On March 22 & 24, 2019, Maria conducts and produces performances of Bach’s St. John Passion with Resonance Works Pittsburgh! Here are links to two preview interviews with WQED-FM’s Anna Singer:
It is the story of an undocumented Mexican immigrant, Rosa, a “dreamer” who is waiting in jail before being deported, and the relationship she develops with her court-appointed attorney Singa, an ethnically Chinese immigrant from Indonesia. The cast includes sopranos Helen Zhibing Huang, Kirsten Chambers, mezzo-soprano Carla López-Speziale, and a collaboration with the Boston Children’s Chorus.
Performances are on September 20-22, 2019 at the Emerson Paramount Theater, Robert J. Orchard Stage in Boston, MA. Read the press release
In November, Maria made her conducting debut with the Dallas Opera orchestra in the finale concert of the 4th Hart Institute for Women Conductors. Conducting selections by Tchaikovsky, Britten, and Verdi, Maria was one of six international conductors (and two Americans) chosen for the program.
“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.”
— Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News
“The maestro is Resonance Works Founder and Artistic Director Maria Sensi Sellner, plying her precision and passion to this rare portion of Bernstein’s catalog. Sellner’s vision has again brought audiences a performance to treasure to kick off this ‘On the Shoulder of Giants’ season.” — Yvonne Hudson, Pittsburgh in the Round
“Sensi Sellner displayed keen insight into the music that tells the tale of human and supernatural worlds on a multi-layered collision course of emotions.”
— George Parous, Pittsburgh in the Round