Marlissa Hudson, soprano
American soprano Marlissa Hudson has been described as a “superb lyric coloratura” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch). At home both on the operatic and concert stage, Ms. Hudson made her professional debut while a student, performing "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess with the Baltimore Symphony under the baton of Marvin Hamlisch. She later performed the entire role of Bess with Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis. Her other acclaimed role is Zerbinetta in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, which she performed with The Summer Opera Theatre Company (DC). Her performances earned glowing reviews in the both The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun, which described her as "an endearing Zerbinetta … [who] nailed the pyrotechnic aria, 'Grossmachtige Prinzessin,' in bright, sure tones."
As a concert soloist, Ms. Hudson has collaborated with such esteemed organizations as the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Pops Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra, Choralis, St. Louis Civic Orchestra, and the Prince George’s Philharmonic. Recitals are a definitive niche for Ms. Hudson, and she has performed as a featured recitalist across the continental U.S. and St. Croix US VI.
Ms. Hudson received her formal training at Duke University and the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. She earned awards for music at both schools, including a Peabody Career Development Grant.
In 2013, Ms. Hudson launched her sophomore album project, Lust, designed to bring new and previously disinterested audiences to classical music. An international tour, made possible by a successful $15,000 Kickstarter campaign, began in the fall of 2013. For more information on her most recent album project and tour dates, please visit her website: marlissahudson.com.