Canadian soprano, Maria Vetere, has performed in Canada, the United States, Great Britain, South America, and Europe and is quickly establishing herself as a world-class Italian soprano. In 2019, she gave a triumphant debut at New York’s prestigious Carnegie Hall and has been featured and reviewed in Opera Canada Magazine, the New York Times and international newspapers. Reviews have deemed “her singing not only combines the tonal beauty of Tebaldi but just a touch of Callas’ cutting edge” (The Philadelphia Local). “Vetere drew an abundance of meaning and beautiful vocal technique, earning the huge applause which followed.” (Operawire), “Everything—from her spot on pronunciation to her exquisite dynamics—lived and breathed Mimì” (Opera Canada). “Vetere is a rising star.” (U Globo, Brazil). She has performed under the baton of legendary Maestro Richard Bonynge and has received numerous awards and recognitions for her singing, including the highest honour of the NYIOP International Auditions for vocal excellence in a female voice and she was inducted to the Niagara Falls Cultural Wall of Fame in 2021 for her global contributions to opera and vocal pedagogy. Roles include: Mimì (La Boheme), Violetta (La Traviata), Desdemona (Otello), Leonora (Il Trovatore), Aida (Aida), Margherita/Elena (Mefistofele), Norma (Norma), Suor Angelica (Suor Angelica), Manon (Manon), Giselda (I Lombardi) and Elisabetta (Don Carlo). Dr. Vetere is also a highly sought after vocal pedagogue and scholar. The Vetere Studio International boasts a roster of over 60 artists on 5 continents. She continues to dedicate her life’s work to the betterment and maintenance of Italian vocal technique and style, and focuses her academic research on the period from Verdi to Verismo, called La Scapigliatura. Dr. Vetere is also the director of Opera Niagara and has established numerous international opera programs, including the newly designed Summer Opera Festival of Niagara (SOFON) in 2023.