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Praised by the KC Metropolis for her “nuanced acting, fine dancing skills, and sublime singing,” Ellen Hinkle is quickly establishing herself as a versatile artist and a young performer to watch.

Most recently, Ms. Hinkle appeared with Winter Opera Saint Louis as Princess Margaret in The Student Prince, Frasquita in Carmen, and covering Despina in Così fan tutte. With Gateway Opera as Miss Silverpeal in The Impresario, and with Marble City Opera as Schaunard in their rendition of La Femme Bohème.

During her one-year residency with Winter Opera Saint Louis, Ms. Hinkle covered Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, performed The Star in The Wise Women, and was a Soloist in Speed Dating Tonight. Other notable roles include Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Julie Jordan in Carousel, Rose in Street Scene, Valencienne in Die lustige Witwe, La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi, The Foreign Woman in The Consul, The First Woman in Solomon, and a soloist for Mozart’s Requiem.

A native of Saint Louis, Missouri, Ms. Hinkle holds a Bachelor of Music from The University of Arizona and a Master of Music from University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory. Ellen is a student of Claudia Kennedy.

I grew up in Saint Louis where I started singing Disney tunes at age three. I remember hearing opera when I was very young at a friend’s house and trying to sing along. I thought it was so beautiful and unlike anything I had ever heard before. My mom would take me to see Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables at the Fox Theatre and I thought it was magical. She always tells the story of when I was in middle school: I didn’t want a bike or any other toy, I wanted the Phantom of the Opera CD. I think that’s when she decided to enroll me in private voice lessons. I’ve been singing ever since!


I love music because it’s so expressive. I am a very passionate and outgoing person and music allows me to convey that. It’s personal, and no performance is exactly the same, making every performance special and unique – that is what I LOVE.


I like other things too: dogs, cartoons, beer, camping, cooking, meeting new people, traveling, and trying new things. I also love to help other people, which is one of the reasons I helped start an online magazine called Modern Singer. The magazine has allowed me to help other vocalists while helping to build a lifestyle resource that caters to today's artist. The magazine has allowed me to help other singers by featuring young artists on the site, giving singers access to established professionals in our field via webinars, and providing career advice, fashion tips, health and fitness routines, personal development ideas, and humor that all revolves around the modern singer. These are all things that help build your career no matter where you live. We work in a hard industry and I am happy I am a part of something that can make it a little easier and fun!

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