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Instructor of Voice


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.

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 in addition to singing selections from Norma and Der Rosenkavalier in their annual gala. She has also performed with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra during their holiday concert series, Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder as the soprano soloist in their performances of Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem and Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Maria has also performed regionally with Opera Memphis, Arkansas Chamber Singers, Arkansas Choral Society and the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra.  

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.

     Currently, Maria is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Memphis where she has performed the title role in Puccini's Suor Angelica, Fiordiligi in Mozart's Così fan tutte and Lady Billows in Britten's Albert Herring.  Her doctoral research consists of a cognate in music theory with a focus on philosophy and the works of Richard Wagner.  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.  For more information, please visit http://www.mariafasciano.com


Maria Fasciano

Contact Information

P: (870) 972-3801
F: (870) 972-3932


Building: Fine Arts Center
Room: 133