Praised for her "nimble verve and charm" (CNVC), rising young soprano Margaret Ann Zentner returns to the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute for a third year to pursue a Performance Artist Certificate with Dr. Marilyn Taylor.
While pursuing her master’s degree at UNCSA, Zentner was featured as Servilia in Mozart’s "La clemenza di Tito,” Sandrina in Manuel Garcia’s “Un avvertimento ai gelosi” and Concepciòn in Ravel’s “L’heure Espagnole”. In scenes, she also portrayed the roles of Leïla in Bizet’s “Les pêcheurs de perles,” the title role in Massenet’s “Manon” and Susanna in Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro.”
Zentner is an alumna of the Houston Grand Opera’s prestigious Young Artists Vocal Academy and the 2021 North Carolina District Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Zentner holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Louisiana State University, where she studied with Dr. Loraine Sims. There, she performed the first trio member in Bernstein’s "Trouble in Tahiti," Nannetta in Verdi’s "Falstaff" and Susanna (cover) in "Le nozze di Figaro" with the Turner-Fischer Center for Opera.
During her time at LSU, Zentner also appeared as a soloist with the LSU A Cappella Choir and the LSU Symphony Orchestra in multiple works including an excerpt from Handel’s "Messiah" and Craig Hella Johnson’s "Considering Matthew Shepard." In her senior year, Zentner had the honor of sharing the stage with notable alumni Lisette Oropesa and Paul Groves in a scene from Puccini’s "La rondine," conducted by Maestro Joseph Colaneri.
Also active during the summer, Zentner has appeared as an Apprentice Artist with the Miami Music Festival for two summers, most recently performing Susanna in "Le nozze di Figaro." She also holds a minor in Italian from LSU, and prior to her time in Miami, Zentner traveled to Italy where she performed Zerlina in "Don Giovanni" with Operafestival di Roma.
A native of Monroe, Louisiana, Zentner has performed multiple roles with local opera company the Louisiana Opera, including, Frasquita in “La tragédie de Carmen,” Papagena in “Die Zauberflöte” and Sister Mathilde in “Dialogues of the Carmelites.”
M.M. Vocal PerformanceUNC School of the Arts
B.M. Vocal PerformanceLouisiana State University