Maria Caughey, Mezzo-Soprano, is a versatile artist, performer and teacher who is especially noted for her rich, telling voice, musical sensitivity and expression and as a fearless performer. In the realm of opera, some of her favorite roles performed have been Hansel in “Hansel und Gretel”, the title role in “Cendrillon”, Komponist in “Ariadne auf Naxos”, Cherubino in “Le Nozze di Figaro”, Schwertleite in Die Walküre, La Principessa “Suor Angelica”, Zita in “Gianni Schicchi“, Rosina in”Il Barbiere Sivigilia” and The Beggar Woman and Pirelli in “Sweeney Todd”. She has performed with The Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, Intermezzo Opera, The Atlantic Opera Festival and at The Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, to name a few. Also at home as a concert artist, recent engagements include the Mezzo-Soprano Soloist in Verdi Requiem and Mozart Requiem. Her most recent performance on the East Coast was in the role of Flora in Annapolis Opera’s “La Traviata”. Maria has performed with Annapolis Opera also in the roles of Dritte Dame “Die Zauberflöte”, Peep-Po “The Mikado“, Gertrude in “Hansel and Gretel“(outreach) and Kate Pinkerton “Madama Butterfly”. Maria is currently working on a project with San Diego Opera through their outreach to promote Art Song from Latin American as well as for their Overture and Recital Series for their 2022-2023 season.
As an advocate for Music Education, one of her recital highlights was performing on a lecture series at the Kreeger Museum in Washington D.C. on Impressionism in Art and Music. Before moving to San Diego from Maryland, she taught Private Voice at Levine Music, a community based Conservatory in the Washington D.C./Metropolitan area. Maria was thrilled to be nominated for “Teacher of the Year” for Anne Arundel County Public Schools where she began her career as an Educator of General Music and Chorus(K-12). From 2012-2018 she was on the Faculty of Levine Music, a community based Conservatory in the Washington D.C./Metropolitan area teaching private voice, where her students won numerous Vocal Competitions and Voice Scholarships. Maria has also had extensive experience performing Opera Outreach in schools and for Youth Audiences in Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Maryland. Recently, she became involved with the Joy in Singing Foundation, based in NYC, which sponsors outreach recitals in Elementary Schools educating children about Art Song and Lieder. She will be inaugurating this wonderful program here in San Diego in 2023. Maria earned her Music Education degree from Frostburg State University and a G.P.D in Vocal Performance from Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University where she received a Merit Scholarship and the George Woodhead Prize. Maria continued her vocal training in Vienna, Austria and then 2018-2019 in Frankfurt, Germany.