Dr. Dana Lynne Varga is a sought-after soprano, voice teacher and career coach, as well as the Founder and Artistic Director of MassOpera. Dana regularly presents vocal master classes as well as entrepreneurship lectures for musicians all over the east coast, and publishes articles frequently in Classical Singer Magazine.
An avid concert soloist, Dana made her Carnegie Hall debut last year performing Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with Mid-America Productions. Her recent performances have included Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Cantata Singers (Jordan Hall), Mozart’s Mass in C Minor and Vivaldi Gloria with Coro Allegro (Sanders Theatre), Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra and Haydn’s Creation with the Andover Choral Society.
Additional past highlights include the Fauré Requiem and Neilsen’s Symphony No. 3 with the Springfield Symphony, the Brahms Requiem with the Polymnia Choral Society, Amy Beach’s Mass and Handel’s Israel in Egypt with the Commonwealth Chorale, Bach ’s B Minor Mass and Christmas Oratorio with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony with the Metropolitan Chorale and Beethoven’s Mass in C at Tanglewood (Ozawa Hall). Dana performs Handel’s Messiah regularly with dozens of organizations across the northeast.
Dana has amassed accolades for her numerous operatic roles, most recently receiving rave reviews as Pallas Athene in Gluck’s Paride ed Elena with Odyssey Opera. Past roles performed have included 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 Teatro Nuovo.
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.