Thursday, June 23, 2016

Sexi Soprano Feature: Dana Varga, Soprano

Are you currently affiliated with any Institution(s)?
Classical Soprano (AGMA union member):
Founder/ Artistic Director of MetroWest Opera :
Voice Faculty, New England Conservatory Prep School
Program Director, BU Tanglewood Institute Young Artist Opera Intensive
Voice and Opera Faculty, BU Tanglewood Institute Young Artist Vocal Program

I Graduated with my DMA from Boston University in 2013 and was the first place winner of the Classical Singer National Competition in Boston this May (Young Artist/Emerging Professional Division).

Why do you want to be a Sexi Soprano?
As an advocate for singers and a feminist, I appreciate that Sexi Soprano empowers women in the operatic field and am pleased to be featured.

What are your future goals?
To perform regularly, to be the best voice teacher I can be, and to empower and arm musicians with information about entrepreneurship and creating one’s own path in the business. Ideally I would like to be a professor of entrepreneurship and business of music.

What are your dream roles?
Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, Liu in Turandot, and Nedda in Pagliacci.

Who or what is your greatest influence?
Both of my parents are creative, self-made entrepreneur types. They have been my biggest influence and support system. I have also been very fortunate to have several incredible voice teachers and mentors over the last fifteen years, including W. Stephen Smith, Penelope Bitzas, William Cotton, and Marjorie Melnick.

What is something unique about you?
Well at the moment, I am five months pregnant and expecting a baby boy in September 2016!

What role do you wish you could sing that is different from your voice type or gender?
There are so many! Marcello from La Boheme, Queen of the Night, Octavian, and Carmen to name a few.

If you could learn one random skill what would it be?
To be boring and practical, I have always wished I were an excellent pianist. I am an intermediate at best, and I wish I had real skill. I wish I had started much younger and not stopped.

If you could perform with any singer, retired or deceased, who would it be?
Lucia Popp, one of my favorite singers of all time.

If you weren’t a singer what profession would you pursue?
Definitely psychology. I am very passionate about mental health and feel I would be an excellent therapist.