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Tania Arazi Coambs

Tania Arazi CoambsAssistant Professor

Opera/Music Theater

Contact Information

tania.coambs@iup.edu

Courses

Applied Voice

Music Theater

Degrees

MM, Southern Illinois University

BM, University of Illinois

Biography

Tania Arazi Coambs currently serves as the director of Opera/Music Theater at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where her duties include producing and directing the fall opera, producing and music directing the spring musical, and teaching applied voice lessons, as well as directing the Music Theater Workshop ensemble.

Tania’s recent directing projects include Trouble in Tahiti and Signor Deluso at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, as well as workshopping and directing scenes from her own opera, Catatumbo, based on her own libretto and composed by Griffin Candey, with the Opera Studio class at the University of Illinois. Other previous directing projects include productions of Stop Kiss and A Canoe on the Lake at the Armory Free Theatre, Roméo et Juliette and co-director of Don Giovanni at the Southern Illinois Music Festival, Brundibár with the Central Illinois Children’s Choir, Medea Reassigned at the New School for Drama Theater in New York City, as well productions of Feeding the Moonfish and The Informer at the Moe Laboratory Theater.  As an assistant director, she has worked with several companies, including Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, New Opera St. Louis, DiCapo Opera, and Parkland College Theater.

As a performer, she has appeared internationally at such venues as St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome; the Urbania City Theater in Italy; the Errol Hill Theater in Bridgetown, Barbados; the Shaw Theatre in London; Muson Centre in Lagos, Nigeria; the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria; the Amadeus Opera Ensemble in Salzburg, Austria; and state-side with the Allerton Music Barn Festival, Illinois Opera Theater, Opera Venezuela, the Station Theatre, and with the Danville Symphony Orchestra.

Previous roles include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Gretel in Hansel und Gretel, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Edith in The Pirates of Penzance, Annie in The Game of Love, Aldonza in The Man of La Mancha, Linfea in La Calisto, Arsena in Der Zigeunerbaron, Wren in A Body of Water, Nurse Ruth Kelley in Harvey, and Mrs. Webb in Our Town, as well as originating the role of Dr. Vivian Watson in a three-country performance tour of the play Preemptive with the African Lives: Intersections of Culture, Politics, and Performance group.

With her strong interest in Spanish music and art song, as well as in jazz, French cabaret, and tango music, she has performed in concerts around the Midwest with groups such as the George Turner Trio, Tango Espejo, and Tempest Performers, as well as presented recitals at the Mid-America Guitar Festival, the Southern Illinois Music Festival, and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

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