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.
Ms. Lahyani’s 2017-2018 season starts covering the role of Dalila in Samson and Dalila at The Dallas Opera. She later makes her Latin America debut as Charlotte in Werther with Ópera De Nuevo León in Monterrey, Mexico. Lahyani returns to The Metropolitan Opera as the Second Serving Woman in Elektra under the baton of Yannick Nézét-Séguin and as Dorothée in a new production of Cendrillon. She joins the Civic Orchestra of Chicago as the Soloist in Bernstein's Jeremiah Symphony. She closes her season singing Maddalena in Rigoletto at the Berkshire Opera Festival in August.
In the 2016-2017 season, Ms. Lahyani returned to The Metropolitan Opera to sing Flora in Willy Decker’s production of La Traviata. She also returned to Seattle Opera 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 included Mahler’s Second Symphony with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, and a recital with the Sun Valley Opera. Lahyani was also the featured vocal soloist in a world premiere performance by the Alonzo King LINES Ballet.
Ms. Lahyani sang over 50 performances at the Metropolitan Opera, making her debut during the 2013-2014 season in Anthony Minghella’s production of Madam Butterfly as the first Israeli born to ever sing on their stage. Other appearances at the Met including Massenet’s Werther directed by Richard Eyre, Rusalka under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin (both productions were seen live in HD), the role of the Palestinian Woman in John Adams' The Death of Klinghoffer, Flora in Willy Decker’s iconic production of La Traviata, Rosette in Laurent Pelly’s production of Manon, a Serving Woman in Strauss' Elektra conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. As well as covering Maddalena in Michael Mayer’s production of Rigoletto, Lola in Sir David McVicar’s production of Cavalleria Rusticana, Altichiara in Francesca da Rimini, and Fiona in the Met premiere of Nico Muhly's Two Boys.
Recent career highlights including the title role of Carmen with Opera Maine, Opera Las Vegas and Wolf Trap Opera. Her Seattle Opera Debut as Dryad in Ariadne auf Naxos, Hansel in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel With Opera Fairbanks, the Page in Atom Egoyan’s production of Salome with The Canadian Opera Company, Third Lady in The Magic Flute with The Dallas Opera, and Rigoletto in concert with The Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel.
Lahyani is an alumna of the prestigious Adler Fellowship of the San Francisco Opera, where she made her debut in 2010 as Wowkle in La Fanciulla del West under conductor Nicola Luisotti. Other roles and productions with the company include Siegrune in Die Walküre, Sister Marta and The Duenna in Cyrano de Bergerac, the world premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’s Heart of a Soldier under conductor Patrick Summers, Janáček's The Makropulos Case, Maffio Orsini in Lucrezia Borgia, and the title role of Carmen. With the International Vocal Art institute in Tel Aviv Lahyani performed the roles of Charlotte in Werther, Mather Marie in The Dialogues of the Carmelites, and the title role in Mascagni's Zanetto.
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 the baton of Nicola Luisotti, 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 conductor Kurt Masur and the San Francisco Symphony.
Ms. Lahyani received her Bachelor and Master’s Degrees from the Mannes College of Music in New York.