Dr. Dana Lynne Varga is a sought-after soprano, voice teacher and career coach, as well as the Founder and Artistic Director of MassOpera (formerly MetroWest Opera).
Dana regularly presents vocal master classes as well as classes on business and entrepreneurship for singers all over the east coast, and publishes articles frequently in Classical Singer Magazine.
An avid concert soloist, Dana’s 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 Pacemas well as the Brahms Requiem and the Dvořák Te Deum with the Metropolitan Chorale, Orff’sCarmina 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 holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance from Boston University and the Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory. She has studied vocal pedagogy at length, and adheres most closely to the Bel Canto technique of teaching; with the main focus on productive breathing and breath management, freedom of the articulators, vowel clarity and legato. She also pulls both scientific and holistic teaching techniques from her studies and experience. Dana does not believe that one approach can be applied to all students, and is very skilled at tailoring her instruction to the individual singer. She is committed to staying current in the world of pedagogy, and has attended both the Naked Voice Pedagogy Institute and the Acoustic Vocal Pedagogy Workshop. Dana has an intense love and passion for teaching voice and encouraging young singers.