The American Soprano Barbara DeMaio, has a deserved international fame.
Her vast repertoire includes all the great roles of a Puccini and Verdi soprano; Tosca (Palermo, Torre del Lago Puccini); Lady Macbeth (Firenze); Turandot (Genova, Torre del Lago Puccini, Seoul, Cagliari, Palma de Mallorca); Aida (Caracalla in Rome, Arena di Verona, Taiwan, Avenches), Abigaille in Nabucco (Bern, Barcelona, Tel Aviv, Brussels, Torino, Genova), and also Amelia in Ballo in Maschera, Elvira in Ernani, Lucrezia in I Due Foscari, Leonora in La Forza del Destino and Odabella in La Scala's Attila directed by Riccardo Muti.
Her interpretation of Norma at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova in 1994 consecrated her as irreplaceable interpreter of this important Bellini character, and since then she has sung the role with immense success in Bologna, Marseille, Chicago and Germany.
Barbara DeMaio is also known for her modern repertoire, including The Makropulos Affair (sung in Italian) in Bologna and Torino, as well as William Bolcom's Medusa and Julia Child in Lee Hoiby's Bon Appetit! with Long Leaf Opera. She has continued to add to her repertoire with highly regarded interpretations of the Gingerbread Witch in Hansel and Gretel with Greensboro Opera and Piedmont Opera.
In 2003 she returned to the United States, and is a renowned teacher of both Opera and Contemporary Commercial Music Styles at University of Central Oklahoma, where she is Asst. Prof. of Voice and Director of Voice Pedagogy. She is also Artistic Director of the American Singers' Opera Project, and a Level III Certified Somatic Voicework© the LoVetri Method teacher. She recently completed a DMA in Vocal Pedagogy at Shenandoah Conservatory with her dissertation titled “The Effect of Menopause on the Elite Singing Voice: Singing through the Storm.”