|Hailed for her “rich sound and sensitive phrasing”
(New York Times), soprano Marie Mascari is known for her rare combination
of utter fearlessness and charismatic charm on the stage. From opera
to the concert stage to cabaret, her performances are notable for her sparkling
presence, superb acting skills, and remarkable heartfelt musicality.
After a colleague fell ill, Ms. Mascari astonished audience and musicians alike by learning in one day the role of Eve in Haydn’s Creation, making her Carnegie Hall debut to critical acclaim with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Other solo credits include Mozart concert arias with the Indianapolis Philharmonic and Strauss’ Feuersnot at Carnegie Hall with the American Symphony Orchestra. Also, the Poulenc Gloria, Monteverdi Vespers, Handel’s Messiah, the Haydn Lord Nelson Mass, and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the New York City Ballet.
Opera credits include Valetto and Fortuna in Coronation of Poppea, Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Nannetta in Falstaff, and Adele in Die Fledermaus, Lillian Russell in The Mother of Us All, with such companies as Wolf Trap Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Omnia, and New York City Opera. Additionally, she premiered highlights from The Rise and Fall of the First World, an opera in English and Portuguese by composer Michael Kowalski, with the Post Industrial Players.
Equally comfortable with classical and contemporary music, Ms. Mascari was featured in the Lincoln Center Festival’s premiere of Phillip Glass’ opera White Raven, as well as the premiere of Glass and Robert Wilson’s collaboration, Monsters of Grace, which also toured extensively throughout the US and Europe. National and international tours with the Phillip Glass Ensemble, include Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, La Belle et La Bête, Shorts, and Anima Mundi.
Proof that good things do indeed come in small packages, Marie Mascari has been the recipient of a Richard F. Gold Career Grant, MacAllister Award semi-finalist, as well as a Metropolitan Opera Regional finalist. Upcoming engagements include Purcell’s Dido and Aenaeas with the Mark Morris Dance Group at BAM, La Belle et La Bête at Town Hall in New York City and LA Opera, and Dvořák’s Dmitrij as part of Bard Summerscape.