Mary Setrakian is a native of San Francisco, California. She has been a resident of New York City for over 30 years performing professionally, in conjunction with teaching master voice to a variety of artists in New York, Los Angeles and internationally in Italy, England, Portugal, Russia, Australia and Armenia.
Mary has been seen on Broadway in Hello, Dolly! starring Carol Channing (cast recording). She toured with the Broadway companies of Phantom of the Opera (Madame Giry), Les Miserables, Hello, Dolly! (seen in several performances as Irene Molloy across from Carol Channing) and the World Tour of Evita (Eva Peron in Duisburg, Germany). Mary was featured at Carnegie Hall in Jubilee directed by Herbert Ross.
Most recently Mary starred as The Beggar Woman in Scott Logsdon’s production of Sweeney Todd. She is currently singing with orchestras in the US and internationally – from an evening with the SSO at her alma mater, Stanford University, to her solo concerts in Milan, Italy with the Avant Orchestra, a concert of Big Band meets Broadway garnering rave reviews.
Mary’s Off-Broadway credits include the Duchess in Dorian Gray and featured roles in Jones & Schmidt’s Colette Collage (cast recording) and Bob Merrill’s Hannah ...1939 starring Julie Wilson (cast recording). At the beginning of her career, Mary starred off-Broadway in over 20 productions with the Light Opera of Manhattan in title roles such as Naughty Marietta, The Merry Widow, and Gilbert & Sullivan classics like HMS Pinafore (Josephine) and Iolanthe (Phyllis).
Mary’s award winning “Best Actress” regional roles include Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, Trina in Falsettos, the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and her critically acclaimed one-woman show, A New York Romance: The LA Times exclaimed "Chanteuse Setrakian is ... dazzling!"
As a Master Voice Teacher...
Mary Setrakian is not the typical voice teacher who only teaches voice technique, or the typical vocal coach who teaches interpretation. Mary teaches her profound voice technique and connects it with the emotional life of each student with dynamic acting tools. She calls her method:
THE REVOLUTIONARY SEND.
"When I arrived in New York City over 30 years ago with a Masters in Voice Performance, I sounded great, but I wasn't booking the Broadway shows I longed for. When I met my acting teacher and mentor, Susan Batson, everything changed. Susan taught me how to open my emotional instrument and to sing through those emotions. Suddenly I was booking the Broadway shows and tours I dreamed about. Now I am so passionate and dedicated to share what I learned, creating my own process, THE MARY SETRAKIAN METHOD. I teach my students true voice technique that streamlines effortlessly through their emotional life, and vice versa, bringing them to the full potential of their God-given vocal gifts."
~ Mary Setrakian
*Check out the page My Purpose for more of Mary's personal story.
Mary prepared Nicole Kidman for her Golden Globe Award winning and Oscar nominated performance in Baz Luhrman's Moulin Rouge. She taught Mary J. Blige as well as the stars of John Turturro's musical movie Romance & Cigarettes, including Kate Winslet, James Gandolfini, Mandy Moore and Bobby Cannavale. Mary prepared Bella Thorne for her feature film singing debut in Scott Speer’s Midnight Sun. Most recently Mary was called upon by the team of JC Superstar Live to help English actor Ben Daniels make his singing debut as Pontius Pilate on NBC starring John Legend.
Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge:
James Gandolfini in Romance & Cigarettes:
Kate Winslet in Romance & Cigarettes:
Bella Thorne in Midnight Sun:
Ben Daniels as Pontius Pilate in JC Superstar Live on NBC
Mary is also called upon by Disney to teach the leading players for the Broadway and touring companies of Elton John's Billy Elliot, Aida and The Lion King, Phil Collins' Tarzan, and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Bombay Dreams.
Other students include Kerry Washington, Juliette Binoche, Milla Jovovich, Sierra Boggess, Trudie Styler, Aida Turturro, Debra Cox, Annabella Sciorra, Keri Russell, Tate Donovan, Micky Dolenz, Josh Strickland, Simone, Patrick Cassidy, Charles Osgood, Danish pop star Tim Schou, and Italian stars Serena Autieri, Filippo Timi, Gala, Andrea Osvart, Denny Mendez, Roberta Gambarini, Marco Ligabue, Violante Placido, the a cappella group SeiOttavi, rapper Baby K and singers on the Italian TV shows X Factor, Sanremo and The Voice.
Internationally, Mary is currently the Master Voice Teacher/Guest Artist at the Roma Film Academy. She has taught many workshops at the Pop/Rock School of Italian guitar legend Franco Mussida in Milan, Italy, CPM (Centro Professione Musica) since 2009. Mary has been teaching a variety of intensives and master classes in Rome, Milan, Naples, Venice, Palermo, San Remo, Ravenna, Manchester, Lisbon, Moscow, Brisbane and Yerevan since 2005.
Mary is proud to be the Master Voice Teacher/Guest Artist at The Susan Batson Studio, LLC in New York City since 2000. She has studied acting with her mentor, Susan Batson, for over 30 years.
Mary holds a Masters in Voice Performance from the New England Conservatory with Distinction and is a graduate of Stanford University in Music/Voice with Honors. She studied at the Tanglewood Music Festival with Phyllis Curtain and was a voice student of Joan Heller, Mark Pearson, Marie Gibson and Corinne Swall.