Born and raised in the metropolitan New York area, Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold took her degrees at Sarah Lawrence College and Fairleigh Dickinson University. She began her career as a teacher and arts administrator before becoming a journalist, critic, and author. Her opera, classical music, theatre, film, music and visual arts reviews and features have appeared in Scene 4 Magazine, Broadway World, Talkin’ Broadway, Fanfare, Opera News, Gramophone, Opéra International, Opera, Music Magazine, Beaux Arts, and The Crisis, and her byline has headed numerous program essays and record liner notes. Among her scholarly works, the best known is We Need A Hero! Heldentenors from Wagner’s Time to the Present: A Critical History. She helped to create several television projects, serving as associate producer and content consultant/writer, among them I Hear America Singing for WNET/PBS and Voices of the Heart: Stephen Foster for German television.
Her first novel, Raising Rufus: A Maine Love Story appeared in 2010. Her screenplay version of the book was the 2011 Grand Prize Winner at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. She is also the author of a second novel, The Whaler’s Bride, two collections of prize-winning short stories, Bookends Stories of Love and Loss, and Carousel, as well as a libretto for an opera being composed by Daniel Steven Crafts on the life of poet John Keats, Adonais. Ms. Verdino-Süllwold now makes her home in Brunswick, Maine, and is a member of the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance.