Who is the thin lady who sings?


When Marissa Bloom isn’t writing blog posts, teaching, or refining her yoga poses, she is living the life of an opera singer in California.

Soprano Marissa Bloom is known for her extraordinary dramatic presence, comic timing, and rich vocal quality. Heralded as the “Lucille Ball” of the opera world, Marissa Bloom thrives in contemporary American comic roles. Her performances of Julia Child in Bon Appètit and Florence in Albert Herring with the Napa Music Festival were a triumph of vocal strength and characterization. Currently, Marissa Bloom is a resident artist with Opera San Luis Obispo, covering main stage roles, performing at various outreach events, and directing the annual Children’s Opera Camp. She is also a featured soloist with Symphony of the Vines and the New World Baroque Orchestra. While performing in both the recital and operatic capacity with these and other companies, Ms. Bloom studies with Juliana Gondek and Rakefet Hak of UCLA. From 2010-2011, Marissa studied with Jacalyn Kreitzer of Los Osos, California. From 2008-2010, Ms. Bloom was the Assistant Opera Director at West Virginia University where she obtained her Masters degree Summa Cum Laude, studying with Dr. Hope Koehler and director Robert Thieme and performing the role of Alma in Lee Hoiby’s Summer and Smoke. In 2008, Ms. Bloom received a B.M. of Vocal Arts, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Southern California where she studied with Professor Peter Lightfoot. While studying at USC, Ms. Bloom made her operatic debut in the role of The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors with the USC Chamber Opera. Her numerous recital performances have earned her great acclaim for her dramatic interpretations and fondness for lesser-known vocal works. Ms. Bloom has won several awards and competitions including the NATS Tri-State Chapter Competition, Opera San Luis Obispo’s Vocal Competition, and the Intimate Opera Company Vocal Competition. A proponent of music education, Ms. Bloom has been Artistic Director and Stage Director of the Opera San Luis Obispo Opera Camp since 2008. Marissa Bloom also runs a vocal studio where she uses a full-body approach to singing by incorporating yoga postures and breathing techniques into her training. A multi-talented artist, Ms. Bloom is also an avid swing dancer, tap dancer, yoga instructor and costume designer.

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