MARÍA RODRÍGUEZ

Soprano

 

B i o g r a p h y

María was born in Valladolid and when she was 10 years old, started working as an actress in an amateur theater group. 

 

Entered the Royal School of Dramatic Arts (RESAD) Madrid, selected by Miguel Narros, where she is encouraged to continue musical studies at the Conservatory, due to her high potential for opera. 

 

Entered Guadalajara Conservatory, beginning her singing and repertoire studies with Ángeles Chamorro. 

 

After winning the contest Teatro Sperimentale di Spoleto (Italy), is a scholarship for graduate studies with teachers Brusson Renato, Robert Kettelson, Giovanna Canetti (professor at La Scala in Milan) and Enza Ferrari. 

 

Winner of the Second Edition of Singing Competition Irún (Guipúzcoa) and Teatro Sperimentale of Spoleto (Italy). It is also a finalist in Operalia, in San Juan (Puerto Rico). 

 

Today continues her vocal and repertoire refinement with Josefina Arregui and Celsa Tamayo, pianist with whom María has performed many concerts and recitals throughout her career, with all kinds of national and international repertoire.

 

Opera
 

In her operatic career, she has played:

 

  • Poppea in “L'Incoronazione di Poppea” by Monteverdi.

  • Aldonza in “El Quijote” by Cristóbal Halffter.

  • Poca pena and Tabernera in “Divinas Palabras” by Antón García Abril.

  • Fiordiligi in “Cosí fan tutte” by Mozart.

  • Gerhilde in “Die Walküre” by Wagner.

  • Madama Cortese in “Il viaggio a Reims” by Rossini.

  • Dolores in “La Dolores” by Bretón.

  • “Faust Ball” by Leonardo Balada.

  • Salud in “La Vida Breve” by Manuel de Falla, role which she gets a big hit with audiences and critics in several cities worldwide: 

    • - Italia (Liric Theather of Cagliari),

    • - Boston (Symphony Hall and Tanglewood Festival),

    • - Auditorio of La Coruña,

    • - Oslo Konserthus,

    • - Grieghallen in Bergen,

    • - Dresden Philarmonic,

    • - Mogador Theatre in Paris,

    • - Auditorio of Barcelona with the ONE, 

    • - RAI Auditorio in Turín, 

    • - Avery Fisher Hall in Lincon Center (NY) with the New York Philarmonic,

    • - The Fredic R. Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv with the Israel Philarmonic and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, usually conducted by the prestigious Director Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.

  • Angela in “El hijo fingido” by Joaquín Rodrigo, to mark the centenary of the Composer, at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid.

  • Arsinda in“Il figlio delle selve” de Ignaz Holzbauer, in Festival de Schwetzingen, (Rokokotheater Schwetzingen) and Festival Radio France in Montpellier.

  • “Norma” by Bellini, in the Roman Festival of Mérida (Spain)

  • Nedda in “Pagliacci” by Leoncavallo.

  • Liù in “Turandot” by Puccini, at Palm Beach Opera.

  • “Tosca” by Puccini with Juan Pons baritone, directed by Gianluca Martinenghi and Scottish Opera production.

  • Leonora in “Il Trovatore” by Verdi, directed by Alexandru Samoile.

  • Santuzza in "Cavalleria Rusticana", directed by Alfonso Romero.

  • “La vida breve” by Falla in Palau de les Arts in Valencia, directed by Lorin Maazel and Giancarlo del Monaco and production "Ay Amor" at the Teatro de La Zarzuela in Madrid with musical direction by Juanjo Mena and Guillermo García Calvo, with Herbert Wernicke as Stage Director and Théâtre La Monnaie, Munt of Bruselas and Theater Basel of Basel production.

  • Carmen in "La Tragédie de Carmen" by Peter Brook, with Pepa Gamboa as Stage Director and Carlos Aragón as Musical Director, in Valladolid and Madrid.

 

Zarzuela

 

She has also represented a variety of Zarzuela:

 

  • "La Dolores".

  • “La Chulapona”.

  • “La del Soto del Parral”.

  • “La Revoltosa”.

  • “La Tabernera del Puerto”.

  • “El Dúo de la Africana”.

  • “La Verbena de La Paloma”.

  • “El Hijo Fingido”.

  • “Gigantes y Cabezudos”.

  • “La Marsellesa”.

  • “La Dolorosa”.

  • “El Barberillo de Lavapiés”.

  • “La del Manojo de Rosas”.

  • “Los Claveles”.

  • “Doña Francisquita”.

  • “La Gran Vía”.

  • “Luisa Fernanda”.

  • "Katiuska".

 

 

Galas-Concert

 

Also, Maria has performed in various Galas Lyrics: 

 

  • With tenor Aquiles Machado, performing arias and duets from various operas like Faust, Carmen, Anna Bolena, Madama Butterfly, La Traviata, etc.

  • With tenor José Bros, at the Teatro Bellas Artes in Mexico and at Carnegie Hall in New York under the baton of Miguel Roa, with the Orchestra of the Comunidad de Madrid, and 

  • With tenor Jose Carreras, in Italy, at the Festival of L'Aquila.

  • 50th Anniversary Gala Concert "Asociación Amigos de la Ópera de Madrid", performing Final Act II of "Tosca." 

  • Presenter and Singer Soloist in the Gala "Premios Líricos de Oviedo 2014", performing Final Act II of "Carmen".

  • “Beethoven 9th Symphony” with Víctor Pablo Pérez, the Orfeón Donostiarra and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León in Valladolid.

  • “El Stabat Mater” by Pergolesi in Spoleto, Italy.

  • “El Stabat Mater” by Rossini at the Festival of Sacred Music in Marseille.

  • “Te Deum” by Dvorak with the Orquesta Sinfónica de La Coruña.

  • “Te Deum” by Bruckner with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Gran Canarias.

  • “Exultate, jubilate” and Mozart concert arias with the Orquesta de Extremadura conducted by Jesús Amigo and the Joven Orquesta de la Fundación Caja Duero conducted by Gerard Caussè.

  • Recital with pianist Alejandro Zabala in the Teatro Calderón of Valladolid, performing arias and song by Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss, Granados and Falla.

  • Selected Lieder by Strauss played with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla-León with Director Alejandro Posada in Valladolid, Salamanca y Pamplona.

  • “La taille de l´homme” by Igor Markevitch with the Orquesta de RTVE in El Teatro Monumental in Madrid.

  • “Bachianas Brasileiras” No. 5 by Héctor Villa-Lobos for soprano and eight cellos in the Festival Fundación Caja Duero in Salamanca. 

  • Homage to Antonio Machado in the "Year Machado”, playing poems “Cuaderno de Leonor” harmonized by Joaquín Rodrigo, Amancio Prada and José Luis Turina.

  • Several recitals in cities of Andalusia and Madrid, with pianist Mercedes Lecea Machado (great-niece of the famous poets Antonio y Manuel Machado), highlighting the performance in Seville on April 23, 2009, in the start of the Exhibition “Antonio Machado: Laberinto de espejos.”, where they performed “Diez canciones para voz y piano sobre poemas de Antonio Machado” by Joaquín Rodrigo.

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