Maria Antoinette Freeman "...a Countess of dignified bearing..." Steve Smith, The New York Times
Maria Freeman continues to enjoy an active career as an opera singer, a concert recitalist, and a soprano soloist. Performance highlights includesoprano soloist with Abyssinian Baptist Church Cathedral Choir, New York, NY; Mimi (La Boheme), and First Lady (The Magic Flute) with Amore Opera's Connelly Theatre, New York, NY, and private concerts and recitals in the New York Tri-State Area. Miss Freeman’s performing credits include The Countess (The Marriage of Figaro), First Lady (The Magic Flute), Leonora (Il Trovatore), Mimi (La Boheme), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), the title role of Tosca, Frasquita (Carmen), Violetta (La Traviata), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte), The High Priestess (Aida), Giannetta (L'Elisir d'Amore), Lauretta (Gianni Schicci), Marzelline (Fidelio), Antonia's Mother (The Tales of Hoffmann), Echo (Ariadne auf Naxos), Maritza (The Merry Widow), Desdemona (Otello), Sally (Die Fledermaus), Alisa (Lucia di Lammermoor) and Ninfa III in (Monteverdi's Orfeo). Miss Freeman has also performed in Ahmal and the Night Visitors, HMS Pinafore, Cavalliera Rusticana, Pagliacci, Madama Butterfly, La Forza del Destino, Rigoletto, and Un Ballo in Maschera. Roles in preparation include Aida, Cio-Cio San and Leonora di Vargas.
Miss Freeman received her Masters of Music Degree from Manhattan School of Music where she completed her voice studies with Charles Bressler. She performed opera with Manhattan School of Music Opera Workshop and with Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater including the premiere performance of Haydn’s La Primiata Fideltá. Miss Freeman has trained at such recognized vocal programs as the Blossom Music Festival and Tanglewood Music Festival. She made her Carnegie Hall debut as soprano soloist in Verdi's Requiem with Voices Saint Paulia and Symphony Saint Paulia.
Miss Freeman received her Bachelors of Music Degree from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where she completed her voice studies with Geraldine Martin. While at New England she was soprano soloist and recording artist with the Conservatory Chorus, the Concert Choir, the Tour Chorus, and the Chamber Singers under the baton of Lorna Cooke DeVaron. She wasa featured artist in Raytheon's Company Magazine of NEC. She performed the Bach Magnificat, the St. Matthew's Passion, and Haydn's Seven Last Words of Christ, with the New England Conservatory Chorus and Boston Symphony Orchestra annual concerts under the baton of Maestro Seiji Ozawa at Boston's Symphony Hall. Miss Freeman has worked with Lauren Flanigan, Bill Neill, Craig Rutenberg, Scott Barnes, Martin Katz, Stephen Lord, Philip Highfill, Margo Garrett, Marlena Malas, Jay Lesenger, Janet Bookspan, Tal Fountleroy, Joanna Levy, Zehava Gal, Andrew Frierson, Terri Decima, Earl Buys, Glenn Morton, Jonathan Faiman, Tamara Cashour, Sidney Wright, David Rebhun, Eleanor Steber, Gerald Souzay, Phyllis Curtain, Hans Hotter, Tony Amato, Edward Jackson, Marcello Garofalo, Kurt Masur, Julius Williams, Noel DaCosta and James Davis Jr.
Born in Suffolk, Virginia and raised in Washington, DC, Miss Freeman performed with various youth groups as a child, including singing with the DC All City Youth Choral Festival under the direction of Ms. Yvette Holt and Ms. Judith Grove at Constitution Hall; and playing flute in the DC Youth Orchestra's Elementary Band. Raised in a family that sang, both her parents sang in choirs and in the Virginia All State Chorus. Her grandmother, Ms. Fannie Freeman, was a spinto soprano for many years at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Suffolk, Virginia and had a huge town following as soprano soloist. Miss Freeman attributes her vocal inheritance to her.
Miss Freeman's continual love for music led to her acceptance at the Duke Ellington School of the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, where she majored in vocal and instrumental music. At Duke Ellington, Miss Freeman began her initial voice training with Ms. Dorothy Dash and Ms. Monica Otal. She studied sight-singing, music theory, 24 Italian Art Songs and Arias, Porgy and Bess, Negro Spirituals, and music by African-American, American, German, Italian, and French composers. Her senior recital encompassed music by Debussy, Mozart, Gershwin, and Scarlatti. She was soprano soloist with the Duke Ellington Concert Choir, the Duke Ellington Chamber Singers, and the DC Youth Chorale under the direction of Edward Jackson. Her musical theatre credits include Putting on the Mask, Magic and Lions, and Singin' and Shoutin' with Mike Malone's Street Theater and Workshops for Careers in the Arts, and with Laverne Reed's Christmas Show at Howard Theatre.Miss Freeman currently resides in New York City and is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity.