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Biography


Elizabeth Medeiros Hogue, a rare dramatic coloratura, is currently setting the stage on fire with her menacing portrayal of The Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. A Portuguese-American, originally from San Jose, California, Elizabeth has been critically acclaimed in Nevada Opera, Virginia Opera, and TodiMusicFest productions of The Magic Flute, Andrea Chenier, and Lucia di Lammermoor.  Elizabeth’s symphonic repertoire includes Mahler’s Second Symphony, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, and the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah. This past January Elizabeth sang her first Isolde’s Liebestod as part of the Virginia Symphony’s Ride of the Valkyries all-Wagner concert. She has worked with conductors such as JoAnn Falletta, Matthew Kraemer, Michael Borowitz, Walter Attanasi, Peter Mark, Dan Saunders, and Toshiyuki Shimada; and stage directors, Guy Montavon, William Shomos, Dorothy Danner, William Theisen, Lillian Groag, Bernard Uzan, and Dona D. Vaughn. Elizabeth studied music at the New England Conservatory of Music and theatre at San Jose State University. She completed the Young Artist’s Apprentice Program at the Portland Opera Repertory Theatre in Maine. Elizabeth is the recipient of the Lillian Nordica Scholarship award, the N.A.T.S. First Place Award from both the Boston and Maine chapters and was a Finalist for the Center of Contemporary Opera International Vocal Competition. Elizabeth was also a finalist for the Lyric Opera of Chicago's Center for American Artists program in 2002. A proponent of contemporary music, Elizabeth performed the role of the Soprano in Tom Johnson’s Four Note Opera inNorfolk, Virginia in April 2006. She made her international debut concert in Ontario, Canada in November 2006 and returned for a second concert in May 2007 in Toronto. Elizabeth has debuted her first recording on CD entitled “Singing Arias with Passion” which can be purchased directly through her. Recently, she sang in the Virginia International Tattoo as part of the Virginia Arts Festival in April 2008 and a concert with the Mission Chamber Orchestra of San Jose (CA) in June 2008 to commemorate an annual Portugal Day event.

PERSONAL: Elizabeth was born in San Jose, CA. Her father, Aires S. Medeiros was born in Faial, Açores and her mother, Barbara Simmons Medeiros was born in New Bedford, Mass. of Portuguese descent. Elizabeth has two siblings, a sister and a brother. Her brother, Aires-Joseph, is a drummer and has played for various New England-based dance bands. Elizabeth is married to David Hogue and has a son, Joshua.

Elizabeth grew up with music in her household. Her father, Aires, was part of a Portuguese guitarra group with his three older brothers, Alvarino, Egidio, and Leonel. His sister, Fatima Silva, and Elizabeth's mother, Barbara, would sing the fado and canções populares with them at various Portuguese functions and festivals. Elizabeth decided to pursue music in her teens. She was a member of the San Jose Children's Musical Theatre where she gained experience in theatre. She also played the clarinet and was a member of the San Jose Portuguese Marching Band for several years. Elizabeth was accepted to pursue a degree in Vocal Performance at the New England Conservatory of Music. However, after a year, she decided that she could pursue both music and theatre at her hometown of San Jose in a more liberal arts setting. This decision ended up having Elizabeth change her career path to Drama and she received her Bachelor's Degree in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Drama. She graduated "with distinction." Elizabeth also received a Master's Degree in Library Science, thinking she could have a "real" job while pursuing a theatrical career.