In her own words ...
Thank you for visiting ... I have been singing since before I could talk ... according to my Opera Singer Mother!
My voice has always been connected to my heart and my soul. More than mere performance, I have used my singing to connect to my audience and to the deep, shared experience that connects us all.
As the great Leonard Bernstein once said,
Music can name the unnameable & communicate the unknowable.
In these days of global pandemic, we need music and our voices more than ever. This has inspired me to reignite my vocal studio and move my singing class Start Singing into the virtual realm ~ so that we can connect with each other through voice and music during these trying times.
I look forward to in-person performance and teaching as the times allow.
I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think."
Marla Kavanaugh has captivated audiences all over the world with her angelic soprano.
Originally from New Zealand, she is a critically acclaimed leading lady in Opera and Musical Theatre and is based in the USA.
Career Highlights: Marla sang in the Los Angeles Opera Gala welcoming Placido Domingo as Artistic Director. She starred in the post Broadway West Coast premiers of Terence MacNally's Masterclass & Paul Gordon's Jane Eyre. She has been a guest soloist with symphonies in New Zealand, The United States, Japan, Germany & The Netherlands. In 2004, she was humbled to be the soprano soloist in Central Park, New York to commemorate the victims of 9/11. As a recording artist, she has been a guest on four albums with international tenor Daniel Rodriguez and her debut album “Songbirds” (with identical twin sister Marissa) is available worldwide. Marla is a founding member of The Highland Divas and has headlined New York City's Tartan Week for the last five years with the group. The Highland Divas have appeared at BB Kings, The iconic Metropolitan Room, and Madison Square Garden. She has toured the USA, The UK & Australasia as a soloist, most notably at Westminster Hall (London), The Manchester Cathedral, and, she has appeared multiple times as a soloist at Carnegie Hall & The Lincoln Center.
Marla has coached with the best in her field in New Zealand, Australia, London, and The United States. She continues her studies with Susan Eichhorn Young in New York City.
Marla maintains her online teaching studio, Start Singing! borne out of the Covid-19 pandemic, via the Zoom platform.
Awards & Reviews
Best Supporting Actress / 2004
Bay Area Critics Awards Winner - "Blanche" in the Post Broadway premier of Jane Eyre ~ The Musical.
"... Marla Kavanaugh sings with the voice of an angel,"
~ Joshua Kosman - The San Francisco Chronicle
(The Broadway Bound Musical - The Prince & The Pauper)
" ... with her youthful face and gorgeous figure, she looks every bit a Mim.i. She has a jewel of a soprano, large, rich and well controlled."
~ Sarah Bobson - The Oakland Tribune
"... her scene with the frightened but determined Soprano (the excellent Marla Kavanaugh) is the most electrifying in this MasterClass."
~ Steven Winn - The San Francisco Chronicle