Greta Feeney

Greta Feeney 

Voice

Greta Feeney is an American opera singer and recitalist, specializing in soprano and coloratura mezzo-soprano repertoire of the 17th and early 18th century. Praised by audiences and critics alike for her uniquely beautiful vocal timbre and impeccable musicianship, Greta made her international concert debut at the age of 21 with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (Haydn’s Creation), and her professional operatic debut at the age of 24 with the San Francisco Opera (Jano in Jenufa). 

An active music educator and mentor to aspiring singers, she has served on the music faculties of the Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music, Bergen College, and the University of California, Santa Cruz, with degrees from the Mannes College of Music (BMA), Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music (MM), and the State University of New York at Stony Brook (DMA). She also is currently on faculty with the Nantucket Music Center and is Chair of the Voice Faculty at Powers Music School in Belmont, MA.

Greta believes her greatest asset as a teacher is experience. She says, “I have studied with many of the greatest teachers in the world in what has been a long journey to solidity in my own technique. My approach to teaching is student-driven. I actively engage my students in everything from improvised vocalises (vocal exercises) to the selection of repertoire. Because I value and expect feedback from them, my students develop learning autonomy, the goal being to free them from the need for my reinforcement through the development of self-awareness and ownership of their own vocal physiology and expressive style”.

While studying at The Julliard School, Greta preformed in A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Tytania and in Dialogues of the Carmelitesas as Constance. In graduate school she took first place in the New York district and was a semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, with additional awards from the Licia-Albanese Puccini Foundation, George London Foundation, and Koussevitsky Foundation.

As a young professional, Greta participated for two seasons in the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, sang Adele in the national tour of Die Fledermaus with the Western Opera Theatre, and was subsequently chosen for the San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Adler Fellowship. Her career with the San Francisco Opera includes more than 20 opera productions.

Greta’s professional recital debut was for the San Francisco Opera’s Schwabacher series. An avid proponent of new music, she commissioned two world-premiere song cycles, Pashtun Songs by Bruce Rockwell, featuring anonymous love poems by Afghan women, and Miriam by David Daniel Feinsmith, set to verses from the Book of Exodus. 

A baroque specialist, Greta has performed as a soloist in some of the world's most prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and the Herbst Theater.

Greta’s musical and theatrical directing credits include Fluxus: a retrospective, a performance art series exploring the original Fluxus Manifesto with Nantucket Island Arts and Music, a non-profit organization she founded while pursuing her doctoral degree at SUNY Stony Brook. Other directing credits include Hansel and Gretel at UCSC Opera Theatre, featuring her own colloquial translation of the original German libretto, Subtext: Cut-Piece, a reinterpretation of Yoko Ono’s one-woman show for Nantucket Arts Council, and Phillip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread with Theatre Workshop Nantucket.