Maren Montalbano, mezzo-soprano

A graduate of both New England Conservatory of Music and Tufts University, Maren Montalbano can be heard in two GRAMMY Award-winning albums: John Adams’ On the Transmigration of Souls (2005) and Gavin Bryars’ The Fifth Century (2018). Other commercial recordings include Douglas Cuomo’s opera Arjuna’s Dilemma, Alice Parker’s The Family Reunion, Kile Smith’s Vespers, Lewis Spratlan’s Hesperus is Phosphorus, Edie Hill’s Clay Jug, The Crossing’s Seven Responses and un/bodying/s, Ted Hearne’s Sound from the Bench, and her debut solo album, Sea Tangle: Songs from the North. Her performances have been praised as “wonderful” and “suave and sensuous” by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Ms. Montalbano has been a guest artist with the Lancaster Symphony, Lyric Fest, Choral Arts Philadelphia, Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, Network for New Music, Tempesta di Mare, and Piffaro, the Renaissance Band. In the 2015 world premiere of Andy: a POPera (Bearded Ladies Cabaret and Opera Philadelphia), the Broad Street Review called Ms. Montalbano’s singing “impeccable.” In the 2017-18 season features Ms. Montalbano in Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine (Choral Arts Philadelphia), Bach’s Cantata 187, “Es wartet alles auf dich” (Mallarmé Chamber Players), and the world premiere of Kevin Puts’ Elizabeth Cree (Opera Philadelphia). Ms. Montalbano lives in New Jersey and sings professionally throughout a wide geographic area with Opera Philadelphia, Trio Eos, and The Crossing. She currently studies voice with Julianne Baird. marenmontalbano.com