Tara Starling Khozein

© Kate Russel 2019

New Classical Music & Physical Theater

​Tara Starling Khozein

classical singer. theater-maker. improvisor. co-creator.

Tara Khozein is an Ecuador-born, Iranian-American soprano, theatre-maker, improviser, teacher, and composer. She has lived, studied, and worked in New Mexico, New York, Germany, France, Finland, Austria, and Hungary. As a multidisciplinary performer, she explores the intersections of classical and experimental singing, and physical theatre. She is 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 for seven years, 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 performance in Once Within a Time, a film by Godfrey Reggio with music by Philip Glass, sound design for Stereo Akt's Addressless at NYC's Rattlestick Theatre, and the central role in Samu Gryllus's interactive opera, Geiseloper. She is a member of The Tara and Rhonda Show, JazzaJ's Budapest Improvisors Orchestra and Timo Kinnunen's International Experimental Orchestra.

She released her first duo improvisation album in 2021 with contrabass player Carlos Santistevan of Santa Fe, NM. Her second duo improvisation album with Etienne Rolin will be released in 2022.

Tara is based in Budapest, Hungary.


© Raunak Kapoor 2022

upcoming events


Operatic voice creaking with the geniuses of Gentry Sultan on the shores of Balaton!

September 2, 2022 at Szevastock x Azure: KOLLÁZS



Samu Gryllus' operatic community event reconstructing and processing Hungary's only hostage situation.

September 18, 2022 at WUK, Vienna

September 24, 2022 at Trafó House of Contemporary Arts