Praised for her “stunning voice,” soprano Dana Lynne Varga has amassed accolades for her operatic and concert performances. She recently made her Carnegie Hall debut as the soprano soloist in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with Mid-America Productions. Favorite
roles performed include Musetta in La bohème, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, Pallas Athene in Paride ed Elena, Anna Maurrant in Street Scene, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Micaëla in Carmen, Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow and Alcina in Alcina. She has performed with Boston Lyric Opera, Odyssey Opera, Teatro Nuovo, MassOpera, Opera Maine, Connecticut Lyric Opera, Commonwealth Opera and the Aldeburgh (Britten-Pears) Festival, amongst others.
Recent concert highlights include Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Cantata Singers, Haydn’s Creation with the Polymnia Choral Society, Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang with the Greenwich Choral Society, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Wellesley Symphony, Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor with Coro Allegro and Amy Beach’s Mass with the Commonwealth Chorale. Additional highlights include the Fauré Requiem and Neilsen’s Symphony No. 3 with the Springfield Symphony, Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Granite State Choral Society, Beethoven Mass in C at Tanglewood, and 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 Dvorák 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 second place winner of the 2019 American Prize in art song and oratorio, and 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 Lynne Varga is a fierce advocate for singers, devoted to progressive change in the classical vocal industry. She also belongs to Beyond Artists, a coalition of artists that donates a percentage of their concert fees to organizations they care about. She supports 350.org, Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts and Boston Health Care for the Homeless project through her performances.