Biography

Praised for her "stunning voice", soprano Dana Lynne Varga was the first place winner in the 2016 Classical Singer National Vocal Competition. Dana continues to amass accolades for her numerous operatic roles that include Musetta in La bohéme, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, Anna Maurrant in Street Scene, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Micaëla in Carmen, Alcina in Alcina, Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow, First Lady in The Magic Flute and Giannetta (/Adina cover) in L’elisir d’amore, the latter performed at the prestigious Caramoor Festival in New York. Ms. Varga sings regularly with Boston Lyric Opera, and has performed with Opera Boston, Connecticut Lyric Opera, the Aldeburgh (Britten-Pears) Festival, PORTopera, Boston Opera Collaborative, PANopera, Commonwealth Opera and Boston Baroque, amongst others.

 

An avid concert soloist, highlights of Dana Varga’s recent concert and oratorio performances include the Beethoven Mass in C in Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall, the Dvořák Te Deum in NEC’s Jordan Hall, the Fauré Requiem and Neilsen’s Symphony No. 3 with the Springfield Symphony, Handel’s Messiah and the Bach B Minor Mass with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra and Dubois’ Seven Last Words with Coro Allegro. She has performed the Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony and Dona Nobis Pacem as well as the Brahms Requiem with the Metropolitan Chorale, Beethoven’s Mass in C and Handel’s Israel in Egypt with the Newton Choral Society, the Vivaldi Gloria and Handel’s Messiah with the New England Classical Singers and the Bach Magnificat, Mozart Requiem and Mendelssohn St. Paul with the Choral Art Society.

 

In addition to her recent Classical Singer Competition win, Dana 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. She was awarded the 2012 St. Botolph Emerging Artist Grant for excellence in music. Dana was a finalist in the lieder division of the 2009 Liederkranz Competition and winner of the Arlington Philharmonic Competition, and was among the winners in the Boston Regional Auditions of the Metropolitan National Council Auditions. She won first place in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition, Boston, in both 2004 and 2005. Dana has attended several young artist programs including the Caramoor Bel Canto Young Artists Program, PORTopera Emerging Artists Program, the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, and the Brevard Music Center/Janiec Opera Company.

 

Upcoming engagements for the 2016-2017 season include the solos in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra and Schubert’s Mirjam Siegesgesang with the Commonwealth Chorale, as well as professional ensemble in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress with Boston Lyric Opera.