Piano Concerts Series
About the Musicians
Soprano Maria Ferrante
maintains a full schedule of performances on both the local and
international stage. Her name has become familiar to audiences world
over. A winner of the Mario Lanza Voice Competition, she has been
acclaimed by the Washington Post and the Boston Phoenix. Richard Dyer
of The Boston Globe has called her “a true singing actress… Maria
Ferrante broke my heart last night.” Maria's performances have
delighted audiences from New York to the Virgin Islands, Prague, Japan
and London as well as in local venues like Jordan Hall and Sanders
Theater. Some of her many operatic roles include Cio-Cio-San (‘Madama
Butterfly'), Desdemona ('Otello'), Liu ('Turandot'), Violetta ('La
Traviata'), Despina ('Cosi Fan Tutte'), Barbarina ('Marriage of
Figaro'), Pamina ('Die Zauberflöte'), and Gretel ('Hänsel und Gretel').
Maria appeared live on WGBH-TV in May 2003 as Sacerdotessa in Verdi’s Aida. She was invited to commemorate The Goethe Institute of Boston’s gala 250th Birthday Celebration with Xavier de Maistre, solo harpist with the Vienna Philharmonic. Ms. Ferrante has recorded for Naxos, Albany and AFKA labels and also has four solo CDs to her credit, including Christmas Memories, Best Kept Secrets and Sea Tides and Time, which received a rave review from the Boston Herald: "[Ms. Ferrante] known for her lilting soprano voice and probing mind…brings a supple and colorful approach to a broad variety of repertoire.” The Boston Globe said: “Superb”. Maria has appeared with The Mohawk Trial Concerts, the Boston Ballet and the New England String Ensemble, The Ensemble for the Romantic Century (NYC), The Charleston Orchestra, The Delaware Symphony Orchestra, The Enid Symphony Orchestra (Oklahoma), The Florida Northwest Symphony, The Queens symphony Orchestra, The Concert Society Chamber Orchestra (Connecticut), The Lane Concert Series, (Vermont), The Great Waters Music Festival (New Hampshire), The Newell Concert Series, ( Florida), The Shakespeare Concerts (Boston/Prague) and The National Museum of Women in The Arts (Washington DC).
Ferrante’s extraordinary voice was not discovered until she sang in a voice class at Temple University. "The professor asked if anyone in the class knew how to sing Schumann's song cycle, 'Dichterliebe,'?” She remembers, "No one in class would sing it. I said I knew it and sang one of the songs, 'Ich Grolle Nicht'. When I finished, the room was quiet. And then everyone said 'You should sing!'” She took the suggestion seriously and began studying voice with one of the great tenors of the century - Franco Corelli - and his wife, Loretta Corelli. Later she studied with such noted teachers in Boston as Phyllis Curtin and Sharon Daniels. She also received lessons from the renowned soprano, Elly Ameling. In 2007 she continued her studies in Beijing to discover aspects of bel canto with master teacher, Jiang Jou. Herself an engaging, enthusiastic teacher and coach, Maria has taught Vocal Master Classes throughout and New England and New York and offers unique and personalized strategies for her students.