American soprano Maria Valdes has been praised by the San Francisco Classical Voice for her “silvery tone, glassily smooth phrasing, and fine-caliber dynamics.” While an Adler Fellow at San Francisco Opera, performances included Musetta in La Bohème, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Clorinda in La Cenerentola, and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro.
After finishing her tenure at San Francisco Opera in December, 2015, for the remainder of the 2015/16 season, Maria Valdes covered the role of Juliette in Roméo et Juliette for her debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and made her New York recital debut with the New York Festival of Song, performing the music of female Latin composers, opposite Steven Blier and Michael Barrett. Of her performance, the New York Times praised Ms. Valdes for her interpretation of the repertoire with “keening clarity.” Other projects include Haydn’s Creation at Georgia State University, an alumni recital at SongFest in Los Angeles, and participation in the Steans Institute at Ravinia.
For the 2016/17 season, Maria Valdes will appear with the Las Vegas Philharmonic and Chattanooga Symphony, performing Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, and Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate; with the St. Thomas Church on 5th Avenue in New York City, as well as Handel’s Messiah, a recital at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Atlanta.
Past performances include Haydn’s Creation and Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor with the Bellingham Festival of Music in Bellingham, Washington, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Emory University Symphony Orchestra, the title role in Donizetti’s Rita, conducted by Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg with the New Century Chamber Orchestra, Mozart’s Requiem with the Atlanta Master Chorale, Britten’s Les Illuminations with the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, and Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 as a winner of the Brumby Concerto Competition at Georgia State University. An avid recitalist, Ms. Valdes has appeared in concert with Martin Katz, as well as world-renowned flamenco guitarist Pepe Romero. Other roles and covers as an Adler Fellow include Johanna in Sweeney Todd, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Oscar in Un ballo in maschera and Magnolia in Showboat. As a member of that company’s Merola Program, she performed the role of Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro.
An award-winner in the regional Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, Maria Valdes is also the winner of the top prize at the Corbett Opera Scholarship Competition at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and is the recipient of a Shoshana Foundation Grant. She is a native of Atlanta and currently resides there.