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, 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. She has appeared with Opera In the Rock (Little Rock, AR) as Mimì in La Bohème and as The First Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute in collaboration with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra during their holiday run out concert series, Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder and as the soprano soloist in their performance of Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem. 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 as a soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Arkansas Choral Society (Poulenc’s Gloria and Faure’s Requiem), Arkansas Chamber Singers (Mozart’s Coronation Mass) The Little Rock Chamber Music Society and the Western New York Chamber Orchestra. Currently, Maria is pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Memphis where she has performed the title role in Puccini's Suor Angelica, Fiordiligi in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte and Lady Billows in Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring. 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 also 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.
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