Marje Palmieri is grateful to have received vocal training from Marilyn Cotlow. She in turn was trained by the incomparable Hans Clemens. Ms. Cotlow began her training at the age of 15 and had voice lessons every day during her training period. The is the way the legendary singers of the past were trained.
The training given to Marilyn was a vocal technique system. This technique trains the singer to use mental focus to gain an exquisite balance of muscle tone and relaxation. While a beautiful tone and flexibility is a goal for each singer, the more important thing is the knowledge of how this is achieved.
Marje began her training with Ms. Cotlow in 1980. She studied for a period of five years, transforming an undisciplined vocal approach to one that has given her confidence to tackle the most difficult repertoire successfully. Her roles included: The Queen of the Night (Mozart's Magic Flute), Lucia di Lammermoor, Violetta (Verdi's La Traviata), Donna Anna (Mozart's Don Giovanni) and more recently forays into Wagner and later Verdi.
Ms. Palmieri has been revisiting her training with Ms. Cotlow from the perspective of having mastered her own technique with the goal of passing this knowledge to a new generation of singers.
A gifted and versatile actress as well as an accomplished musician, she has performed in opera and concert at the Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, Strathmore Hall and many other important area theaters.
Writing of her performance in the Washington premier of Donizetti's Maria di Rohan, critic Judy Gruber wrote in the Washington Post: "She acted as well as she sang, which was very well indeed."
Of her Violetta Joseph McLellan wrote in The Washington Post: "The performance subtly emphasized the bel canto elements, particularly in the often richly ornamented singing of Marje Palmieri (Violetta), who had the finest voice in the cast and used it with intelligence and expressive power."
Of her performance in the Opera Bel Canto's Petite Messe Solonnelle, Joseph McLellan wrote in the Washington Post: "'O Salutaris Hostia' ... was beautifully sung by soprano Marje Palmieri."