Dr. Maria Briggs

Dr. Maria Briggs

Dr. Briggs-Okunev is a Russian-born, Australian soprano. She has a Bachelor degree in piano performance, Sydney Conservatorium of Music; Masters in vocal performance, Newcastle Conservatorium and DMA in opera, Sydney University and Northern College of Music, UK. Dr. Briggs’ research is focused on training of young opera singers tertiary opera training. Dr. Briggs has sung with Opera Australia, Pacific Opera and Glyndebourne Opera Festival, UK. She joined Fresno State in 2016 as Assistant Professor of Voice. www.okunevmusic.com


I Will Survive : Why Opera Singers Will Thrive and Survive COVID 19

COVID 19 is having a profound effect on our daily lives. Simplest things we only recently took for granted are now completely impossible: taking a walk in the park, visiting

All I Want for Christmas is… an Opera Career!

Can a college opera program give one all the necessary skills needed for a successful opera career in today’s opera industry? We all know what it’s like to want it

#MeToo and Opera

San Francisco Opera’s La Boheme, photo by Cory Weaver   Since Harvey Weinstein’s exposé in 2017, the #MeToo movement has become a major social force that condemned and exposed sexual