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Dr. Mariana Mihai-Zoeter
Soprano Mariana Mihai-Zoeter has been described as “an uncommonly beautiful presence on the stage…possessing an inborn instinct for emotional coloring, a sense of coming from inside the poetry and the music rather than approaching it from outside… with a human vulnerability that radiates from a touching and magnetic voice…” (Francisco Vidal-Notas de Arte)
Dr. Mariana Mihai-Zoeter was born in Braila, Romania. Her first serious voice lessons were with Mariana Iordache at the School of Arts in Braila, where in 1986 she graduated with highest honors. She performed her first recital with arias and lied at the age of fifteen and at the age of eighteen she was contracted by the Opera and Operetta Theater “Nae Leonard” in Galati, Romania.
Dr. Mihai-Zoeter graduated from the Bucharest University of Music, Romania with a BM in Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy. She received her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Vocal Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory. Mariana is also a certified voice teacher of the Institute for Contemporary Commercial Music, Vocal Pedagogy Somatic Voicework SM, The LoVetri Method. (Musical Theater, Pop, Rock), and is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Dr. Mariana Mihai-Zoeter has performed to great acclaim in many cities throughout Romania, Europe, and North and South America. She has collaborated with such well known artists and conductors as: Iosif Ion Prunner, Enzo Benito Ferraris, Sabin Pautza, Cristian Mandeal, Adrian Stanache, M. Nilo, George Balint, Luiz Fernando Malheiro, Krzystof Penderecki, John Neschling, Sergiu Celibidache, Paul Halley and others, while performing as a soloist in opera, oratorio, and operetta.
Highlights of her singing career have been performing with the “George Enescu" Philharmonic at the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, Opera Constanta, The National Opereta Theater “Ion Dacian”, Bucharest, Romania, OSESP The Symphonic Orchestra of the State of Sao Paulo at the Sala Sao Paulo, the Teatro Amazonas in Manaus, the Teatro da Paz in Belem, the Teatro “Jose de Alencar” in Fortaleza, Brazil and many more.
Dr. Mihai-Zoeter is a very versatile artist, singing different genres of music from renaissance music, to lied, to opera, to sacred music, to chamber ensemble to contemporary music.
A dedicated and beloved teacher, Mariana has taught at the State University of Amazonas, as voice teacher and choir conductor at the Federal University of Amazonas, and as a professor of voice at the “Carlos Gomes” Conservatory at the State University of Para in Belem, Pará Brazil. Mariana has taught master-classes in Pelotas at The University of Rio Grande do Sul, the Federal University of Brasília, School of Music, The Federal University of Belem, Pará and also at the 23rd Summer Music Festival in Brasília, the 4th and 5th International Festivals of Music, “Eleazar de Carvalho” in Fortaleza, Brazil, as well as the 25th International Music Festival of Para, Brazil. In the USA Mariana has taught and at the Virginia Governor’s School and has served as an adjudicator for regional and all state auditions in Connecticut and Virginia, as well as NATS competitions.
In July 2012 Dr. Mariana Mihai-Zoeter was awarded the medal and diploma of excellence from the city of Braila, Romania for her artistic and pedagogic contributions to the art of singing.
Dr. Mihai-Zoeter is also a frequent performer of the music of our time. She has performed works by contemporary composers such as Matthew Tommasini, Bob Becker, Felicia Donceanu, Carmen Petra Basacopol, Ned Rorem, and others, and also has had the privilege of working alongside composers Sabin Pautza, Altino Pimenta, Doru Popovici, and Paul Moravec. Working with Maestro Sabin Pautza, resulted in a world premiere CD of his Symphony No. 2 “Sinfonia Sacra” performed with the “George Enescu” Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus.
Together with her husband, clarinetist Garrick Zoeter, she performs many chamber music concerts featuring repertoire from all time periods for soprano, clarinet and piano.
For more information and future recitals/concerts please visit Mariana’s web page at: www.MarianaMihaiZoeter.com