UMKC Conservatory Opera Director Marciem Bazell Passes Away


The UMKC Conservatory is saddened to announce that Director of Opera Marciem Bazell has passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Marciem Bazell came to UMKC in 2007 from Southern Methodist University where she was Director of Opera 2002–2007. She had a BM in Vocal Performance from Temple University. She directed for  the Sarasota Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Virginia Opera, Opera Illinois, The El Paso Opera, The Sylvan Opera of Philadelphia, Opera Delaware and the Fresno Philharmonic. She also directed opera productions and served on the faculty of two renowned music schools in Philadelphia, The Curtis Institute of Music (1986–99) and The Academy of Vocal Arts (1988–99).

Bazell’s directorial credits include productions of Susannah, Faust, Tosca, Lucia, Romeo et Juliette, L’Elisir d’Amore, I Pagliacci, Gianni Schicchi, Suor Angelica, La Traviata, La Bohème, Rigoletto, Hänsel und Gretel, Cosi fan Tutte, Arianna a Naxos, Don Giovanni, South Pacific, Jacques Brell…, The Medium and The Telephone for Opera Delaware with mezzo-soprano Joyce Castle and Museum, a collaboration with choreographer Myra Bazell. Ms. Bazell also trained the young artists of the Sarasota, Chautauqua, Virginia and Des Moines opera companies.

Conservatory Dean Peter Witte notes, "Especially in these recent years, Marciem brought the Conservatory together in ways we hadn't imagined. We're grateful for our time with her and join Marciem's students, friends, and family in remembering a caring soul."

Marciem will be missed.

A memorial service is scheduled Tuesday, Jan. 28, 5 p.m., Central United Methodist Church, 5144 Oak St., Kansas City, MO. A reception follows at the church.

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949