Israeli mezzo-soprano Maya Lahyani was praised for her “big, voluptuous sound” and “vigorous stage presence” (The San Francisco Chronicle).
Israeli mezzo-soprano Maya Lahyani, a 2010 grand finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the recipient of an Adler Fellowship at San Francisco Opera, is fast-becoming one of the most sought-after young singers today.
Highlights of Ms. Lahyani’s 2015-2016 season include performances and covers at the Metropolitan Opera as Maddalena in Michael Mayer’s production of Rigoletto under the baton of Pablo Heras-Casado, Lola in Sir David McVicar’s production of Cavalleria Rusticana conducted by Fabio Luisi, and as a Serving Woman in a new production of Elektra by legendary director Patrice Chéreau, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, which will be broadcast on the Live in HD series to movie theaters AROUND THE WORLD. In the summer, Lahyani will performe the title role of Carmen with Opera Las Vegas and with PORTopera in Portland, Maine.
Ms. Layhani’s 2014-2015 season included her return to the Metropolitan Opera as Omar in John Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer under the baton of David Robertson in a new production by Tom Morris, Flora in Willy Decker’s iconic production of La Traviata, and Rosette in Laurent Pelly’s production of Manonalongside Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo. Ms. Lahyani also made her company debuts with Seattle Opera as Dryad in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos and with Opera Fairbanks as Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.
Ms. Lahyani’s recent career highlights include performances and covers at the Metropolitan Opera as Kate Pinkerton in Anthony Minghella’s production of Madama Butterfly under Philippe Auguin, Kathchen in a new production of Massenet’s Werther directed by Richard Eyre with Jonas Kaufmann and Sophie Koch, the Third Sprite in Rusalka with Renée Fleming under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Mercedes in Richard Eyre’s production of Carmen, Altichiara in Francesca da Rimini conducted by Marco Armiliato, and Fiona in the company-commissioned premiere of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys. Ms. Lahyani is also the first Israeli-born singer to sing on the Met stage.
Ms. Lahyani recently appeared at Wolf Trap Opera in the title role of Carmen to much critical acclaim, with Opera News lauding her “attractive, sultry tone and deftly sculpted phrasing… This was a vocally impressive Carmen, whether in seductive mode… or in furious outbursts of self-assertion.” She made her debuts with Canadian Opera Company as the Page in Atom Egoyan’s production of Salome while concurrently covering the role of Mère Marie in Dialogues des Carmélites, and with The Dallas Opera as the Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte under the baton of Graeme Jenkins. Her Hollywood Bowl debut was as Countess Ceprano in a concert performance of Rigoletto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel. Ms. Lahyani has also been the featured vocal soloist in collaboration with Alonzo King LINES Ballet.
As an Adler Fellow with the San Francisco Opera, Ms. Lahyani’s roles and productions with the company included Siegrune in Die Walküre, Sister Marta and The Duenna in Cyrano de Bergerac opposite Plácido Domingo, The Makropulos Case with Karita Mattila, Beppe in Merola Opera Program’s L’Amico Fritz, and the title role in Carmen for Families. Ms. Lahyani made her San Francisco Opera main stage debut in summer 2010 as Wowkle in La Fanciulla del West under Nicola Luisotti. In past seasons at San Francisco Opera, Ms. Lahyani performed in the world premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’s Heart of a Soldier under conductor Patrick Summers and covered Maffio Orsini in Lucrezia Borgia.
Prior her time in San Francisco, the mezzo-soprano was a member of the Seattle Opera Young Artist Program where she appeared as Dorabella in Così fan tutte. She has also regularly taken part in The International Vocal Art Institute in Tel Aviv, where she has sung Mère Marie in Dialogues des Carmélites, Rebecca Nurse in The Crucible, the title role in Mascagni’s Zanetto, and Charlotte in Werther. Ms. Lahyani received her Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Music from the Mannes School of Music in New York.
Ms. Lahyani’s concert work portfolio includes performances as the mezzo-soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus under the baton of Nicola Luisotti, Ravel’s Sheherazade with the Jerusalem Symphony, Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody with the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra, and the alto soloist in Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream with Kurt Masur and the San Francisco Symphony.