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Described as a real mezzo soprano, Maria Zoi is praised by critics for her versatility, wide vocal range and unique voice timbre. Originally coming from Greece she is pursuing an international operatic career based in London.

Recent performance credits include Angelina (excerpts from La Cenerentola) with the Metropolitan Opera Guild, New York; Musetta (Leoncavallo - La Bohème) with Teatro Grattacielo New York; Carmen (excerpts from Carmen) Opera Florham New Jersey and Kindertotenlieder by Gustav Mahler at New York University. Previously, she compellingly portrayed other roles with the Greek National Opera (Flora Bervoix - La Traviata and Apparition - Macbeth) and in various productions in Germany and Austria.

On the concert platform Ms Zoi has performed in several distinguished venues worldwide including: Gasteig, Munich; Kongresshalle, Nuremberg; Ancient Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Athens; Ephesus Ancient Theater, Turkey; Concert Hall (Aula) of Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich; Greek National Opera; Megaron/Athens Concert Hall; Royal Theatre of Thessaloniki; Vienna City Hall; Concert Hall Baden am Wien; Auditorium Pedrotti Pesaro, Italy; Lincoln Center - Rose Building Auditorium, New York; National Opera America Center, New York; Hebrew Union College, New York among others. She has performed as a soloist with the Nuernberger Symphoniker and with several important symphony orchestras of Greece (City of Athens Symphony Orchestra, State Orchestra of Thessaloniki, City of Thessaloniki Sympnony Orchestra). Her career also encompasses Lied and Chamber Music, including performances with Kammerorchester Orpheus Wien, Polytropon Ensemble and Chamber Music Hellas USA

 

In 2019 Ms Zoi won third prize in the Edward M. Murray International Opera Competition of Opera Ithaca, New York. She has also been awarded a scholarship for the Bayreuth Festival from the Richard Wagner Association of the city of Duesseldorf. In January 2019, Maestro Jose Carreras selected her amongst many talented young opera singers from all over the world as one of the few Finalists who sang alongside him at the final concert of his annual Masterclass at Auditorium Pedrotti in Pesaro. In an interview with Il Resto del Carlino newspaper Maestro Carreras expressed his conviction that she will have a promising operatic career.

Ms Zoi holds a Doctorate equivalent Meisterklasse Gesang in Classical Singing from the University of Music and Performing Arts of Munich. From 2016-2019 she moved to New York to pursue her artistic development on Bel Canto under the Met Opera bass Dimitri Kavrakos. Further refinement was achieved by interacting with world famous operatic experts including tenor Neil Shicoff, conductor/coach Daniel Beckwith, stage director Marc Verzatt and soprano Adina Nitescu. During the pandemic she further improved her interpretation skills by working with highly regarded Spanish conductor/pianist Ricardo Estrada.

 

Before committing to her operatic career, Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis discovered Ms Zoi's natural vocal gift at the age of fifteen. She took part in numerous concerts and recordings interpreting works by Theodorakis and was regarded as one of the most authentic interpreters of his music and one of Greece's greatest voices according to press accounts.

 

Besides Music, Ms Zoi has also studied Communication & Mass Media at the National University of Athens. In 2019 she founded Atelier d'Excellence (AdE) (www.atelierdexcellence.org), an online career consulting and empowerment platform for emerging opera singers which provides them with an extensive support network of renowned operatic figures.