This is a personal website of the soprano Maria Skiba.
Maria is a graduate of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague (The Netherlands). There she studied early music singing with Marius van Altena and Rina Cornelissens and obtained a Masters Degree in early music.
Her musical and anthropological interests led her to music of the middle ages, renaissance and baroque with its richness of philosophy, cultural context and poetry. Later she discovered Lieder with fortepiano and now she is working more and more on contemporary repertoire.
Maria specialises in historical performance practice with an emphasis on music from the 16th and 17th centuries. She is especially interested in the subject of women in music and with the ensemble Bella Discordia she explores the music of Barbara Strozzi, Francesca Caccini and other women composers/singers of the early 17th cent. Italy.