maria cristina keightley
"Maria Cristina Keightley sang attractively" - New York Times

Maria Cristina Keightley, soprano, graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, after completing her doctorate in Molecular Biology at Monash University. After winning a number of awards at local competitions Ms. Keightley studied abroad in Italy and the United States where she was a finalist in the Palm Beach Opera and New York Vocal Artists Competitions.

Ms. Keightley was a two-time recipient of scholarships enabling her to perform with the acclaimed Aspen Opera Theatre Center in Colorado where she appeared in “Suor Angelica” and “Dialogues of the Carmelites” under the respective batons of Julius Rudel and James Conlon, and performed the world premiere of "Still Song" by Joshua Kleinfeld.

A fine interpreter of the classical song and oratorio literature, Ms. Keightley is also in great demand for concert appearances and performed in Carlos Castañeda, Jr.'s world premiere and moving September 11 tribute "I Should Be Speechless" with One World Symphony. In New York she made her successful debut at Carnegie Hall, and in Italy appeared in concert with Maestra Enza Ferrari and colleagues. Moreover, Ms. Keightley has performed in Houston, Pittsburgh, Aspen, New Jersey and Denver as well as Melbourne.

Fresh from her sparkling debut as Hanna, the title role in “The Merry Widow” in New York, Ms. Keightley reprised the role for Melbourne Opera, and has performed in concert with the Nicholas Chamber Orchestra. Favourite operatic roles to date include Desdemona (Otello), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Mimi (La Boheme), Fiordiligi (Cosi Fan Tutte), Maddalena (Andrea!Chenier), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Ilia (Idomeneo), Adina (L'Elisir D'Amore), and Euridice (Orfeo ed Euridice).

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