Soprano Martha Malone is Chair of Vocal Studies and Director of Opera in the Townsend School of Music at Mercer University. She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Performance from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, as well as awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and the Goldovsky Foundation. Comfortable in musical styles from classical to jazz and musical theater, she performs as a principal in concerts, recitals, and productions regionally and on campus. Recent engagements include the solo cabaret The Fabulous Forties at Ames Hall in New York; a recital at Augusta, GA’s Westabou Festival; Vintage Jazz at the Douglass (Midsummer Macon series); a benefit recital for Atlanta Opera; Vivian Fine: from Chamber Opera to Art Song at the Fifth Festival of Women Composers in Indiana, PA.; numerous performances of her one-woman cabaret, Songs of Romance and Satire from Paris, and the role of Nellie in South Pacific with Theatre Macon. She is a featured soloist on Mystic Chords of Genocide: Music of the Holocaust, a compact disc on a.c.a. Digital Recording, released in 2001. A former board member of Opera For Youth, Inc., Education Chair for the Central Georgia Opera Guild, and Education Co-Chair for the Ga. Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, she is active in bringing opera to young audiences in middle Georgia. She served as a performing faculty member of the annual Bibb County Institute for the Arts in Education from 2006 to 2008.
Dr. Malone is proud of the success of her pupils; graduates of her voice studio are singing with Palm Beach Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera North, The Cleveland Orchestra, Opera Omaha, Teatro Carlo Fenice in Genoa, Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point, Florida Grand Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, Opera North, the Atlanta Opera, and others. Her former students have won awards in competitions sponsored by the Metropolitan Opera National Council; Palm Beach Opera; Classical Singer Magazine; the Macon Symphony Orchestra; Atlanta Music Teachers’ Association; and Birmingham Opera; and have been accepted for advanced study at Indiana University, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the Fletcher Opera Institute at North Carolina School of the Arts, Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Texas Tech University, the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, the Aspen Music Festival, the Bel Canto Institute at the University of Houston’s Texas Music Festival, and the American Institute of Musical Studies at Graz, Austria.
Examples of Mercer University Opera productions produced and directed by Dr. Malone since 1990 include The Elixir of Love; The Magic Flute; Hansel and Gretel; Down in the Valley; Gallantry:A Soap Opera; La Divina; The Old Maid and the Thief; Cox and Box; Gianni Schicchi; Trouble in Tahiti; Amahl and the Night Visitors; Dido and Aeneas; Egisto; and The Impresario; as well as A Muskrat Lullaby by Edward Barnes--an opera for young audiences produced in conjunction with the Macon Arts Alliance and Bibb County School System.