Maria Sensi Sellner
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.
— Dallas Morning News

An Innovative Creator

Conductor Maria Sensi Sellner’s artistry, versatility, and fresh approach to programming are making her an increasingly coveted collaborator for orchestras, choruses, and opera companies. Praised as “mightily impressive”, she was the first three-time winner of the American Prize for Opera Conducting and recently made her debut with the Dallas Opera Orchestra as one of six international conductors selected for the Hart Institute for Women Conductors.

As Artistic & General Director of Resonance Works Pittsburgh, the company which she founded in 2013, Maria developed a unique programming model which draws on the entirety of classical music to engage audiences with relevant and compelling musical experiences in a variety of genres. Now in its 6th season, Resonance Works showcases an orchestra, chorus, vocal soloists, chamber musicians, staged opera, and musical theater – often on the same program - and has been recognized as having “demonstrated an innovative streak in its musical programming earning its own niche in the city’s concert landscape." (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

a thorough musician who inspires her musicians, bringing vision, incredible energy and tenacity to all that she does.
— ROBERT PAGE to the Tribune Review



I’m a Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams

world premiere

White Snake Projects
September 20-22, 2019



When Maria is conducting opera, she is in her element… tempos are well chosen; incisive without being pushed; voices are robust and rarely covered; the drama unfolds with energy and conviction; ensemble is extraordinarily tight…

Mightily impressive, this is excellent work.
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Photos from recent performances

Bernstein’s  Serenade , May 2019

Bernstein’s Serenade, May 2019

Bach’s  St. John Passion,  March 2019

Bach’s St. John Passion, March 2019

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