Marjan Boonen studied voice at the Utrecht Conservatory, followed up by private lessons with: Erna Spoorenberg, Henny Diemer, Cristina Deutekom, Takako Hara and Zjenja McCray. Momentarily she is being coached by Hanneke de Wit. She also particapated in several masterclasses: Udo Reinemann, Bernard Kruysen, Rudolf Knoll (Mozarteum), Jekatarina Jofel and Renata Scotto. She gave many recitals and concerts, amongst whom are concerts with the Symphony Orchestra of Santiago (Chile) and Vidin (Bulgaria) In 1994 she attended the Bayreuther Festspiele via a scholarship issued by the Wagner Genootschap, Amsterdam, Holland.
Some of the operaparts she interpreted, are:
Stimme Die Glűckliche Hand / A. Schoenberg
2 e Prêtresse Iphigénie en Tauride/Chr. W. v. Gluck in Amsterdam
G. Jenkins/Achim Freyer
Meg Page Fallstaff/ G.Verdi, in Weikersheim
D.Russel Davies / G. Montavon.
Komponist Ariadne auf Naxos/R.Strauss in Zwolle
D. Levy/C. van Eijk.
Pastorella Orfeo/Monteverdi in Amsterdam
S. Stubbs/P. Audi
Su Come and go/H.Holliger in Frankfurt
Blumenmädchen Parsifal/R.Wagner in Antwerp
A friend Life with an idiot/A. Schnittke in Amsterdam
M. Rostropovich/A. Pokrovsky
/Frau Schmidt The sound of music/Joop vd Ende, touring-production
In january 2004 she was Donna Elvira in a Don Giovanni-production that toured in the Netherlands. She recently started her own comic opera-entertainment show called Opera Comica. In the summer of 2008 she will do a tour in Tuscany, Italy, with the Amersfoorts Jeugdorkest, singing Verdi and Puccini-aria's.
Marjan Boonen also worked in the chorus of De Nederlandse Opera, conducted by Winfried Masziewski. She participated in the following productions:
Parsifal Porgy and Bess
La Boheme Sjostakowitsch symf. 2 + 8
Les Brigands Bruckner Te Deum
Samson et Dalila
L’ange du Feu
Ihpigenie en Tauride
Un Ballo in Maschera
Dialogues des Carmélites