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, Bayerische Staatsoper, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Diego Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Santa Cecilia, and the opera houses of Geneva, Rome, 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. Ms. Dehn begins the current season at Teatro Lirico di Cagliari performing Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte. She will also be singing Musetta with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, performing Donna Elvira at Teatro Massimo in Palermo and debuting the role of Euryanthe in Von Weber's Euryanthe at the Bard SummerScape Festival, directed by Kevin Newbury and with Leon Botstein conducting the American Symphony Orchestra. Future engagements include a return to San Francisco Opera as Musetta in a new production of La Bohème and to San Diego to sing Donna Anna. She will also make debuts with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Palm Beach Opera, and Central City Opera.
Recent successes include the triptych of Mozart/Da Ponte Heroines (Contessa, Donna Anna, Fiordiligi) with the San Francisco Opera, her Teatro alla Scala debut as Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann and subsequent return as Musetta, Donna Elvira and Musetta at the Metropolitan Opera, and both Helena in Britten’s Midsummer Nights Dream and Musetta at Rome’s Teatro dell’ Opera. She has put her stamp on the Countess (Houston Grand Opera, Tulsa Opera and Opera Pacific.), Donna Anna (with the Ravinia Festival, the Bayerische Staatsoper, Opera Colorado, Opera Pacific and PORT Opera.), Donna Elvira ( Don Giovanni) with the Spoleto Festival USA and Fiordiligi at AVA. At a performance of Don Giovanni at the Met, Garrison Keillor was in the audience and after a quick glance in the program, realized that they were from the same town: Anoka, MN. It was a freak coincidence, and now Miss Dehn is honored to be a special guest on A Prairie Home Companion several times a year.
In 2007 Ellie made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the Parks as Marguerite in Faust, and a very successful house debut the following year as Mrs. Naidoo in Philip Glass’ Satyagraha. During the past few seasons she had Italian debuts with the Accademia di Santa Cecilia and Teatro Comunale di Bologna as Anne Truelove in new productions of The Rake's Progress, both under the baton of Daniele Gatti. She has made numerous other exciting debuts, in San Diego and Minnesota as Mimi, in Santa Fe as Rosaura in the world premiere of Spratlan's Life is a Dream, in Geneva as Agathe in Der Freischütz, in Bilbao as Madame Cortese in Il viaggio a Reims, and in Los Angeles as Freia Das Rheingold. She was also Juliette in Gonoud’s Roméo et Juliette with Minnesota Opera, and was the title role in William Walton's Troilus and Cressida at the Opera Theater of St. Louis. Recently she debuted the rarely performed work Henry VIII by Saint Seans as Catherine of Aragon at the Bard Festival. Miss Dehn has continued to receive acclaim for her concert performances. She has performed at Carnegie Hall with Opera Orchestra Of New York and as the soprano in Mozart's Mass in C Minor, Bach's Magnificat, Vivaldi's Gloria, Haydn's Harmonienmesse. At Avery Fischer Hall, she joined forces with Eve Queler and OONY as Inez in Meyerbeer's L'Africaine, and debuted the role of Avis in The Wreckers with the American Symphony Orchestra. She has been a soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra on several occasions, the most recent as the soprano in Handel's Messiah and Nielsen’s 3rd Symphony . She has found the Cincinnati May Festival to be a new, yearly tradition: performing Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Haydn's The Seasons, Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice and Mahler's Symphony No. 8. She has also performed the Mahler 8 with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional of Mexico and the Milwaukee Symphony. Recordings include a chamber music project: Ravel- Intimate Masterpieces released on the Oberlin Music label and distributed by Naxos America, and a live performance of Henry VIII, all of which is available on Itunes and Amazon.
Honors and Awards for Ellie Dehn have included being a National Grand Finalist in the Met (MONCA) Competition, First Place in the Gerda Lissner Competition, top prizes in the Licia Albanese/ Elardo International Opera competitions. In 2007 Miss Dehn was also a winner of the George London Competition and was subsequently chosen to do a joint recital with the legendary bass-baritone Samuel Ramey.