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María Victoria Hefte

Winifred Banks

María is a familiar fixture in the local arts scene. One of the founding members of the pandemic-era ensemble entertainment group Opera Festa Singers, Hefte has sung German, Italian, French, and Russian repertoire at venues such as the Southern Hotel, Third Sunday Concert Series, and the Deutsches Haus as well as The Gallery - a far cry from their humble beginnings singing off a balcony on Frenchman Street. Former Rivertown Theater productions from which you would recognize her include “Into the Woods,” (Baker’s Wife) and “Love Letters,” (Melissa). Her latest role was as the Fairy Godmother in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” with the Jefferson Performing Arts Society. Hefte enjoys workshopping new musicals like “How To Kill A Diva,” (Helga Rottweiler/Lucia Fartoli u/s) with JPAS and “Perfectly Imperfect,” (Cora) with the Marigny Opera House, and looks forward to partnering with Playmakers in its production of “Censored,” (Frieda Lawrence), a musical detailing the scandalous life of the English author D.H. Lawrence.