About Me


Mexican-Lebanese soprano Marlen Nahhas is currently a Cafritz Young Artist with Washington National Opera. Praised for her “impassioned soprano” (San Francisco Chronicle), upcoming engagements include singing Mimì in La bohème at Washington National Opera. Highlights of her time as a Cafritz Young Artist include Pamina in The Magic Flute, Violetta in La traviata (under the direction of Francesca Zambello), Flamingo in Jeanine Tesori’s The Lion, The Unicorn and Me, Queer Kid in the world premiere of Kamala Sankaram’s Taking Up Serpents, a Concert of Comedic Masterpieces under the baton of Maestro Joseph Colaneri, and Foreign Woman in The Consul.  

Additionally she made her debut with the National Symphony Orchestra in excerpts from La bohème conducted by NSO music director Maestro Gianandrea Noseda. In the summer of 2018, she was a member of the Merola Opera program at the San Francisco Opera where she performed scenes from Il tabarro, Don Giovanni, Don Carlo, and La rondine in the Schwabacher and Grand Finale concerts.

"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.

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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)