Cio-Cio San (Madame Butterfly) – Madame Butterfly
Of Maria Kanyova’s performances as Madama Butterfly, the Denver Post raved, “Making her striking Central City debut in the demanding title role, soprano Maria Kanyova hardly could be more convincing with her appropriately youthful appearance and ability to convey the young wife’s innocence, vulnerability and pain. More important, she possesses a pure, forceful voice with a pleasing, soft edge – and she knows how to use it.” The American soprano has received equal praise for her portrayals of the leading heroines in Italian, French, German, Russian, and Czech operas with companies throughout the United States.
Maria Kanyova has enjoyed a busy career encompassing a wide repertoire. Her signature role of Violetta in Verdi’s La traviata has been seen at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera, Portland Opera, and Utah Opera; Mimì in La bohème with New York City Opera (opposite Rolando Villazón and telecast on PBS), Houston Grand Opera and Dallas Opera; Cio-Cio San in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with the Lyric Opera of Chicago (conducted by Bruno Bartoletti), Florida Grand Opera, Tulsa Opera, Madison Opera, and Central City Opera; Nedda in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci with the Dallas Opera (conducted by Graeme Jenkins) and New York City Opera; Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Glimmerglass Opera as well as Donna Elvira with the Los Angeles Opera (conducted by Hartmut Haenchen) and Opera Colorado; Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Colorado and Opera Theatre of St. Louis; Adina in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore with Boston Lyric Opera and Opera Colorado; Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel with the Lyric Opera of Chicago (conducted by Ward Stare), Los Angeles Opera (conducted by Alan Gilbert) as well as the Dew Fairy/Sandman with the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Boston Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Marek Janowski); Tatyana in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin with Boston Lyric Opera, Utah Opera, and Opera Pacific; the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica with New York City Opera (conducted by George Manahan); Konstanze in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Opera Colorado; the title role in Janáček’s Jenůfa with Glimmerglass Opera (production by Sir Jonathan Miller); Oscar in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera with the Lyric Opera of Chicago; Blanche de la Force in Poulenc’s The Dialogues of the Carmelites with Glimmerglass Opera; and Corinna in Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims with New York City Opera.
A strong proponent for new opera, Maria Kanyova has created many new roles as well as reprising major American contemporary operas. As Pat Nixon in John Adams’ Nixon in China, Ms. Kanyova has traveled to the San Francisco Opera (conducted by Lawrence Renes), Canadian Opera Company (James Robinson production conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado), Opera Colorado (conducted by Marin Alsop—production recording released on the Naxos label in 2010), Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Chicago Opera Theatre, and in concert with the Ravinia Festival (conducted by Marin Alsop) and Phoenix Symphony. Ms. Kanyova has also had the unique opportunity of being only the third person to perform the role of Marie Antoinette in John Corgliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles, a role with which she made her European debut at the Wexford Festival, conducted by Michael Christie and also at Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Other world premieres include the Wedding Planner in William Bolcom’s A Wedding at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, directed by the late Robert Altman and conducted by Dennis Russell Davies; Ella Burling in Tobias Picker’s Emmeline which premiered at the Santa Fe Opera and later telecast on PBS; Annabelle in the first modern performances of John Philip Sousa’s The Glass Blowers with Glimmerglass Opera, and Leya in Shulamit Ran’s Between Two Worlds with the Lyric Opera of Chicago Center for America Artists. Ms. Kanyova adds another world premiere to her repertoire singing the role of Miriam in Mark Adamo’s Gospel of Mary Magdalene with the San Francisco Opera in their Spring/Summer 2013 season.