María José Montiel

María José Montiel returns to Mexico

María José Montiel

October 2017

- The diva from Madrid will return to Mexico in November, this time to take the role of Charlotte in Werther, as well as taking on new debuts this season


October 2017


María José Montiel has had a special connection with Mexican opera-goers since she made her debut in the role of Dalila (in Saint-Säens´ Samson et Dalila) in September 2015 with the Nuevo León Opera (Mexico).  The Spanish singer is returning this autumn for the season organised by Conarte (Nuevo León Arts Council) with more French repertoire, which Montiel adores and which has accompanied her throughout her career.  On this occasion she will take the female lead in Massenet´s Werther, at the Teatro de la Ciudad in Monterrey, on the 10th and 12th November.  The music will be conducted by Guido María Guida, who will be at the helm of the UANL Symphony Orchestra.  According to the renowned mezzo, Charlotte “is a woman from a good family who is faithful to the oath she swore to her mother, which means that she leads a sad and tormented life after having met the young Werther, with whom she falls in love,” Montiel explains.  “She lives in pain and melancholy; in some way I believe she also feels guilty because, in spite of the promise she made to her mother, she does not love Albert, her husband, she loves another man; she has a totally repressed passion inside her and she feels torn.  I believe that love always triumphs: at the last moment, before Werther´s death, the pair kiss, hold each other and recognize that they love each other.  Love is the strongest feeling that a human being can experience.  In any case, when I sing Charlotte, I feel the role with great emotion and passion.”  For the winner of the 2015 National Music Prize awarded by the Ministry of Culture of Spain “the text and Massenet´s marvellous music are perfectly matched, which is something that really helps me to fully immerse myself in the feelings of the character,” she concludes.


Some outstanding moments from her last season include her wildly successful performances of Mahler´s symphonies with the Balearic Symphony Orchestra, the Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa and the Malaga Philharmonic; the Cinco canciones negras by Montsalvatge alongside the Community of Madrid Orchestra; her debut of Chausson´s Poème de l'amour et de la mer with the Seville Royal Symphonic Orchestra; her emblematic title role in Bizet´s Carmen, at the Florida Grand Opera (Miami, USA), at the Kursaal in San Sebastian and at the Gran Teatro in Cordoba.  There was also her award-winning version of Antoni Parera´s María Moliner, at the Teatre Principal in Palma, Majorca – for which she won prizes for best female singer in a lead role and the best opera of the year – as well as the recitals she gave at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid, accompanied on the piano by Miquel Estelrich and at the Teatro de La Maestranza in Seville, with Rubén Fernández Aguirre on piano.


As well as her return to Mexico, in the new season, the singer will continue to alternate recitals with symphonic concerts and operatic roles.  After having performed Montsalvatge´s Cinco Canciones Negras last September at the Autumn Music Festival in Soria, Spain, and performing in an opera gala with the Region of Murcia Symphonic Orchestra, she will give a concert in Valencia for the recently formed Columbus Foundation (which she is ambassador for and which raises funds for children with serious illnesses and rare diseases), she will give a recital at the Alicante Philharmonic Society (December), she will perform in the DIVAS concert alongside sopranos Ainhoa Arteta and Pilar Jurado at the MadWomanFest in Madrid (January 2018), she will sing Ravel´s Shéhérazade and Falla´s Siete Canciones populares españolas with the Orquesta Nacional de España (January 2018), she will participate in the Opera Stars Concerts season at Opera Naples (USA) with a recital accompanied by Ramón Tebar, and will return to Barcelona with Verdi´s Requiem alongside the Liceu Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Josep Pons (February).  She will also make her debut as Princess Eboli in Don Carlos at Tenerife Opera and will return to the Teatro de La Zarzuela in Madrid with a recital accompanied by Rubén Fernández Aguirre on piano.   

Poème de l'amour et de la mer (Chausson)


“The main course of the concert was the piece by Chausson, which Axelrod imprinted with his Wagnerian patina which suits it so well and to which María José Montiel adapted herself admirably, with ideal density, power, colour and expressivity for the music in which she shone, especially in the darkest and most dramatic parts.”

Diario de Sevilla

Symphony N. 3 (Mahler)

“The roundness of the concert was achieved with the participation of María José Montiel; undoubtedly a winning selection: and the Spanish mezzo-soprano, each time she sang, found the perfect tone for the music. This does not only apply to her great vocal technique, her affinity to the repertoire and clear diction, but also to her presence and communication with the audience, which allowed her to fill the stage beyond its capacity. If the emotion of her participation in the fourth movement had already won over the audience with her outstanding performance, it was in the fifth when the singer displayed her exquisite shading in the extreme dynamics of Es sungen drei Engel”.

Ópera Actual

    • 2018: January 19, 20, 21
    • Shéhérazade - María José Montiel - OCNE - Dir. Miguel Romea
    • Shéhérazade - María José Montiel

      Orquesta y Coro Nacional de España - Dir. Miguel Romea.

      Auditorio Nacional de Música - Madrid - Jueves 19 y Sábado 20, 19:30hs.

    • 2018: January 31
    • Opera Stars Concert: María José Montiel - Ramón Tebar
    • Opera Stars Concert - Naples Ópera

      María José Montiel - Mezzosoprano

      Ramón Tebar - Piano

      January 31 - 7:30 PM 

      Opera Naples - Florida


      The Mezzo from Madrid, Maria José Montiel, considered one of the greatest Carmens of our time, is also a lover of the concert repertoire. She will enchant us with an evening of beautiful French, Spanish and Brazilian songs as well as beloved operatic arias.

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