Marni Nixon’s career includes Opera, (Seattle, San Francisco, Ford Foundation TV Opera Cameos), Chamber and Symphony, Oratorio soloist and Grammy Nominated recordgs both Popular and Classical (Boulez, Villa-Lobos, Ives, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Copland) including conductors Von Beinum, Wallenstein, Previn, Mehta, Stravinksy, Stokowski, Mauceri, Slatkin and Bernstein.
Awards include Four Emmys for Best Actress on her children’s TV show called Boomerang and two Gold records for Songs for Mary Poppins and Mulan (voice of Grandma Fa), 2 Classical Grammy Nominations…Broadway includes Heidi Schiller in Sondheim’s Follies, and originating the roles of Sadie McKibben in Opal, and Edna in Taking My Turn, and Aunt Kate in James Joyce’s the Dead also on tour in LA and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. In Regional and Off-Broadway her roles have included Nurse in Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, Fraulien Schneider in Cabaret, and recently Eunice Miller in Kander and Ebb’s “70, Girls, 70”. In the recent Premiere of Richard Wagner’s Opera Ballymore at Skylight Opera in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (taped for PBS) she originated the role of Mrs. Wilson.… Full Bio
Marni Nixon Reviews:
“Nixon’s voice is a marvelous instrument, a sometimes coy, sometimes soaring soprano that allows her to add vocal effects with ease.” —William Ruhlmann, AllMusic
“Certainly, a soprano who has trod the boards of opera houses is unlikely to have trouble with the operetta songs in Kern’s repertoire, such as ‘You Are Love’ from Show Boat. In fact, she might be expected to struggle more with the lyrical interpretation of the more vaudeville-oriented numbers such as the lusty ‘Let’s Begin,’ but she turns convincingly saucy and rhythmic getting out such Otto Harbach lines as ‘We have necked/Till I’m wrecked/Won’t you tell me what you expect?‘” —William Ruhlmann, AllMusic