Maria has performed in Finland, United States, Greece and Italy and sang in many stage productions including Mefistofele (Boito) and Aida (Verdi) in the Savonlinna Opera Festival choir in 2008.
Her vocal studies began at Northern Michigan University in 2002, continued with Sirkka Haavisto at Centria University of Applied Sciences graduating with a degree in music pedagogy in 2007, and with Turkka Manninen at Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences.
After her formal training she studied with Margareta Haverinen and Jaakko Ryhänen. Since 2019 she has studied in the Belcanto Academy master classes in Finland and in the full year opera training programs of the Belcanto Academy in Trentino, Italy with Francesca Micarelli, Massimo Lambertini and William Matteuzzi.
She was the assistant stage director for the opera Kitusuon Sofia in 2017 in the art city of Mänttä-Vilppula (Panula & Jantsikene, dir. Tapio Parkkinen) and sang the roles of Miina Kitusuo and the Orenburgian Bird soprano. Svan has coached singers in theaters, such as Heinähattu, Vilttitossu ja Rubensin veljekset at the Kokkola City Theater in 2005 and musical Virgo in Jämsä 2012.
Maria has a strong and holistic touch to performance and singing. The starting point of her interpretation is an in-depth study of the movements of mind and the courage to experience emotions with every cell in the body.