Described as a real mezzo-soprano, Maria Zoi has been praised by critics for her wide vocal range and her unique, colorful timbre.
She recently won 3rd Prize in the Edward M. Murray International Opera Competition 2019. In season 2019/2020 she will appear with the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Opera Ithaca NY, OperaAtFlorham NJ and Teatro Grattacielo NY among others.
Maestro Jose Carreras selected her amongst a few talented young Opera singers from all over the world to take part in his 4th International Singing Masterclass in Pesaro, Italy. She was also one of the 11 best singers and the only mezzo soprano chosen to sing at the final concert of the program at auditorium Pedrotti. In an interview with "Il Resto del Carlino" newspaper Maestro Carreras expressed his conviction that she will have a promising operatic career.
On stage Ms Zoi has compellingly portrayed several roles of the lyric mezzo-soprano repertoire like Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia/Rossini), Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte/Mozart), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro/Mozart), Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus/Strauss), Flora Bervoix (La Traviata/Verdi), appearing in various freelance productions in Germany and Austria and with Greek National Opera.
As a concert and Oratorio singer she has accumulated significant experience and performed in several distinguished venues worldwide. Some of the most important are: Gasteig, Munich; Kongresshalle, Nuremberg; Ancient Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Athens; Ephesus Ancient Theatre, Turkey; Concert Hall (Aula) of Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich; Greek National Opera; Megaron/Athens Concert Hall; Royal Theatre of Thessaloniki; Vienna City Hall; Concert Hall Baden am Wien; Auditorium Pedrotti Pesaro, Italy; Met Opera Guild; Opera America Center New York, US; Opera at Florham Madison New Jersey, US.
"A warm and deep voice, with great ease on high notes and remarkably precise coloratura, seems to have all that is needed for an international career"
Evening Post, Athens Greece
Ms Zoi has collaborated with the Nuernberger Symphoniker, with almost all important Symphony Orchestras of her native country (Greek National Radio Symphony Orchestra, State Orchestra of Thessaloniki, City of Thessaloniki Symphony Orchestra, City of Athens Symphony Orchestra), as well as with Kammerorchester Orpheus Wien in a series of concerts dedicated to Greek Art Song.
In 2015 she graduated from the University of Music & Performing Arts in Munich with the highest qualification degree Meisterklasse Gesang. In 2016 Ms Zoi was awarded a scholarship for the Bayreuth Festival from the Richard Wagner Association of the city of Duesseldorf.
Before committing to her operatic career, Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis discovered her natural vocal gift at the age of fifteen. She took part in numerous concerts and recordings interpreting works by Theodorakis and was regarded as one of the most authentic interpreters of his music.
Besides Music Ms Zoi has also studied Communication & Mass Media at the National University of Athens.