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Performer Bio


Maria Mannisto

Maria Mannisto

Finnish-American soprano Maria Mannisto has an extensive performing history as an opera singer, concert soloist, pianist, and organist. She received her M.M. in voice performance from the University of Washington, studying under renowned soprano Jane Eaglen. Her "lovely and pure soprano", impeccable pitch, and skill at learning difficult works have made Maria a sought-after performer of new music in the Seattle area. Recent solo engagements include Messiah with the Tacoma Symphony, The Nutcracker and Carmina Burana with Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Khoom by Giacinto Scelsi with The Seattle Symphony and members of the International Contemporary Ensemble. Maria has also performed as soloist in contemporary works by Michel van der Aa (In Circles), Wayne Horvitz (Smokestack Arias) Steve Reich (Proverb), David Lang (The Little Match Girl Passion), George Crumb (Night Music I and Madrigals), Arnold Schoenberg (Pierrot lunaire), and Luciano Berio (Circles). In 2007, Maria was awarded the Finlandia Foundation Performer of the Year, which provided her the opportunity to perform recitals around the United States, Canada, and Finland. She was a finalist in the 2010 Kangasniemi Song Competition in Kangasniemi, Finland. She is the primary organist at the Finnish Lutheran Church, and also directs the Finnish Choral Society and Swedish Womens' Chorus.


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