Personal Summary / Bio
Maren Montalbano began her vocal career with the San Francisco Girls Chorus at age seven, and has been singing ever since. A graduate of both New England Conservatory of Music and Tufts University, Ms. 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 with Anonymous 4 members Susan Hellauer and Jacqueline Horner, 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 the spring of 2009, her solo in Copland’s In The Beginning was praised as “excellent” by the Philadelphia Inquirer.
In 2011-12 she was a featured singer with Lyric Fest, Trio Eos, and performed Mozart’s Requiem with renowned tenor Bill Burden. She opened the 2012-13 season as Dame Quickly in Verdi’s Falstaff (Poor Richard’s Opera/Philadelphia Fringe Festival) and was a featured soloist in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle (Choral Arts Philadelphia) and a world premiere of Bonhoeffer by Thomas Lloyd (The Crossing). For the 2013-14 season, she will be a featured soloist in concerts with Network for New Music and Piffaro, the Renaissance Band, and she is excited to embark on a two-year solo recording project highlighting new works for mezzo.
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, Ensemble Eos, and The Crossing. She holds the office of 4th Vice President of the American Guild of Musical Artists, and is passionate about keeping artists employed doing what they do best. She currently studies voice with Julianne Baird.