Beloved by critics and audiences alike, American soprano Ellie Dehn has shared her exceptional skills with many of the world’s finest opera houses and orchestras, including The Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera House, Bayerische Staatsoper, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Diego Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Minnesota Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and the opera houses of Geneva, Palermo, Napoli, Rome, Bilbao and Bologna. Hailed for her versatility, she revels in productions and oratorio work encompassing an exceptionally broad repertoire, and she has emerged as a specialist in works by Mozart.
Miss Dehn remains on the roster of the Metropolitan Opera, and recently returned from a Japanese tour with the Seiji Osawa Music Academy as Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus. Career highlights include multiple appearances with San Francisco Opera, including the title roles in Manon and Arabella, as well as all three Mozart/Da Ponte heroines: the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte. She debuted at Royal Opera House Covent Garden as the Countess in Sir David McVicar’s production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, which was broadcast live in HD to movie theaters around the world. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Marguerite in Faust (which was a part of the Met in the Parks series), followed by returns as Mrs. Naidoo in Philip Glass’ Satyagraha, Musetta in La bohéme and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. She also made her Teatro alla Scala debut as Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann and return as Musetta, as well as countless other engagements worldwide. Coloradans may remember her from her Opera Colorado appearances as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, as well as Violetta in La Traviata with Central City Opera.
At Carnegie Hall, she has performed Mozart’s Mass in C minor, Bach’s Magnificat, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Haydn’s Harmoniemesse. Recent highlights of orchestral engagements include performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the St. Louis Symphony. Ellie also joined the acclaimed International Contemporary Ensemble for the New York premiere of Messiaen’s Chants de terre et de ciel at the Mostly Mozart Festival, and joined Eve Queler and the Opera Orchestra of New York as Inez in Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine and Jemmy in Rossini’s Guillaume Tell. She has also been a soloist with such orchestras as the Cleveland Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Academia di Santa Cecilia, New Jersey Symphony, Florida Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional in Mexico City, Milwaukee Symphony, and many others.
Honors and awards include first place in the Gerda Lissner Competition, top prizes in the Licia Albanese and Elardo International Opera Competitions, and a Grand Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions. Ms. Dehn was also a winner of the George London Competition. Her discography includes Ravel: Intimate Masterpieces, released on the Oberlin Music label and distributed by Naxos America, as well as live recordings of Saint-Saëns’ Henry VIII and Weber’s Euryanthe at the Bard SummerScape Festival.
Ellie has enjoyed working with singers from the high school/ undergraduate levels through the young professional/actively performing singing artist level. She is thrilled set down some roots back in her native Twin Cities area and cultivate a private studio here at MacPhail.