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DePaul University School of Music adds 2 internationally recognized opera singers to voice faculty

​CHICAGO — The DePaul University School of Music​  announces that Nicole Cabell and Christopher Magiera, both internationally recognized and highly acclaimed opera performers, are the most recent additions to its vocal performance and opera faculty. They join the school as tenure track assistant professors this fall.

Opera performer Nicole Cabell
Opera performer Nicole Cabell will be joining the DePaul University School of Music voice faculty this fall as an assistant professor. (Erika Dufour)
Cabell, a lyric soprano and the 2005 winner of the BBC Singer of the World Competition in Cardiff, is a Decca recording artist with multiple high-profile engagements each year. She recently sang the role of Bess in Gershwin’s classic “Porgy and Bess” at the Sydney Opera House, along with past appearances in the title role of Alcina at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Violetta in “La Traviata” at Covent Garden, and Micaela in “Carmen” at both the Metropolitan Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, among others. She is currently a visiting professor at the DePaul School of Music and will assume the role of tenure track assistant professor in the fall.

Magiera, a baritone with a busy performance schedule, has performed as The Captain in John Adams' “The Death of Klinghoffer” with the English National Opera and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Valentin in “Faust” and Zurga in “Les Pêcheurs de Perles” with Santa Fe Opera, the title role in “Eugene Onegin” with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Figaro in “Il barbiere di Siviglia” with the Dresden Semperoper, and the title role in “Don Giovanni” with Opera Colorado.
Opera performer Christopher Magiera
Opera performer Christopher Magiera will be joining the DePaul University School of Music voice faculty this fall as an assistant professor. (Christie Pham)
Magiera was a National Grand Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions, a finalist in Placido Domingo’s Operalia World Opera Competition, and a Grand Prize winner of the Sullivan Foundation. He grew up on Chicago’s North Shore.

“The addition of Nicole and Christopher to our faculty will elevate an already high level of professional mentorship provided to our students,” said Ronald Caltabiano, dean of the School of Music. “While both of these performers will share their vast technical and artistic expertise, they will also provide savvy guidance on navigating what can often be an extremely challenging industry.” 

Cabell echoes these sentiments, having become keenly aware of how a practical approach to the music business can only enhance a young musician’s ability to break into the industry and flourish.

“I will continue to pass on what I learn and experience through this strenuous career to the next generation of students,” Cabell said. “We are witnessing the evolution of the classical musical business, and it's equally important to be knowledgeable of the demands made of singers from a business perspective as well as teaching the fundamentals of becoming a superior artist.”

With the opening of the school’s new 185,000-square-foot facility just over a year away, neither of these two performers will have long to wait until they’re able to offer instruction in an environment built specifically for music making. 

“The DePaul School of Music is on the cusp one more great moment in its history,” said Magiera. “The wonderful faculty, led by Dean Caltabiano, is energetic and truly skilled. The new building will offer great spaces for rehearsals and performances that will benefit both the students and the community at large.”

Since its founding 1912, DePaul’s School of Music has become an international center for artistic and technical training in the musical arts. Its new facility will include a 505-seat concert hall, two recital halls and a jazz hall, as well as teaching studios and rehearsal spaces. A second phase will feature a venue for operas and vocal performances.

The School of Music, with its 386 students and more than 3,800 alumni, is renowned for its programs in performance, composition, jazz, music education, arts management and sound recording technology. Its alumni have performed with world famous orchestra and opera companies, such as New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, English National Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera and the Lyric Opera. The school’s 120 full- and part-time faculty members perform in many of Chicago’s renowned music institutions, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera, and numerous chamber music and jazz ensembles. More information about the School of Music is at


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