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 and voice 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 an Associate Professor of Music and teaches applied voice, Voice and Opera Literature and is the director of the opera program. She also serves as music director and conductor for musicals in collaboration with University Theatre. In 2013, she was selected as the UW-Eau Claire Max Schoenfeld Distinguished Professor, which recognizes a commitment to the university, achievement in scholarship and a commitment to student learning and life. At UW-Eau Claire Sadeghpour has staged productions of Strauss' "Die Fledermaus," 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 two children's touring productions of Rossini's "Cinderella." She also directs a themed opera and music theatre scenes program each fall semester. Recent music direction has included "Into the Woods," "Grey Gardens," "The Three Penny Opera," "Bat Boy: The Musical," "Cabaret," and "Pirates of Penzance." In 2013-2014 she directed a scenes program Celebrating Women Composers and 100 Years of Britten, and music directed "A Man of No Importance." 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 2013-14, Dr. Sadeghpour will sing "Les Illuminations" by Britten with the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, Strauss' "Four Last Songs" with the Chippewa Valley Symphony, the soprano solos in Amy Beach's "Mass in E Flat" and the Brahms "Requiem" with the UW-Eau Claire Symphonic Choir, performances with the award winning Jazz Ensemble I, and numerous solo and collaborative recitals. Recent performances include Beethoven's 9th Symphony and 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, 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," " Mozart's "Requiem," Schumann's "Spanisches Liederspiel," a recital of popular songs from the 1930s, and the world premiere of David A. Baker's "Chamber Symphony." Dr. Sadeghpour is featured on recordings with both UW-Eau Claire's Singing Statesmen and 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 joined the national NATS board of directors as Vice President of Discretionary Funds and Field Activities, working with over 100 students chapters around North America. 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. She is the advisor for campus chapters of SNATS and SAI. She has also served as a mentor and research director for Blugold and McNair Scholars.
Dr.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, the songs of French composer and pianist Cécile Chaminade, and her current project: Opera and Sustainability. 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, judging the 2011 MTNA National Finals. Sadeghpour's voice 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. She is currently team teaching in the Central European Travel Seminar, traveling in the summer to Germany, Austria, The Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland. She created and has run the New York City Young Artist Domestic Immersion Program from 2012-2014. 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. In 2012, she sang in the SongFest Mentor program in Los Angeles.
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-recitals and presentations. Prior to her appointment at UW-Eau Claire, she taught at Luther College.
- MUSI 153/353 Applied Voice
- MUSI 470 Opera Literature
- MUSI 472 Voice Literature
- MUSI 280/480 Opera/Music Theatre Workshop
- MUSI 491 NYC Immersion
- HIST 280 CETS Travel Seminar