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Tara Starling Khozein

© Kate Russel 2019

New Classical Music & Physical Theater

​TarA Khozein

classical singer. improviser. teacher. co-creator. composer.

Tara Khozein is a soprano who makes concert music and theater. She was born in Ecuador to a mixed Iranian-American family, and has lived, studied, and worked across the US and Europe. As a multidisciplinary performer, she explores the intersections of classical and experimental singing, and physical theatre. She is also a musical director for theater and a performance director for musicians.

Tara holds an artist diploma in physical theatre from The Jacques Lecoq School in Paris, a B.M. in classical vocal performance, and is a lifelong student of classical and experimental singing. After her formal education, she lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she directed circus, immersive, operetta, and children's performances, and established her improvisation practice. While in Santa Fe, she became a company member of Theater Grottesco, and was on the original sound design and creation team for Meow Wolf's House of Eternal Return, where she later served as the primary content director for immersive performance. She moved to Budapest at the end of 2019, and established an online voice studio during Covid, where she continues to teach students from around the world.

Her recent creative projects include her physical and vocal performance in ONCE WITHIN A TIME (2022), a film by Godfrey Reggio with music by Philip Glass, the central role in Samu Gryllus's interactive opera, GEISELOPER (2023), her one-woman show (2023-), and Kate Soper's one-woman chamber opera IPSA DIXIT. In 2024 she will perform as a soloist in two world premieres by Czech composer Ondřej Adámek: INES at Opera Köln, and CONNECTION IMPOSSIBLE with Ensemble Modern at Bregenz Festival. She will also sing Kate Soper's one-woman chamber opera IPSA DIXIT with Chatter ABQ in Albuquerque, NM.

She is a member of The Tara and Rhonda Show, JazzaJ's Budapest Improvisors Orchestra, Timo Kinnunen's International Experimental Orchestra, and is the temporary artistic director of Budapest's Soharóza Experimental Choir. She also performs regularly in Budapest's underground music scene as a free improviser alongside classical, jazz, noise, and electronic musicians.

Tara released her first duo improvisation album in 2021 with contrabass player Carlos Santistevan of Santa Fe, NM. Her second duo improvisation album with multi-instrumentalist Etienne Rolin was released in Spring of 2022, her third with vocalist and electronic music creator Thea Soti was released in April of 2024, and her fourth with saxophonist Rhonda Taylor, will be released sometime soon.

Tara is based in Budapest, Hungary.


© Raunak Kapoor 2022

upcoming events

June 16-July 5, 2024 @ Opera Köln

INES, a new opera by Ondřej Adámek

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July 27 & 28, 2024 @ Bregenzer Festspiele

Connection Impossible, a new music theater piece by Ondřej Adámek

with Ensemble Modern

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October 9, 2024 @ Kölner Philharmonie

Connection Impossible, a new music theater piece by Ondřej Adámek

with Ensemble Modern

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Once Within a Time

By Godfrey Reggio, Philip Glass, and Jon Kane

Screening Now in the US and Canada

Credits: Hero, Emoji, and Vocals

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Cicaverzum (Cat Call)

Directed by Rozália Szeleczki

Premiering at Tallinn Black Nights

Credits: Main Theme Lyricist & Singer

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