Paulette Berman-Fagen


Soprano Paulette Berman-Fagen made her professional debut in the Netherlands, singing Zerlina in Don Giovanni. She was a long-time leading soprano of Staatstheater Kassel, Germany, where she sang many roles, including Blondchen in Abduction from the Seraglio; Gilda in Rigoletto; Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi; Olympia in The Tales of Hoffmann; Adele in Die Fledermaus; Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel; Musetta in La Bohème; Rosina in The Barber of Seville; Nanetta in Falstaff; Marzelline in Fidelio; and Despina in Cosi fan Tutte. Among other opera houses with which she has performed are Teatro Massimo, Palermo; the Koninklijke Opera van Vlaanderen, Antwerp and Ghent; Opera Forum of the Netherlands; the Stadttheaters of Darmstadt, Osnabrück, and Saarbrücken. She has sung over 60 performances of the Queen of the Night, in Mozart’s The Magic Flute; other roles include, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro; Philine in Mignon; Adina in L‘Elisir d‘Amore; Norina in Don Pasquale; and Oscar in The Masked Ball. On the musical theater stage, she sang Maria in Bernstein’s West Side Story at Berlin’s Theater des Westens, in a year-long run.

For the title role in the opera Marilyn by Lorenzo Ferrero, as part of the Documenta 7, modern art festival in Germany, Musical America praised her “brilliant virtuosity.” Ms. Berman-Fagen later sang the world première of the song-cycle Canzoni d’Amore, by Ferrero, at the Biennale of Venice.

Ms. Berman-Fagen has appeared on radio and television with the BRT and RTBF Brussels; Radio Hilversum, Netherlands; BBC TV, London; SFB and RIAS Berlin; WGN and WNBC Chicago; and RAI Torino, Italy.

As a concert singer, she has been featured with the Belgian National Orchestra; L’Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana di Palermo, Italy; Kasseler Symphoniker, Germany; Haifa Symphony, Israel; RAI Orchestra Torino, Italy; the Asko Ensemble, Netherlands; Monadnock Music Festival Orchestra, New Hampshire; the Queens Symphony Orchestra, New York; the New Mexico Philharmonic; and the Dortmunder Philharmoniker.

She studied in Italy with the illustrious baritone, Tito Gobbi, and vocal coach, Luigi Ricci; as well as at the University of Illinois with John Wustman and Mattiwilda Dobbs; in Chicago with Hermanus Baer and Elizabeth Fischer; in Paris with Janine Reiss; and in New York with Lazslo Halasz. She is married to conductor Arthur Fagen, with whom she has performed regularly.