American soprano, Maria Servodidio raises her voice for those who cannot. As a musical story teller, she represents the voiceless on the operatic stage. She will get the chance to do just this in February of 2018 with Peabody Opera Theatre's production of The Falling & The Rising by Zach Redler. In a culture that often overlooks our servicemen and women, Redler's contemporary opera tells the story of a heroic female soldier fighting for her life while in a coma. It is not only Ms. Servodidio's immense privilege, but also her duty to tell this soldier's untold story through the beloved art form of opera.
Ms. Servodidio’s recent role appearances on the stage include 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), Prince Orlofsky in Johann Strauss’ The Bat (Vanderbilt Opera Theatre), and a street player in Leonard Bernstein’s Mass (Vanderbilt Opera Theatre).
She is excited to reprise the role of a street player this upcoming fall in Peabody Conservatory’s production of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, conducted by Marin Alsop.
Ever striving to hone her artistry, Ms. Servodidio continued her training in past summers at 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. Through these programs, she raised her voice most notably with a scene performance as the title role in Puccini’s Sour Angelica with the CCM opera studio program.
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, Ah Young Hong, and Richard Danielpour.
American soprano Maria Servodidio earned the Encouragement Award in the Orpheus Vocal Competition in 2017 and the Delene Laubenheim McClure Memorial Prize for excellence in opera performance from the voice faculty at Vanderbilt University. The institutions of both her master and bachelor degrees awarded her merit based scholarships.
In addition to performing, Ms. Servodidio also enjoys helping the next generation of singers become musical story tellers by teaching in her private studio and assistant directing current operatic productions. She recently made her debut as an assistant director while working on Peabody Opera’s production of Jake Heggie’s Out of Darkness: Two Remain. Ms. Servodidio is also thrilled to be a Development Intern with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for its 2018-2019 season.
A native of Moorestown, New Jersey, Ms. Servodidio will receive a Master of Music from the Peabody Conservatory in 2019 under the tutelage of soprano, Ah Young Hong. She received her Bachelor of Music from Vanderbilt University in 2017 and studied with soprano, Amy Jarman.