Specializing in Italian operatic heroines, Maria Fattore is a versatile performer. She deftly portrays the heroines from the Puccini, Verdi and Donizetti canon yet possesses the ability to crossover into the casual style of American musical theater with ease. Her portrayal of Anne Sexton in Conrad Susa's Transformations earned kudos for her "tour de force" performance. She has performed in Europe in many styles ranging from the demands of Mozart's heroine Konstanze inDie Entführung aus dem Serail in Vienna to the cabaret stages of Germany with her American musical theater act. As a recitalist,
Ms. Fattore's programs are notable for an eclectic blend of standard song repertoire juxtaposed against contemporary styles that often offer "crossover" elements in composition. Maria's commitment to contemporary music extends from the contemporary standard repertoire (eg. George Crumb's Ancient Voices of Children ) to her involvement with young emerging composers working in the chamber ensemble, operatic and musical theater disciplines.
A Michigan native, Maria received her first opportunities from regional theater and opera companies in the Detroit metropolitan area. Post graduate study led her to Europe where she was a member of the Hannover Conservatory Opera Studio. She received the Mel Silverman Music Theater Award during her studies at Brooklyn College Conservatory. Her competition distinctions include finalist standing in the 1997 Lola Wilson Hayes Vocal Award, The Luciano Pavarotti North American Opera CompetitionandConcert Artist Guild competitions. Maria holds degrees from Brooklyn College Conservatory, Eastern Michigan University and an Artist Diploma in Opera Studies from the Hannover Opera Studio in Germany.
"With a voice such as yours, you can do anything." Alberta Masiello
" ... her dramatic gifts were revealed in her performance of Bella mia fiamma."
Hannover Allgemein, Hannover, Germany
" Maria Fattore's tour de force [as Anne Sexton] provided the fulcrum for an ensemble pitched to wrench emotional poignancy from the Sexton fairy tales."
The Village Voice, NYC
" ... a singer with a marvelous voice... Maria Fattore was wonderfully saucy and impetuous as the flirting Musetta."
The Record Eagle, Traverse City , Michigan
"... few of the other singers measured up to Maria Fattore's superb Eurydice."