Praised for her "silky tone" and "strikingly beautiful voice", Mezzo-soprano and Master Teacher, Mari Opatz-Muni, has enjoyed a rich and varied career in opera, concert and teaching.
During her singing career, Ms. Opatz-Muni won many prestigious awards, including being in the original cast of Nixon in China, which won an Emmy, Grammy and Best Recording of the Year as well as being a semi-finalist in the Met Opera Auditions in both her home state of Iowa and in New York City, where she lived for eight years. She sang leading roles specializing in pants' roles. She made her professional singing debut in the U.S. and Europe singing the role of Hänsel, of which she has sung over 75 performances in German and English.
In her 25 year teaching career, Mari had a duel tenured position, teaching voice and being the Director of the Miami Opera. Her undergraduate, graduate and professional students won roles, scholarships and competitions during their study with her. Miami Opera won several National Opera Association Best Collegiate Opera awards during her 12 years producing. For the past nine years, she was the Chair of the Voice Area, which was instrumental in deciding scholarship offers for incoming students.
Ms. Opatz-Muni recently retired from full-time teaching at Miami University and has moved to Bradenton, Florida where she continues to travel, adjudicating several national vocal competitions and has opened a private voice studio.