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Mezzo-soprano Birdget Skaggs “lights up the scene” onstage (Chicago Reader), and her “dynamic singing” (Schmopera) was named as a musical highlight of Chicago Fringe Opera’s world premiere of The Great God Pan in March 2018.  A two-time recipient of the Vocal Chamber Music Fellowship from Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, and co-founder of Fourth Coast Ensemble, she maintains an active schedule as curator and recitalist of art song programs throughout Chicago. On the operatic stage, this season she appears in a staged performance of Christopher Cerrone's Naomi Songs as a part of Love Wounds (Chicago Fringe Opera), and Bradamante in Alcina (Chicago Vocal Arts Consortium).  Past roles include the Fox in The Cunning Little Vixen (Opera Steamboat), Giunone in Cavalli’s La Didone (Haymarket Summer Opera Course), Austin in The Great God Pan (Chicago Fringe Opera), Charlotte in A Little Night Music (Opera Theater of Pittsburgh), Tangolita in Ball at the Savoy (Chicago Folks Operetta), and festival soloist/Baroque on Beaver Festival (Beaver Island, MI).  She was recently named as the first Vocal Arts Associate to Chicago Fringe Opera, where she will consult the company on art song programming and performance practices.  Ms. Skaggs holds a B.M. and M.M. from Oklahoma City University, where she sang Flora/La Traviata, Prince Orlofsky/Die Fledermaus, and Secretary/The Consul

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