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Current and Former Students Speak…

I highly recommend Maria Russo to refine your voice and convert it into a special, meaningful and powerful instrument. She transformed my voice from a good voice to a world-class sound. Her ears were perfect to detect what I needed and her knowledge took me to a professional level.

Kevin - Costa RicaBaritone

Maria Russo has been a godsend to me. With the stresses of career as an international soprano, it's been wonderful to have someone so experienced and knowledgeable in the mechanism of the voice. I always know if there is something I'm struggling with, I can hop on Zoom and iron out the issues quickly and without stress. Maria's 30 year career in the major opera houses of the world as a dramatic soprano is evident in every lesson. Her knowledge of all the required languages gives me such peace of mind. She will help you develop a strategy for sustaining your voice even through the most difficult situations. She also has a large network of people in the industry who have been helpful for performing opportunities. I am so glad I met her six years ago, and I can't recommend her enough.

Leah - USASoprano

I met Maria Russo in Manaus when she was playing Brühnhilde in Wagner's Die Walküre. I had never heard a Wagnerian voice before and Maria's is impressive. At that time I asked if she could teach me and then she accepted me as a student. I went to NY to study with her and then I was selected for the Operalia Contest and won three of the most important singing competitions in South America. One of the most important things I learned from her was about effortless singing and the axis of the voice that runs through the middle of the body. This principle was fundamental to my career and my discoveries about Selftone.

Tais - BrazilSoprano / Selftone Instructor

Maria took me to the next level as an artist! She showed me what a truly free voice was and helped me discover my authentic sound. She is caring and kind, but she also challenges you to reach your full potential.

Heather - USASoprano

I came to Maria with a voice that had been through over 15 years of voice teachers who could not give me technique that was secure. She patiently guided me through unworking a tremendous amount of tension, bad technique, while reteaching me the fundamentals of singing that has me sounding not just my best, but sounding competitive with working professional singers. She is a rare find in a hay stack of teachers who cannot discuss the old Italian school, or teach its knowledge to students. I am forever grateful.

Émile - USATenor

Maria is a very attentive voice teacher who is able to identify issues and provide you with the tools necessary to correct them. Maria cares about who you are as a person as well as an artist and works to help you find your authentic voice.

Christina - USASoprano / Professor
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