American soprano Maria Servodidio is committed to giving voice to those that are voiceless on the operatic stage. She is currently performing in Peabody Conservatory’s touring production of ANON by Errollyn Wallen. In this one-act contemporary opera, she helps to shine a light on the issue of human trafficking by portraying the life of an abused and trafficked woman. In 2017, Ms. Servodidio was integral in creating a partnership between the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University and the Mary Parrish Center for women and children of domestic violence in Nashville, TN. This partnership yielded the creation of a unique work of art, which featured Ms. Servodidio’s performance of new music based entirely on the experiences of the women at the center. She believes it is her duty and immense privilege to raise social awareness through her art form.
Ms. Servodidio’s most recent appearances on the stage include playing Meg March in Mark Adamo’s Little Women, Prince Orlofsky in Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, and a street player in Leonard Bernstein’s Mass at Vanderbilt University.
She is excited to perform the role of the Countess in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with the dell’Arte Opera Ensemble in the summer of 2018. This upcoming fall, she will reprise the role of a street player in Peabody Conservatory’s production of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, conducted by the great Marin Alsop.
Over the past few years, Ms. Servodidio has received training during the summer months from 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. These programs have provided her with continued opportunities to tell stories on stage, most notably with her scene performance playing 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 the great musicians of our time including Julius Drake, Benita Valente, Roger Vignoles, Lawrence Brownlee, Kathleen Kelly, Norman Shetler, and Richard Danielpour.
Ms. Servodidio was given 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. She received a merit-based scholarship for both her master and bachelor degrees.
In addition to performing, she also enjoys teaching the next generation of singers 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.
A native of Moorestown, New Jersey, she will receive her Master of Music from the Peabody Conservatory in 2019 under the tutelage of Ms. Ah Young Hong. She received her Bachelor of Music from Vanderbilt University in 2017.