Praised for her "stunning voice", soprano Dana Lynne Varga continues to amass accolades for her numerous operatic roles that 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, First Lady in The Magic Flute and Giannetta (/Adina cover) in L’elisir d’amore, the latter performed at the prestigious Caramoor Festival in New York. Dana has performed with Boston Lyric Opera, Odyssey Opera, Grand Harmonie Orchestra, PORTopera, Opera Boston, Boston Opera Collaborative, PANopera, Connecticut Lyric Opera, the Aldeburgh (Britten-Pears) Festival, Commonwealth Opera and Boston Baroque, amongst others.
An avid concert soloist, highlights of Dana Lynne Varga’s recent performances include Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Cantata Singers, Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42 with the Andover Choral Society, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor with Coro Allegro, Amy Beach’s Mass with the Commonwealth Chorale, the Fauré Requiem and Neilsen’s Symphony No. 3 with the Springfield Symphony and Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Granite State Choral Society. Other highlights include Beethoven Mass in C at Tanglewood, Dubois’ Seven Last Words with Coro Allegro, Handel’s Messiah and the Bach B Minor Mass and Christmas Oratorio with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra. With the Metropolitan Chorale, Dana has performed the Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony and Dona Nobis Pacem as well as the Brahms Requiem and the Dvořák Te Deum. Other favorite performances have included Schubert’s Miriam Siegesgesang and Handel’s Israel in Egypt with the Commonwealth Chorale, the Vivaldi Gloria and Handel’s Messiah with the New England Classical Singers and the Bach Magnificat, Mozart Requiem and Mendelssohn St. Paul with the Choral Art Society.
Dana was the first place winner of the 2016 Classical Singer National Vocal Competition. She won second place in the 2016 Rochester Oratorio Society Classical Idol Competition and was a semifinalist in the 2016 Oratorio Society of New York Competition. She was awarded the 2012 St. Botolph Emerging Artist Grant for excellence in music. Dana was a finalist in the lieder division of the 2009 Liederkranz Competition and winner of the Arlington Philharmonic Competition, and was among the winners in the Boston Regional Auditions of the Metropolitan National Council Auditions. She won first place in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition, Boston, in both 2004 and 2005.
Dana is a finalist for the 2019 American Prize in both Opera and Art Song. Upcoming performances include soprano solos in Haydn’s Creation with the Polymnia Choral Society, Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang with the Greenwich Choral Society and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Wellesley Symphony. She will make her Carnegie Hall debut on April 21st, 2019 singing the Haydn Lord Nelson Mass with Mid America productions.