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Praised for her “fire” and “vocal drama,” Wisconsin native Hayley Lipke is emerging into the opera scene as a “praise-worthy soprano”. This spring, Hayley gave life to Violetta Valery in Francesca Zambello’s production of La Traviata under the baton of Arthur Fagen with Indiana University Opera Theater. With IUOT she has entertained audiences as Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Gertrud Mutter (Hänsel und Gretel), Rosalba Montealban (Florencia en al Amazonas), and Gertie Cummins (Oklahoma!). Lipke received her B.M.  and M.M. in Vocal Performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University under the tutelage of Jane Dutton and Gary Arvin.

In addition to her love for operatic performance, Lipke is no stranger to the Oratorio repertoire. Praised as an “outstanding soloist”, Hayley has performed as the Soprano Soloist in Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem with the IU Jacobs School of Music in the 100 year anniversary of Armistice Day under the direction of Betsey Burleigh. Additionally, Hayley sang as the joyful Soprano Soloist of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Louisville Orchestra in their Season Finale with Conductor Teddy Abrahms.


The soprano has continued to gain recognition in major competitions in the operatic repertoire. Lipke is honoured to be a recipient of the Bel Canto Foundation’s Bella Voce award (2015), The Georgina Joshi International Fellowship (2018), and a Graduate Assistantship at Indiana University (2017, 2018). Lipke is equally as excited to be named a winner of the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale at the graduate level (2017), National Society of Arts and Letters in the Indiana Chapter,  the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for the Indiana District (2017, 2018), and a finalist in the Mildred Miller International Voice Competition (2019).

Lipke looks forward to continuing to entertain the audiences of Indianapolis as the Resident Soprano Artist of Indianapolis Opera for her second term with them in the Spring of 2021. In the fall, she brought Cio-cio San to life in their live-streamed, socially distant production of  Puccini's Madama Butterfly.  In the spring she will cover Butterfly and sing Kate Pinkerton in their mainstage production of the show, sing the Lola in Douglas Moore's Gallantry, and portray Lucky in The Not-So-Ugly Duckling.


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La Traviata
Indiana University Opera Theater
March 2020

Cio-Cio San

Madama Butterfly
Indianapolis Opera
November 2020


Indianapolis Opera
April 2021

     "...a star in the making. She has a sensational voice." (Current Publishing)

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