“Maria Soulis as Carmen was sensuous and mocking, totally in control, her voice full of warmth and drama, with a thrilling freedom of phrasing and excellent diction. Poor Don Jose never stood a chance.”

Birmingham Post, England


Maria Soulis, Mezzo-Soprano
Toronto-born mezzo-soprano Maria Soulis enjoys an exciting career in both Canada and Europe. She began her European career as a principal artist with the Regensburg Opera in Germany, later performing the roles of Adalgisa (Norma), Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Nicklausse (Les Contes d'Hoffmann), Orfeo (Orfeo), and Dido (Dido and Aeneas), La Périchole (La Périchole), Mrs. Grose (The Turn of the Screw), Néris (Médée), and Dryade (Ariadne auf Naxos) in theatres throughout Germany, France, and the United Kingdom.

A familiar artist on many European stages, Ms. Soulis has sung the roles
Madame de la Haltière in Massenet's Cendrillon, Olga (Eugene Onegin) with the Orquestra Gulbenkian in Lisbon, as well as Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte) in Montpellier. She enjoyed the opportunity to celebrate her Greek heritage when she appeared as soloist in Theodorakis's ballet Zorba in Metz, Toulon and Nice.

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“Maria Soulis, a rich velvet-toned mezzo soprano...has an indisputable star quality voice…her beautifully molded singing in the Bach cantata aria "Ach, bleiben doch". The voice spoke feelingly and a Handel aria from "Xerxes" was full of warmth.”

Carmel Pine Cone, U.S.A.


April 2 | 1:00pm
Classical Nominees' Showcase
Scarboro United Church, 134 Scarboro Ave SW

Presented by the Canadian Music Centre, this concert includes the Canadian Chamber Choir, Dinuk Wijeratne, Elinor Frey, Jeff Reilly and Luminous Voices, John Burge, Maria Soulis and Megumi Masaki. Entry is by donation or free for the first 25 JunoFest wristband holders. CBC Music's Katherine Duncan will emcee this intimate concert featuring Canada's foremost classical music talent.

October 23 | 3:00 pm
Sea Pictures
Orchestra Toronto
Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St

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“The Canadian mezzo soprano Maria Soulis plays Rosina as a determined, larger-than-life sexy bit of fluff. She is a natural comedian and shows a feel for theatre.”

The Irish Times