Universe”, for soprano and orchestra, the soprano soloist in Vaughan Williams’s Dona nobis pacem with the Bozeman Symphony, and Clorinda in Rossini’s La Cenerentola with Intermountain Opera in 2014.
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