BIOGRAPHY

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American coloratura soprano, Abigail Dueppen, made her professional debut to critical acclaim as Léïla in Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles.  Since then, she has appeared as Blonde with the Houston Symphony in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Tytania in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Musetta in Puccini’s La bohème, Gretel in Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel, Cunegonde in Bernstein’s Candide, Königin der Nacht in Mozart's Die ZauberflöteClorinda in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Yum-Yum in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, and Die Erste Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. She also performed with Houston’s Ars Lyrica as La Musique in Charpentier’s Les plaisirs de Versailles, and other recent roles include Norina in Donizetti's Don Pasquale, Sister Constance of St. Denis in Poulenc's Dialogues des carmélites, 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 recently sang Vaughan Williams's Dona nobis pacem, Vaughan Williams's A Sea Symphony, as well as Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Rutter’s Magnificat, Fauré's Requiem, Bach’s Magnificat and St. Matthew’s Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Exultate jubilate, and his Requiem.

Ms. Dueppen holds her Bachelor of Music degree with academic distinction in vocal performance and music education from the Eastman School of Music and 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 is also a certified speech-language pathologist. She obtained her Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology from Lamar University following completion of an externship at the world-renowned Texas Voice Center in Houston, under the tutelage of Jeremy Hathway, Dr. Apurva Thekdi, and Dr. C. Richard Stasney, who founded TVC. During her graduate studies at Lamar, she concurrently served as Adjunct Instructor of Voice in the Music Department. Ms. Dueppen’s research interests include vocal pedagogy, opera performance, and vocology. Her present projects include developing and implementing a Vocology Certificate program at Lamar that is at the forefront of current research, as well as recording and releasing a CD with the chamber music ensemble: The Tephra Collective. Abigail currently lives in Beaumont, TX with her husband Timothy and his many trombones.