(Born Chicago USA)
Blessed with powerful dramatic soprano voice, Marilyn Zschau (pronounced Chow) has appeared in Opera Houses around the world for thirty years. In demand in Europe in the eighties and ninties she also regularly appeared with the Australian Opera and with the Chicago Opera where she was always an audience favourite.
A renowned "Minnie" in La Fancuilla Del West, she was also a wonderful Tosca, Salome, Lady Macbeth and Elektra.
Frequent roles also performed by Ms Zschau included Santuzza, Manon Lescaut, Odabella (in Attila), Maddalena (in Andrea Chenier), Barak’s Wife (in Die Frau Ohne Schatten), Leonora (in La Forza del Destino).
She has also achieved great success in contemporary works such as Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk by Shostakovich, and Thomas Pasatieri’s Before Breakfast.
Known for being a truly reliable performer and committed actress and with a great range at both the top and bottom of her voice Marilyn Zschau has always been a compelling artist.
Starting out as a mezzo Ms Zschau recalls retraining herself over a two year period into the soprano repertoire.
In an interview she said "I was twisted in knots and had to get the knots out of my throat. It’s taken a long time because I’ve been working at the same time. I never took a year or two years off to just study. I had to keep working because I had to keep making money. I was supporting myself and didn’t have any extra money to take two years off."
She is pictured here as Floria Tosca in Puccini's Tosca.
(The writer of this bio loves Marilyn Zschau).