Maria Pellegrini, Soprano

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"Thursday night I heard what I can only describe as 'the total Cio-Cio-San'...Miss Pellegrini looks the part of the petite Cio-Cio-San, she acts the role to perfection, and the voice meets the challenge of the soaring Puccinian line. TO FALL BACK on that cliche of cliches, Maria Pellegrini IS Cio-Cio-San. She pulls us into the spirit of this bewitching, childlike, most beloved of Oriental heroines. Most of all she, conveys so poignantly the absolute vulnerability of the dainty geisha. Combine this with a voice that soars to the climactic high D flat (on her first act entrance) that still thrills with just the memory of it, and some idea is gathered of Miss Pellegrini's entrancing Cio-Cio-San." -  The Oregonian

Maria Pellegrini is one of the world's brightest stars. She enjoys a brilliant career which has taken her to the leading opera houses and concert halls of Europe, Great Britain, Canada, United States, Asia, and the Caribbean including Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, Royal Albert Hall, Welsh National Opera, English National Opera, Scottish Opera, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro Felice di Genoa, Teatro Regio di Parma, Teatro Giuseppe Verdi di Trieste, Teatro Massimo di Catania, Taormina, Teatro Massimo di Palermo, New York City Opera, New Jersey State Opera, Baltimore Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Vancouver Opera, L'Opera de Montreal, Teatro del' Opera di Santo Domingo, Taipei Opera Festival among many others. She has performed with leading orchestras including BBC Symphony, Royal Opera House Orch, London Philharmonic Orch, Cincinnati Symphony Orch, Montreal Symphony, National Arts Centre Orch etc...

Upcoming engagements in 2002-03 include gala concerts with l’Orchestra Sinfonica di Lecce in Italy and the Princeton Symphony in Palm Beach USA. Further appearances in Italy include Madama Butterfly and Gala for the opening a new opera house in her native town of Pescara Italy. Recent engagements in 2001-02 included Gala Concerts at Dvorak Theatre in Czech Republic and concerts with Italian Philharmonic Orchestra in Toronto.  In October she gave performances of Traviata in Poland for the Teatr Weilki as well as concerts in Warsaw and Poznan where critics wrote, “ a star turn as Violetta”...”she sang memorable arias in her rich and warm soprano voice” Warsaw Voice Oct 2001.

 October 2002

 Photograph by Lois Siegel