Extolled as a "fierce creative," Marysa Abbas is a Minnesotan soprano based in Chicago. A passionate performer of new works, Ms. Abbas has amassed a variety of recent world and regional premieres: Trevor in the Chicago Fringe Opera production and Naxos/Parma recording of Ross Crean’s The Great God Pan, Mrs. Darling in Ross Crean’s Lost Daughters, and Donna Anna in the Chicago premiere of Ross Crean's The Times Are Nightfall, a grindhouse-inspired sequel to Don Giovanni. Next up, Ms. Abbas will be singing the role of Opera Critic in Thompson Street Opera Company's production of for the sake of narrative closure.
In Chicago, she has performed: Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Grace Ansley in Roman Fever, Miss Manners in Miss Manners on Music, and Virginia Woolf in a staged performance of Dominick Argento's Pulitzer award-winning From the Diary of Virginia Woolf. She recently sang in the Chicago premiere of The Final Battle for Love with Thompson Street Opera. She has also been an apprentice artist with Sugar Creek Opera for their production of Ricky Ian Gordon's The Grapes of Wrath.
An avid concert soloist, Ms. Abbas’s concert work includes performances as the Alto soloist in The Messiah with KI Concerts in London and Second Presbyterian Church in Chicago, the Alto soloist for the Vivaldi Gloria with Crowder College, a premiere of new works by Myron Silberstein, as well as the Alto soloist for Michal Dzitko’s Soundscapes of Color, an immersive operatic piece that creates an art gallery for sound. She recently debuted “Here, There, and Everywhere: Queer Themes in Classical Music,” a newly programmed recital exploring queerness in classical music, at Grace Lutheran Church in Wenatchee, WA.
Ms. Abbas has previously performed with the Minnesota Opera as a chorus member for their 2015 production of Carmen, as well as in the critically acclaimed world premiere of Paul Moravec's The Shining. While attending Wichita State University, she sang Valetto (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Maddalena (Il viaggio a Rheims), and La Zelatrice (Suor Angelica) with WSU. Scene studies at Wichita State include Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier) and Meg (Little Women). At this time, she also had the opportunity to cover Hansel (Hansel and Gretel) for Heartland Opera Theatre.
Her Bachelor of Music is in Vocal Performance, and was obtained at Viterbo University under the tutelage of Jean Saladino. She completed her Master of Music in Opera Performance at Wichita State University, where she studied with Deborah Baxter. She has also studied privately with Jean del Santo, Karen Brunssen, and Julie Miller. She currently studies with Alexandra Lo Bianco. Ms. Abbas works as a Managing Diva of Opera on Tap’s Chicago chapter, as well as a producer and drag king in the Chicago area. She is the founder of Praxilla Femina, a women's music collective in Chicago.