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 Memphis in numerous galas and outreach performances as well as The Queen of the Night in their Children's Production of The Magic Flute. She has also been featured 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, Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder and as the soprano soloist in their performances of Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem and Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Maria has also performed roles with Chautauqua Opera and New Rochelle Oper. Off of the operatic stage, Maria has been a soloist with the Arkansas Chamber Music Society, Arkansas Choral Society, Little Rock Choral Society, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Western New York Chamber Orchestra, Parkway Symphony Orchestra and Texarkana Symphony.
Favorite roles include Lady Billows in Albert Herring, Angelica in Suor Angelica, Blanche DuBois in A Street Car Named Desire, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte.
" Fasciano was utterly fearless"
-San Francisco Examiner
" In this heated duet of love and lust, Maria Fasciano boldly portrayed her mixed feelings..."
-Berkeley Daily Planet
"...glorious, soaring lyricism..."