Marion Lignana Rosenberg is a writer and translator currently based in New York.
Marion’s essay “Re-visioning Callas” won a Newswomen’s Club of New York Front Page Award. She wrote the entry on Maria Callas for Notable American Women: Completing the Twentieth Century (Harvard University Press).
Marion has contributed features, reviews, and essays about the arts to the New York Times, Newsday, Time Out New York, Salon.com, Forward, the San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Magazine, Opera News, and Playbill. She has offered commentary on WNYC’s “Soundcheck” and produced and hosted programs for WHRB in Cambridge, MA.
At WHRB, Marion produced what was probably the first broadcast anywhere of the complete works of Giuseppe Verdi, including several then-unpublished compositions, as well as two series on the art of Maria Callas.
Marion’s writing has appeared in the programs and season books of the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, and other companies in the United States and Europe. She has contributed Italian-language articles to America Oggi and Oggi 7.
Blogosphere: Best of Blogs (Pearson) and the San Jose Mercury News, among others, hailed Marion’s blog, vilaine fille (active 2004–08) as one of the Web’s finest opera and classical music destinations.
Marion has led workshops on classical music criticism under the auspices of the National Endowment for the Arts and Columbia University. Earlier in her career, she wrote and edited best-selling Italian- and French-language instructional materials in a variety of media (print, video, audio, etc.) for a leading international publisher.
A certified translator of both Italian and French, Marion has translated six non-fiction titles and recently completed work on a 150,000-word literary translation (from the French).