Trained at Laban (Trinity Laban), Maria began her career as a dancer; she has worked for The Royal Opera, Covent Garden and English National Opera at the London Coliseum, where she performed every season for 18 years in productions directed by many leading directors and eminent figures such as David Alden, Sir Jonathan Miller, Sir David Pountney,  Deborah Warner CBE and Keith Warner.

As movement director and choreographer she has worked with various companies including Opera Circus, Palace Opera, European Chamber Opera, English Touring Opera, Floral Opera and Abbey Opera.  For Birkbeck Opera, she created work for semi-staged concerts and fully-staged performances in collaboration with directors Mike Ashman, Stuart Barker, Nina Brazier, Caroline Gawn, Richard Gregson, Seb Harcombe, Mark Hathaway, Tom Hawkes,  Tim Hopkins, Michael Hunt, Shirley Keane, Michael Moxham, John Ramster, Steven Stead and Andrew Wickes.  

 

Working closely with the multi-award winning director Michael Hunt, she was his associate director and choreographer for the Al Jazeera production, 'Fafa Saves the Forest', in Doha,Qatar, also choreographer for 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe', TUZ  Theatre Company, Russia, and  movement director for the play 'Picasso' at The Playground Theatre, London. 

 

Alongside director Michael Moxham she co-directed and created the movement for composer Bushra El-Turk's and librettist Eleanor Knight's new opera 'Silk Moth'.  

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Photo: Kathryn Chapman

Maria directed and choreographed the highly acclaimed new movement-based opera  'Woman at Point Zero', devised in collaboration with composer Bushra El-Turk, librettist, playwright and poet Sabrina Mahfouz, singer Merit Stephanos and the musicians of Ensemble Zar.  Supported mainly by the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden,  Shubbak Festival and Snape Maltings.

Early in her career she retrained in opera and went on to sing in concert and a range of principal soprano roles at venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Purcell Room, Leighton House, Conway Hall, Donmar Warehouse, the Royal Overseas League,  Sadler's Wells and stately homes in the UK.  

 

Two movement-based operas have been written for her,  firstly the acclaimed 'El Tigre' by BAFTA award-winning composer Ben Bartlett, directed/choreographed by Caroline Pope, and 'The Conference of the Birds' by Dirk Campbell, directed/choreographed by Darlene Stevens, both pieces led by conductor Charles Hazelwood with the EOS orchestra.  

 

Maria has led workshops using  body, voice and sound integration for singers, actors, dancers and musicians at the

Royal Opera House, English National Opera, British Youth Opera and the National Opera Studio amongst others in the UK and internationally.