B i o g r a p h y
Soprano Maren Weinberger is a young and exciting singing-actress, quickly becoming known for her character-committed performances in opera and musical theater.
Exciting things are on the horizon for Weinberger. Notably, she is staring as "Leslie Sinclair" in the World Premiere of Companionship, a new opera by Rachel J. Peters. This premiere will take place during the 2019 Fort Worth Opera season.
In the winter of 2016/2017, Maren traveled with The Glimmerglass Festival to the Opéra National de Bordeaux and Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, where she made her European debut singing the Queen of El Dorado and covering Cunegonde in Francesca Zambello’s production of Bernstein’s Candide. Maren joined the Glimmerglass Festival as a member of the Young Artist Program in 2015, singing the Queen of El Dorado, covering Papagena in The Magic Flute and creating the roles of Siren and Bard 2 in the world premiere of Ben Moore and Kelley Rourke’s youth opera Odyssey. Maren returned to Glimmerglass as a young artist in 2016 to sing Mary Warren and cover Abigail Williams in Robert Ward’s The Crucible, directed by Francesca Zambello and conducted by Nicole Paiement.
In the 2017-2018 season Maren made an appearance with Performance Santa Fe in their “Breif Encounters” production of three short operas by Adamo, Heggie, and Illick. This production was reprised with Fort Worth Opera in the spring of 2018. Also last season Maren made her debut with Opera in the Heights with her role debut of Pamina in Die Zauberflöte.
Maren spent two years as a Hattie Mae Lesley Apprentice Artist at Forth Worth Opera. In her first season with Forth Worth Opera, she sang Annina in La Traviata, covered Ophélie in Thomas’ Hamlet, and she participated in the 2015 new works showcase Frontiers. As a second-year Apprentice, Maren sang Berta in The Barber of Seville, Victoria Reilly in Embedded, Elena in Buried Alive and was the study-cover for Clara Harris for the world premiere of David T. Little and Royce Vavrek’s JFK.
In the 2013-2014 season, Maren made her professional stage debut as Polly Peachum in Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera with Amarillo Opera, and made her New York City concert debut as a soloist in Kurt Weill on Broadway presented by the Kurt Weill Foundation at Symphony Space and directed by Richard Jay Alexander.
Maren is a proud alumna of the Seagle Music Colony Young Artist program, where she sang Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring, Rose Maurrant in Street Scene and Peggy Swayer in 42nd Street during the 2013 summer season, and "Kate/Lilli" in Kiss Me, Kate in 2012.
While completing her M.M. at Manhattan School of Music, Maren was praised by Opera News as a “coloratura with accuracy and sweet tone” for her portrayal of La Charmeuse in Massenet’s Thaïs. Maren received her B.M. from Oklahoma City University.
Maren is the recipient of a 2014, 2016, and 2017 Professional Development Grant from the Weill Foundation. In 2013, she won Second Prize in the Lotte Lenya Competition and is featured in the documentary short Singing the Story which documented the 2013 competition from the auditions through the finals. She is also a past district winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, was awarded Second Place in the Dallas Opera Guild competition, and was a finalist in the 2016 McCammon Competition.