Marella Martin Koch is a New York City-based librettist, playwright, and director originally
from Los Angeles. Praised for her “cleverness in constructing humor for opera” (DC Theatre
), her 20-minute opera Pepito written with composer Nicolas Lell Benavides for
Washington National Opera was recognized for its “complete characters in swift, sure lines” (The
Washington Post
) at its Kennedy Center premiere earlier this year. She wrote the lyrics for
Marianne Dashwood, Songs of Love & Misery and Elinor Dashwood, two song cycles written
with composer Aferdian Stephens and commissioned by mezzo-soprano Meagan Martin.
Marianne Dashwood premiered at UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and has since been performed at
Yale School of Music and the SUNY Plattsburgh Jane Austen & The Arts Conference. Elinor Dashwood
premiered in New York City at the National Opera Center and made its West Coast premiere at
UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Full-length works in development include an adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility with Aferdian Stephens and Gilberto with Nicolas Lell Benavides. In addition to her work in opera, Marella is also the bookwriter/lyricist of Adam & Eve, music by Minhui Lee, a new musical about the parents of us all that has been developed at The Duplex, the Kraine Theatre, Catwalk Institute, and Access Theater. Her first musical as bookwriter/lyricist, Danny & The Rocket with composer Casey O’Neil, won the Pocono Mountains Music Festival Lab and was also developed at Tisch New Musical Theater Workshop
and TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s 2017 Writer’s Retreat. She wrote the screenplay and lyrics
for the musical short film Luv, Connected?! and is the librettist of several short operas and
musicals, including Ten Minutes in the Life or Death of… (music by TJ Rubin), How Love Feels (Barrington Stage
Company, Common Man Musicals, National Asian Artists Project; music by Jonathan Fadner), and I Celebrate (Randall Eng's NYU Opera Lab/"Park and Bark" with American Opera Projects, music by TJ Rubin). She is the Founder and Director of The Rally Cat, an energized multidisciplinary performing arts company that empowers artists and communities through opera, musical theatre, and theatre. B.A., UC Berkeley, Theatre and Performance Studies. M.F.A., NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.