Desirée Hassler has been described as possessing an "angelic voice combining a shimmering brilliance with lyric warmth." In addition to singing in the full-time chorus at Lyric Opera of Chicago, the soprano has sung and covered roles at Lyric in Oklahoma!, Manon, Macbeth, Boris Godunov, Show Boat and Elektra. Recent performances include Bach's B Minor Mass with Chicago Bach Project (John Nelson, conductor), Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata with the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra, Ellen in Oklahoma! at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Kondja in The Rose of Stambul with Chicago Folks Operetta, soprano soloist in the Brahms Requiem with the Santa Clarita Master Chorale, Barber's Knoxville, Summer of 1915 with the Prairie Ensemble, Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony, as well as Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass with the Wichita Symphony. A California native, Hassler has successfully competed from the regional to international levels at the Bel Canto Competition, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, International Franz Liszt Competition and is the recipient of many distinguished awards.
Hassler enjoys performing music from the Renaissance to the 21st century, in recital, concert and opera mediums. Hassler graduated in 2011 with a doctorate in Vocal Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she completed a master's degree in 2003. Dr. Hassler teaches voice lesons, vocal literature, and diction courses at Chicago's Moody Bible Institute. When she's not doing lip trills or drinking coffee, Desirée is likely gardening or riding bikes with her super-husband, Dan, and four fabulous children in Oak Park, IL.