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HAGSTROM, Sarah Paige

Written by  Celia P. Novo
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Soprano Sarah Paige Hagstrom's recent performances as Emily Webb in the world premiere of Ned Rorem's Our Town, Micaëla in Bizet's Carmen and Abigail and Mary Warren in The Crucible received universal and enthusiastic praise. She has performed with the Bay View Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Lake George Opera Festival, Virginia Opera, Opera North, Sarasota Opera, Accademia Italiana di Canto, International Institute of Music in Croatia and Bel Canto Northwest.

This season is highlighted by company and role débuts including Adina with the Florida's Imperial Symphony & Opera, the role of Solveig in a new adaptation of Grieg's Peer Gynt (March) with Maestro Osmo Vanska and the Minnesota Orchestra, Micaëla in Peter Brook's The Tragedie of Carmen with Opera on the James (April), Marianne in Tartuffe with Lake George Opera (June - July), Rosina with Duluth Festival Opera and Musetta with Sir Andrew Litton and the Minnesota Orchestra (August).

Last season, Ms. Hagstrom returned to Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for her first Valencienne in Lehar's Merry Widow and made a dazzling début with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra as featured soloist in Too Darn Hot - A Cole Porter Celebration. She also starred in ISO's "Yuletide Celebration." She will reprise her star turn in Too Darn Hot in her début with the Baltimore Symphony, May 10-13, 2007. Ms. Hagstrom has also appeared as featured soloist with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra & Opera (Florida), Thornton Symphony & Jazz Orchestra, the Monte Carlo Orchestra, the Bakersfield Symphony and the USC Symphony as "Outstanding Graduate of 2000."

She has worked with many notables in classical music including Mark Flint, Peter Mark, Dorothy Danner, Yannick Nezzisagan, Stephanie Sundine, Alan Smith, Blythe Walker, Giorgio Tozzi, Louis Burkot, James Marvel, Roger Bingaman, John Glen Paton and Vladamir Chernov.

Among her many awards and distinctions, Ms. Hagstrom was a Regional Finalist (Memphis) and District Winner (Nashville) in the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions in 2004; recipient of the Marilyn Horne Award and Scholarship in Los Angeles in 2002 and 2001; First Place Winner of the Burbank Philharmonic's Aria and Concerto Competition; a National Finalist in the Palm Springs Opera Guild and the Lotte Lenya / Kurt Weill Vocal (New York) competitions, and "Outstanding Graduate in Vocal Arts" at USC.
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Celia P. Novo

Celia P. Novo

Celia P. Novo is Founder and President of the international artist management company NOVO ARTISTS, INC. and of NOVO CONSULTING.

Mrs. Novo has been a dynamic and productive force in the classical music world since 1983 when she became personal business manager to late legendary soprano ARLEEN AUGER.

Known for her uncompromising standards of professional integrity and for the outstanding quality of her clients, Mrs. Novo focuses on finding only the finest and most promising talent the world over.



Born in New York City, Celia P. Novo attended New York University as a double major in Biology and Music. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Advanced Biological Studies from Fordham University. Mrs. Novo worked as a senior research assistant in the departments of Biochemistry, Neurology, and Pediatric Neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine for six years. As a New York State certified teacher, she taught Biology, Chemistry, and Developmental Biology at the college preparatory level.

In a dramatic career change, she became personal business manager to her dear friend, the late American diva Arleen Auger, in 1983. Mrs. Novo directed all of Ms. Auger's business affairs until her tragic death in June of 1993. Mrs. Novo and her husband, Guy P. Novo, founded the Arleen Auger Memorial Fund in 1995. The purpose of this Fund is to identify needy and talented young singers who wish to follow in Ms. Auger's esteemed footsteps, and reward them with study grants and scholarships to help defer the cost of voice lessons and other expenses relating to their vocal studies.

In 1995, Celia Novo founded Novo Artists, Inc., an international artist management company that represents conductors, stage directors, set designers, choreographers, singers, and instrumentalists throughout the world. She is also Founder and President of Novo Consulting.

Always devoted to charitable organizations, Mrs. Novo served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Music Conservatory of Westchester from 1987 through 2003, and played a prominent role as chairperson of their education, marketing and special events committees. In 2006, she was elected to the Board of Directors of St. Christopher's Inn by the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement at Graymoor.

Mrs. Novo and her husband, international attorney Guy P. Novo, reside in Hartsdale, NY. Their son, Andrew R. Novo, graduated Magna cum laude in History from Princeton University in June 2002, earned a Masters degree in International Relations and a Doctorate in History at the University of Oxford in July 2005, and a Doctorate in History. Andrew's first novel Queen of Cities has recently been published by Coffeetown Press.

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