Mezzo soprano and stage director Dr. Ann Marie Wilcox-Daehn thrives on a performing career that includes oratorio, opera, art song, and musical theater. A frequent oratorio soloist, she has soloed at Carnegie Hall in the Mozart Requiem, Haydn’s Creation Mass, and Vivaldi’s Gloriaandlocallywith the Springfield Symphony as the mezzo soloist forBeethoven 9 and Mahler 2. Internationally and domestically she performs in solo and chamber recitals with traditional as well as more obscure repertoire. Of the over 35 opera roles to her credit, favorites include Carmen; Dorabella in Cosí fan Tutte; Isabella in The Italian Girl from Algiers; Angelina/Cinderella in La Cenerentola; Aldonza in Man of la Mancha; Petra in A Little Night Music; and she created the role of Rosemary for the world premiere of Libby Larsen’s jazz opera, Picnic. Most recently she has been featured at the Springfield Regional Opera as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro and Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti. Wilcox-Daehn can be heard on the Albany Record label as Adah in Naughty Marietta, Bertha in The Red Mill, singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” on Gold & Silver: Celebrating 25 Years of Ohio Light Opera and she recently recorded the wind ensemble arrangementof De Toda La Eternidad by Libby Larsen with Dr. John Zastoupil and the MSU Wind Symphony. Her collaboration with pianist Dr. Elizabeth Avery earned the pair the Ernst Bacon American Prize for their performance of songs by Sergius Kagen. The team will be touring in 2019-2020 with a recital of songs by female composers that include Malibran, Viardot, Clara Schumann, Crawford Seeger, Price, and Larsen.
As the Director of the Missouri State University Opera Theatre, Wilcox-Daehn has staged and produced performances that span many style periods including full operas by Purcell, Handel, Mozart, Rossini, Offenbach, Johann Strauss, Puccini, Menotti, and living composers including Trinkley, Kirchoff, Ching, and Conte. The ensemble performs for outreach events and concerts throughout Springfield and has excelled on the national stage with multiple first place in the nation accolades from the National Opera Association’s National Scenes Competition.
Wilcox-Daehn is currently an Associate Professor of Voice and Opera. She serves as the Central Region Governor for the National Opera Association, is the Resident Stage Director for the Springfield Regional Opera and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity and AGMA.
Wilcox-Daehn has performed lecture recitals on the music of Sergius Kagen, written on the father daughter relationships in Verdi operas for the Opera Journal, has presented on art song by living composers appropriate for developing singers for NATS, and on creative ways to produce opera for NOA. Currently She is researching the teaching and career of mezzo soprano Jan de Gaetani.