A winner of several international awards, including First Prize and Zarzuela Prize at Plácido Domingo’s Operalia 2008, young Mexican soprano Maria Katzarava has already performed at some of the world’s major theatres, including the Royal Opera House, London, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Liceu de Barcelona, Florida Grand Opera in Miami, Grand Théâtre de Genève and the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, working under the baton of conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Donato Renzetti and Michele Mariotti.
Katzarava’s repertoire includes leading soprano roles, such as Juliette (Roméo et Juliette), Elvire (Muette de Portici), Marguerite (Faust), Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), Violetta (La traviata) and Gilda (Rigoletto).
During the 2010⁄11 season, Katzarava made her Covent Garden debut as Juliette in Roméo et Juliette, under the baton of Daniel Oren; she triumphed in the same role at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Opéra de Lausanne, Florida Grand Opera and Teatro Filarmonico, Verona.
Katzarava began her 2014⁄15 season with role debuts as Antonia and Giulietta in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, followed by Vier letzte Lieder with the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, under the baton of Michele Mariotti. She performed Turandot (Liù) at Teatro del Silenzio in Lajatico, under the baton of Zubin Mehta, and also took part in the annual concert of Andrea Bocelli at Teatro del Silenzio in Lajatico, conducted by Placido Domingo.
Katzarava’s 2015⁄16 season saw her make her role debut as Leonore in Fidelio, followed by Il Duca d’Alba (Amelia) at Opera de Oviedo, La traviata (Violetta) at Teatro Verdi in Padova, her company debut with Liceu de Barcelona as Desdemona in Otello, and Carmen (Micaela) at Teatro Comunale, Bologna.
Recent engagements include a gala concert in Mumbai, conducted by Zubin Mehta, and a gala concert opposite Juan Diego Flórez.
Katzarava’s future plans include productions of Faust (Marguerite) at Opéra de Lausanne, Turandot (Liù) at Peralada Festival, Beethoven’s IX Symphony at St. Denis’ Festival, Madama Butterfly (title role) at Teatro Massimo di Palermo, La traviata (title role) at the Theatres of Reggio Emilia, Modena, Como, Bergamo, Brescia and Cremona, and La bohème at Teatro Comunale, Bologna, under the baton of Michele Mariotti.