Szilvia Schranz, soprano

Ms. Schranz was born in Budapest, Hungary into a family of musicians that had worked for generations in the Hungarian National Opera and Hungarian Festival Orchestra. At the age of ten, her family escaped their country’s oppressive Communist government to relocate in Boulder, Colorado where her father’s string quartet, the Grammy-winning Takács Quartet, were appointed as musicians-in-residence at the University of Colorado School of Music.

Ms. Schranz schooled in Boulder at the foot of the majestic Rocky Mountains and later studied voice at the University of Colorado. With her rare strength and clarity in the upper coloratura ranges, she won First Prize in the school’s prestigious Anderson Vocal Competition and received a full talent scholarship to the Aspen Music Festival. In 1998, she received a Bachelor’s of Music.

After graduating from the University of Colorado, Ms. Schranz performed at the Denver Center for Performing Arts with their Tony-award winning theater company in the Tempest. She then went to further her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where she studied with Vera Rózsa, who also taught such renown singers as Kiri Te Kanawaand Anne Sofie Von Otter. After a year’s study in London, she received a post-graduate diploma in vocal training.

While in London she appeared several times with the London Chamber Soloists, including solo performances of Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, as well as in Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn’s Creation at St. Martin in the Fields. She also sang at a charity concert for the Kensington Housing Trust at the Leighton House in London.

Back in Boulder, she performed Il Tramonto by Respighi with the Takács Quartet before moving to New York to study at the Manhattan School of Music, where she was taught by the world-renowned Mignon Dunn, best known for her mezzo performances at the Metropolitan Opera. While at Manhattan, she performed as Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte. She also went to the International Institute of Vocal Arts where she sang in L’Enfant et les Sortileges and won a scholarship to the International Vocal Arts Institute in Montreal. In 2003, she received a Master’s of Music from the Manhattan School of Music.

Today, Ms. Schranz studies with Juilliard’s Daniel Ferro, while expanding her career as a solo and opera singer from her home in Manhattan.

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