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Lisa Hopkins Seegmiller

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Lisa Hopkins Seegmiller born 1978, credited as Lisa Hopkins until 2008, is an American classical singer and actress from Simi Valley, California She holds a BA in Theater Studies and Acting from Yale University and a MM in Classical Voice from the Manhattan School of Music

She is best known for her portrayal of Mimi in Baz Luhrmann's 2002–03 production of La bohème on Broadway, for which she received a 2003 Tony Award Since then, Seegmiller has performed around the United States and Europe in concerts, operas and musical theatre, at venues such as the Estates Theatre in Prague, Wolf Trap in Virginia, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Utah Symphony and Opera, and at several music festivals She was nominated for the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording for her role in the recording of Volpone with the Wolftrap Opera Company


  • 1 Early life and training
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Early life and training

Seegmiller was born Lisa Hopkins in Simi Valley, California, and grew up all over the United States and Canada, from Los Angeles to Manhattan, North Dakota, Iowa, Missouri and Utah[1] Her mother is a Juilliard-trained pianist with whom she continues to collaborate[2] She attended the Waterford School in Sandy, Utah[3] and began to study voice at age 16[1]

Seegmiller received her BA in Theater Studies and Acting from Yale University in 2001 After her freshman year at Yale, she studied at the Scuola Insieme in Grado, Italy The following summer she played the role of Polly Peachum in The Threepenny Opera at the Chautauqua Institution Music Festival[4] Upon her return to Yale her sophomore year, she founded the Yale College Opera Company, playing Cleopatra in Handel's Giulio Cesare and performing Poulenc's one-woman opera, La Voix Humaine for her senior project She also sang the role of Casilda in The Gondoliers for Yale's Gilbert and Sullivan Society, among other roles[5] Between her junior and senior years at Yale, Seegmiller performed on tour as a soprano soloist in 21 multimedia spiritual concerts in Graz, Klagenfurt, Salzburg, and Vienna, Austria, while serving as a missionary for the LDS Church[2]

She received her MM in Classical Voice from the Manhattan School of Music in 2003, where she studied with Marlena Malas In the summer of 2004, she studied at the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel with Trish McCaffrey


In 2002–03, while Seegmiller completed her Master's Degree, she appeared on Broadway in Baz Luhrmann's production of La bohème in the leading role of Mimi,[6] sharing in a special ensemble Tony Award Ben Brantley of The New York Times noted, "The principals are, to a person, sexy, vital, utterly committed to the moment the end of Act III Jesús Garcia and Lisa Hopkins are affectingly somber with resigned postures that suggest a haunted awareness of doom They brought tears to my eyes"[7] Seegmiller also appears on the production's cast album, singing the final act, and she sang excerpts from the role at the televised performance during the 2003 Tony Awards ceremony at Radio City Music Hall

Seegmiller was the soprano soloist in the Mozart Requiem and Mozart's Exsultate, jubilate with the Utah Symphony and Opera at the 2004 Deer Valley Music Festival She was chosen to present a solo recital in March 2005, on the Marilyn Horne Foundation roster, at St Bartholomew's Church in New York City as part of the "On Wings of Song" series[8] The same year, she created the role of Arianna in the US premiere of Arianna in Creta with the Gotham Chamber Opera in New York City and played Cio-Cio San as a guest artist in a production of Madama Butterfly at the University of Nebraska In 2006, Seegmiller received critical praise as Donna Anna in Don Juan in Prague, an avant-garde adaptation of Don Giovanni, first performed in October 2006 at the Prague National Theatre and then in December 2006 at the BAM New Wave Festival in Brooklyn, New York Newsday wrote, "The only member of the cast to escape the director's unmusical ministrations was Lisa Hopkins, who, as Donna Anna, managed to ignore the squeezebox screeches coming from the pit and speakers and deliver a sensitive lament"[9]

In 2007, Opera News called Seegmiller "the kind of camera-ready young singer today's marketing directors dream of Fortunately, unlike all too many so-termed 'total package' artists these days can also sing"[10] She sang the role of Sofia in Rossini's one-act opera Il Signor Bruschino with Gotham Chamber Opera in January 2007[11] Backstage commented on the performance, "soprano Lisa Hopkins as Sofia proves a deft comedian while singing with impressive flair"[12] Seegmiller was also selected as a Wolf Trap Opera Company Filene Young Artist,[13] singing the role of Corvina in John Musto's adaptation of Volpone June, 2007 and the First Lady in Die Zauberflöte August, 2007[14] The Washington Post wrote, "Lisa Hopkins Seegmiller, so expressive with her big Bette Davis eyes and fluttery voice, was deliciously funny as Corvina" in Volpone[15] The recording of Volpone and Seegmiller as a principal soloist was nominated for the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording[16] In December 2007, she was the soprano soloist in the Messiah in Greenwich, Connecticut[17]

In the summer of 2008, Seegmiller was a resident artist at the Greenwich Music Festival, appearing as Amore in Claudio Monteverdi's Return of Ulysses[18] and the soprano soloist in the love songs from Monteverdi's Eighth Book of Madrigals[19] After giving birth to her first child in 2008, Seegmiller returned to the concert stage in May 2009, performing in the Sing for Hope benefit concert at Yale University[20][21] and the Bernstein MASS with the Utah Symphony[22] She was a soprano soloist at the Virginia Arts Festival in Bernstein’s MASS in April 2010[23] From June to August 2010, Seegmiller played Grizabella in Cats at the Tuacahn Amphitheater in Ivins, Utah The review in The Salt Lake Tribune commented that in the show's signature song, "Memory", she "creates a moment that's beautifully painful and melancholy with a glimmer of hope Her voice seems to penetrate each word of the familiar lyrics, extracting the core meaning"[24] In October 2011, Seegmiller performed at the Mentors International 2011 Gala[25]

In 2013, she revisited the role of Mimi in Utah Lyric Opera's production of La bohème[26] and, immediately afterwards, in Sun Valley Opera's production in Idaho[27] The following year, she played The Narrator in Tuacahn's production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, "exuding a warmth and beauty in her stage presence"[28] In 2016, she played Mrs Darling in Peter Pan at the Tuacahn[29]

Since 2012, Seegmiller has been the Artistic Director of St George Opera[27] She continues to sing in concerts,[30] teaches voice privately and is a visiting member of the Voice Faculty at Dixie State University[31]

Personal life

Lisa Seegmiller married Travis Seegmiller in 2006 She lives in Washington, DC and in St George, Utah, with her husband and children[32]


  1. ^ a b Winn, Steven "About the Mimis and Rodolfos", San Francisco Chronicle, September 29, 2002
  2. ^ a b Schulman, Michael "Hopkins '01 heads off to Broadway", Yale Daily News, February 7, 2003, Retrieved on July 8, 2008
  3. ^ At the Waterford School, Seegmiller won an Emerson Prize in 1998 for her essay on Thomas Jefferson
  4. ^ Lisa Hopkins' profile at agent's site Archived 2006-10-29 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Lisa Hopkins' profile at the LDS "film personalities" site
  6. ^ Baker, Celia R "Down-Home Diva", The Salt Lake Tribune, March 16, 2003, Retrieved on July 8, 2008
  7. ^ Brantley, Ben "Sudden Streak of Red Warms a Cold Garret", New York Times, December 9, 2002, Retrieved on July 8, 2008
  8. ^ Concert schedule Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Davidson, Justin "Roll over, Mozart: Your Don Giovann'i' is wailing" Newsday, December 15, 2006, accessed January 6, 2011
  10. ^ Opera News, April 2007
  11. ^ Schweitzer, Vivien "Young Lovers, a Vespa and a Frolic by Rossini", The New York Times, January 27, 2007, Retrieved on July 8, 2008
  12. ^ Forbes, Harry "Il Signor Bruschino", Backstagecom, January 29, 2007, Retrieved on July 8, 2008
  13. ^ "Filene Young Artist Alumni" Archived 2014-07-04 at the Wayback Machine, Wolf Trap, accessed July 3, 2014
  14. ^ "Sound system bedevils 'Flute'", The Washington Times review praising the three ladies, August 20, 2007 Retrieved on July 8, 2008
  15. ^ Huizenga, Tom "'Volpone': Putting On Heirs", Washington Post, June 25, 2007, p C05, Retrieved on July 8, 2008
  16. ^ "The Wolf Trap Opera Company Honored with Grammy Nomination for Recording of John Musto's Volpone" Archived 2012-10-07 at the Wayback Machine, prnewswirecom, December 4, 2009
  17. ^ "This Season of Gifts", First Congregational Church of Greenwich website, December 9, 2007, Retrieved on November 12, 2008
  18. ^ "Archived copy" Archived from the original on 2014-07-14 Retrieved 2014-07-03CS1 maint: archived copy as title linkmw-parser-output citecitationmw-parser-output citation qmw-parser-output id-lock-free a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-free amw-parser-output id-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output id-lock-registration a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-registration amw-parser-output id-lock-subscription a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-subscription amw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registrationmw-parser-output cs1-subscription span,mw-parser-output cs1-registration spanmw-parser-output cs1-ws-icon amw-parser-output codecs1-codemw-parser-output cs1-hidden-errormw-parser-output cs1-visible-errormw-parser-output cs1-maintmw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registration,mw-parser-output cs1-formatmw-parser-output cs1-kern-left,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-leftmw-parser-output cs1-kern-right,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-right, Allvoicescom, accessed July 3, 2014
  19. ^ "The Greenwich Arts Council presents Monteverdi’s Love Songs: Madrigali Amorosi" Archived 2014-07-14 at the Wayback Machine, 2008 Greenwich Music Festival, June 9, 2008, accessed July 3, 2014
  20. ^ Sing for Hope benefit at Yale University[permanent dead link], singforhopeorg, May 15, 2009
  21. ^ Keddy, Genevieve Rafter "'Sing for Hope' Yale Benefit", Broadwayworldcom, May 17, 2009
  22. ^ Newton, Catherine Reese "Leaving on a high note: Utah Symphony conductor says musical goodbye",[permanent dead link] The Salt Lake Tribune, May 30, 2009
  23. ^ "Leonard Bernstein’s MASS" Archived 2010-12-21 at the Wayback Machine Virginia Arts Festival, accessed November 6, 2011
  24. ^ Orellana, Roxana "Tuacahn's Cats revival delivers knock-out 'Memory'" Archived 2010-06-19 at the Wayback Machine The Salt Lake Tribune, June 16, 2010
  25. ^ "Jenny Oaks Baker and Lisa Hopkins Seegmiller Performing at Mentors Gala!", Mentors International, Wordpresscom, accessed November 6, 2011
  26. ^ Wyatt, Michael "Utah Lyric Opera Presents First Rate La Bohème", Reichel Recommends, February 9, 2013
  27. ^ a b "Alumni Newsletter Spring 2013: Class Notes" Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine, Waterford School, April 24, 2013, accessed July 2, 2013
  28. ^ Brutsch, Rachel "Tuacahn’s Joseph dances to a different, delightful beat", Deseret News, September 27, 2014, accessed August 4, 2015
  29. ^ Passey, Brian "'Peter Pan and Tarzan are flying into Tuacahn", The Spectrum, May 26, 2016
  30. ^ "Fibonacci Gallery and Fine Arts Center" Archived 2014-07-06 at Archivetoday, St George Health & Wellness, January 2014; "Mother-daughter duo joins Heritage Choir in ‘A Celebration of Song’", StGeorgeutahcom, April 9, 2015
  31. ^ Seegmiller, Lisa "Voice Lessons: Seegmiller Studios" Archived 2014-07-14 at the Wayback Machine, Lisa Hopkins Seegmiller, accessed July 2, 2014
  32. ^ "Hollywood Meets Opera Meets Broadway" Archived 2014-07-14 at the Wayback Machine, Lisa Hopkins Seegmiller, accessed 2 July 2014

External links

  • Official website
  • Lisa Hopkins Seegmiller at the Internet Broadway Database
  • Yale Daily News feature on Hopkins from 2003
  • "Singer makes European debut" - Deseret News
  • Shiels, Maggie Photo of Hopkins as Mimi, BBC News, October 21, 2002
  • Photos of Hopkins at 2009 Yale-Sing for Hope benefit

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