Soprano and Teacher
Persephone Abbott, soprano, has sung solo in operas, oratorios and lieder concerts. She first was trained from childhood as an actress. She initially began to study Voice at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Shortly after this Persephone chose to continue her musical training in France while studying with Suzanne Sarocca and Mady Mesplé. She was given her singing final diploma in the Netherlands from the Utrecht Conservatory where she had followed lessons from Udo Reinemann and Thom Bollen. During this last period of Conservatory study she routinely travelled to Italy to receive vocal instruction from Adelisa Tabiadon and Rodolfo Celletti in Milan.
Persephone has been fortunate enough to have been involved with Alexander Technique since she came to the Netherlands; over the years, she has been given lessons by Crissman Taylor, Arjan Hoorweg, Vivian Mackie, and Charlica Gounaris.
Persephone’s operatic repertoire includes "Die Zauberflöte" (Erste Knabe, Papagena, Erste Dame), "The Tempest", "Demetrio en Polibio", en “Cosi van Tutti” (Despina) “Dido en Aeneas” (Belinda), “Don Giovanni” (Zerlina), “Carmen” (Micaela), “Hansel und Gretel” (Sandman, Gretel), “Les Dialogues des Carmelites (Blanche), “L’Enfant et les Sortileges” (La Princesse, Le Feu), and “La Serva Padrona (Serpina). In recent years she’s been coached by Kelvin Grout, Pierre Mak, David Bollen, Christian Papis and Maarten Hillenius.
A sampling of her singing can be heard on SoundCloud.