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Dr. Steven Soebbing received his doctorate in vocal performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he studied with William Shomos. He also holds an M.M. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a bachelor’s in vocal performance and English from the University of Notre Dame, where he studied with Georgine Resick and worked closely with Susan Youens.
As part of his doctoral degree, Dr. Soebbing also received a specialization in Women’s and Gender Studies. His dissertation was on “The Portrayal of Male Homoeroticism in Selected Early Classical Opera”, and he was invited to present on the male homoeroticism in Mozart’s Apollo et Hyacinthus at the 20th Annual Conference on Men and Masculinities sponsored by the American Men’s Studies Association.
Steven Soebbing’s performance background has been rich and varied, having found success in opera roles such as Seneca (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Mercutio (Roméo et Juliette), The Count (Le Nozze di Figaro), and Nick Bottom (A Midsummer Night's Dream) as well as many others. He is also at home on the concert stage, having frequently been a soloist for performances of Handel’s Messiah. His most recent recital, a lecture recital on Schumann’s Frauenliebe und –leben, explored the history of singers performing music from the point of view of the opposite gender.
Additionally, Dr. Soebbing works as a librettist for composers. He regularly collaborates with the composer Garrett Hope: their first opera, Helen, was based upon Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, and they are currently working on another opera.