Biography

Los Angeles-born soprano Maria King holds a BA in Music from Columbia University, where she was awarded the Irving Berlin Charitable Scholarship for Music and the Performing Arts. She also completed studies at the Manhattan School of Music and at the University of Florence, where she developed her facility in Italian language and pursued an interest in Italian poetry and literature.

Among her roles are Floria Tosca in Puccini’s Tosca, Leonora in Verdi’s Il Trovatore, Elsa in Wagner’s Lohengrin, Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen, and Countess in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. Recent engagements include Elisabetta in Verdi’s Don Carlo in Bergamo, Italy, Mother in Hänsel und Gretel with Berlin’s Alltagsoper, Berlin, and Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos with The Berlin Opera Group.

Ms. King has worked with esteemed musical professionals including master singers Cheryl Studer, Christa Ludwig, Johanna Meier, Elizabeth Bishop, Thomas Johannes Mayer, and Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet; directors Bruce Donnell, Bernhard Schröder, Dylan F. Thomas, Kristina Franz, and Janis Eckhart; maestros Adam Szmidt, Grant Gershon, James Conlon, and Carmine Aufiero; coaches Kirsten Schötteldreier, Bill Vendice, Byron Knutson, Markus Syperek, and David Aronson; and composers Patrick Zimmerli and Tobias Picker. Her voice teachers have included Judith Natalucci, Gail Gordon, and Ted Puffer.

Ms. King is an active soloist and recitalist in Europe and the US. She speaks English, French, Italian, and German. She currently resides in Berlin.