Soprano Maria Lindsey enjoys a versatile operatic career focusing on classical and new works. Currently, she resides in New York City, performing as an ensemble member with The Metropolitan Opera, as well as collaborating on new music works, most notably The American Opera Project's workshop and premier of Letters You Will Not Get, by composer Kirsten Volness.
Lindsey began her professional career when she sang as a Santa Fe Apprentice Artist, covering Corypheé in Alceste and playing the part of Juliette from Roméo et Juliette in the popular SFO Apprentice Scenes. That same year she was contracted as the Soprano Soloist in Opera Omaha’s Voices in Residence program, singing the role of Barbarina in Opera Omaha’s Le nozze di Figaro and working as a resident artist with the company performing throughout the community.
Lindsey returned to Santa Fe as an Apprentice Artist for a second summer, covering Sardula in SFO's popular production of The Last Savage and performing “a winsome Semele” in the Apprentice Scenes’ rendition of Semele. Following her time as a Santa Fe Opera Apprentice, Lindsey was contracted as a Gerdine Young Artist at Opera Theatre of St. Louis. That summer she covered Micaëla in Carmen and played the Rat/Juror in the world premier of Alice in Wonderland.
Main operatic credits include performances as Zerlina in Opera Colorado’s production of Don Giovanni, singing Frasquita and covering Micaëla in Carmen with Opera Omaha, the lead role of Monica in The Medium with Opera Memphis and Julie in Carousel with Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis.
Along with her extensive operatic work, Lindsey has been an active concert and chamber singer. She has performed as a Soprano Soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Lloyd-Webber’s Requiem, Mozart’s C Minor Mass, Poulenc’s Gloria, Vivaldi's Gloria, and Mahler's 2nd Symphony, among others. She has participated in the esteemed Steans Music Institute at the Ravinia Music Festival. She performed in Havana, Cuba with The Ravinia Festival in a collaborative performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria at the Teatro Nacional, as well as an art song recital in the beautiful Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis. Lindsey has worked closely with the internationally-recognized composer Morten Lauridsen, performing a recital series of his art songs with baritone Jeremy Williams on the San Juan Islands, where Lauridsen currently lives and composes.
Additionally, Lindsey has been an International Semi-Finalist in the Polish National Opera - Warsaw’s prestigious and highly competitive International Stanislaw Moniuszko Competition, and was the second place regional winner in the Rocky Mountain Region of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Throughout her career, Lindsey has worked with such conductors as Scott Schoonover, Benjamin Makino, Ari Pelto, and Hal France, as well as directors Ned Canty, Ken Page, Kevin Newbury, and Lillian Groag. She has also worked with coaches such as Kevin Murphy, Diane Richardson, and Adam Nielsen, and has studied with Julie Simson, Patricia McCaffrey, Fred Carama, and Elizabeth Hynes.
Lindsey is also a member of the popular New York City-based ensemble, The Opera Cowgirls, most recently performing at BAM Cafe in Brooklyn in a performance by Opera America's New Works Forum and based on the exploration of folk music in new operatic works.