Artist Affiliate: Vocal Instructor
”As Ali’s mother Odessa, Maria Clark was the most natural actor in the production. Clark wandered in and out of the evening Ali and Miller spent together, humming two lines of a spiritual to restore normality to scenes that sometimes drifted between memories. She also had some of the best lines in the libretto, which Miller co-wrote with Pulitzer Prize-winner Mark Campbell. Entering stage as she held a crock between potholders, she ended a meditation on fate by Ali and Miller with “Everything happens for a reason… including this chili." It was a classic sitcom moment.”
-Chris Vitiello – Indy Week, February 02, 2015
SOPRANO MARIA CLARK AN "ARTISTIC AND VOCAL TRIUMPH" AS FIRST PRIZE WINNER IN 2008 BARRY ALEXANDER INTERNATIONAL VOCAL COMPETITON
New York, February 4, 2008 — With a voice judges described as "dazzling" and "richly expressive," soprano Maria Clark performed on the stage of Carnegie Hall last Sunday afternoon as First Prize Winner of the 2008 Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition. "One seldom finds a voice capable of such beauty across a variety of idioms," said Cosmo Buono, Executive Director. "A voice this much at home in opera, lieder and spirituals is very rare. She is truly, both artistically and vocally, a triumph."
Soprano, Maria Clark, has been acclaimed for her virtuosic skills of expressive singing across the idioms of Opera, Oratorio, and Art Song, and has been critiqued as possessing “The Voice of An Angel”. She has performed with opera companies such as Atlanta Opera, North Carolina Opera, Knoxville Opera, and L’Opera Comique and has performed symphonic works with Dekalb Symphony, Ludwig Symphony, Georgia Philharmonic, and Fosbo - Fundación Orquesta Sinfónica de Bogotá.
She appeared with the Irene Harrower Opera Workshop, and performed the role of The Countess in The Marriage of Figaro and Annina in the Saint of Bleeker Street. Ms. Clark has also performed with GA State University’s production of Tales of Hoffman while playing the role of Antonia, and has performed Violetta, in their production of La Traviata and appeared with the ensemble of Atlanta Opera in its 2005 production of Carmen. Ms. Clark also participated in Atlanta Opera and Opera Comique’s 2008 collaborative production of Porgy and Bess that toured in France, Spain, and Luxembourg, while singing the role of Strawberry Woman. Maria’s impressive rendition of the role of Strawberry Woman then earned her the offer of covering the role of Bess, in the Atlanta Opera’s main stage 2011 production of Porgy and Bess, and performing the role of Bess in Atlanta Opera’s abridged version which was produced for the Atlanta Opera Outreach School productions.
Maria was honored to recently make her debut with FOSBO-Fundación Orquesta Sinfónica de Bogotá Colombia and was sought out to sing the Bennett arrangement of Gershwin’s concert version of Porgy and Bess. She has also made a musical appearance in Tyler Perry’s critically acclaimed movie, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.
Maria Clark has been no stranger to the competitive stage as well. She was a first prize winner in the Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition of 2008 and as a result made a Carnegie Hall/Weill Recital Hall Debut in New York City in year 2008. She is also the Oxnard Gold Medalist winner in the 2004 American Traditions Competition held at the Savannah Music Festival, is a past winner in the West Palm Beach Opera Competition and NATS vocal competitions, and is a past finalist in both the Mobile Opera, and D’Angelo Vocal Competitions.
Maria is also highly active on the concert stage. Performances with the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, for the yearly Martin Luther King Celebration with the Ludwig and Dekalb Symphony Orchestras, and as a guest recitalist at Ga Perimeter College, Morehouse College, and on faculty recitals at Ga College and State University. She has also performed on numerous concerts and recitals throughout the city of Atlanta, and has performed a recital concert tour throughout Asheville North Carolina. Knoxville Opera booked Maria to sing on their annual Opera Goes to Church program which was aired on the PBS network in Tennessee. Maria has also appeared as an opera singer and dancer in Tyer Perry’s hit movie “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow is Enuf”. Additionally she has graced the concert stage of Atlanta Opera projects with making appearances on their Opera with Edge series to help introduce their upcoming seasons, and has performed on numerous fundraiser events to promote the Atlanta Opera organization. Maria Clark completed her Bachelor’s Studies at Manhattan School of Music and Master’s Studies at Georgia State University. You can view additional information on Maria’s upcoming projects and engagements, and musical recordings, by periodically visiting www.mariaclarksings.com.