Maria Ewing American soprano born 1950

Maria Ewing American soprano born 1950 Photo: Christian Steiner

Maria Louise Ewing (born March 27, 1950) is an American opera singer who has sung both soprano and mezzo soprano roles. She is noted as much for her acting as her singing.

Maria Ewing American soprano born 1950

Life and career

Ewing was born in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. the youngest of four daughters. Her mother, Hermina M. (née Veraar), was Dutch, and her father, Norman I. Ewing, was an American of Sioux Native American, Scottish, and African-American ancestry. She studied in Cleveland, Ohio and New York City.

Ewing made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1976 in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. Her first European performance was at La Scala, Milan as Mélisande in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande. Her repertoire includes Carmen, Dorabella in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Salome, Marie in Berg’s Wozzeck and Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. Ewing is particularly well known for her sensitive interpretation of the title role in Richard Strauss’s Salome, where Oscar Wilde’s stage directions for the original play specify that, at the end of the so-called Dance of the Seven Veils, Salome lies naked at Herod’s feet. Ewing appeared fully nude at the end of this sequence, in contrast to other singers who have used body stockings.  She also sang and appeared in Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.

Ewing’s discography includes video versions of Salome and Carmen and audio versions of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and Pelléas et Mélisande. She has also recorded concert music by Ravel, Berlioz and Debussy and programs of popular American song. She played Rosina in a Glyndebourne production of Il barbiere di Siviglia (1982), available on DVD.

Ewing has also sung jazz in live performance, including appearances with the band Kymaera at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London.

In 1982, she married the English theatre director Sir Peter Hall. The marriage ended in 1990; during this period of her life she was formally styled Lady Hall. Their daughter is the actress Rebecca Hall. Ewing makes her home near her birthplace.

Metropolitan Opera

[Met Performance] CID:247050
Le Nozze di Figaro {269}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/14/1976
Debut: Maria Ewing, Leopold Hager, Phebe Berkowitz, Bruce Donnell
Review
[Met Performance] CID:247110
Le Nozze di Figaro {270}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/20/1976
[Met Performance] CID:247170
Le Nozze di Figaro {271}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/26/1976
[Met Performance] CID:248220 
Metropolitan Opera Premiere
Dialogues des Carmélites {1}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/5/1977
Debut: Michel Plasson
Broadcast
Review
[Met Performance] CID:248300
Dialogues des Carmélites {2}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/12/1977
[Met Performance] CID:248320
Dialogues des Carmélites {3}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/15/1977
[Met Performance] CID:248370
Dialogues des Carmélites {4}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/19/1977
Review
[Met Performance] CID:248390
Dialogues des Carmélites {5}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/22/1977
[Met Performance] CID:248440
Le Nozze di Figaro {275}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/26/1977
Debut: Heather Harper
[Met Performance] CID:248470
Dialogues des Carmélites {6}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/2/1977
[Met Performance] CID:248500 Opera News
Le Nozze di Figaro {276}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/5/1977
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:248570
Dialogues des Carmélites {7}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/11/1977
[Met Performance] CID:248600
Le Nozze di Figaro {278}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/14/1977
[Met Performance] CID:248670
Le Nozze di Figaro {279}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/21/1977
[Met Performance] CID:256030
Dialogues des Carmélites {8}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/29/1978
Debuts: Teresa Robinson, Anna-Marie White
[Met Performance] CID:256060
Dialogues des Carmélites {9}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/1/1979
Review
[Met Performance] CID:256100
Dialogues des Carmélites {10}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/5/1979
[Met Performance] CID:256150
Dialogues des Carmélites {11}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/10/1979
[Met Performance] CID:256180
Dialogues des Carmélites {12}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/13/1979
Broadcast
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:256710
Met Marathon
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/4/1979
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:257240
Dialogues des Carmélites {13}
Cleveland Public Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio; 04/21/1979
[Met Performance] CID:257320
Dialogues des Carmélites {14}
Hynes Civic Auditorium,Boston, Massachusetts; 04/28/1979
[Met Performance] CID:257410
Dialogues des Carmélites {15}
Civic Center, Atlanta, Georgia; 05/5/1979
[Met Performance] CID:257570
Dialogues des Carmélites {16}
Northrup Auditorium, Minneapolis, Minnesota; 05/19/1979
[Met Performance] CID:257590
Dialogues des Carmélites {17}
Masonic Hall, Detroit, Michigan; 05/22/1979
[Met Performance] CID:257674
Dialogues des Carmélites {18}
Wolf Trap Farm Park, Vienna, Virginia,; 6/7/1979
[Met Performance] CID:263060
Dialogues des Carmélites {19}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/18/1980
Debut: William Fleck
Review
[Met Performance] CID:263100
Dialogues des Carmélites {20}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/23/1980
Debut: Theresa Yu-Ping Teng
[Met Performance] CID:263150
Dialogues des Carmélites {21}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/27/1980
[Met Performance] CID:263170
Dialogues des Carmélites {22}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/30/1980
[Met Performance] CID:263200
Dialogues des Carmélites {23}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/2/1981
[Met Performance] CID:263250
Dialogues des Carmélites {24}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/7/1981
[Met Performance] CID:263280
Dialogues des Carmélites {25}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/10/1981
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:267380
New Production
Così Fan Tutte {82}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/29/1982
Debuts: Hayden Griffin, Deirdre Clancy
Reviews
[Met Performance] CID:267430
Così Fan Tutte {83}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/3/1982
[Met Performance] CID:267470
Così Fan Tutte {84}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/6/1982
[Met Performance] CID:267490
Così Fan Tutte {85}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/9/1982
[Met Performance] CID:267520
Così Fan Tutte {86}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/12/1982
[Met Performance] CID:267570
Così Fan Tutte {87}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/17/1982
[Met Performance] CID:267610
Così Fan Tutte {88}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/20/1982
[Met Performance] CID:267630
Così Fan Tutte {89}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/23/1982
[Met Performance] CID:267680  Opera News
Così Fan Tutte {90}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/27/1982
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:267730
Così Fan Tutte {91}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/1/1982
[Met Performance] CID:267760
Così Fan Tutte {92}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/4/1982
[Met Performance] CID:270370
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {390}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/25/1982
[Met Performance] CID:270410
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {391}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/29/1982
[Met Performance] CID:270480
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {392}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/4/1982
[Met Performance] CID:270540
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {393}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/8/1982
[Met Performance] CID:270590
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {394}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/13/1982
[Met Performance] CID:270690
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {397}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/23/1982
[Met Performance] CID:270720
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {398}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/26/1982
[Met Performance] CID:270780
Il Barbiere di Siviglia {399}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/2/1982
[Met Performance] CID:275610
Don Giovanni {384}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/29/1984
[Met Performance] CID:275650
Don Giovanni {385}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/3/1984
[Met Performance] CID:275680
Don Giovanni {386}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/7/1984
[Met Performance] CID:275710
Don Giovanni {387}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/10/1984
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:279080 
Ariadne auf Naxos {34}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/31/1984
[Met Performance] CID:279130 Opera News
Ariadne auf Naxos {35}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/5/1985
Broadcast
Review
[Met Performance] CID:279170
Ariadne auf Naxos {36}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/9/1985
[Met Performance] CID:279230
Ariadne auf Naxos {37}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/12/1985
[Met Performance] CID:279260
Ariadne auf Naxos {38}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/15/1985
[Met Performance] CID:279310
Ariadne auf Naxos {39}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/18/1985
[Met Performance] CID:279380
Ariadne auf Naxos {40}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/24/1985
[Met Performance] CID:279460
Ariadne auf Naxos {42}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/1/1985
[Met Performance] CID:283670
New Production
Carmen {785}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/10/1986
Debuts: Charles Duval, Elizabeth Keen
[Met Performance] CID:283710
Carmen {786}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/14/1986
[Met Performance] CID:283790 Opera News
Carmen {788}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/22/1986
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:283830
Carmen {789}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/26/1986
[Met Performance] CID:283870
Carmen {790}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/29/1986
[Met Performance] CID:283990
Carmen {794}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/11/1986
[Met Performance] CID:284070
Carmen {796}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/17/1986
[Met Performance] CID:287810
Dialogues des Carmélites {33}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/21/1987
[Met Performance] CID:287830
Dialogues des Carmélites {34}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/24/1987
[Met Performance] CID:287860
Dialogues des Carmélites {35}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/27/1987
[Met Performance] CID:287890
Dialogues des Carmélites {36}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/30/1987
[Met Performance] CID:287940
Dialogues des Carmélites {37}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/4/1987
Broadcast / Telecast
[Met Performance] CID:288010
Dialogues des Carmélites {39}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/10/1987
[Met Performance] CID:288070
Dialogues des Carmélites {40}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/16/1987
[Met Performance] CID:314780 
Les Troyens {21}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/16/1993
Debut: Françoise Pollet, Rachel Schuette, Dean Dufford, Ilya Ostrovski
Review / Chapter: Les Troyens 1993-94
[Met Performance] CID:314820
Les Troyens {22}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/20/1993
[Met Performance] CID:314860
Les Troyens {23}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/23/1993
[Met Performance] CID:314890
Les Troyens {24}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/27/1993
[Met Performance] CID:314940 Opera News 1 Opera News 2
Les Troyens {25}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/1/1994
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:315060
Les Troyens {28}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/13/1994
[Met Performance] CID:318440
Metropolitan Opera Premiere
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk {1}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/10/1994
Debuts: Vladimir Galouzine, Dennis Petersen, Vladimir Ognovenko, John Russell, Alexander Anisimov, Graham Vick,
Paul Brown, Nick Chelton, Ron Howell
Review
[Met Performance] CID:318480
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk {2}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/14/1994
[Met Performance] CID:318520
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk {3}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/18/1994
[Met Performance] CID:318560
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk {4}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/22/1994
Debut: Vladimir Bogachov
[Met Performance] CID:318630
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk {6}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/30/1994
Debut: Jonathan Welch
[Met Performance] CID:318670
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk {7}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/3/1994
[Met Performance] CID:318700
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk {8}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/7/1994
[Met Performance] CID:318730
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk {9}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/10/1994
Broadcast
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:324090
James Levine Gala
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/27/1996
James Levine’s 25th Anniversary
Broadcast / Telecast
[Met Performance] CID:327350
New Production
Wozzeck {45}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/10/1997
Debuts: Falk Struckmann, James F. Ingalls
Review
[Met Performance] CID:327390
Wozzeck {46}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/14/1997
[Met Performance] CID:327420
Wozzeck {47}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/18/1997
[Met Performance] CID:327460
Wozzeck {48}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/22/1997
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:327480
Wozzeck {49}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/24/1997

read more