Maria Brea, Soprano
About Maria Brea
Maria Brea, soprano, is a native of Caracas, Venezuela. Maria makes her debut as Nedda in the New Camerata Opera production of Cav+Pag this September 2021. She will also appear in several recitals in NYC this Fall 2021. Maria made her debut as Olga in December 2020 in Giordano's "Fedora" with Teatro Grattacielo. She recently sang at the renown BBC Cardiff competition in the UK June 2021 and is a Finalist of the Paris Opera Competition taking place at the Palais Garnier January 22nd, 2022. She won 6th prize in the Vinas competition and a Special Zarzuela prize for the best Zarzuela singer and was one appear nly six winners who sang in the orchestra concert for the winners at Teatro Liceu de Barcelona. In 2020 Maria Brea was to make her debut as Frasquita in Carmen at Rose Theater at Lincoln Center with MasterVoices. She was going to sing the soprano solo in the Bridges performance with MasterVoices (Covid19 cancelation). In 2019, Ms. Brea made her debut with the New Camerata Opera singing the role of Elena in the Zarzuela El Barbero de Sevilla which awarded Best Musical Actress given by the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors. Maria was an Eva and Stern Fellow at Songfest and made her debut with the Queens Symphony Orchestra in their Night at the Opera concert series. Last spring, Ms. Brea made her Opera Tampa debut singing the title role in Maestro Anton Coppola's Lady Swanwhite, a world premiere. During the winter 2018, Maria sang the role of Raquel in the world premiere of the opera El Rey Nacio in New York City and made her debut as Musetta in La Bohème with the New York Concert Opera. Maria also sang in a recital as part of the St. Hugh Steinway series in Miami, Florida. She sang the role of Nannetta in Verdi’s Falstaff in Martina Arroyo's Prelude to Performance. Ms. Brea performed with the West Bay Opera in the role of Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen during the spring 2018. Maria was part of the 2017-2018 season in the Apprentice Artist Program at Palm Beach Opera where she sang as Bridesmaid I in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.
Ms. Brea participated as a Studio Artist at Wolf Trap Opera 2017 where she performed arias and duets from La Bohème, Lakmé and Carousel with Maestro John Morris Russel and the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic. She also performed the role of the Bird in Philip Glass’s Juniper Tree in August 2017. Ms. Brea performed the role of Glaša in Janáček’s Katya Kabanova in April 2017 at the Juilliard School. In 2015, Ms. Brea sang the role of Marie in La Fille du Regiment with Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance and Lisa in Lehar’s Das Land des Lächelns at the Manhattan School of Music. In 2014, she sang the role of Adina with the West Bay Opera and in 2013 she sang the role of Giannetta in L’elisir d’amore with Prelude to Performance. In 2016-2017, Ms. Brea was seen in two live-streamed master classes with Maestro Pablo Heras-Casado and Maestro Emmanuel Villaume. Additionally, she performed excerpts of Rameau’s Castor et Pollux and Dardanus with the Juilliard 415 under the baton of Maestro William Christie at Alice Tully Hall.
She most recently won second prize in the Opera Cultura Vocal Competition 2019 and an Encouragement award from the Gerda Lissner Song/Lieder Competition. Maria was a finalist in the Mary Truman Art Song Competition 2018, and won first prize in the Giulio Gari (2017) and New York Lyric Opera (2016) Competitions. Ms. Brea also won second prize in the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition (2017) and received an encouragement award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Connecticut District 2017 and The Gerda Lissner Art Song Competition.
Ms. Brea’s other awards and honors include the Mae Zenke Orvis Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music where she received her Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance and a Kovner Fellow at the Juilliard School of Music where she received her Master’s. Maria was a proud recipient of a Novick Career Advancement Grant. Maria's current teachers, mentors and coaches include Manny Pérez, Martina Arroyo, Pablo Zinger, Colby Charnin, Javier Arrebola, Isabel Arraiza and Rachel Jonck. Brea’s father, a music teacher and Cuatro player, taught her Venezuelan folk music from an early age. Maria is a co-founder of the instagram platform Latina Women in Opera and a Spanish Diction expert at DictionBuddy.com
Nedda in Cav+Pag
SEPTEMBER 25TH AND 30TH, 2021
Maria Brea will be performing Nedda on Saturday, September 25th and Thursday, September 30th. New Camerata Opera presents Cav + Pag, an operatic ‘mash-up’ of the traditional double bill of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci. This 90-minute adaptation was developed by John de los Santos, Samuel McCoy, and internationally-renowned dramaturg Cori Ellison.
Maria Brea in Recital
The recital will take place in NYC October 17th 2021. Organization TBA.
A Song for Venezuela
WED, OCT 20, 8:00 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI CATHOLIC CHURCH. • NEW YORK, NY
For the first time since its foundation, the organization “Venezuelans and Immigrants Aid (VIA)”, will be hosting a benefit concert to raise funds for our work. This concert will feature the Venezuelan soprano María Brea, who will offer a night full of songs dedicated to Venezuela accompanied by a talented group of musicians from the organization Orchestrating Dreams and the special participation of a young Venezuelan singer, Rebeca Marchan.
Paris Opera Competition Finals
JANUARY 22ND, 2022
The PARIS OPERA COMPETITION is a biennial competition for opera singers held in Paris, devoted to discovering and helping promote young opera singers. While a competition was determined to be the best vehicle for helping emerging artists, the Paris Opera Competition strives to create something more: not only exposure and prize money but a piece of the puzzle in a singer’s path to success.
Founded in 2010, and now preparing for its 7th competition in 2022, the Paris Opera Competition team is made up of opera lovers, industry professionals and former and current young artists all working together to help nurture artists at the vulnerable start to their careers. We aim to create a complete experience for contestants, allowing them to compete, perform and learn. For each competition, we invite industry professionals from various sectors of the opera business to be in our jury, work with the singers, or attend the finals, in order to give singers the knowledge and tools required to make significant advances towards their long and short term goals.
Norina in Don Pasquale
Juilliard Waterline Square Park Concert
JULY 14TH, 7PM
The event is free and open to the public. Those who attend are invited to picnic on the lawn of Waterline Square Park and enjoy the warm summer weather listening to live music.
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