American soprano, Mahari Freeman has been praised for her vocal beauty, eloquent musical interpretations, and lively spirit.
Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, Mahari developed herself as a performer and local talent. She made her film debut as Kyndra Kent in the 2007 film, The Great World of Sound. Mahari continued to do print modeling for magazines such as Discovery Girls, as well as commercials for major companies such as NASCAR.
Mahari’s musical talents were noticed at a very young age. She began playing piano at age six and singing at age eight. Throughout her childhood, she frequently performed vocal and piano solos within her community. At age thirteen, Mahari began teaching private piano lessons to other children in her community. This grew into a successful business that continued for several years and allowed Mahari to realize her passion for both teaching and performing music. In 2012, she was ranked the number one soprano in the state of North Carolina. In 2019, Mahari received the Recognition Award at the Metropolitan District Council Auditions.
Mahari earned a Bachelor’s of Music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s of Music from the University of Michigan, both in Vocal Performance. She is a versatile performer with experience in opera, oratorio, art song, and contemporary works. She also enjoys performing a variety of musical genres such as jazz and R&B.
Mahari has performed as a soprano soloist in numerous oratorio works including Handel’s Messiah and Dixit Dominus, Bach’s Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht (Coffee Cantata) and Cantata’s 51 and 61, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and J.C. Bach’s Magnificat.
Mahari recently performed the role of Susanna in the University of Michigan’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro. She also performed the title role of Cendrillon in Pauline Viardot’s Cendrillon. Mahari has performed in various operas include La clemenza di Tito, La traviata, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
In 2017, Mahari had the unique opportunity to premiere Hyo-Won Woo’s composition, Requiem aeterman, as soloist in concert with the Sistine Chapel Choir. Mahari has participated in several young artist programs including the Aspen Music School and Festival, where she was an Aspen Fellow; as well as the Le Chiavi Institute of Bel Canto Studies at the Texas Music Festival.
Mahari currently lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband. When she is not performing, she enjoys teaching music at a local school as well as teaching private voice and piano lessons. She also loves to travel and cook.
From 2018 to 2019, Mahari was a Resident Artist with Opera Carolina, performing in their Educational Outreach program.
The short version….
Mahari Freeman received her Masters’s of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Michigan, under the direction of Dr. Louise Toppin. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Mahari is frequently sought after to perform at events across the Carolinas. Her “pure and effortless singing” has been positively received by journals such as Classical Voice of North Carolina. Most recently, Mahari was a fellow in the Aspen Music Festival's Opera Center. In 2018, she performed the starring role of Susanna in the University of Michigan’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro. Mahari is also a passionate music teacher who had her first student at age thirteen. She is currently on the voice faculty at Central Piedmont Community College.