Biography

Dr. Dana Lynne Varga is currently on the voice and opera faculty at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, and has served on the voice faculties of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Dr. Varga is a fierce advocate for singers, devoted to progressive change in the classical vocal industry. She is a sought-after soprano, voice teacher and career coach, as well as the Founder and Artistic Director of MassOpera. She regularly presents vocal master classes as well as classes on business and entrepreneurship for singers all over the country, and publishes articles frequently in Classical Singer Magazine.

 

Ms. Varga maintains a busy schedule on the concert platform. The Boston Globe praised her recent appearance with the Cantata Singers in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, noting that she “streaked up into the stratosphere and back down with ease.” Other recent engagements include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Wellesley Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang with the Greenwich Choral Society, Bach’s Magnificat with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Magnificat with Coro Allegro and featured soloist with the Brockton Symphony Orchestra in their Holiday Pops Concert. In past seasons, Ms. Varga has appeared as soprano soloist in Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor with Coro Allegro, Fauré’s Requiem and Nielsen’s Symphony No. 3 with the Springfield Symphony, Amy Beach’s Mass with the Commonwealth Chorale, Haydn’s Creation with the Polymnia Choral Society, Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Granite State Choral Society, and Beethoven’s Mass in C at Tanglewood. With The Metropolitan Chorale of Brookline, she has performed the Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony and Dona Nobis Pacem, the Brahms Requiem, and the Dvoƙák Te Deum. Ms. Varga regularly performs Handel’s Messiah across the Eastern seaboard, with organizations such as Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, New England Classical Singers, and many others.

 

Notable recent engagements on the opera stage include Pallas Athene in Gluck’s rarely heard Paride ed Elena with Odyssey Opera, Kayla in the workshop world premiere of Taking Up Serpents presented by MASSOpera and Washington National Opera, Stacy Helson in On Behalf of a Madman with Grand Harmonie, zweite Zofe in Der Zwerg with Odyssey Opera, and Musetta in La bohème with PANopera. Other favorite opera roles include Anna Maurrant in Street Scene, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Micaëla in Carmen, Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow, and Alcina in Alcina. She has appeared with Teatro Nuovo, Opera Maine, Boston Lyric Opera, Odyssey Opera, Boston Baroque, Connecticut Lyric Opera, Commonwealth Opera, and the Aldeburgh (Britten-Pears) Festival, and many others.

 

Dr. Varga was the second place winner of the 2019 American Prize in art song and oratorio, and the first place winner of the 2016 Classical Singer National Vocal Competition. She won second place in the 2016 Rochester Oratorio Society Classical Idol Competition and was a semifinalist in the 2016 Oratorio Society of New York Competition, was awarded the 2012 St. Botolph Emerging Artist Grant for excellence in music, and was a finalist in the lieder division of the Boston Regional Auditions of the Metropolitan National Council Auditions in 2007.

 

Dr. Varga earned her DMA in Vocal Performance from Boston University, her MM in Vocal Performance from The New England Conservatory of Music.