Davida Kagen's Voice Studio
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BIOGRAPHY & Audio Clips                                           Email: dkagen@davidakagenvoice.com


Enjoy these musical offerings by Davida


From the song cycle “Sacraments of Desire”
Poetry from the book Sacraments of Desire
By Linda Gregg, s
et to music by Jeffrey Moidel
Davida Kagen, Soprano
Surrounded by Sheep and High Ground
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Of Absence-


Nights in the Neighborhood-


SELECTED OPERATIC REPERTOIRE*:
Abduction from the Seraglio ~ Konstanza (German)
Albert Herring ~ Miss Wordsworth (German)
Alcina ~ Alcina (German)
Un Ballo in Maschera ~ Oscar (Italian)
La Boheme ~ Musetta (Italian & English)
Cosi fan tutte ~ Despina (English)
Falstaff ~ Nanetta (Italian & German)
The Magic Flute ~ Pamina (German & English)
The Marriage of Figaro Susanna (German & English)
Rigoletto ~ Gilda (Italian)
The Tales of Hoffmann ~ Olympia (French & German)
Ring of the Nibelung:
     Das Rheingold ~ Woglinda (German)
     Die Walküre ~ Helmwige (German)
     Siegfried ~ Forest Bird (German)
     Götterdämmerung ~ Woglinda (German)

*Over 30 Operatic Roles performed in over 400 performances.

Davida Kagen - Lyric Soprano

Davida Kagen, a native Philadelphian, sang for many years as the leading lyric soprano for the Wuppertal Opera (Wuppertaler Bühnen) in Germany and guested at many other major opera houses throughout Europe including Zürich Opera, Deutcher Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf, and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Her roles include Constanze in Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio, Susanna in Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, Alcina in Handel’s Alcina, Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto,
as well as over 30 other leading roles.


Much in demand for concerts and oratorio since returning
to the states, Davida has performed with most of the
region's orchestras over the past 25 years.

 

2006 heard Davida with the Tacoma Symphony again with Harvey Felder conducting in Vaughn-Williams' 1st (Sea) Symphony as well as Handel’s Messiah soloist with Seattle Choral Company. Her discography includes recording of Ravel’s 5 Greek Folk Songs with harpist Juliet Stratton in her CD “Heaven and Earth” on the Lyros label and a CD of Mendelssohn's Lobgesang with the
Philharmonia Northwest, Roupen Shakarian conducting.

 

Davida received her musical education and opera training at Temple University in Philadelphia under the late Klara Meyers, private voice lessons for 17 years with renowned master voice teacher, the late
Ellen Faull, private instruction with master teacher, the late
Eliose Ristad (author of "A Soprano On Her Head") and at the International Opera Studio in Zürich, Switzerland. She has taught singing at Cornish College for the Arts and University of Washington for the theater department's PATP (professional actors training program) and was for 10 1/2 years a faculty member of the Western Washington University Music department teaching private voice lessons as well as maintaining a private voice studio
in the Greater Seattle area.

Ravel 5 Greek Folk Songs- Accompanied by Juliette Stratton on Harp from her CD Heaven on Earth
on the Lyros label.





SELECTED CONCERT REPERTOIRE:

Bach ~ Christmas Oratorio
Barber Knoxville ~ Summer of 1915
Beethoven ~ Symphony No. 9

Beethoven ~ Missa Solemnis

Brahms ~ German Requiem

Handel ~ Samson

Handel ~ Messiah

Mahler ~ Symphony No. 4

Mendelssohn ~ Elijah

Mozart ~ C Minor Mass

Mozart ~ Requiem
Mozart ~ Concert Arias K.490, K.578, K.582
Mozart  ~
L'amero'

Mozart ~ saro`costante (Il Re`Pastore)
Orff ~ Carmina Burana




OPERA HOUSES:
Zürich Opera, Düsseldorf Opera, Wuppertal Opera, National Theater Mannheim, State Theater Hannover, State Theater Kassel, Greater Buffalo Opera, Bronx Opera, Heidelberg Summer Castle Festival, Tacoma Opera,
Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall

ORCHESTRAS: Eastman Philharmonia, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Orchestra Seattle, Youngstown Symphony, Cascade Symphony, MidColumbia Symphony, Bellevue Philharmonic, Seattle Youth Symphony, Northwest Sinfonietta, Philharmonia Northwest, Tacoma Symphony, Whatcom Symphony, Whatcom Chamber Orchestra, Auburn Symphony,
Seattle Violin Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra

DIRECTORS: Grischa Asagaroff, David Bartholomew, Joseph Baschetta, Alvin Epstein, Richard Flusser, Nicolas Muni,
Friedrich Meyer-Oertel, Didier von Orlowsky, Richard Pearlman, Andreas Prohaska, Dieter Reible

CONDUCTORS: Roger Briggs, Christophe Chagnard, Harvey Felder, David Effron, Joel Fried, Joshua Green, Peter Gülke,
Stewert Kershaw, Michael Miropolsky, Jean-Francois Monnard, Nello Santi, Tristan Schick, Hans-Martin Schneidt,
Roupen Shakarian, George Shangrow, Michael Spearman

COACHES: Steven Bleier, George Fiore, Thomas Grubb, Bern Herbolsheimer, William Hughes, Gary Magby, Jeffrey Moidel,
Tom Moroco, Donna Racik, Martin Rich, Dean Williamson

TEACHERS:
1977 - Present: Ellen Faull, private studio, New York City, NY and Camas , WA
1985 - Eloise Ristad, author of Soprano on Her Head, private studio, Boulder, CO
1971 - 1977: Klara Meyers, Temple University College of Music, Philadelphia, PA

Teaching Experience:
Cornish College for the Performing Arts (1993-4)
University of Washington - Professional Actors Training Program (1995)
Western Washington University adjunct faculty (1996 - 2006)

Christian Science Church Soloist for over 25 years.

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