Maria Chiara (born 24 November 1939) is an Italian lyric soprano. She was born in Oderzo and studied at the Venice Conservatory and in Turin with tenor Ricardo Cassinelli and soprano Maria Carbone. She made her debut in Venice in 1965, as Desdemona in "Otello." She frequently performed roles from the operas of Puccini and Verdi, including Aïda (a Teatro alla Scala production directed by Luca Ronconi is available on DVD), Violetta Valéry, Floria Tosca and Butterfly. Although retired as a performer, she remains active in the training of new singers.