Christina Kowalski (soprano), is known for the unique dark timbre of her voice, her glowing heights and warm depths. She is a native of Germany, where she graduated with a Masters in Music and Drama from the Hochschule fur Musik und Kunst in Frankfurt am Main. She made her US debut as Marzelline in Beethoven’s “Fidelio” at the Mark Theater in Portland, Oregon. She toured with the Portland Opera’s “POW” program, throughout Portland and Washington states, where she performed Pamina in The Magic Flute and Clorinda in La Cenerentola. Future engagements include a Tacoma Symphony debut with Handel’s Messiah, Tosca with Seattle Opera Guild, and Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder with the Vancouver Symphony. Ms. Kowalski-Holien has been an affiliate artist faculty member at the University of Puget Sound since 2005. She made her Tacoma Opera debut last season in the opening production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflote as First Lady..
John Marzano (tenor) was born and raised in Tacoma, Wa. where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance at Pacific Lutheran University studying under baritone Barry Johnson. Mr. Marzano has also studied at the New England Conservatory under tenor Bradley Williams. Mr. Marzano is a frequent performer with PLU Opera, Vashon Opera, and Seattle Opera. Recent opera roles include 1st Commissioner in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, Ferrando in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Count Almaviva in Rossini’s Il Barbiere Di Siviglia, Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Rinuccio in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Jupiter in Handel’s Semele, Mr. Upfold in Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring, and Remendado in Bizet’s Carmen. He is also an Associate Chorus Member with the Seattle Opera and has been involved in their productions of Turandot ’12, La Boheme ’13, The Flying Dutchman ’16, Le Comte Ory ‘16. Mr. Marzano has received numerous awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council including District and Regional Encouragement Awards and was also named the Northwest District Winner in 2013 and 2015. Mr. Marzano frequents the concert stage as well. He has performed with groups such as the Federal Way Symphony, Pacific Lutheran University Orchestra, Tacoma Youth Symphony, Seattle Opera, PLU Choral Union, PLU Choir of the West, PLU University Chorale. Upcoming operatic roles include Giuseppe in Seattle Opera’s production of La Traviata.
Denes Van Parys (pianist), is equally at home in Opera and Musical Theater, He has led performances for Tri-Cities Opera (Bingham, NY), Ithaca Opera, Ithaca College Opera, Delaware Valley Opera, Hangar Theater of Ithaca, Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Puget Sound Concert Opera, and the University of Puget Sound. He has also toured Europe, across America and throughout Southeast Asia. He made his debut as Assistant Conductor with Tacoma Opera in La tragedie de Carmen in 2012. Madama Butterfly marked his Tacoma Opera debut as conductor. Mr. Van Parys is currently Tacoma Opera’s resident Chorus Master and the coordinator for the Intermezzo! series.