Israeli mezzo-soprano Maya Lahyani has been praised for her “big, voluptuous sound” and “vigorous stage presence” (The San Francisco Chronicle). A 2010 grand finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the recipient of an Adler Fellowship at the San Francisco Opera, she is fast-becoming one of the most sought-after young singers today.
Lahyani’s 2016-2017 season begins as a soloist in a world premiere collaboration with Alonzo King LINES Ballet. She then returns to Seattle Opera as Flora in La Traviata, and as Varvara (role debut) in Janácek’s Katya Kabanova. In the spring, she returns to The Metropolitan Opera as Flora in La Traviata, and Maddalena in Rigoletto. Later in the season, Lahyani joins the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra as a soloist in Mahler Symphony no. 2 under the baton of Christopher Warren-Green.
Last season included performances and covers at the Metropolitan Opera as Maddalena in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Lola in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, and as a Serving Woman in a highly acclaimed new production of Elektra by legendary director Patrice Chéreau, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, which was seen live in HD around the world. Lahyani also joined both Opera Las Vegas and PORTopera in the title role of Carmen, earning rave reviews for her portrayal of this iconic role.
Lahyani sang over 50 performances at the Metropolitan Opera, making her debut during the 2013-2014 season in Anthony Minghella’s production of Madam Butterfly as the first Israeli born to ever sing on their stage. During that season she also appeared in Massenet’s Werther, and in Dvorak’s Rusalka. During the 2014-2015 season she performed the roles of the Palestinian Woman in John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer, Flora in Willy Decker’s iconic production of La Traviata, and Rosette in Manon.
Other recent engagements including her Seattle Opera Debut as Dryad in Ariadne auf Naxos, Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel with Opera Fairbanks, the title role of Carmen with the Wolf Trap Opera, the Page in Atom Egoyan’s production of Salome with The Canadian Opera Company, Third Lady in The Magic Flute with The Dallas Opera, and Rigoletto in concert with The Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel. Lahyani is an alumna of the prestigious Adler Fellowship of the San Francisco Opera, where she made her debut in 2010 as Wowkle in La Fanciulla del West under conductor Nicola Luisotti. Other roles and productions with the company include Siegrune in Die Walküre, Sister Marta and The Duenna in Cyrano de Bergerac, the world premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’s Heart of a Soldier, Janácek’s The Makropulos Case, and the title role of Carmen.