Marisa Buchheit is an operatic soprano who has performed in critically acclaimed productions around the world. She sings in nine languages, including those of her own ethnic heritage: Thai, Chinese, and German. She studied vocal performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music where she graduated with Academic Honors and served as President of Mu Phi Epsilon Music Fraternity.
In 2014 Marisa won the title of Miss Illinois and represented the state with a year of extensive travel, performances and presentations at major events in her native Chicago and around the state. In the Miss Illinois competition she won the Grand Talent Award and the top scholarship award before later competing in ABC’s nationally televised Miss America broadcast.
Marisa’s engagements this season have included featured solo performances with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, and a National Anthem performance for the Chicago Bulls. She also recently completed her tenure as a Young Artist with Wichita Grand Opera in Kansas where she covered leading roles and performed in three main-stage operas.
Past performances include recitals and fully staged operas in the United States, Italy, France, Austria, and Thailand. Full roles performed include Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, The Counsel in Trial by Jury, Maria in West Side Story, Mary Sunshine in Chicago, and Liesl in The Sound of Music. In 2014 she completed a National Premier Tour with the Carnegie Arts Center portraying the lead soprano role of Ying-ying in Romance of the Western Chamber -- a traditional Chinese musical. Marisa is co-founder of the Soprano Trio Très belle, which performs regularly with Ravinia Festival’s Outreach program and in concert throughout the Chicagoland area. She is also a frequent recitalist and featured soloist in the Community Chapter Concerts of the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Marisa is an arts advocate, humanitarian, and an arts educator. She has traveled to Springfield to address the Illinois State Senate on the topic of Arts Education, and in May 2015 she was awarded the “Humanitarian Excellence Award” from Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White.