Dr. Dana Lynne 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 is currently on faculty at the Longy School of Music, 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. Dana 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.
An avid concert soloist, Dana recently made her Carnegie Hall debut as the soprano soloist in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with Mid-America Productions. Other recent performances have included Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Cantata Singers (Jordan Hall), Mozart’s Mass in C Minor and Haydn Lord Nelson Mass with Coro Allegro (Sanders Theatre), the Fauré Requiem and Neilsen’s Symphony No. 3 with the Springfield Symphony, Amy Beach’s Mass and Handel’s Israel in Egypt with the Commonwealth Chorale, the Bach B Minor Mass and Christmas Oratorio with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, and Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42 with the Andover Choral Society. She performs Handel’s Messiah regularly with dozens of organizations across the northeast.
Past concert highlights include both Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony and Dona Nobis Pacem as well as the Brahms Requiem and the Dvořák Te Deum with the Metropolitan Chorale, Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Granite State Choral Society, Dubois’ Seven Last Words with Coro Allegro, the Bach Magnificat, Mozart Requiem and Mendelssohn St. Paul with the Choral Art Society, and Beethoven’s Mass in C at Tanglewood (Ozawa Hall)
Dana has amassed accolades for her numerous operatic roles, which include Musetta in La bohème, 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 and First Lady in The Magic Flute. She has performed with Boston Lyric Opera, Odyssey Opera, PORTopera, Opera Boston, Boston Opera Collaborative, PANopera, Connecticut Lyric Opera, Commonwealth Opera, Boston Baroque, the Aldeburgh (Britten-Pears) Festival, and the prestigious Caramoor Festival in New York.
Dana was the first place winner of the National Classical Singer Competition (Young Artist/Emerging Professional Division) and the second place winner in the Rochester Oratorio Society Classical Idol Competition, both in April 2016. She was awarded the 2012 St. Botolph Emerging Artist Grant for excellence in music, placed first in the Arlington Philharmonic Competition in 2008 and was among the winners in the Boston Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2007. She won first place in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition in both 2004 and 2005.
Dana is passionate about sharing her experience and knowledge as an entrepreneur, teacher and performer with other classical musicians who are looking to further their careers. She works one on one in career coachings with aspiring musicians, emphasizing the business aspect of a career in classical music and empowering artists to fulfill their goals and make a living doing what they love. Dana holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree (DMA) in Vocal Performance from Boston University and the Master of Music degree (MM) in Voice Performance from the New England Conservatory.
To learn about Dana's upcoming singing engagements, please visit Dana's performance website at www.danavarga.com.