Biography American Soprano Doreen De Feis began her operatic career in the United States with such companies as Glimmerglass Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Wolf Trap Opera and St. Lukes Chamber Orchestra. Her European career began in 1982 with exceptional successes in the roles of Susanna, Pamina, Norina and Mimi as an ensemble member in Kaiserslautern , Saarbrücken and Münster. This led to further German engagements in Bremen , Bonn , Olden-burg, Kassel , Trier and Braunschweig in the roles of Sophie, Gilda, Marcelline, Nanetta, Adina and Rosina, and Violetta. This led to further engagements in Madrid at the Teatro Lirico Nacional la Zarzuela, in Gent and Antwerpen at the Opera voor Vlaanderen and Opera Comique in Paris. Since 2001 she has developed into singing the lyrico-spinto repertoire.Now her repertoire includes such roles as Leonora in Trovatore, Cio Cio San, Donna Anna and Salome of R. Strauss. Ms. De Feis has sung throughout Europe as a concert soloist. Her extensive repertoire includes works from Bach, Mahler, Mozart and Strauß as well as the contemporary composers Rudolf Kelterborn, Rainer Kunad and Michael Denhoff.Her performances involve engagements with international orchestras such as the Halle Orchestra of Manchester, Radio Orchestra of Madrid, Orchestre National de Belgique and Dutch National Ballet Orchestra in Amsterdam and appearances as a guest soloist in Spain , the Netherlands , Belgium , Ireland , France , England , Scotland , Singapore and Taiwan . She has sung under the direction of distinguished conductors such as Adrian Leaper, Jiri Kout, Stefan Soltesz, Miguel A. Gomez Martinez, Sergiu Commissiona, Bramwell Tovey, Adam Fischer and Pinchas Steinberg.Ms. De Feis' debut recording was in 1996 with the Orquesta Filarmònica de Gran Canaria in Henryk Gòrecki's 3rd Symphony on the Arte Nova label.She sang performances of the work in Gran Canaria , Madrid , Amsterdam and La Coruna . Two more CDs were added to her discography with Verdi's Rigoletto and Ms. De Feis as Gilda and her solo recording of Schubert's Lieder. In January 2001, the CD recording of Rossini's Messa di Gloria with Wilhelm Keitel conducting the European Festival Orchestra was released featuring Doreen De Feis as a soloist.Ms. De Feis studied vocal performance at the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School in New York . She was awarded First Prize by the Pro Musicis Foundation and gave an international lieder tour with the Foundation in San Francisco , Boston , Los Angeles , New York , Rome (Villa Medici) and Paris (Opèra Comique). She was a Finalist at the Metropolitan Opera Regional Competition in New York . As a young principal soloist in the premiere of Oliver Knussen's 2 nd Symphony, Doreen De Feis received widespread critical acclaim for her remarkable performance and talent for contemporary music.In the years 2001-02 Ms. De Feis' concert schedule included engagements with the Nordwest-deutsche Philharmonie for Verdi's Requiem and guest performances as a soloist with the Landessinfonie Orchester Thüringen-Gotha and the Kammerorchester Wernigerode. In Memmingen she sang a series of Lieder evenings and she returned to Spain to sing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Orquesta Filarmònica de Gran Canaria. She also sang performances of Violetta and Mimi in Germany. In 2003-04 she sang gala concerts with the Thüringen Philharmonie, lieder concerts in New York, and Boston, and will sing Pamina with the theater in Gummersbach, Germany. In 2005 she is the soloist for the Rheinsieg Festival,Bonn, in Hektor Villa-Lobos "Bachianas Brasilieras No.5"WDR of Cologne will record it. In 2006 and 2007 she sings in the Festival"Musica Mallorca" the 2nd soprano in the C-minor Mass of Mozart., On Long Island she sings Madame Butterfly and Leonora in Trovatore Konzertant with the Arena Players opera Theater. She will be singing her first Tosca on Long Island the summer of 2008. She and her husband Baritone James Hooper sing lieder concerts throughout Germany together. Currently she is performing the role of Marcellina in the Marriage of Figaro in Hildesheim the Theater for Niedersachsen. She will be an international Juror in 2012 for a international voice competition in Coburg, Germany called the Alexander Girardi Gesangs Wettbewerb.
oreen Maria DeFeis
As a young girl of 6 years old I looked out the window and knew that I would see the world! Thru my passion for singing my dream came true!