Maria Lazarova, mezzo-soprano, earned a Bachelor of Music degree with a concentration in opera performance from Cal State University, Long Beach, and a Masters of Music degree and Doctorate of Musical Arts degree with a concentration in vocal performance, music education, stage directing, and jazz studies from the University of Southern California. Currently Dr. Lazarova divides her time between her two passions: performance and music education.
Dr. Lazarova has over fifteen years of performance experience as a soloist in opera, recitals, as well as chamber and choral works. Currently residing in Southern California, she has performed as a soloist at numerous venues, including the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Irvine Bowl, Barclay Theatre, Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Ahmanson Theatre, and the Hollywood Bowl. Dr. Lazarova continues to perform regularly at various venues throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Her solo opera repertoire includes roles in Don Giovanni, Cendrillon, Dido and Aeneas, La Calisto, The Medium, Turandot, Abduction from the Seraglio, Madame Butterfly, and Dead Man Walking. Awards in competitions and scholarships include the Marilyn Horn Scholarship, International Liszt Competition, Long Beach Mozart Festival Vocal Competition, the Brentwood/Westwood Symphony Orchestra Competition, and the Young Musicians Foundation Solo Competition. Her vocal coaches include Brent Mcmunn, Alan Smith, Katherine Olsen, Mark Robson, Bill Vendice, and Henri Venanzi.
In addition to her work as a soloist, Dr. Lazarova is proud to teach at two exceptional music schools. At the Orange County School of the Arts she serves as the Director of the Classical Voice Conservatory and she is a member of the Voice Faculty at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music on the campus of Cal State University, Long Beach. Dr. Lazarova also maintains a private voice studio in Santa Ana, California. As part of her continuing interest and pursuit of excellence in the field of music education, Dr. Lazarova has been invited to lecture at the International Society of Music Educators World Conferences in Malaysia, Italy, China and most recently, Greece. Other professional affiliations include the American Guild of Musical Artists, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and Pi Kappa Lambda.