-The Spanish mezzo will perform in Saint-Saëns´ masterpiece at the Teatro Romano, opening the 65th Classical Theater Festival

June 2019

After her triumphs with la Cieca in La Gioconda at the Liceu in Barcelona and Prokofiev´s cantata Alexander Nevsky at the National Auditorium in Madrid within the Spanish National Orchestra and Choir season, María José Montiel returns to French repertoire this month to take the female title role in Samson et Dalila, by Camille Saint-Saëns. The fabulous professor of singing of the Berlin University of the Arts will take the role of Dalila, the intriguing and sensual female lead in this masterpiece of French opera, in the premiere of a production directed by Paco Azorín at the Teatro Romano in Merida as part of the city´s International Classical Theater Festival.   It will be a spectacular co-production with the Seville Teatro de La Maestranza with more than 400 performers on stage, conducted by Álvaro Albiach, at the helm of the Extremadura Symphony Orchestra. The performances will take place on the 27th, 29th and 30th June, after which Montiel will continue with her activity at the German university.

Later, at the end of August, the Spanish singer will travel to Pollença (Majorca) to give a recital, accompanied by the pianist Miquel Estelrich (on 31st).   She will return to the University of Berlin in the first week of September to give a presentation to introduce people to Spanish concert song in its different types, styles and formats, and highlight the importance of Spanish composers in the world of lied. Montiel will then travel to Santiago de Compostela where she will perform at a musical evening on the 25th September alongside Iván Martín on piano, premiering a song cycle of verses by Rosalía de Castro that the Galician composer Juan Durán has created especially for her.   On 30th September and 4th and 5th October, she will give concerts in Majorca once again, this time, accompanied by the Balearic Island Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Pablo Mielgo, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Balearic ensemble.