Maria José Badano has performed many operatic leading ladies, including the bravura title character in Handel’s Alcina. She is particularly known for her Mozart roles including La Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro), Servilia (La clemenza di Tito), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) and, most recently, Despina (Così fan tutte). Ms. Badano was invited to sing as a soloist in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Apollo’s Fire Young Artists Apprentices. She was awarded the Emerging Professionals’ third prize in the Classical Singer Competition of 2015. In her native Uruguay, as a member of the National Lyric Choir, she participated in many productions of the opera season as well as in choral symphonies including Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mozart’s Requiem and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. She was also part of local chamber choirs embracing contemporary Latin American repertoire and Hungarian, Czech and Estonian XX century music. She also participated in Uruguay’s premiere of Drumming by Steve Reich included in “Nucleo de Musica Nueva” concert series. Ms. Badano holds a Professional Studies Degree in Vocal Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music.