Born on St. Cecilia’s Day, American soprano Maija Lisa Currie has been reviewed by the New York Times as “an attractive young soprano with a promising voice and copious stage presence,” while Opera News described hers as a “luxurious voice, nimble and subtle.” Her repertoire encompasses a broad range of roles and styles, from baroque and bel canto to 20th Century opera and musical theater, with her warm, lyric coloratura voice both delighting and entertaining audiences.
During 2011, Ms. Currie performed as the soloist for the Guinness Book World Record grand opening of the Kaiserschleuse in Bremerhaven, Germany in April. She has also co-created and is currently performing a 2-woman show entitled "Virgin to Vixen in One Night" (in the USA) or "Virgin to Vamp in One Night" (in Deutschland), with Cara Thompson Barthels.
Operatic roles she has performed include the title role in Massenet’s "Manon", Violetta "La Traviata", Adele "Die Fledermaus", Susanna "Le nozze di Figaro", Valencienne "Die Lustige Witwe", Mabel "Pirates of Penzance", La Fornarina "Raphaello", Pamina "Die Zauberfloete", Whore 1 "Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny", Gretel "Haensel und Gretel", Second Child "The Happy Prince", Cécile de Volanges in Conrad Susa’s "Dangerous Liaisons", Miss Wordsworth "Albert Herring", Silberklang "Impresario", La pastourelle and La chauve-souris "L'enfant et les sortileges", Tytania "A Midsummer Night's Dream", Zerlina "Don Giovanni", and Beauty "Beauty and the Beast".
In 2009 she made her Broadway debut singing Mrs. Nordstrom in Sondheim’s "A Little Night Music" for the Roundabout Theatre Company at Studio 54, also starring Vanessa Redgrave, Victor Garber, and Natasha Richardson. In August 2009 she made her directing debut, staging Wolf-Ferrari’s "Il Segreto di Susanna" for Opera Manhattan’s One-Act Festival.
An active performer of new compositions, Ms. Currie has worked personally with several composers on new works. She premiered "Angel Songs", a song cycle composed for her by Benjamin C.S. Boyle (Composer-in-Residence of the Young Concert Artists, Inc.) to poems of C.S. Lewis, and in 2003 sang the role of Beatrice in the North American premiere of Sven-David Sandström's opera "Jeppe" at Indiana University. She both performed and was Assistant Music Director for a 2007 production of Seamus Heaney’s "The Burial at Thebes" at La MaMa Experimental Theater Club in New York's East Village, with new music composed by Carman Moore. In 2008, she sang Laurentia in the New York premiere of Dan Shore's new opera "The Beautiful Bridegroom" for Trill Vocal Projects, and sang Esterka Winogron in the first complete performance of Adam B. Silverman’s "Korczak's Orphans" for Opera Company of Brooklyn.