Maren Montalbano
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A graduate of New England Conservatory of Music, mezzo-soprano Maren Montalbano sang in the historic world premiere of John Adams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning work, On the Transmigration of Souls, which was later released into a Grammy Award-winning CD. She recorded Douglas Cuomo’s opera Arjuna’s Dilemma, which was released in 2008 to critical acclaim. Other commercial recordings include Alice Parker’s Listen Lord and The Family Reunion, Kile Smith’s Vespers, and The Crossing’s debut solo album, It is time. In 2009, her solo in Copland’s In The Beginning was praised as “excellent” by the Philadelphia Inquirer. The 2011-12 season saw Ms. Montalbano performing in The Bawdy Bard (Lyric Fest's first foray into Medieval chansons) and Mozart's Requiem with renowned tenor Bill Burden; she will open the 2012-13 season playing Mistress Quickly in Verdi's Falstaff. Ms. Montalbano lives in New Jersey and sings professionally throughout a wide geographic area with such groups as New York Choral Artists, Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Singers, and The Crossing. She currently studies voice with Julianne Baird.