"One of the most hauntingly beautiful voices I have heard in years." - Seattle Times
Finnish-American soprano Maria Männistö delights in exploring the vast range of human expression through music, be it classical repertoire, demanding contemporary works, Scandinavian folk singing, or her own compositions. She has premiered numerous works, including Wayne Horvitz' Smokestack Arias at ACT Theatre and Garrett Fisher's Kocho at the Galapagos Art Space in New York. As soloist, she has appeared with Seattle Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet, EOS Kammeroper Köln, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, and Seattle Modern Orchestra. She recently performed excerpts from her monodrama HÄMÄRÄ at Helsinki Musiikkitalo as a part of the Suomi-Seura "Suomi 100 Maailmalla" concert. Maria has performed over 40 recitals worldwide, and has performed and recorded with Vlaams Radiokoor, Emerald Ensemble, Solaris, and The Tudor Choir. She serves as organist and music director at the Finnish Lutheran Church in Seattle, and performs frequently at Nordic events around the Pacific Northwest. She maintains a busy private voice and piano studio, and teaches yoga at various Seattle area yoga studios.