Photos by Philip Grishong, Ariane Maurisson, Caitlin Gotimer.

BIOGRAPHY:  MARIA MILLER

"Fabulous" mezzo-soprano Maria Miller is a proud native of Paducah, KY.

Ms. Miller was the recipient of an Encouragement Award at the 2019 Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Auditions in Atlanta, GA, the Treigle Award in the 2019 Corbett Competition held in Cincinnati, and was a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in the West Tennessee District.  

 

This year, Ms. Miller sang the role of Nancy Smith in the world premiere of Blind Injustice.  Opera News writes: "In her Cincinnati Opera debut as Nancy Smith, mezzo-soprano Maria Miller made a very strong impression, showing a warm lyric voice with an easy top."

 

In September, she will portray the role of Celeste in the Cincinnati Opera Fusion workshop of Gregory Spears' Castor and Patience.  This past year, she returned to the role of The Mother in the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, portrayed the role of Lucy in William Bolcom’s Dinner at Eight at CCM.  On the concert stage, she has appeared as the alto soloist in the Bach B Minor Mass with Collegium Cincinnati, as well as the soloist in Ravel’s Shéhérazade, Bernstein MASS with the Cincinnati May Festival.  She has also completed two seasons of a summer concert series with Classic Lyric Arts, Inc., across the Périgord region of France. Other credits include Lady Billows in Albert Herring, Praskowia in The Merry Widow, cover of Anna in Maria Stuarda, and a comedic silent role in Il signor Bruschino, as the soloist in Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, and as a featured soloist in Bettina Skrzypczak’s Miroirs, as part of the Café MoMus Polish Festival.

 

Miller pursues her Master of Music in Voice from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati (CCM), where she 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 University of Evansville Theatre Department. 

On the other side of the stage, Maria serves as Development Coordinator for Classic Lyric Arts, Inc., and enjoys photography.  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. She has translated biographies and poem settings for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, L'Associazione Daltro Canto, and the University of Louisville New Music Festival. Maria has done dramaturgy work in the May Studio Theatre productions of Anatomy of Gray, The Seagull and Crimes of the Heart. She spent her early training assisting in acting and improvisation classes for children K-12 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 diverse art form of opera.