This season, Mexican-Lebanese soprano Marlen Nahhas makes her debut with El Paso Opera in La traviata (Violetta). Recent appearances include debuts at Opera Ithaca for Hansel and Gretel (Gretel) and Virginia Opera in La bohème (Musetta), a role she has performed with Opera Naples and Finger Lakes Opera, Detroit Opera for Frida (Cristina Kahlo) and La bohème(Mimì), Cincinnati Opera for La bohème (Mimì cover) and Pirates of Penzance (Edith), and Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival for Le nozze di Figaro (Contessa cover).
Ms. Nahhas recently completed the Cafritz Young Artists program with Washington National Opera and was seen in The Magic Flute (Pamina), La traviata (Violetta) directed by Francesca Zambello, Tesori’s The Lion, The Unicorn and Me (Flamingo), The Consul (Foreign Woman), the world premiere of Sankaram’s Taking Up Serpents (Queer Kid), and a Concert of Comedic Masterpieces under the baton of Maestro Joseph Coloneri. Marlen was also an Apprentice Artist at The Santa Fe Opera where she covered in Le nozze di Figaro (Countess).
Orchestral credits include the National Symphony Orchestra in excerpts from La bohème (Mimì) conducted by NSO music director Maestro Gianandrea Noseda and Kansas City Symphony for excerpts from Le nozze di Figaro (Susanna). Marlen was a member of the Merola Opera program at the San Francisco Opera Center where she performed scenes from Il tabarro, Don Giovanni, Don Carlo, and La rondine in the Schwabacher and Grand Finale concerts. She was also an Apprentice Artist with Central City Opera where she covered roles in Tosca (title role) and Così fan tutte (Fiordiligi). Additional performing experience includes Madama Butterfly (title role) and Die Fledermaus (Rosalinde).
Ms. Nahhas was a National Semi-Finalist in The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a graduate of Oklahoma City University and Indiana University.
"The singers, from the Cafritz Young Artist Program, were excellent; Nahhas’s vivid soprano...made the strongest impression."
The Washington Post
During the 2017-2018 season Marlen was a Resident Artist at Lyric Opera of Kansas City where she performed the Page in Rigoletto and covered Tatyana in Eugene Onegin. Additionally, she made her Kansas City Symphony debut singing excerpts from Le nozze di Figaro. In April 2018, Ms. Nahhas was a National Semi-Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. During the summers of 2016 and 2017, Marlen was an Apprentice Artist with Central City Opera where her assignments included covering the title role in Tosca and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte. Additional roles include the title role in Madama Butterfly and Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus)
A native of Houston, Texas, Marlen is a graduate of Oklahoma City University and Indiana University.
January 12, 2020 - Washington National Opera American Opera Initiative (Washington Post)
January 11, 2020 - Washington National Opera American Opera Initiative (Washington Classical Review)
December 12, 2019 - Opera Naples La bohème (Naples Daily News)
August 4, 2019 - Finger Lakes Opera La bohème (WHEC News)
May 11, 2019 - Opening Ceremony for the International Spy Museum (C-SPAN)
October 15, 2018 - Washington National Opera La traviata (The Georgetowner)
August 20, 2018 - Merola Grand Finale (San Francisco Classical Voice)
August 19, 2018 - Merola Grand Finale (San Francisco Chronicle)