Cuban Soprano Maria Aleida has started her musical studies at the Vicente Emilio Sojo Conservatory in Venezuela in 1999. In 2007 she moved to Miami where she continued her study with voice teacher Manny Perez. Subsequently she attended master classes with Mirella Freni in Venezuela, (2007), and Montserrat Caballe in Zaragoza (2008). She currently studies with voice teacher Bill Schuman. Prize winner at the Montserrat Caballe international voice competition in Zaragoza (2008), the Mario Lanza Institute in Philadelphia (2009), the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation in New York (2010), she was a Finalist at the New England Region in Boston, and at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2011. She is a resident artist at The Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia where she has sung roles as Nanetta in Verdi’s Falstaff and Musetta in La bohème. This season she will sing the role of Fiakermilli in Arabella by Richard Strauss. Her recent performances have included concerts with the Symphony of the Americas at the Broward Center for the Performing arts in F. Lauderdale, a Christmas Concert with the Riverside Symphonia in Lambertville and Doylestown (2009) and a concert with The Marcello Giordani Foundation at the St. Jean Baptiste Church in New York (December 2010). In July 2011 she had taken part in the production of Aureliano in Palmira (Zenobia) at the Festival della Valle d’Itria of Martina Franca. In August 2011 she has performed as Contessa di Folleville in Il viaggio a Reims at the Rossini Opera Festival di Pesaro. Among her future plans are Il Signor Bruschino (Elvira) al Rossini Opera Festival di Pesaro, I Puritani (Elvira) at the Teatro Pergolesi di Jesi and Die Zauberflöte (Königin der Nacht) at the Opera Carolina in Charlotte.