Maria Vasilevskaya^

1st Witch

Russian soprano Maria Vasilevskaya praised for her “strong and resilient” performance (CITY Newspaper) will return to Palm Beach Opera as an Apprentice Artist in the 2021/2022 season. She will be singing First Witch and covering Belinda in Dido and Aeneas and will cover the role of Frasquita in Carmen. She will also perform the role of Sylviane in The Merry Widow.

Ms. Vasilevskaya previously appeared in Palm Beach Opera 2019/2020 season as Hansel in Hansel and Gretel and Rosina in The Barber of Seville. Summer 2021 Maria returned to Des Moines Metro Opera where she was a part of an Apprentice Artist Program, covering roles of Daphnis in Queen of Spades, Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd, and also participated in scenes program.

Ms. Vasilevskaya is a Seagle Festival alumna where she performed Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Myrtle Wilson in The Great Gatsby opera, and Madame Branislowsky in MAME. Her other roles include Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni at the Eastman Opera Theatre. There, Maria also participated in the revival of Ricky Ian Gordon’s opera The Tibetian Book of The Dead working with the composer himself.

Maria is a winner of the 2019 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Buffalo/Toronto District. The same year she received an encouragement award at the Great Lakes Regional Final and an encouragement award at the MONC Minnesota District in 2020. She is the First prize winner of the 2018 Friends of Eastman Opera Competition.

Besides operatic performance, Ms. Vasilevskaya enjoys performing concert repertoire. Her performances as a soloist include Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Bizet’s Carmen Suite, Songs and Dances of Death by Modest Mussorgsky, Kurt Weill’s Die Sieben Todsünden, Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Bach’s Cantatas with Eastman Philharmonia and Eastman School Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Vasilevskaya holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Art from Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan, summa cum laude (2017), and a Master of Music in Voice Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music (2019). During her studies at Eastman School of Music, she won Concerto Competition and Jury Award for an outstanding jury performance.