Maya Lahyani

Mezzo-Soprano

Biography

Hailed by the Maine Classical Beat for “a voice to die for [combined] with acting ability, beauty, and stage presence,” Israeli mezzo-soprano Maya Lahyani is fast-becoming one of today’s most sought-after young singers.

In the 2016-2017 season, Maya Lahyani returns to The Metropolitan Opera to sing Flora in Willy Decker’s production of La Traviata and to Seattle Opera, where she will appear as Varvara in a new production of Janáček’s Katya Kabanova, as well as Flora in Peter Konwitschny’s production of La Traviata. Concert appearances include Mahler’s “Resurrection Symphony” with the Charlotte Symphony and an arias concert with the Sun Valley Opera. Lahyani will also be the featured vocal soloist in a world premiere performance by the Alonzo King LINES Ballet.

Ms. Lahyani’s 2015-2016 season included performances and covers at the Metropolitan Opera as Maddalena in Rigoletto under the baton of Pablo Heras-Casado, Lola in Sir David McVicar’s production ofCavalleria Rusticana conducted by Fabio Luisi, and a Serving Woman in legendary director Patrice Chéreau’s production of Elektra led by Esa-Pekka Salonen. She concluded her season as the title role ofCarmen at Opera Las Vegas and PORTOpera to great acclaim.

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Reviews

“Maya Lahyani is a born Carmen. The demands of the role lie smoothly on her voice and she has strong resonance all across its range. Most of all, she created a charismatic figure that held the attention of every member of the audience. For a young singer who had only performed the title role of Carmen in two previous productions, her grasp of its intricacies was amazing.”

Maria Nockin

Opera Today

“If there were ever a mezzo-soprano perfectly suited to sing Carmen, it is Israeli-born Maya Lahyani, who combines a voice to die for with acting ability, beauty and stage presence. She is one of the few Carmens I have seen who makes Don Jose’s and Escamillo’s infatuation entirely believable.”

Christopher Hyde

Maine Classical Beat

“Maya Lahyani, the mezzo-soprano who sang the title role, brings both vocal suppleness and an alluring stage presence to the production, in healthy masure. Her two first-act showpieces, the “Habanera” and “Sequidilla,” were magnificently sultry, and her account of the dark, second act card aria, “En vain pour éviter,” touched on Carmen’s tragic side without overstating it.”

Allann Kozinn

The Portland Press Herald

“Omar, the fourth Palestinian, was apparently written as a trouser role for a mezzo-soprano; in this case, dancer Jesse Kovarsky threw his body into contortions of despair (choreography by Arthur Pita), as Maya Lahyani, here identified as Palestine Woman, sang the part with a dark, well-rounded tone.”

Susan Elliott

Classical Voices North America