Dr. Mitra Sadeghpour
Associate Professor of Music
D.M., Indiana University School of Music
M.M., Indiana University School of Music
B.A., Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
Academic Areas: applied voice, opera literature, opera workshop, opera production.
Dr. Mitra Sadeghpour
255 Haas Fine Arts Center
Music & Theatre Arts Department
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
Mitra Sadeghpour, soprano, is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where she teaches applied voice and Opera Literature, is coordinator of the Voice and Choral Area, and is the director of the opera program. She also serves as music director and conductor for musicals in collaboration with University Theatre. In 2011-12, she will direct an American Opera scenes program and a children's touring opera, and will music direct "Into the Woods." At UW-Eau Claire Sadeghpour has staged productions of Mozart's "Die Zauberflöte,""Albert Herring " by Britten, Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas," "The Merry Widow" by Franz Lehár, "Suor Angela" and "Gianni Schicchi" by Puccini, and a children's production of Rossini's "Cinderella." Recent music direction has included "Grey Gardens," "The Threepenny Opera," "Bat Boy: The Musical," "Cabaret," and "Pirates of Penzance." Sadeghpour is committed to bringing opera to children via the touring opera program Opera on Wheels and other outreach projects.
A frequent recitalist and concert musician, in 2011-2012 Dr. Sadeghpour will sing Mozart's "Exsultate Jubilate" with the Chippewa Valley Symphony, the soprano solos in Pergolesi's "Magnificat" and the Mozart Requiem for the UW-Eau Claire Symphonic Choir and Choral Union, with Jazz Ensemble I, and in numerous recitals throughout the region. Recent engagements include Chausson's "Chanson perpétuelle," the Mozart "Missa Brevis" and Barber's "Knoxville: Summer of 1915" all with the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, Fauré's "Requiem," "Elijah" by Mendelssohn, the Bach "B Minor Mass," Brahms' "Ein Deutsches Requiem," Mozart's "Requiem," Schumann's "Spanisches Liederspiel," a recital of popular songs from the 1930s, the world premiere of David A. Baker's "Chamber Symphony," and concerts with UW-Eau Claire's Singing Statesmen and award-winning Jazz Ensemble I. Dr. Sadeghpour has also sung numerous opera and musical theatre roles, ranging from Frasquita in "Carmen" to Anna in "The King and I" and the Narrator in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."
An active member of NATS since she began collegiate teaching, Sadeghpour has served her Wisconsin State Chapter as a board member at large, Membership Secretary, and has sat on the nominating and auditions committees as well as a National Strategic Planning committee. In 2012, she will join the national NATS board ofdirectors as Vice President of Field Activities and Student Chapters. In 2005 she was selected as a member of the NATS Intern Program in Rochester, NY and was honored to host the 2011 Intern Program at UW-Eau Claire this past June. She is the advisor for the UW-Eau Claire chapters of SNATS and SAI. She has also served as a mentor for Blugold and McNair Fellows.
Sadeghpour's research interests have led to numerous University-funded and award-winning faculty-student collaborative research projects on subjects ranging from student practice habits, opera education and outreach, semi-staging of art song cycles, diverse American art song composers, and her current project: the songs of French composer and pianist, Cécile Chaminade. Dr. Sadeghpour has presented the results of her research in opera outreach sessions at National Opera Association conventions, as well as in poster sessions at conventions of the International Society of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, the International Congress of Voice Teachers, NOA, and NATS. She is an active adjudicator, most recently judging the 2011 MTNA National Finals. Sadeghpour's own students are frequently selected for prestigious summer programs, internships, and graduate school programs. They have won prizes in numerous competitions, including the Wisconsin Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Schubert Club, Wisconsin NATS Auditions, and Young Arts and are successfully teaching, singing, and working in the arts throughout Wisconsin and the United States. In 2005, Dr. Sadeghpour was a guest lecturer at University of Winchester in Winchester, Great Britain. In 2006-2007 she was selected as a University of Wisconsin System Teaching Fellow and participated in the opera training program OperaWorks, under artistic director Ann Baltz.
Originally from Iowa, Sadeghpour earned her Bachelor's degree from Luther College (Decorah, IA) where she studied with David Greedy, and her Masters and Doctoral degrees from Indiana University, where she was a student of Patricia Havranek and studied directing with Vincent Liotta. At Indiana University, she conducted extensive research on the English songs of Charles Gounod, the subject of her doctoral document as well as several lecture-recitlas and presentations. Prior to her appointment at UW-Eau Claire, she taught at Luther College. Dr. Sadeghpour performs regularly in the Midwest region in recital and oratorio/concert repertoire.
- MUSI 153/353 Applied Voice
- MUSI 470 Opera Literature
- MUSI 280/480 Opera/Music Theatre Workshop