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Mitra Sadeghpour

University of Northern Iowa
Director of Opera
Cedar Falls, IA
Mitra Sadeghpour, DM, opera educator and soprano, joined the University of Northern Iowa School of Music in 2014 after 12 years at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where she was honored as a Max Schoenfeld Distinguished Professor. At UNI, Dr. Sadeghpour directs the opera program, which includes productions, Opera Performance I and II, and Advanced Vocal Performance. She also teaches applied voice and collaborates with the Theatre Department on musical theatre productions. Since joining the UNI faculty, she has directed full productions of Riders to the Sea, L’Enfant et les Sortileges, Signor Deluso, Susannah and Merry Wives of Windsor, directed two Opera Showcases, and taken opera students on tour to Costa Rica. She also teaches applied voice, Soundscapes: American Musical Theatre, and collaborates with the Theatre Department on musical theatre productions. Sadeghpour is committed to opera education and outreach to students and the community, and has collaborated with the School of Education to develop new ways of integrating opera into the K-12 curriculum. As a performer, Dr. Sadeghpour regularly performs in recital and concert. She served from 2012-2016 as the NATS National Vice President of Outreach, and joined the board of directors of the National Opera Association in 2017 where she has been tasked to expand student initiatives. She has taught at Harrower Opera Workshop at Georgia State University, and InterHarmony Music Festival in Acqui Terme, Italia. In the summer of 2018, she will teach at La Musica Lirica in Novafeltria, Italia. Dr. Sadeghpour was selected as one of three participants in Opera America’s inaugural Mentorship Program Women, and she has been paired in 2018 with Stacy Brightman, Vice President for Education and Community Engagement at LA Opera. Her special interests are American opera, art song, popular song, and musical theatre, traveling, and dogs. A native of Iowa, Sadeghpour has degrees from Luther College and Indiana University- Bloomington.

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