Maria Louise Ewing was an American opera singer who sang both soprano and mezzo-soprano roles.
Maria Ewing made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1976 in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and her first European performance was at La Scala, Milan as Mélisande in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande.
Maria Ewing’s repertoire includes Carmen, Dorabella in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Salome, the title role in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Marie in Berg’s Wozzeck and Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.
Maria Ewing was 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 specified that, at the end of the so-called Dance of the Seven Veils, Salome lied naked at Herod’s feet.
Maria Ewing appeared fully nude at the end of this sequence, in contrast to other singers who have used body stockings.
Maria Ewing also sang and appeared in Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.
Maria Ewing died in Detroit, Michigan on January 9, 2022, at the age of 71. Maria Ewing’s family has not yet revealed the cause of death.