Nancy Ellen Ogle holds a master of music degree in vocal performance from Indiana University, where she studied voice with Martha Lipton. Her postgraduate studies have included important work with Birgit Nilsson, Edward Zambara, Allen Rogers, and Elizabeth Cole. Her concert career has included television appearances in Canada and Germany as well as the United States and performances in England, Austria, Russia, Georgia (Republic), and Japan. Recent operatic appearances include Leonore in Beethoven’s Fidelioand Brünnhilde in Wagner’s Die Walküre with the Apollon Arts Society in St. Petersburg (Russia), and Isolde in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde with the Surry Opera (Maine). Ms. Ogle has performed premieres of many concert works, including pieces by John Eaton, Don Stratton, Jan Gilbert, Marilyn Ziffrin, Don Dilworth, and Mary Ann Joyce.
Ms. Ogle is a Maine Touring Artist. With help from accompanying musicians and scholars of poetry and composition, she has evaluated hundreds of scores of unpublished works by American composers living throughout the United States and abroad. Drawing from published and unpublished sources, Ogle has created programs, in the lecture-recital format, which she has performed in the New England area.
Ogle’s recital programs include such subjects as “the Poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay,” “American Poetry of the 1930′s,” “American Poetry of the 1950′s,” “American Women Poets,” “American Women Composers,” “New York Composers,” “Maine Composers,” and song settings of the poetry of Emily Dickinson. Her research and performance in the field of modern American song literature has been supported by such organizations as the National Poetry Foundation, the Maine Humanities Council, the Women’s Literary Union, the Live Poet’s Society and the Maine Composers’ Forum.
Three of her recitals–”An Evening with Gerard Manley Hopkins,” “A Different Slant of Light: Songs on the Poetry of Emily Dickinson,” and “The Truth About Love: Music and Poetry of W. H. Auden”–are available through Capstone Records. Other recordings of Ogle’s work are to be found on Cormorant, Woodsum, and Music Media Productions labels.
Ms. Ogle is currently Professor of Music at the University of Maine, where she teaches voice and directs the Opera Workshop.
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