American soprano, Maria Servodidio is a musical story teller, giving voice to the voiceless on the lyric stage. She will cover Contessa Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and appear in the scenes program as Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Erste Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte during Chicago Summer Opera’s 2019 season.
Maria’s past role appearances include the Soldier in Zach Redler’s The Falling & The Rising (Peabody Opera Theatre), a Street Singer in Bernstein’s Mass (Peabody Opera Theatre & Vanderbilt Opera Theatre), Contessa Almaviva in scenes from Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro (dell'Arte Opera Ensemble), Girl 1 in Errollyn Wallen's ANON (Peabody Opera Theatre), Meg March in Mark Adamo’s Little Women (Vanderbilt Opera Theatre), and Prince Orlofsky in Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus (Vanderbilt Opera Theatre).
Ms. Servodidio enjoys helping the next generation of singers by teaching in her private studio and assistant directing current operatic productions. She approaches teaching with curiosity and a spirit for learning. Her active involvement as a performer and continued study of vocal pedagogy influences and enhances her technical approach to vocal instruction. Providing effective and personalized instruction, she tailors lessons to best meet each student’s learning style. Although she adapts her methods of communication, the foundation of Maria’s teaching is consistently based on healthy vocal production. This allows a student to best reach his/her own personal goals.
Ever striving to hone her artistry, Ms. Servodidio continued her training in past summers with the dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music opera studio program, the Russian Opera Workshop in Philadelphia, the Curtis Institute of Music Summerfest, the Westminster Choir College Language of Lieder program in Vienna, and the Manhattan School of Music Summer Voice Festival.
She has had the privilege of performing in master classes taught by great musicians of our time who raised their respective voices in support of her growth. These musicians include Julius Drake, Benita Valente, Roger Vignoles, Lawrence Brownlee, Kathleen Kelly, Norman Shetler, Kevin Putz, and Richard Danielpour.
In addition to performing and teaching, Maria also works in the field of arts administration. Most recently, she has held positions in the Development departments of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Central City Opera, where she was instrumental in creating and maintaining lasting donor relationships.
A native of Moorestown, New Jersey, Maria received a Master of Music in Vocal Performance/Pedagogy from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University under the tutelage of Ah Young Hong. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Vanderbilt University, where she studied with Amy Jarman and won the Delene Laubenheim McClure Memorial Prize for excellence in opera performance.