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Virginia Dupuy

Virginia Dupuy

SMU voice students sang and received professional feedback and coaching from vocalists Jake Heggie, Joyce DiDonato and Frederica von Stade during a special master class hosted by Virginia Dupuy and the Meadows Voice faculty in October 2015. Also in attendance were patrons of The Dallas Opera and area high school students. Photo by Pamela Pagels. See the complete pictorial.

Virginia Dupuy performed in Meadows’ Caruth Auditorium with Liudmila Georgievskaya in September 2016, singing Gustav Mahler’s Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen from Rückert Lieder.

Virginia Dupuy and alumni backstage at The Metropolitan Opera for SMU voice alum Juan de Leon's Met debut in "Two Boys" by Nico Muhly. Left to right: Will Trice (producer with Broadway entertainment firm Jeffrey Richards Associates), Stephen Hartley (played the role of the father in "Two Boys,") Juan de Leon, Virginia Dupuy and Trey Pratt.

Virginia Dupuy

Professor, Voice

Virginia Dupuy has earned a reputation as one of the finest recital and concert singers in the United States. She has championed American music in recordings of the Grammy-nominated Voces Americanas, and she premiered the role of “Crone” in Conrad Susa’s opera Wise Women. Fanfare magazine hailed her recording of Dominick Argento’s Pulitzer Prize winner From the Diary of Virginia Woolf as one of the top classical recordings of the year.

Dupuy made her Lincoln Center debut with the American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall and has appeared with the orchestras of Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth, Eugene and Honolulu. A professor of music at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, she is a leading scholar and interpreter of music set to Emily Dickinson’s texts. Gasparo Records, Inc. released Dwell in Possibility, a CD of 24 Dickinson poems and one letter performed by Dupuy with Shields-Collins Bray of Voices of Change, set to music by her esteemed friends, including Jake Heggie, Lee Hoiby, Dan Welcher, Richard Hundley, Simon Sargon and William Jordan. She continued her performances of contemporary composers with Voices of Change and the Cliburn Modern Composers Concerts with the composers Golijov, Danielpour, Higdon and Bolcom present. She sang songs and duets, including texts of Sister Helen Prejean, with Jake Heggie at the Cliburn’s “Modern at the Modern” in Fort Worth with pianist and producer Shields-Collins Bray. She continues to perform “Emily Dickinson in Song” throughout the country.

Her student, tenor Juan de Leon, made his Metropolitan Opera debut in October 2013 and performs all over the world. Other Dupuy students have recently won regional Metropolitan Opera auditions and are apprentices at Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass, Wolf Trap, Chautauqua, Des Moines, Opera North and Los Angeles Opera. Dupuy also is the liaison and founder of the Emerging Artist Program, a partnership for SMU graduate students and the Dallas Opera.

Dupuy is in demand throughout the United States as a teacher of master classes. In spring 2016, she produced a workshop, “Strategies for Performing Contemporary Music,” for the Los Angeles NATS chapter on the campus of Loyola Marymount University. In 2010, she produced a symposium prior to the opening of the opera, Moby Dick, by Jake Heggie at the Winspear Opera House in partnership with the Dallas Opera, Meadows School of the Arts and the Texas Book Festival.

Dupuy is currently producing master classes for SMU with soprano Cyndia Sieden and Metropolitan Opera music staff member Vlad Iftinca.

As a member of the company of Dallas-based “Voices of Change,” Dupuy performed songs and arias of Bernstein in October 2018 and Ravel’s Chanson madécasses in January 2017. She will return to the Georgetown Festival of the Arts in early June 2019, performing songs of Beethoven.

Former Student Stories

SMU voice faculty

Former student Ian Derrer was named general director and CEO of The Dallas Opera in July 2018.

Former students include Elias Hendricks (aka Buddy Hill; Motown the Musical and Lion King); Juan de Leon (international tenor); Rosharra Francis (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical); Valerie Vinzant (international soprano); Will Trice (executive director, Arkansas Rep; Tony-winning Broadway producer); Paul Kroeger (soloist, Landestheater Coburg, Germany); Suzi Byrd (opera singer; associate pastor, Westminster UMC); Hope Endrenyi (dancer, actress; Hamilton 2017-18; West Side Story/Milwaukee Rep 2019); Sydney Frodsham (2018 Encouragement Award winner, Utah District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions).

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Master class with international soprano Cyndia Sieden (4th from the right) at SMU in October 2018.

Master Class at DePauw University in October 2018.


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