Lyric Soprano, Professor of Voice
In demand as one of the finest vocal coaches of belt, legit and classical vocal technique, Maryann Kyle has dedicated her professional life to guiding singers and teachers in their pursuit not only of exceptional singing, but also captivating performance. Kyle has extensive experience teaching, coaching, and performing opera, recitals, concerts and Broadway shows. Additionally, she actively mentors over twenty teachers of voice and theatre in various universities across the United States, and her students can be found on the stages of the finest opera and musical theatre companies, conservatories and training programs across the globe.
Kyle was the vocal coach for the musical Twist, a new show by composers Tena Clark and Gary Prim, and directed by Debbie Allen, which opened in Atlanta in 2010 at the Alliance Theatre, and opened at the Pasadena Playhouse in 2011. Kyle is the creator of the COMMAND PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP and COMMAND PERFORMANCE BROADWAY INTENSIVE, both young artist and teacher training programs for musical theatre performance.
Maryann Kyle is an active performer of opera, concert, and recital repertoire, and has shared the concert stage with some of world’s greatest artists, having sung the role of Micaela in Carmen opposite internationally known mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves; performing as a guest soloist with The Miami Festival opposite famed bass-baritone William Warfield; and singing the soprano solos in Mendelssohn’s Elijah opposite baritone Timothy Noble and mezzo-soprano Marietta Simpson. Kyle has appeared as a soloist on the pop music stage with famed artists Patti Labelle, Patti Austin, Dionne Warwick, Ann Nesby and Vesta Williams. Kyle’s one-woman-show, Sondheim in the City, premiered in NYC at the Laurie Beechman Theatre/West Bank Café in October, 2011, and she recently performed the title role in Daniel Lincoln’s show, Calixte and Tosca with Mississippi Opera.
Specializing in belt and legit style Broadway technique, Kyle has had a tremendous success in training singers in the best and healthiest use of their voice, and in integrating the function of singing with their character and physical acting process. She maintains a studio in New York City and has worked with the NYU-Tisch, Playrights Horizons Studio, and the musical theatre apprentice program as a part of the International Performing Arts Institute.
Kyle’s coaching talents are not restricted to Broadway musicals. Her students are successful in the classical realm as well, many of whom have performed leading roles with New Orleans Opera, Seattle Opera, Oper Frankfurt, English National Opera, Virginia Opera. San Francisco Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, Sarasota Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Mississippi Opera, Mobile Opera Opera Cologne and the Badisches Staatsheater Karlsruhe. Her students have garnered numerous awards including top placements at state and regional Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions.
Her students have earned apprenticeships with Seattle Opera, Lake George Opera Festival, Aspen Festival, Tanglewood Music Festival, Ohio Light Opera, Brevard, Wolf Trap, Utah Festival Opera, Opera Saratoga, Sarasota Opera, Des Moines Opera, Chatauqua Opera, Central City Opera, Crested Butte Opera, Opera Breve, Harrower Opera program, Cincinnati Opera, Virginia Opera, Opera in the Ozarks, International Performing Arts Institute and Operafestival di Roma; many continue to pursue their studies in major conservatories and schools including Indiana University, San Francisco Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory, Oklahoma City University, Florida State University, the University of Illinois and New England Conservatory of Music.
Kyle continues to sing leading operatic roles with professional opera companies throughout the United States. She has also appeared as a soloist with many symphony orchestras in the US and beyond. She has toured extensively with John Wustman in the Songs of Franz Schubert Recital Series, who described her as “a lyric soprano of great and unusual gifts: an extremely musical singer that brings great beauty and style to all music that she performs,” and opera conductor Kurt Klippstatter said she “…possesses a beautiful soprano voice which is both expressive and technically well founded. Her combined vocal and dramatic talents make her a natural…”
Kyle’s main opera roles include Mimi and Musetta in Puccini’s La Boheme, Countess and Susannah in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte, Violetta in La Traviata, Pamina in Die Zauberflote, Lady Billows in Albert Herring, Micaela in Carmen, the title role in Floyd’s Susannah, and the Evil Queen in the world-premiere of Snow White.
Dr. Kyle is currently professor of voice and pedagogy at The University of Southern Mississippi. She has served as director of the Apprentice Artist program with Mississippi Opera, and vocal coach with Festival South. Kyle also serves on the faculty of the International Performing Arts Institute, Germany, Operafestival di Roma, Italy and was a featured clinician at the Festival Musica nas Montanhas, Brazil. Having a passion for the art of teaching, Kyle has launched a website entitled THE PEDAGOGY OF STYLE which will feature videos, books, workshops and retreats for performers and teachers of singing. Her upcoming book, THE PEDAGOGY OF STYLE will be released in July of 2017 and will include article contributions from University of Florida professor of musical theatre voice, Matt Morgan. Kyle will be the co-host of a Pedagogy of Style conference alongside Southern Miss professors, Webb Parker and Mark Waymire on April 6-8, 2017 on the campus of Southern Miss. She has been chosen to present at the national convention of the National Opera Association (NOA) in Santa Barbara, California in January of 2017. In 2015 she was named director of musical theatre voice with IPAI in Germany as well as the director of the Teacher Fellowship Program. The 2016 Teacher Fellowship program of IPAI chose five university professors who spent three weeks studying Kyle’s method of teaching technique and vocal style. She has been named director of vocal studies with the newly formed IPAI, Thailand for 2017.