It is clear that the Spanish mezzo María José Montiel has a special affinity with this Gustav Mahler symphony; in January she performed the bohemian composer’s Second Symphony: Resurrection as soloist in the Milan Auditorium to huge acclaim. This is a new collaboration between Montiel and “La Verdi” (Milan Giuseppi Verdi Foundation Symphony Orchestra and Choir), with which she works almost every season. In April, Montiel will pack her bags again, this time to travel to Lisbon, where she will revisit Mahler’s music and his Second Symphony.
The singer will be travelling to Portugal after first touring Spain, giving recitals in Bilbao, Madrid and Valencia. She will make her re-encounter with symphonic repertoire thanks to this monumental opus, whose 4th movement, Sehr feierlich, aber Schlicht. Urlicht, with words by Mahler himself, she will be performing alongside the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra (OSP) and the Lisbon São Carlos National Theatre choir. They will be conducted by Joana Carneiro on the 6th April at the Belém Cultural Centre (Lisbon).