• Maria Tegzes, voice

    Maria Tegzes, voice

    Maria Tegzes is a vocalist whose performances have received critical acclaim throughout the United States and Europe. The Berner Tagwacht (Bern, Switzerland) described her as having “poetry and dramatic presence.” Of her performance of Milton Babbitt’s Philomel, Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe wrote: “Tegzes is of the earth, earthy…a singer of superb musicianship and compellingly assured dramatic presence.” She is the lead vocalist and collaborative composer/arranger with her musically eclectic trio, IMPetus (which includes pianist, Geoffrey Burleson and guitarist, Dave “Knife” Fabris).

    As a music instructor, Tegzes teaches voice, has coached and directed opera scenes workshops, and has given lectures on Weimar Cabaret, various operas, and avant garde art music in the United States, Spain, Mexico, and England. Additionally, Tegzes’ performing and teaching have taken her to various music festivals throughout the world. Among them are the Montenea Festival (Talloires, France, Leukerbad and Bern, Switzerland), Spitzen des Eisbergs (Bern, Switzerland), NWEAMO Festival (San Diego, CA), Santander Festival (Santander, Spain), and Xornadas de Música Contemporanea (Santiago de Compostela, Spain).

    She has performed operatic roles ranging from The Queen of the Night to original roles in premiere productions; and has been a soloist with many chamber groups, including CUBE Ensemble (Chicago), the Princeton Ensemble, Boston Musica Viva, Taller Instrumental (La Coruña and Santiago, Spain), Phantom Arts Ensemble (Boston), and Composers Concordance (NYC).

    As a champion of new music, Tegzeshad the privilege of premiering a song by Alexander von Zemlinsky at the Houghton Library, Harvard University in 1988; and she has had the pleasure of working with numerous composers, including Milton Babbitt, Donald Martino, Arthur Berger, Betsy Jolas, Linda Dusman, Marti Epstein, David Rakowski, Beth Wiemann, Andrew Rindfleisch, Earl Kim, Robert Cogan, Potsi Escot, and Jean-Claude Risset.

    Recordings on NEUMA, CRI, Great Winds, and BDF Sound Studio.