BIOGRAPHY: MARIA MILLER
Mezzo-soprano Maria Miller is a proud native of Paducah, KY. She will join the Sarasota Opera as a Resident Artist in the Spring 2021 season, covering The Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas. In her house debut at Cincinnati Opera, portraying the role of Nancy Smith in the world premiere of Blind Injustice, Opera News writes: "Miller made a very strong impression, showing a warm lyric voice with an easy top." Before the cancellations due to the safety concerns of the coronavirus, Ms. Miller was to join the 2020 Apprentice Artist Program at Santa Fe Opera covering the Turnspit in Rusalka.
Miller has sung in Cincinnati Opera Fusion Workshops as the role of Rumer in William Menefield’s Fierce, as Celeste in Gregory Spears' Castor and Patience, and as Nancy Smith in Scott Davenport Richards’ Blind Injustice, which she later premiered in the Cincinnati Opera mainstage season. On the concert stage, she has appeared as a soloist for Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Hilton Head Symphony, Handel's Messiah and Bach B Minor Mass with Collegium Cincinnati, Bernstein MASS with the Cincinnati May Festival Chorus, Schéhérazade and Alexander Nevsky with CCM Concert Orchestra, and Bettina Skrzypczak’s Miroirs as part of the Café MoMus Polish Festival in Cincinnati, OH. She has also completed two seasons of a summer concert series with Classic Lyric Arts, Inc., across France and Italy.
In recital, Miller is known for her innovative programming and performance. During the pandemic, Miller founded a performance duo entitled Opera in Overalls, whose mission is to bring childlike wonder to art song and opera, using devised theatre principles to create recital performances that are innovative and entertaining, as well as provide young people with tools to experience classical vocal music in multiple mediums.
Miller received an Encouragement Award at the 2020 MONC Southeast Regional Auditions, and was a winner of the West Tennessee District Auditions. She also received an Encouragement Award at the MONC Southeast Regional Auditions the previous year in 2019, after having won the West Tennessee District Auditions. She has received the Treigle Award in the 2019 Corbett Competition in Cincinnati Ohio.
Miller holds a Master of Music in Voice from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where she also holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice. Her education is also represented by University of Louisville School of Music, Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence, France, and the University of Evansville Theatre Department.
On the other side of the stage, Maria serves as Development Coordinator for Classic Lyric Arts, Inc. Maria speaks fluent French and Italian. She has interned at the Ruban Vert Théâtre in Aix-en-Provence, where she assisted in rehearsals for Correspondance pour Berlin, Inconnu a cette addresse and Les précieuses ridicules. Maria has done dramaturgy work in the May Studio Theatre productions of Anatomy of Gray, The Seagull and Crimes of the Heart, and spent her early training assisting in acting and improvisation classes with the award-winning Market House Theatre in Paducah, KY. She tries to find ways to incorporate her background in children's theatre and storytelling into the art form of opera.