Maria Sensi Sellner

CONDUCTOR & PRODUCER

"VERDI: FALSTAFF"
Verdi: Falstaff
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"EILT, IHR ANGEFOCHTEN SEELEN"
Bach: St. John Passion
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Maria Sensi Sellner

(she/her) Conductor Maria Sensi Sellner’s artistry, versatility, and reputation for innovation are making her an increasingly coveted collaborator and an impresario for the 21st century. Praised as “mightily impressive”, she was the first three-time winner of the American Prize for Opera Conducting and is a proud alum of The Dallas Opera’s Hart Institute for Women Conductors. She is the Artistic & General Director and founder of Resonance Works Pittsburgh.

Resonance Works
Artistic & General Director, present
Decameron Opera Coalition
Lead Producer, Conductor, 2020-present
The Dallas Opera
Hart Institute for Women Conductors, 2018, 2017
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Guest Cover Conductor, 2017-present
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Maria Sensi Sellner
is represented by
Miguel Rodriguez
Athlone Artists

Schedule

Aida
Conductor

Raylynmor Opera , 2021


When the Sun Comes...
Conductor

Portland Opera, 2022

Amahl & the Night ...
Conductor & Producer

Resonance Works, 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

Bach's St. John Pa...
Conductor & Producer

Resonance Works, 2019

L'Elisir d'amore
Conductor

Permian Basin Opera, 2020

I Am A Dreamer Who...
Conductor, world premie...

White Snake Projects, 2019

Home for the Holid...
Guest Conductor

Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, 2017, 2018, 2019

Various Classical ...
Guest Assistant/Cover C...

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, 2017-2019

Tales from a Safe ...
Lead Producer, Conductor

Decameron Opera Coalition, 2020 (now streaming on IDAGIO)

Biography

Conductor Maria Sensi Sellner’s artistry, versatility, and reputation for innovation are making her an increasingly coveted collaborator and an impresario for the 21st century. Praised as “mightily impressive”, she was the first three-time winner of the American Prize for Opera Conducting and is a proud alum of The Dallas Opera’s Hart Institute for Women Conductors. Maria is the Artistic & General Director of Resonance Works, the multi-modal performing arts company she founded in her native Pittsburgh in 2013; co-founder and lead producer of the Decameron Opera Coalition; and a frequent cover conductor for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Her unique, artist-driven programming has been praised for its “innovative streak” (Post-Gazette) and for bringing a “welcome infusion of sophistication and diversity” (I Care If You Listen) to Pittsburgh’s cultural landscape.

The 2021-22 season will include a return to the stage and a growing number of company debuts - including Portland Opera, Raylynmor Opera, and Opera Steamboat - conducting her favorite mix of Verdi, bel canto, and contemporary opera repertoire.

Recent conducting highlights include the world premiere of “I am a Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams” (Sosa/Jacobs) for Boston’s White Snake Projects, a remount of Resonance Works’ award-winning immersive production of L’elisir d’amore at Permian Basin Opera, the U.S. premiere of James MacMillan’s Gloria, and numerous regional premieres, including David Lang’s little match girl passion and Dvorak’s Rusalka.
“Hardly glancing at the singers, Maria Sensi Sellner just seemed to know what they were going to do, and to provide just the right support. The American conductor also smartly managed the contrasting moods of Tchaikovsky's Mazeppa Overture”
— Dallas Morning News

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