María Katzarava, the Mexican soprano with the greatest international projection, will offer her first online concert on the night of September 25, which will be broadcast live from the Lunario, in Mexico City.
The show entitled “A voz de tres” will include a repertoire made up of opera, vernacular music from Mexico and South America, as well as boleros and songs by the French Edith Piaf and Patricia Kaas.
After confinement due to COVID-19, Katzarava – recognized with various awards and who has performed in prestigious operatic and cultural venues around the world – will once again step on the stage and this time she will share it with the Mexican sopranos Akemi Endo and Valeria Vázquez, winners of the opera competition that he recently organized: the “Katzarava’s Voice Festival”.
This contest, the first to be held virtually, was held on June 27 last in order to encourage lyrical singing. It had the participation of a hundred singers, the majority from the country. The pianist Alain del Real will also participate in the concert “A voz de tres”, to be held on September 25, at 9 pm, through the Eticket live platform. Electronic accesses can be purchased on the website: www.eticket.mx
About the artists
María Katzarava: Daughter of a Mexican mother and a Georgian father, María began her musical studies at the age of 3. He started with the violin and after a long career with this instrument, he finally opted for opera, in which he has built a brilliant career, since his discovery in 2008, in the Operalia competition.
Katzarava (1984) has sung in lofty venues such as the Royal Opera House, the Teatro alla Scala di Milano, the Royal Opera House in Stockholm, the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Philharmonic Theater in Verona, the Opera of Lausanne and the Gran Teatre del Liceu, as well as in festivals such as the Internacional Cervantino, in Mexico; Verdi, in Italy; Amazonas, in Brazil, and Erl, in Austria.
In them, he has given life with his voice to characters such as “Liù”, from the opera Turandot (by G. Puccini), the role that he has played the most in his entire career. He has also sung alongside leading figures, for example, tenors Andrea Caré, Ramón Vargas, Rolando Villazón, Arturo Chacón, Plácido Domingo and others. He sang at the concert for the 80’s onomastic of the conductor Zubin Mehta, together with Andrea Bocelli, with whom he toured.
Her talent has been recognized with awards such as the 2019 Alfredo Ortiz Tirado Festival award, the “Premio Crónica a la Cultura” and the Pablo Moncayo Award, awarded by Plácido Domingo and the Jalisco Philharmonic Board. In 2010 he won in the category “Young revelation singer” at the Oscar della lirica awards, in Verona, Italy.
Akemi Endo: After studying at the UNAM Faculty of Music, this soprano has worked under the direction of José Luis Castillo, Ramón Shade, Srba Dinic, Massimo Quarta, Eduardo Díazmuñoz and Horacio Franco. He has been a soloist in the orchestras of the Theater and Chamber of Fine Arts, the Symphony of the Autonomous University of Nuevo León and the Philharmonic of the UNAM, as well as the Camerata de Coahuila.
She participated in the International Cervantino Festival and the International Summer Opera Festival of Morelia. Among the operas he has performed are La Finta Giardiniera and La Fluuta Mágica by W.A. Mozart, and the Elixir of Love, by G. Donizetti. He recently obtained first place in the XII San Miguel Contest.
Valeria Vázquez: She was part of the study of the Opera de Bellas Artes, in the 2018-2019 season, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council awarded her a special mention and a stimulus award at the MET auditions in Mexico City in 2019.
This soprano studied at the Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey. Under the instruction of the tenor FranciscoAraiza and the Academia della Voce del Piemonte, Italy, he prepared and presented the role of “Mimí” in an opera La Bohéme.
She has been a finalist in the Carlo Morelli Singing Competition and the Sinaloa International Singing Competition.