Mario Antonio Marra, sought after collaborative pianist, coach, and conductor, has served on the music staff at Oper Frankfurt, Lyric Opera of Chicago and San Francisco Opera among others. He was a member of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center young artist program at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Until 2015, he was on the coaching staff of the Manhattan School of Music, while earning a Master of Music degree under the tutelage of Warren Jones.
An active recitalist, he has recently performed with many of today's most sought after singers including Željko Lučić, Eric Owens, Quinn Kelsey, and with Stephanie Blythe in her widely celebrated Sing America! program. During his time in Chicago, he also curated a recital series of Neapolitan Music for the Art Institute of Chicago in conjunction with the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Lauded by the legendary Marilyn Horne for his "superb technique," Marra won the 2013 Marilyn Horne Song Competition, along with the critically acclaimed young baritone John Brancy. In the spring of 2014, Marra and Brancy presented a concert tour performing at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, CA, Hahn Hall in Santa Barbara, and Opera America in New York City. Other performance highlights include master classes with luminaries of the vocal world such as Marilyn Horne, Christa Ludwig, Vladimir Chernov, Deborah Voigt, and Stephanie Blythe. In early 2014, Marra was selected to participate in Carnegie Hall’s “The Song Continues,” a week-long series of master classes and recitals. In 2010, he toured Tuscany, performing solo and chamber music with renowned new music flutist Roberto Fabbriciani and had the rare privilege of playing a High Mass on the organ of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.
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