Maria Zollo (Lay Sister in Suor Angelica/Auditor - Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi) was raised in Saint James, NY into a Greek-American family. She has studied piano and Greek language since the age of 6. Once she turned 16, she began studying voice. She performed the full role of Maria in West Side Story during her senior year of high school. After graduation, she went on to study at Mannes School of Music with Ms. Amy Burton. In her sophomore year of study she played Gherardino in the Mannes Opera production of Gianni Schicchi. She will graduate from the undergraduate program in 2017. Maria also has a black belt in karate.