RANDI J. MARRAZZO, soprano and co-founder of Lyric Fest, emerita, is lover of song and unique programming. With a passion for songs of all genres, she will be singing recitals of Grieg, Ives, Bolcom and cabaret including a duet recital at the Free Library, Temple University and community concert halls. Randi has been a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Speaker, sharing an historical program with audiences in the state. She has appeared with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Bucks County Choral Society, the Richmond Symphony, Orchestra 2001, the Kennett Symphony and the Philly Pops. She has sung major roles with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Mississippi Opera, Opera Delaware, Sarasota Opera and the innovative Pennsylvania Opera Theater where she premiered several operas and also sang standard leading roles. The New York Times reported of her portrayal of Marguerite in Faust for New York City Opera that “the happiest news came from the lips of Randi Marrazzo… it is a full and smoothly powerful voice, true in pitch and motivated by an ardent and musicianly personality.”
Randi is a voice instructor at Temple University, having taught at the University of Delaware, and West Chester University. Many of her students have continued their studies at well-respected graduate music programs such as the University of Michigan, Cleveland Institute of Music, Northwestern University, the San Francisco Conservatory and the Manhattan School of Music. Encouraging her students by showcasing them in performances off campus, she has coordinated recitals for them. Additionally, Randi has edited a series of art song books for the young singer entitled: The First Solos: Art Songs by Women Composers. A graduate of the University of Delaware and Catholic University, she continued her operatic training at The Curtis Institute of Music and was a Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions.