Last update: March 2016

A winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Ms. Magisano recently performed the role of CONTESSA in Le Nozze di Figaro with Nickel City Opera. Prior to this Ms. Magisano sang the role of KITTY HART in Dead Man Walking with L'Opéra de Montréal; MIMI in La Bohème with Nickel City Opera; MICAËLA in The Green Mountain Opera Festival's Carmen ; LIÙ in Turandot with Opera Lyra Ottawa; BETH in the Canadian premier of Adamo's Little Women with Calgary Opera; MICAËLA in Vancouver Opera's Carmen; and SUSANNA in Le Nozze di Figaro with Opera Lyra Ottawa. She made her debut with The New York City Opera in 2001 as ZERLINA in Don Giovanni, a role she reprised with NYCO (2002), Vancouver Opera (2000) and Opera Columbus (2004). Ms. Magisano sang the title role in Thomas' Mignon in an "Opera in Concert" with Opera Lyra Ottawa (2007); and covered the role of FIDELIA in Puccini's Edgar with The Opera Orchestra of New York (2008).

Other career highlights include: SUSANNA in Le Nozze di Figaro with Vancouver Opera (2001), DESPINA in Cosi Fan Tutte with Arizona Opera (2005), GRETEL in Hansel & Gretel with Calgary Opera (2002), ROSINA in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Lyra Ottawa (2006), The Green Mountain Opera Festival (2006), The Buffalo Philharmonic (2005), The Aspen Opera Theater and Opera Saskatchewan (2003). In 2016 Ms. Magisano will return to Nickel City Opera (NY, USA) to sing the role of IDA MCKINLEY in the world premier of the opera Shot by Persis Vehar and in 2017 she will perform the role of LIÙ in Turandot with Calgary Opera.

An active concert soloist, Ms. Magisano has performed with various musical organizations, namely The Vancouver Recital Society, The Ottawa Chamber Music Society, I Musici de Montréal, The CBC - McGill Concert Series, The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CBC Radio), The Almonte and District Arts Council Performing Arts Series (CBC Radio), The André Turp Society, The Lachine Festival, Les Concerts populaires de Montréal, Mad River Valley Chorale in Vermont, The Vancouver Women's Musical Society, and The Music and Beyond Festival in Ottawa. She also took part in the inaugural gala concert for Opera Piccola in Montréal. Equally comfortable in contemporary vocal repertoire, Ms. Magisano has premiered and recorded the Canadian work of Imant Raminsh entitled "What voices in unknown tongues" with The Vancouver Chamber Choir - Earth Chants (recorded under the CBC Records label), as well as In Limine by Linda Nessel with The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Magnificat by Rupert Lang with Diane Loomer and the Chor Leoni Male Choir (recorded under the Skylark Records Label). Ms. Magisano is the proud recipient of several prestigious awards, namely The Metropolitan Opera Education Fund, The Canada Council for the Arts, Le Conseil des arts et des letters du Quebec and The Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation. Ms. Magisano received her musical training in Montreal at McGill University (Voice Performance), graduating with a Bachelor of Music. She then completed a year of intense study in the Artist's Diploma program at McGill University before she joined The Vancouver Opera's Young Artist Ensemble. This was followed by vocal studies at The Juilliard Opera Center in New York City and The Opera Studio at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Italy. Festival performances include Tanglewood Festival, Aldeburgh Festival & Britten Pears School, Aspen Music Festival, and the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival. Fluent in Italian, English and French, she has performed in many venues and continues to carry out her artistic activities throughout North America and Europe.

Watch Mariateresa's selected arias

"Si, mi chiamano ..." Mimi in La Bohème

"Dove sono..." Contessa in Le Nozze Di Figaro

Listen to Mariateresa's Audio

"Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante" Micaëla in Carmen