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Mari Opatz-Muni


Mezzo-soprano Mari Opatz-Muni has appeared with numerous opera companies in the United States and Europe including Houston Opera, where she was in the original cast of the world premiere, Nixon in China by John Adams. The audio recording won a Grammy Award and the opera's national PBS television broadcast was honored with an Emmy. Ms. Opatz reprised the role of Nancy T'ang in performances at Washington's Kennedy Center, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Netherlands Opera and at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland. In addition, Ms. Opatz has appeared with such companies including the New York City Opera, Atlanta Opera, Tulsa Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Portland Opera, Chattanooga Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Toledo Opera, Des Moines Opera, The Academy of the West and Mobile Opera. 

Along with the Emmy and Grammy, Ms. Opatz is the recipient of other prestigious awards including grants from the William Matheus Sullivan Foundation, the National Institute for Music Theatre, the National Federation of Music Clubs and the Beethoven Club. She was a semifinalist in the Metropolitan Opera auditions in both New York City and in her home state of Iowa.

Most recently, Ms. Opatz-Muni was the mezzo soloist in Alexander Nevsky as well as The Brahms Alto Rhapsody with the Miami Symphony Orchestra and conductor, Ricardo Averbach.  Upcoming performances include being the Mezzo soloist in the Mozart Requiem in the St. John's Recital Series in Cincinnati and Brahm's Liebeslieder Waltzes with the Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble.

At Miami University, Ms. Opatz-Muni is an Associate Professor in Music, teaching voice, and was the Director of the Opera Program for 14 years before retiring from the producer position in 2013. During her tenure as opera director, Miami Opera was honored with two Second Place awards given by the National Opera Association for Best Collegiate Opera.  She currently is the Chair of the Voice Area and teaches a full studio of voice students at the school as well as maintains a private voice studio.