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.Her performing credits include The Countess (The Marriage of Figaro), First Lady (The Magic Flute), Leonora (Il Trovatore), Mimi (La Boheme), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Tosca (Tosca), Frasquita (Carmen), Violetta (La Traviata), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte), The High Priestess (Aida), Giannetta (L'Elisir d'Amore), Lauretta (Gianni Schicci), Marzelline (Fidelio), The Voice of 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, Liu, Serena, and Leonora di Vargas.
Miss Freeman received her Masters of Music 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 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 Magazine. She performed the Bach Magnificat, St. Matthew's Passion, and Haydn's Seven Last Words of Christ, with the New England Conservatory Chorus and Boston Symphony Orchestra, at Symphony Hall under the baton of Maestro Seiji Ozawa. Miss Freeman has worked with such notable coaches and singers as 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, Christopher Cooley, Bill Lewis, and James Davis Jr.
Born in Suffolk, Virginia and raised in Washington, DC, Miss Freeman sang with various youth groups as a child, including the DC All City Youth Choral Festival under the direction of Ms. Yvette Holt and Ms. Judith Grove at Constitution Hall; and the DC Youth Chorale, under the direction of Mr. Edward Jackson. Her grandmother on her fathers side, Ms. Fannie Freeman, was a spinto soprano for many years at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Suffolk, Virginia and had a great town following. Miss Freeman attributes her vocal inheritance to her grandmother.
Miss Freeman graduated from Duke Ellington School of the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, where she began her initial voice training with Ms. Dorothy Dash and Ms. Monica Otal.She was soprano soloist with the Duke Ellington Concert Choir and Chamber Singers under the direction of Edward Jackson and Salone Cleary. Her musical theatre credits include her work with Ellington Founder Mike Malone in "Putting on the Mask", "Magic and Lions", and "Singin' and Shoutin'" for Street Theater's Workshops for Careers in the Arts. Miss Freeman currently resides in New York City and is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota.