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Hailed by the Star Tribune as having a “fetching blend of grace, warmth and humor on stage,” Bergen Baker has been a featured performer with companies such as Minnesota Opera, The Minnesota Orchestra, Skylark Opera and Florentine Opera. Ms. Baker’s concert and oratorio experience includes performances of Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Mass in C minor, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Igor Stravinsky’s Les noces, as well as many programs of art song. In addition to performance on the operatic and concert stage, Ms. Baker served as Teaching Artist for Minnesota Opera from 2012–2014. During her tenure, Ms. Baker organized community residencies and performances that served nearly 15,000 opera lovers across the state of Minnesota. Ms. Baker currently directs opera and music theater programs for students through the University of Minnesota and the University of Urbino in Italy. She remains a highly sought-after Teaching Artist, offering residencies, workshops and master classes to students and communities across the country.
Ms. Baker holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in vocal performance from DePaul University and the University of Minnesota, respectively. At the University of Minnesota, she appeared in the role of Sharon Falconer in the Midwest premiere of the Grammy-award winning American opera Elmer Gantry, by Robert Aldridge. This season Ms. Baker returns to Minnesota Opera as Wowkle in La fanciulla del West and Mercédès in Carmen.