Praised by the San Francisco Examiner for her “utterly fearless” portrayal of Cio-Cio San with San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Merola Young Artist Program, Maria Fasciano is a three time Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition Regional Finalist (2008, 2011, 2013). She has also earned awards from the Shreveport Opera Singer of the Year Competition and the Rochester Oratorio Classical Idol Competition.
During her time at Merola she performed Act II of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly to great acclaim in the Schwabacher Concert Series as well as portraying the title role in scenes from Verdi’s Luisa Miller. She also garnered great praise for the”fiery passion” (Berkeley Daily Planet) in her portrayal of Nedda from Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci in the Merola Grand Finale concert.
Recently, she appeared with Opera In the Rock (Little Rock, AR) as The First Lady in Mozart’s Magic Flute in a collaboration with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in addition singing selections from Norma and Der Rosenkavalier in their annual gala. Maria has also performed the role of Roselinde in New Rochelle Opera’s production of Die Fledermaus. As a Studio Artist with Chautauqua Opera, Maria was featured in revues, scenes, recital and as Annina in La Traviata. She was also in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen (Hen/Protestor) and Weill’s Street Scene (Cover: 1st Nursemaid). In addition to her operatic credits, Maria has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, The Little Rock Chamber Music Society and the Western New York Chamber Orchestra.
Maria holds a Master of Music Degree from the Eastman School of Music where she performed in Eastman Opera Theater’s productions of Cendrillon (Noémie) and La Finta Giardiniera (Arminda). During her time at Eastman, she performed with the Eastman Philharmonia singing Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn. Prior to Eastman, Maria obtained her Bachelor of Music degree and Performer’s Certificate from SUNY Fredonia.