-The diva from Madrid will make her debut in the legendary role in Verdi´s Don Carlos for Ópera de Tenerife.
The mezzosoprano María José Montiel returns to Santa Cruz in Tenerife to make her debut in the role of Princess Eboli in Verdi´s Don Carlos for the Ópera de Tenerife on the 10th, 14th and 17th March at the capital city´s Auditorium. The Spanish diva will travel to the island with the Italian composer very much in mind, as she will have just performed Verdi´s Requiem Mass alongside the Barcelona Gran Teatre del Liceu Symphony and Choir at the Palau de la Música Catalana (20th February). She has travelled all over the world to perform the Mass with the conductor, Riccardo Chailly, a fundamental influence on her career.
Montiel is adding the role of Eboli, which is one of the most emblematic roles for mezzo-soprano, to her repertoire and will be bringing her wide experience and deep knowledge of the style to the role. She has previously taken on other great Verdi roles such as Amneris in Aida (Bregenz Festival, directed by Graham Vick), Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera (alongside the Israel Philharmonic, conducted by Zubin Mehta), the Duchess Federica in Luisa Miller (at the Opéra de París with the conducters Lorin Maazel, James Conlon and Daniel Oren) as well as Maddalena in Rigoletto at various theatres. “Verdi and Schiller´s Eboli is fascinating, but also very complex because she is at the heart of the plot and moves the whole story along” Montiel explains. “The role demands a wide tessitura and great mastery both of highly ornamented, rapid passages, as well as dramatic and expressive singing. It´s an exciting challenge.”
This first performance of the role will also be María José Montiel´s opera debut in Tenerife, where she has already performed at the Canary Island International Music Festival on two occasions, singing Rossini´s Stabat Mater, firstly along the Milanese Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Chailly (at the Tenerife Auditorium, 2004) and, later, with the Community of Madrid Orchestra and Choir conducted by José Ramón Encinar (at the Teatro Guimerá, 2011).