This season, Mexican-Lebanese-American soprano Marlen Nahhas makes debuts with Chattanooga Symphony & Opera in La bohème (Musetta), Opera San José in the Bay Area premiere of Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas (Florencia), and Eureka Chamber Music for A Taste of México.
Last season she made debuts with the American Symphony Orchestra in Daphne (Erste Magd) and El Paso Opera in La traviata (Violetta). Other 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.