In twenty-seven years as an opera singer in Europe, Elizabeth Hagedorn has gathered extensive performing experience in Germany, Italy, Austria and the Czech Republic. A wide repertoire of over fifty leading roles developed, through the dramatic coloratura and lyric soprano literature, and revealing her particular affinity for the complex characters of the Italian verismo and German expressionist composers. Significant role portrayals include Tosca, Salome, Ariadne, Chrysothemis (Elektra), Elsa, Senta, Marie (Wozzeck), Leonore (Fidelio), Ellen Orford, Maddalena (Andrea Chenier), Leonora (Trovatore), Elisabetta (Don Carlo), Violetta, Konstanze, Donna Elvira, Mimi, Rusalka and Olympia/Antonia/Giulietta (Tales of Hoffmann). Recent performances include Mirabella in Zigeuner Baron in Austria, Alma March (Little Women) with the Madison Opera, and concert performances of Mahler’s Rückert Lieder, Respighi’s Il Tramonto and Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder.
A three-year appointment as Visiting Associate Professor of Voice at the University of Wisconsin – Madison followed a position on the faculty at AIMS in 2013. Ms. Hagedorn is in demand in Europe and the United States both as a performer and vocal pedagogue, presenting voice master classes and stage performance workshops (Wien.Oper.Intensiv.). Her workshop in Global Vocal Styles is currently part of the Vienna school system’s continuing education program for music teachers, and was presented in 2017 at the Salzburg ISME conference (International Society for Music Education). Since 2010, she has maintained a private voice studio in Vienna.
Elizabeth Hagedorn completed music degrees in her home state of Wisconsin (BME) and at the University of Colorado (MM) as a student of Berton Coffin and Barbara Doscher. As a Regional MET competition finalist and the recipient of the Denver Lyric Opera Guild award, she was able to attend AIMS in 1986, a significant step toward beginning her European career.