“Maariana Vikse gave a lovely performance as Melissa.” Allan Kozinn, The New York Times
American Mezzo-Soprano Maariana Vikse most recent performed the title roll of Carmen with New York City Opera's special concerts in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Other recent performances include The Fall Gala and the performance of Duenna in Cyrano with Opera Caroline, Meg Page in Falstaff with Opera Delaware and Tigrana in Puccini's Edgar with Baltimore Concert Opera. She made her debut of Carmen with the Teatropera Festival Opera Company in Tolentino, Italy and while there she also sang arias and duets, including selections from Samson et Dalila, for Fiorenza Cossotto's 80th birthday. Ms. Vikse's other most recent performances include singing Mozart's Missa Brevis and Handel's Messiah, performed at the Cathedral in Orveito, Italy for Italian Television. In addition, she sang Pergolesi's Stabat Matter with the Narnia Arts Festival. She also participated in Comfort Ye, a NY Cares Fundraising concert organized by Lauren Flanigan, with
other performers including Metropolitan Opera singers Mark Delavan and Carl Tanner at Symphony Space in New York City. She has also performed with Opus Opera and New York Lyric Opera including concert versions of Rigoletto, Die Zauberflöte, and Les Contes d'Hoffmann. Other roles include Tessa in The Gondoliers, Melissa inPrincess Ida, Lady Angela in Patience, and Kate in The Pirates of Penzance, at many prestigious venues including City Center, the Mann Center, Wolf Trap and with the Buffalo Philharmonic with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players. She performed the role of Sally in Die Fledermaus with the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera. Ms. Vikse is an alumna of the Eastman School of Music and Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts.