Maria Katzarava

A winner of several international competition, first prize and zarzuela prize at the 2008 Placido Domingo Operalia, young mexican soprano Maria Katzarava has already sang in some among the world’s major theaters including ROH Covent Garden in London, Teatro alla Scala in Milano, Opéra de Lausanne, Florida Grand Opera in Miami, Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Teatro Regio di Parma, working with such conductors as Donato Renzetti, Daniel Oren, Alain Guingal, Gustavo Dudamel, Placido Domingo, Paolo Carignani and Michele Mariotti.

Her repertory includes such leading soprano roles as Juliette (Roméo ed Juliette), Elvire (Muette de Portici), Marguerite (Faust), Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), Violetta (La traviata), Gilda (Rigoletto), Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Antonia/Stella/Giulietta (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Tatjana (Evgeny Onegin).

During the 2010/2011 season she made her London Covent Garden debut as Juliette in Roméo et Juliette under the baton of Daniel Oren. In the same role she triumphed at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Opéra de Lausanne, Florida Grand Opera, Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, and in Moscow.

During the 2013/2014 season she performed as Gilda (Rigoletto) in a Japan tour with Teatro alla Scala. She also made two important role debuts: as Nedda in I Pagliacci at Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari and as Liù in Turandot at Teatro Lirico di Cagliari. In July 2014 she just took part in the annual concert of Andrea Bocelli at Teatro del Silenzio in Lajatico, under the baton of Placido Domingo.

She opened the 2014/2015 season making her roles debut as Antonia and Giulietta in Les Contes d'Hoffmann in Piacenza, followed by Vier letzte Lieder by R. Strauss with Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna under the baton of Michele Mariotti, Stabat Mater by Rossini at Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari, Carmen (Micaela) at Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova and La traviata (Violetta) at Opera de Las Bellas Artes. She also performed Turandot (Liù) at Teatro del Silenzio in Lajatico under the baton of Zubin Mehta.

She opened the 2015/2016 season making her role debut as Leonore in Fidelio at Charlotte Opera, followed by Il Duca d’Alba (Amelia) at Opera de Oviedo, La traviata (Violetta) at Teatro Verdi in Padova and by her company debut with Liceu de Barcelona as Desdemona in Otello.

Among her future plans are as well as productions of Carmen (Micaela) and La bohème at Teatro Comunale in Bologna under the baton of Michele Mariotti, Aida (High Priestess) with Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Moscow, Faust (Margherita) at Opéra de Lausanne, IX Symphony by Beethoven at St. Denis Festival and Madama Butterfly (Cio-cio-san) at Teatro Massimo di Palermo.

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