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Mezzo-Soprano, Debra Hillabrand holds a BME from the University of Arkansas, and a MM in vocal performance from Washington University in St. Louis. Critically acclaimed for her moving portrayals and vocal beauty, Ms. Hillabrand has worked with Union Avenue Opera, Central City Opera, Wichita Grand Opera, Tulsa Opera, and Washington University Opera. Roles include Elmire/Tartuffe, Flora/La Traviata, Florence Pike/Albert Herring, Kate/Pirates of Penzance, Lizzie Borden/Lizzie Borden, The Mother/Amahl and The Night Visitors, Mrs. Deakins/Doubt, Mrs. DeRocher/Dead Man Walking, Mrs. Ott/Susannah, Mrs. Noye/Noye’s Fludde, Natalia Petrovna/A Month in the Country, Paulina & Daphnis/Pikovaya Dama, Prince Orlofsky/Die Fledermaus, Rosina/Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Suzuki/Madama Butterfly.
As a concert soloist, Ms. Hillabrand has performed with The Bach Society of St. Louis, Masterworks Chorale, St. Louis Philharmonic, The Gateway Festival Orchestra, The Chamber Project of St. Louis, Washington University, and Southern Illinois University. She was also the Alto Young Artist for the Bach Society of St. Louis for 4 years, for whom she has often been a soloist, including Beethoven’s MASS in C, J.S. Bach’s B MINOR MASS, and Handel’s MESSIAH. Most recently, Ms. Hillabrand was soloist for Duruflé’s REQUIEM with First Presbyterian Church in Kirkwood, where she is currently the Alto section leader.