Mezzo-soprano Marlena Hooker Moore holds degrees in vocal performance from Metropolitan State University and the University of Northern Colorado. Additional study at DePauw University led to music and German language studies in Vienna, Austria. She currently studies with Andrew Adams in Denver, Colorado.
With Germany’s Opera Classica Europa, she sang Flora in La Traviata and the Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte. Committed to contemporary music, Marlena’s roles include Madame Flora in The Medium and Rosine in Thomas Pasatieri’s Signor Deluso. She appeared as Queen Victoria II in Luminous Thread’s original steampunk opera, Queen Victoria’s Floating Garden; Adele in the world premiere of Russell Guyver and Brian Luedloff’s electronic opera, Opera-tion World Peace, and as Sally in Samuel Barber’s A Hand of Bridge, presented by the Chamber Ensemble con Grazia and pianist Grace Asquith, with whom she regularly performs.
She has been a soloist in choral works including Lotte Lehmann’s In a Persian Garden with the Orpheus Pagan Chamber Choir and Verdi’s Requiem with the University of Northern Colorado chorus and orchestra.
Marlena grew up in King George, Virginia, and first started taking music lessons with her grandmother, a church pianist. Her own teaching studio, MHM Music, has provided voice and piano lessons for students of all ages in the Denver Metro area since 2007. For several years, Marlena was the Director of Music at the Sixth Avenue United Church of Christ in Denver. In 2016, she founded Denver Opera Collective, a singer’s association dedicated to community-level opera performance.
Ms. Moore joined DSA as a Resident Artist in the Fall of 2016
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