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Marla Volovna

Marla Volovna is a world-renowned voice teacher whose students have repeatedly achieved the highest honors, including both 1st and 2nd place winners in the Metropolitan Opera Competition. Both mezzo-soprano and opera director, Marla Volovna made her operatic debut in Besancon, France, as Adalgisa in Bellini's Norma. She has performed the Verdi Requiem in Paris and Bordeaux, radio broadcasts of Mahler's Kindertoten Lieder in France and Darius Milhaud's Return of the Prodigal Son for the RAI, Italian radio. In France, her operatic roles include Olga and Filipievna in Tschaikowsky's Eugene Onegin, Taven in Gounod's Mireille, Fenena in Verdi's Nabucco. In Ireland Ms. Volovna has performed the title role in Bononcini's Astarto and Nancy in Fowtow's Martha at the Dublin Opera. In the United States Ms. Volovna has performed the roles of Baba, in Stravinsky's Rake's Progress, the Mother in Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors in Indiana, Carmen in Bizet's Carmen, the Witch in Humperdink's Hansel and Gretel, Elvira in Mozart's Don Giovanni with the Apollo Opera, Adah in Victor Herbert's Naughty Marietta and the Second Lady in Mozart's Magic Flute with the Utah Festival Opera. Ms. Volovna has also toured Russia and the Ukraine with the roles of Fricka (Das Rheingold, Die Wallkyre), Erda (Die Wallkyre), Walltraute (Gotterdamerung), Carmen, Adalgisa in Norma, Pauline in Tschaikowsky’s Pique Dame and Marfa in Mussorgsky’s Kovanschina. Ms.Volovna is a frequent soloist and director with the Apollo Opera. Among the operas that Ms. Volovna directed for the company, Carmen, Madame Butterfly and Rigoletto received outstanding acclaim.

Musical Education
Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana; MFA in Opera Direction, 1992
Mozarteum, Salzberg, Austria; MM equivalent in vocal performance, 1984
New England Conservatory of Music; BM in vocal performance, Boston, Massachusetts, 1982

Musical Coaching
Nickolaus Harnoncourt, Baroque Interpretation, Salzberg, Austria
Maestro Tonini, Milan, Italy
Paul Schilhawsky, Lieder, Salzberg, Austria
John Moriarty, Boston, Massachusetts

Special Training
Acting for Singers: Margaret Lee, private coach, 2000- 2003
Alexander Technique: Judah Katalan, 1982, Sherri Oliver, 2001
Claude Heater, San Francisco, California (Wagnerian interpretation and vocal technique), 1998 - current
James Lucas, Indiana University (Opera direction), 1990-1992
Sara Corti and Valdamiro Badiali, Milan, Italy (Vocal technique), 1983-1987
Speech: Lia Gaches, Paris 1983-1987
Mime and Theater Techniques: Lecoq School, Paris 1983
Acting: Katherin Sergava, Berkoff Studio, 1982

Italy: Milan, Como, Naples (RAI Italian Radio)
France: Paris, Pau, Caen, Ireland: Dublin, Cork
Austria: Salzberg, USA: California, Logan, Utah.

Austria: Festspiel Haus, Salzburg, France: Besancon, Tours, St Etienne, Nimes, Pau, Troyes, Rennes, Toulon, Caen, Ireland: Dublin Grand Opera, Cork, Utah: Eccles Theater, Logan, California: Apollo Opera, Oakland Opera, SF Lyric Opera; Russia: Novosibirsk, Nijny Novgord, Vladivostok, Ukraine: Kiev Lvov, Odessa, Balkans: Riga,Vilnius, Tallin

Hans Schmidt, Robert Martigioni, Jean Pierre Burton, Jacques Pernou, Napoleane Annovazzi, Maurice Taylor, Marlene Montgomery, Francesco Prestia, Karl Martin, Barbara Silverstein, Michael Goodwin, Daniel Canosa, Peter Grunberg, Jeffrey Thomas, Arnold Katz, Isaak Zak, Anton Grigorovich.

Stage Director
Opera: Hansel and Gretel, Apollo Opera, California
Opera: Rigoletto, Verdi, Apollo Opera, California
Opera: Madame Butterfly, Puccini, Apollo Opera, California
Opera: Carmen, Bizet, Renaissance Opera, California
Opera: Medee, Darius Milhaud, Bloomington, Indiana (Televised)
Opera: Ormindo, Renaissance Opera, California
Opera: Orfeo, Gluck, Renaissance Opera, Ca. (Televised)
Opera: The Magic Flute, Mozart, Renaissance Opera, Ca.
Opera: Cosi Fan Tutti, Mozart, Renaissance Opera, Ca.

Assistant Director
Wozzeck (Berg), Madame Butterfly (Puccini), Hello Dolly (Herman), Elixir of Love (Donizetti), Jubilee (Cole Porter), Carmen (Bizet), Assistant Director to James Lucas, Indiana University

Performance Repertoire Opera
HANSEL AND GRETEL/ Humperdinck Witch CA: Apollo Opera 2004
DIE WALLKYRE /Wagner Fricka Russian Tour: Novosibirsk, 2002
GOTTERDAMERUNG /Wagner Walltraute Nijny Novgorod 2002
AIDA/Verdi Amneris CA: Apollo Opera 2002
PIQUE DAME/Tschaikowsky Pauline Russian Tour: Vladivostock 2001
KOVANSCHINA/Mussorgsky Marfa UkranianTour: Odessa 2000
DAS RHEINGOLD/Wagner Fricka CA: San Francisco Lyric Opera 2000
AIDA/ Verdi Amneris Ukranian Tour: Kiev 2000
DAS RHEINGOLD /Wagner Erda Ukranian Tour: Lvov 1999
NORMA/Bellini Adalgisa Ukranian Tour: Lvov 1999
DON GIOVANNI/Mozart Elvira CA: Apollo Opera 1997-1998
CARMEN/Bizet Carmen CA: Ren.Opera 1995-1996
L'INCORINAZIONE DI POPPEA/Monteverdi Ottavia CA: Ren.Opera 1994
THE MAGIC FLUTE/Mozart Second Lady UT: Logan (UT Festival) 1994
NAUGHTY MARIETTA/Victor Herbert Adah UT: Logan (UT Festival) 1993
ASTARTO/Bononcini Astarto Ireland: Dublin 1992
EUGENE ONEGIN/Tschaikowsky Nurse France: Tours 1992
RAKE'S PROGRESS/Stravinsky Baba IN: Bloomington 1992
AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS/Menotti Mother IN: Bloomington 1991
MIREILLE/Gounod Taven France: Tours Nimes Bordeaux 1990
CAVELLERIA RUSTICANA/Mascagni Santuzza CA, Oakland Opera 1990
NORMA/Bellini Adalgisa France: Besançon, and St.Etienne 1989-1991
NABUCCO/Verdi Fenena France: Tours 1989-1990
MARTHA/Flotow Nancy Ireland: Dublin, France: Bordeaux 1988-1989
CARMEN /Bizet Carmen CA: Oakland Opera 1988
RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL SON/Milhaud Mother Naples Radio 1987
LOHENGRIN / Wagner Ortrud (in repertoire)

Teaching Experience
Apollo Performing Arts, Ca 2003-current Artist-in-residence
California State University, Sacramento Ca 1995-2003 Lecturer
Utah State University, Logun, Ut 1992-1995 Lecturer
Indiana University, Bloomington, In 1990-1992 Assoc. Instructor
Conservatory of Draincy, France, 1980-1990
Seminars : Chateau de Fontaines, Meaux and Musique Sacrée du Marais, France

Courses Taught
Opera Workshop (direction of opera, musical theater and scenes)
Voice lessons (one on one)
Group Vocal Technique
Vocal Repertoire
Italian, French and German Diction
Acting for Singers
Vocal Pedagogy
Opera Directing (a course designed to teach how to direct opera)

Mahler Lieder with orchestra San Francisco, California 2004
Brahms Alto Rhapsody San Francisco, California 2003
Britten Spring Symphony Davis: California 1999
Von Williams Stabat Mater Sacramento: California 1998
Vivaldi Gloria, Stabat Mater France: Paris 1995
Verdi Requiem France: Caen, Pau 1994
Pergolese Stabat Mater France: Paris 1992
Stravinsky Oedepus Rex
Durafle Requiem France: Paris 1990
Dvorjak Stabat Mater France: Paris 1990

Concert Repertoire
Paris, Milan (with Solisti Internationali), Salzberg, California, Utah

Brahms: Ten Songs
Debussy: Chanson De Bilitis
Defalla: Seven Popular Spanish Songs
Grieg: Five Songs
Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Kindertoten Lieder
Monteverdi: Lamento d'Ariana
Mussorgsky: Songs and Dances Of Death
Rachmaninoff: Ten Songs
Ravel: Hebrew Songs
Schubert: Ten Songs
Strauss: Ten Songs
Tschaikowsky: Ten Songs
Wagner Wesendank: Lieder
Wolf: Ten Songs