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, she made her professional debut while a student, performing Summertime from Porgy and Bess with the Baltimore Symphony Pops Orchestra under the baton of Marvin Hamlisch.
Marlissa’s 2016-17 season includes several debuts – at Carnegie Hall as the soprano soloist in Kirke Mechem’s Songs of the Slave, in Carmina Burana with the National Philharmonic, and in Brahm’s Requiem with the North Carolina Master Chorale. Recognized as an international concert performer, Marlissa has been featured in Bulgaria and Paraguay, and has collaborated in the U.S. with such esteemed organizations as the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Pops Orchestra, Vocal Essence, the 92nd Street Y, and members of the Arianna Quartet. Recitals are a definitive niche, and she has performed as a recitalist across the continental U.S. and St. Croix US VI.
As a recording and performing artist, Marlissa has been featured on multiple labels singing the work of modern composers. Her discography also includes 2 albums, “Libera” and “Lust”, which was funded in part by a successful $15,000 Kickstarter campaign.
Marlissa received her formal training at Duke University and the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, earning awards for music at both schools.
What people say
Hudson sings them all in a rich, expressive voice that doesn’t stint on high notes, with clear diction and true feeling.
Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
I love how Marlissa has interpreted my arrangements. She sings them like she has lived them. Her occasional improvisations are wonderful additions to my writing. Her pitch is impeccable and her voice shows amazing flexibility and control.
Mark Hayes, noted composer