Considered to be one of the stars of the Spanish opera scene, the mezzo from Madrid, María José Montiel has just chalked up another achievement in her career, this time with the musical magic of the Bohemian composer Gustav Mahler at the Milan Auditorium, performing his Second Symphony, Resurrection. This is a new collaboration between the Spanish diva and the Verdi Foundation (Milan Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra and Choir).
Over the next few weeks Montiel will go on a tour of recitals, visiting Bilbao, Madrid and Valencia, beginning at the Campos Elíseos Theatre - Antzokia in Bilbao as part of its Joaquín Achúcarro piano season (30th January), and alongside the pianist Rubén Fernández Aguirre. The programme includes pieces by Mendelssohn, Wagner, Montsalvatge and García Abril, as well as some zarzuela romanzas.
On the 5th February, again with Fernández Aguirre, the singer will go to the March Foundation in Madrid to participate in its recital season, this time with a wide repertoire including songs by women composers such as Clara Schumann Wieck, Matilde Salvador, Mélanie Bonis and Nadia Boulanger, as well as other pieces by Schumann, Halffter, Debussy, Hahn, Massenet and, once again, Xavier Montsalvatge: “I often remember the maestro Montsalvatge and the lovely friendship we had, as well as the number of countries in which I have sung his songs with piano or orchestra. I think I’ve done it in every continent except Africa! He also wrote Eufonia, which I myself premiered in Cadaqués. It was an honour for me to collaborate with him and count on his trust in me, when I was so young”, the Spanish opera star affirms.
And from Madrid to Valencia: María José Montiel will perform for the Valencian Philharmonic Society in the Iturbi Hall at the city’s Palau de la Música on the 11th February. This time the format will be completely different: she will be accompanied on the harp by Luisa Domingo.
Before the end of the month, on the 23rd February, María José Montiel will return to the National Auditorium in Madrid to participate in a charity recital alongside the legendary Italian baritone Ruggero Raimondi; both artists will be joined by the tenor Aquiles Machado and accompanied by the maestro Edelmiro Arnaltes on the piano and will perform a repertoire which includes Spanish and Neapolitan song as well as selections from operas by Mozart (Don Giovanni) and Bizet (Carmen).