-The Spanish singer will make her debut in the Russian capital before singing with the Orquesta de Extremadura and performing at the Princess of Asturias Prize gala.

September 2018
The mezzo-soprano from Madrid will begin the new artistic season with a concert at the Bolshoi in Moscow, where she will be performing the cantata Alegrías, by Antón García Abril, a composer who is very close to Montiel as he has dedicated some of his compositions to her. In her debut in the Russian capital the mezzo will be accompanied by the Concert Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory conducted by Borja Quintas. This will be a gala evening organised by the Colombus Foundation, María José Montiel being the cultural ambassador. Beforehand, at the end of August, she travelled to Majorca to make a recording of great Spanish compositions with the pianist Miquel Estelrich, with whom she has collaborated on concerts and recordings for many years.
Later, among other activities, Montiel will make her debut with the Orquesta de Extremadura with some of her favourite music, Chausson’s Poème de l’amour et de la mer, this time conducted by Álvaro Albiach. This will be the first time that the singer will collaborate with the ensemble from Extremadura and she will be doing two performances with them. The first is on the 4th October at the Manuel Rojas Congress Palace in Badajoz and the next day they will be at the Caceres Congress Palace. The last time María José Montiel performed this piece was in July 2017 with the Royal Symphony Orchestra of Seville, conducted by John Axelrod.

Finally, she has another very special engagement awaiting her: her participation in the Princess of Asturias Prize gala concert, in which she will perform Rossini’s Stabat Mater. This will take place on the 18th October at the historic Teatro Campoamor in Oviedo.