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OFFICIAL BIO: LEARN MORE ABOUT MARY
SOPRANO MARY MARTIN
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Recent role debuts include La Contessa in Indiana University Opera Theatre's production of Le Nozze di Figaro, directed by Michael Shell and conducted by Maestro Antony Walker, and Antonia in The Tales of Hoffmann with Arbor Opera Theater, directed by Danny Brylow. More recent highlights include the title role in South Bend Lyric Opera's production of Lucia di Lammermoor, and Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte with the same company.
Mary has frequently performed with Detroit-based company Opera MODO, where she recently appeared as a coloratura-flinging diva in their Diva Cage Match fundraiser. Roles with MODO include Nannetta (Falstaff), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), and Zerlina (Don Giovanni).
Mary earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in vocal performance from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Melody Racine and worked with Martin Katz, Kenneth Kiesler, Kamal Khan, Kay Walker Castaldo, Robert Swedberg, and Jerry Blackstone. Favorite roles from her time at Michigan include Nannetta (Falstaff), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Amy (Little Women), and the Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte). She was also selected to sing the National Anthem in the Michigan football stadium for the 2010 University of Michigan commencement, for featured speaker President Obama and a crowd of approximately 85,000.
Mary is an alumna of Central City Opera Bonfils-Stanton Young Artist Program, and the Janiec Opera Company of Brevard Music Center, where she had the privilege to learn from Patrick Hansen, Dean Anthony, and David Gately.
Concert and oratorio work include the soprano soloist for: Haydn's The Seasons (Indiana University, conducted by Dr. Betsy Burleigh), Carmina Burana (Midland Symphony Orchestra), Handel's Messiah (Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra and Detroit Community Choir), Mozart's Requiem (Saginaw Chorale Society), Fauré's Requiem (Choral Union Summer Sings), Bach's Magnificat (Ann Arbor Sinfonietta), and solo performances with Michigan Pops and the Livingston Symphony Orchestra.
She is also a teaching artist of Michigan Opera Theatre, where she directed their 2019 Operetta Workshop program and appears as a community outreach performer.
Mary is currently earning her Doctorate of Music degree at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, where she studies with Patricia Havranek and Gary Arvin. She is an Associate Instructor, and was recently awarded the Sarah Joan Tuccelli-Gilbert Memorial Fellowship.
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