In Maria’s recent interview with the Pittsburgh City Paper, she discusses Resonance Works’ new commitment to gender parity in the composers they present, plus the exciting programming and partnerships coming up for the 2019-20 season, and more!
“St. John Passion” And The Passionate Journey of Resonance Works
“This concert represents how Sellner so expertly crafts programs showcasing such masterworks. Sellner’s artists are talented, established and rising stars; they are expressive actors, committed to the audience as well as their art... Oratorios of this scope are tackled only by choirs and organizations that can truly deliver the solo, orchestral, and choral goods, and Resonance Works fits that bill.” - Pittsburgh in the Round
“This was astonishingly good Bach. Very well done.”
“I was not prepared for how moving the St. John Passion was. Even without staging, the drama and stakes of the story were palpable.”
“This performance was one of my highlights forever! The quality of the production, including all performers, the interpretation, the expressiveness was wonderful.”
“Deeply moving performance!”
“Thank you so, so much for doing this. It can be hard to find Bach passions at all, let alone to find one of such fine quality. I was brought to tears many times.”
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