Hailed as “a voice to die for [combined] with acting ability, beauty, and stage presence,” Israeli mezzo-soprano Maya Lahyani (she/her) is quickly becoming one of today’s most sought-after international singers.
This season, Ms. Lahyani performs Dorothée in Laurent Pelly’s production of Cinderella at the Metropolitan Opera. She also makes her return in the title role in Carmen at both Arizona Opera and Minnesota Opera. Last season, Ms. Lahyani was scheduled to make house debuts at Arizona Opera as the title role in Carmen as well.
In the 2019-2020 season, Ms. Lahyani returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Rosette in Laurent Pelly’s production of Manon and to Israeli Opera as Sister Helen in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. She was also scheduled to sing Tisbe in La Cenerentola at the Metropolitan Opera, and in concert, join the Philadelphia Orchestra as Second Maid in Elektra and the London Symphony Orchestra for Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time under the baton of Alan Gilbert.
Highlights of Ms. Lahyani’s past seasons include performances as Carmen at both Opera Las Vegas and PORTopera, the Page in Atom Egoyan’s production of Salome in her house debut at Canadian Opera Company, Maddalena at the Berkshire Opera Festival, Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto at the Hollywood Bowl with Gustavo Dudamel leading the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte at Dallas Opera, and Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel at Opera Fairbanks.
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 America-Israel Cultural Foundation, the Ronen Foundation, and the Israeli Vocal Arts Institute. She received her Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Music from the Mannes School of Music in New York.