With her “brilliant and richly coloured sound” (Die Welt), Elizabeth Hagedorn made a name for herself through multi-faceted character portrayals in the spinto soprano repertoire.
The American soprano completed her B.Mu.Ed degree in her home state of Wisconsin at UW – Stevens Point and an M.M. in Voice Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Colorado – Boulder, studying with Barbara Doscher. Her introduction to Europe came through a stipendium to the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.
In twenty-four years as an opera singer in Europe, Elizabeth Hagedorn performed over fifty leading roles, debuting as a lyric-coloratura (Violetta, Konstanze, Elvira), and developing through the heavier lyric roles (Mimi, Rusalka, Suor Angelica, Don Carlo Elisabetta) to spinto and jugendlich-dramatic repertoire (Salome, Ariadne, Elsa, Ellen Orford, Tosca, Fidelio Leonore, Senta, Wozzeck Marie,). Various world and European premieres of contemporary operas included the first Austrian performance of Michael Nyman’s “The Man who mistook his Wife for a Hat“, and a world premiere recording of Veerhoff’s „Desiderata“ at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig.
SInce 2010, Ms. Hagedorn and her husband, the conductor Andreas Stoehr, have lived in Vienna. She established „Wien.Oper.Intensiv.“ performance workshops in Vienna, and has taught master classes at UW – Madison, UW – Steven Point, University of Colorado – Boulder, and the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. In the summer of 2013, she joined the voice faculty at the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria.
Ms. Hagedorn has held the position of Adjunct Professor of Voice since 2013.