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Israeli mezzo-soprano Maya Lahyani begins her 2014/2015 season returning to the Metropolitan Opera as Omar in Tom Morris’ new production of The Death of Klinghoffer, conducted by David Robertson. She then performs as Flora in Willy Decker’s iconic production of La Traviata, and as Rosette in Laurent Pelly’s production of Manon alongside Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo. Ms. Lahyani ends her season making her Seattle Opera debut as Dryad in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos. Ms. Lahyani began the 2013/2014 season returning to the Metropolitan Opera for performances and covers in five of the season’s operas and as the first Israeli born singer to sing on their stage. She performed as Kate Pinkerton in Anthony Minghella’s production of Madama Butterfly under Philippe Auguin and as Kathchen in a new production of Massenet’s Werther directed by Richard Eyre with Jonas Kaufmann and Sophie Koch. She also performed in Rusalka with Renée Fleming under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Ms. Lahyani additionally understudied the roles of Tisbe in a revival of Cenerentola and Fiona in the Met’s new production and company commissioned premiere of American

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Israeli mezzo-soprano Maya Lahyani begins her 2014/2015 season returning to the Metropolitan Opera as Omar in Tom Morris’ new production of The Death of Klinghoffer, conducted by David Robertson. She then performs as Flora in Willy Decker’s iconic production of La Traviata, and as Rosette in Laurent Pelly’s production of Manon alongside Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo. Ms. Lahyani ends her season making her Seattle Opera debut as Dryad in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos.

Ms. Lahyani began the 2013/2014 season returning to the Metropolitan Opera for performances and covers in five of the season’s operas and as the first Israeli born singer to sing on their stage. She performed as Kate Pinkerton in Anthony Minghella’s production of Madama Butterfly under Philippe Auguin and as Kathchen in a new production of Massenet’s Werther directed by Richard Eyre with Jonas Kaufmann and Sophie Koch. She also performed in Rusalka with Renée Fleming under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Ms. Lahyani additionally understudied the roles of Tisbe in a revival of Cenerentola and Fiona in the Met’s new production and company commissioned premiere of American composer Nico Muhly’s Two Boys. In the summer months she performed the title role in Carmen with Wolf Trap Opera to much critical acclaim.

The 2012/2013 season saw Ms. Lahyani as vocal soloist in collaboration with Alonzo King LINES Ballet. She then joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera to cover roles in La Traviata, Carmen, and Francesca da Rimini. Following her stint in New York, Ms. Lahyani traveled to Toronto to make her Canadian Opera Company debut as the Page in Atom Egoyan’s production of Salome while concurrently covering the role of Mère Marie in Dialogues des Carmélites.

Recent career highlights include her August 2012 Hollywood Bowl debut as Countess Ceprano in a concert performance of Rigoletto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel. The 2011/2012 season also saw a debut at Dallas Opera in performances of the Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte under the baton of Graeme Jenkins and as the title role in San Francisco Opera’s Carmen for Families.
Ms. Lahyani recently finished her second year as an Adler Fellow with the San Francisco Opera. Roles and productions with the company included Siegrune in Die Walküre, Sister Marta and The Duenna in Cyrano de Bergerac opposite Plácido Domingo, The Makropulos Case with Karita Mattila, and Beppe in Merola Opera Program’s L’Amico Fritz. Ms. Lahyani made her San Francisco Opera main stage debut in summer 2010 as Wowkle in La Fanciulla del West under Nicola Luisotti. In past seasons at SFO, Ms. Lahyani performed in the world premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’s Heart of a Soldier under conductor Patrick Summers and covered Maffio Orsini in Lucrezia Borgia.

Prior her time in San Francisco, the mezzo-soprano was a member of the Seattle Opera Young Artist Program where she appeared in the role of Dorabella (Così fan tutte). She has also regularly taken part in The International Vocal Art Institute in Tel Aviv, where she has sung Mère Marie (Dialogues des Carmélites), Rebecca Nurse (The Crucible), the title role in Mascagni’s Zanetto, and Charlotte (Werther). Ms. Lahyani received her bachelor’s and master’s of music from the Mannes School of Music in New York where credits included Frugola in Il Tabarro, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Mère Marie in Dialogues des Carmélites, and Flora in La Traviata.

Ms. Lahyani’s concert work portfolio includes performances as the mezzo-soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus under Lusiotti’s baton, Ravel’s Sheherazade with the Jerusalem Symphony, Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody with the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra, and the alto soloist in Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream with the San Francisco Symphony under Kurt Masur.

Ms. Lahyani was a 2010 grand finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a 2008 finalist in the Joy in Singing Competition. She has been awarded scholarships by the San Francisco Foundation, the American-Israeli Cultural Foundation, the Ronen Foundation, and the Israeli Vocal Arts Institute

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