When I stepped off the train in Florence, Italy I carried a suitcase full of clothes, a little black poodle named Tosca and a trunk full of dreams.
Proudly Texan by birth, I fulfilled my American education in Texas schools and earned my Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Baylor University and my Masters from Southern Methodist University (Fine Arts). Although I was a finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions early on, I really began my stage career with local musical comedy companies and touring the US with road shows. I appeared in the Dallas Summer Musicals, and became a member of Actor’s Equity. In those early days of survival, I sang jingles, did recordings in Nashville and sang everything imaginable from Gregorian chant to the Blues. I learned a great deal from these experiences and can understand where you are and how to help you.
After winning a summer study scholarship in Florence, Italy, I fell in love with opera and made a decision to focus on that rigorous future. I moved to Italy alone and spent my early years of intense private study with great Italian masters and coaches, such as Tito Gobbi, Carlo Maestrini, Mafalda Masini, and Magda Olivero. I was privileged to have won both the Puccini Competition in Lucca, as well as the Maria Caniglia Competition in Sulmona. I was fortunate to have caught the eye of Marcello Abbado, Michael Hampe, and Gianni Raimondi, who regarded me as a talented young artist and later as friend.
I not only sang in my beloved Italy where I lived for over twenty years, but I also sang throughout Europe in Germany, Switzerland, and Spain. I was fortunate to work with major conductors, performers and orchestras. I was a House Soprano for the Teatro Communale in Florence for over ten years and was blessed to have worked with such well-known major conductors as Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Bruno Bartoletti, and Carlo Maria Giulini.
In my few spare moments, I also enjoyed a delightful and fun career as a jazz singer in Milano where I sang at some of the most important jazz clubs like the “Capolinea” and “Graffitti”.
Although my great passion for singing and Italian music held me, I never abandoned my love for the theatre in English. So, when possible, I performed and directed at the English Repertory Theatre in Florence. I still love the theatre today and love teaching actors to sing.
Although I maintain an active musical career as a teacher and singing artist, I have also dedicated my life to bringing Italian arts and culture to learners of all ages. I continue to take students and professors alike to Italy for study and research. For ten years, I directed a semester-long study abroad program in Italy and was Director of International Studies at North Lake College.
I love the visual arts as well and teach as an adjunct professor in Arts and Humanities for the Dallas County Community Colleges. My interests also include an avid interest in the Ancient World and especially in Etruscan archeological studies in Italy. In the summer of 2012, I was an organizer and grant recipient in a National Endowment research project in Italy exploring the Early Italians.
During the year, I have a wonderful time with my good friend and singing partner, Tenor Ronald Montgomery, performing concerts of Italian vocal music as Il duetto italiano and maintaining an active concert schedule of sacred music for two voices. We perform a large repertoire of duets, songs and arias in many styles from the Baroque period to the 21st century.
I now teach private voice from my home studio and at Booker T Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and R L Tuner High School. I conduct Master Classes in singing technique and for high schools, churches, and colleges. Because of my 20+ years working and living in Italy, I enjoy coaching the Italian language, diction and style to classical singers.
My musical duet partner Ron Montgomery and I sponsor a three week course in Orvieto, Italy where we focus on training participating students in real Italian style and traditions to benefit their performances. You can learn more about our course by clicking HERE.
Marsha Anderson 214-796-5729
505 King Richard
Irving, TX 75060