Born in Mexico City in 1984, the young soprano Maria Alejandres is already proving herself to be an important artist of the new generation by winning First Prize and the Zarzuela Prize at the 2008 Placido Domingo Operalia Competition, as well as the Carlo Bergonzi Prize at the Francisco Viñas International Competition.
Maria Alejandres made her European debut as Juliette
in St. Etienne and in May of 2009 sang her first performances of Gilda in Rigoletto
in Mexico City. In June 2009 she appeared as Gilda on tour with the Teatro Regio of Parma in Beijing. Engagements during the 2009/2010 season include appearances as Juliette in Romeo et Juliette
at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona and at the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste. She will sing her first performances of Lucia Di Lammermoor
for Florida Grand Opera, and will return to China with Teatro Regio of Parma for more performances of Rigoletto
. Future engagements include her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 2010 as Juliette in Roméo et Juliette conducted by Daniel Oren, and her debut for Opera de Lausanne also as Juliette.
Ms. Alejandres began her musical education at the age of 3 studying violin and piano followed by vocal studies at the Superior School of Music in Mexico City, and has recently been a member of the Los Angeles Opera’s Domingo-Thornton Young Artists Program.
As the recipient of the Ramón Vargas-Pro Opera scholarship for distinguished young singers, she studied with Maestro Gabriel Mijares as well as with Mr. Vargas, and has appeared with the famed tenor in concert of opera arias and duets in Mexico City’s Nezahualcóyotl Hall with the Minería Symphony Orchestra, and again at the Palacio de Bellas Artes with the Opera Symphony Orchestra.
Since her professional debut in 2004 as Serpina in Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona
, with the Chihuahua Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Carlos García, Maria Alejandres has appeared throughout North America in opera and concert. Her debut at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City was in the role of Stéphano in Gounod’s Romeo and Juliette
, featuring Rolando Villazón and Anna Netrebko. She also appeared at the Morelia International Festival, playing the leading female role in Carlos Gomes’ opera Il Guarany
under the direction of Maestro Fernando Lozano as well as sang as soprano soloist in Haydn’s St. Nicholas Mass.
Other recent highlights for the artist have been Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor
at the Teatro Helénico in Mexico City, as well as returning to Bellas Artes as Musetta in La Bohéme
, under the direction of Enrique Patrón. In the past two seasons, she performed at the Guadalajara International Festival in Melesio Morales’ Ildegonda, in May 2007, and Marzelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio
, in May 2008, and was also heard as soloist with the Oaxaca Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Javier García Vigil.