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Maria Billeri is an Italian soprano born in Pisa. She obtained her diploma very young at the “Conservatorio Frescobaldi” of Ferrara. Afterwards she stands out in her Music Master in lyrical-theatrical singing, where she graduated with first-class honours at the “Istituto Musicale Mascagni”, in Livorno.
Maria wins important international and national contests, such as "Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition" in Philadelphia. After the victory obtained at the AS.LI.CO's contest of Milano, she debuts as Mimì in La Bohème of Puccini, and she performs at the theaters of Bergamo, Cremona, Brescia and Como.
Very soon, the roles of Amelia in Simon Boccanegra of Verdi, of Micaela in Carmen of Bizet and Adalgisa in Norma of Bellini, will be added to her repertoire.
Maria international debut occurred at the “Státní Opera” of Prague in 1998 with Elisabetta di Valois in Don Carlos by Verdi. She obtains an important success with the role of Prima Corifea in Assassinio nella Cattedrale by Pizzetti, at the Theater Regio of Torino in 2000. To follow there will be many debuts: Giorgetta in Il Tabarro, Tosca, Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly, Leonora in Il Trovatore, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana.
In 2009 she reinterprets Norma, but this time as starring role, at the Theater Verdi of Pisa, and at the Theater Sociale of Como, in a production that will last until the beginning of 2010.
2010 is still the year of her great success for the interpretation of the title role in Medea by Luigi Cherubini, at the theaters of the Circuito Lombardo.
In the summer of 2011 he made his debut as Abigaille in Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi at the 89th Festival of the Arena di Verona, resumption of the historical Opera production of 1991.
In October 2011 she is going to be again Norma at the Teatro Verdi of Sassari.
In May 2012 she returns to the Theater Regio of Torino after twelve years to interpret even the druidical priestess. Again in 2012, she debuted Elvira in Ernani, in the successful production of the Circuito Lirico Lombardo.
In 2013, for the occurrence of the bicentenary of Verdi’s birth, Maria will interpret Abigaille in Nabucco for three productions: in Palermo, Avenches and Bologna. In 2013 she will also debut as Aida at the Theater Municipal of Sao Paulo and as Maria in Maria de Rundenz of Gaetano Donizetti in Bergamo, where she received great appreciations both from the public and from the national and international critics.
Maria Billeri sings for the festivities for the 200th birthday of Giuseppe Verdi singing in concert the II act of Aida at the Theater Regio di Parma.

Maria debuted the fearsome role of Turandot by Puccini in Cagliari in the summer of 2014. She repeated the role in February 2015 in Novara and at Baths of Caracalla.
In 2015 he sings Norma at Gran Theater La Fenice of Venezia and Abigaille in Nabucco at Theater Pavarotti of Modena and at Theater Pergolesi of Jesi.
Maria sings for the first time at Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari in October 2016, again playing Turandot.

Maria is busy with many concerts and collaborates with the orchestras and the choirs of the RAI in Torino, Roma and Milano, as well as with the orchestra and choir of “I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano” and with the orchestra “Arturo Toscanini” of Parma, under the baton of Vladimir Delman, Tiziano Severini, Daniel Nazareth, Frank Shipway, Daniele Callegari, Corrado Rovaris, Bruno Casoni and others.
Maria’s chamber, symphonic and sacred repertoire ranges from the Baroque period to the XXth century. Important contributions have been  Petite Messe Solennelle by Gioacchino Rossini, La Confederazione dei Sabini con Roma by Giacomo Puccini senior, Gioas Re di Giuda by Luigi Boccherini, Cantate BWV 30, BWV 149 and Weihnachts Oratorium by Johan sebastian Bach. Also, Oratorio San Giovanni Battista by Dino Menichetti, Stabat Mater by Giovan Battista Pergolesi, Te Deum by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Oratorio Agostino d’Ippona by Marco Bargagna (first ever performance), Responsori e Messa di Requiem by Francesco Maria Gherardeschi, Davide Penitente by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Fantasia corale op. 80 of Beethoven, Messa di Requiem of Giuseppe Verdi, and Album 1914 of Alberto Savinio.
Maria worked with important cundoctors such as Vladimir Delman, Tiziano Severini, Daniel Nazareth, Frank Shipway, Daniele Callegari, Corrado Rovaris, Bruno Casoni, Stefano Ranzani, Daniel Oren, Antonello Allemandi, Stefano Pellegrino, Alessandro Pinzauti, Daniele Rustioni, Antonio Pirolli, Julian Kovatchev, Sergio Alapont, Michele Mariotti, Renato Palumbo, Bruno Bartoletti, Nir Kabaretti, John Neschling, Sebastiano Rolli, Francesco Ivan Ciampa, Giampaolo Bisanti, Matteo Beltrami,  Gaetano D'Espinosa, Juraj Valčhua, Carlo Donadio, Aldo Sisillo  and with directors such as Beppe De Tommasi, Nanni Garella, Luc Bondy, Sylvano Bussotti, Xavier Albertì, Josè Carlos Plaza, Pier Paolo Pacini, Jonathan Miller, John Cox, Mauro Avogadro, Massimo Pezzutti, Massimo Scaglione, Mario Pontiggia, Carmelo Rifici, Giancarlo De Bosio, Marco Carminati, Marco Gandini, Andrea Cigni, Francesco Bellotto, Yoshi Oida, Pierfrancesco Maestrini, Mercedes Martini, Kara Walker, Denis Krief, Stefano Monti.
Maria also has an extensive chamber music repertoire incuding authors such as Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, Ildebrando Pizzetti, Franz  Liszt, Gabriel Fauré, Pier Paolo Tosti, Nicola Vaccaj, Darius Milhaud, Claude Debussy, Claudio Monteverdi, Filippo Maria Gherardeschi, Johannes Brahms, Luigi Cherubini, Richard Wagner, Alberto Savinio, Manuel De Falla, Igor Strawinskij.

May, 2017

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