Maria Valdes makes her company debut during the 2017-18 season, appearing as Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Lisette in Puccini’s La rondine. Recent engagements for Ms. Valdes include Musetta in Puccini’s La bohème, Papagena in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Clorinda in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, and Barbarina in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, all while an Adler Fellow with San Francisco Opera. As a member of SFO’s Merola Program, she performed the role of Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro.
After finishing her tenure at San Francisco Opera, Ms. Valdes covered the role of Juliette in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette for her debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and made her New York recital debut with the New York Festival of Song in Compositora, a recital of female Latin American composers.
On the concert stage, Ms. Valdes has appeared in concert with Martin Katz, as well as world-renowned flamenco guitarist Pepe Romero. Most recently, she made her Los Angeles debut at Thayer Hall in a distinguished alumni recital with SongFest. She also attended the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival which included several concert appearances. She was also featured singing Mendelssohn’s “Hear my prayer” on the album Evening Hymn recently released by Gothic Records.
An award-winner in the regional Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, Ms. Valdes is also the winner of the top prize at the Corbett Opera Scholarship Competition at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and is the recipient of a Shoshana Foundation Grant.
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