Merena: “Popra” (Popera) vocalist releases Moonsicknees


Contact: Merena Barlow
Phone: 424 214 8116


Lyric-Coloratura Soprano is a term commonly known to opera aficionados and schooled musicians. However this powerhouse vocalist has crossover appeal recently compared to that of Sarah Brightman and Enya.

Hailing from New Zealand and the product of a musical family, with a great grandfather who was an acclaimed opera vocalist/pianist, and a great grandmother who worked the stage as an actress and vocalist, Merena showed signs of talent early and by the age of three began performing at local community events.

Merena started her vocal training under Ian Campbell while still in her teens in New Zealand and then continued in the US under renowned international vocalist/instructor Shigemi Matsumoto – President of the Classical Singers Association of Los Angeles. She furthered her instruction under John Henny at The Seth Riggs studio in Los Angeles who worked with such singers as Josh Groban, Natalie Cole and Vanessa Hudgens. Merena’s stage presence was polished with the help of the June Dally Watkins acting academy of New Zealand.

After completing an eight week run performing as a principal solo singer – “The English Nightingale – at the 50th anniversary of “The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire, she began working on her Debut studio album “Moonsickness scheduled for an early August release.

“Moonsickness will feature a combination of musical theatre, opera, movie themes & contemporary classics. Tracks will also be available for download on Itunes, CDBaby, Amazon & Rhapsody.

Whether it is Opera, Musical Theater, Jazz, Big Band, or the new Classical Pop Crossover style ‘Popera’, this young super talent is sure to catch the ear of vocal enthusiasts worldwide!

Many critics have commented on Merena’s crowd pleasing stage presence, which helps deliver her emotion-evoking vocal ability leaving the audience breathless and in awe of such a young talent with a promising career ahead of her.

Look for Merena Barlow to emerge and spread her wings this year!
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Written by
Mickey Finn Demeter