As a voice teacher, Mary prepared Nicole Kidman for her Golden Globe Award winning and Oscar nominated performance in Baz Luhrman’s Moulin Rouge. She taught the stars of John Turturro’s musical movie Romance & Cigarettes, including Kate Winslet, James Gandolfini, Mandy Moore and Bobby Cannavale.
Mary is called upon by Disney to teach the leading players for the Broadway and touring companies of Elton John’s Billy Elliot, Aida and The Lion King, Phil Collins’ Tarzan, and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bombay Dreams.
Mary is known internationally – She teaches around the world in Russia, Portugal, England and her beloved Italy.
Other students include Mary J. Blige, Juliette Binoche, Sierra Boggess, Kerry Washington, Bella Thorne, Debra Cox, Aida Turturro, Annabella Sciorra, Keri Russell, Tate Donovan, Micky Dolenz, Simone, Charles Osgood, Gala, and Italian stars Serena Autieri, FIlippo Timi, Marco Ligabue and rapper Baby K.
What they say about Mary!
I have been very lucky to have many people influence my life. One in particular is my amazing voice teacher, Mary Setrakian. Not only has she believed in me always but she is an incredible woman. She really inspired me to never be afraid to tap into the painful or ugly or even beautiful depths of my life and channel it through my art.
– Sierra Boggess (“Christine” of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies.) Excerpt from PLAYBILL in London’s West End.