"Die Höhe ist eine Pracht."
Kammersängerin Christa Ludwig
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, Turandot in Puccini's Turandot, and Brünnhilde in Wagner’s Ring des Nibelungen. Recent and coming engagements include Elisabetta in Verdi’s Don Carlo in Bergamo, Italy, Mother in Hansel and Gretel with Berlin’s Alltagsoper, Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann with Berlin’s Passaggio Oper, and Composer in Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos and Donna Anna in Mozart’s
Don Giovanni, both with The Berlin Opera Group. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2018 with SOLA Arts and her debut in Berlin's Philharmonie and Konzerthaus in 2019 as Una poenitentium in Mahler's 8th Symphony.
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, Bernhardt Schröder, Dona Vaughn and Kelsey Boesche; maestri Grant Gershon, James Conlon, Stefano Seghedoni, Constantin Alex, and Carmine Aufiero; coaches Kirsten Schötteldreier, Bill Vendice, Klaus Sallmann, and Byron Knutson; and composers Anders Ehlin and Tobias Picker. Her voice teachers have included Judith Natalucci, Ted Puffer, and Kaine Hayward.