María José Montiel

María José Montiel sings more French music this summer

María José Montiel

June 2017

-The singer from Madrid will sing Ernest Chausson´s Poème de l'amour et de la mer for the first time in Seville and will return to Madrid and the Balearic Islands


June 2017


Having garnered new triumphs once again in the title role of the opera María Moliner, by Antoni Parera Fons (May) at the Teatre Principal in Palma, Majorca and singing Mahler´s Third Symphony with the Malaga Philharmonic, conducted by its principal conductor, Manuel Hernández Silva (June), María José Montiel is readying herself for a summer full of engagements and new challenges: once again the Spanish diva will be joining her talent with that of the pianist Miquel Estelrich, with whom she has collaborated assiduously for many years.  The pair will be starting rehearsals for the recording of their new CD which comprises a careful selection of songs by Majorcan composers; they will both give a recital at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes in San Fernando in homage to Father Federico Sopeña (15th June).  In July Montiel will return to Majorca, this time to appear once again at the Santinyí International Music Festival (1st July).  After her performance in the Balearic Islands, where she has appeared every summer for the last several years, she will perform the exquisite song-cycle Poème de l'amour et de la mer for voice and orchestra, by Chausson.  This will be her first performance of this music and she will be joined by the Seville Real Orquesta Sinfónica conducted by John Axelrod (13th and 14th July), thereby adding yet another element to her already extensive French repertoire.  “Using the Romantic and exceptional verses by Maurice Bouchor, Ernest Chausson evoked all the mysterious beauty of the sea in this piece,” the mezzo-soprano explains.  "This is music that entraps us and moves us, with all the strength that the sea has for me.  I fell in love with the piece as soon as I listened to it and I am really excited to have the opportunity to perform it for the first time alongside the maestro Axelrod and the fantastic Seville Symphony Orchestra,” she concludes.  

Carmen (Bizet)

First and foremost, of course, Carmen needs a formidable singer in the title role, and FGO has one in María José Montiel. The Spanish mezzo-soprano effortlessly produced rich, sensual tones in the famous Habanera and Seguidilla, lowering her voice in the final renditions of the Habanera melody, in a manner that made the aria less showy and more insinuatingly intimate. In her stage manner, she communicated Carmen’s sexual mastery subtly, in the easy confidence of her walk and gestures, without the over-the-top posing and exaggeration often  portrayed.

South Florida Classical Review, South Florida Classical Review


"María José Montiel has true class and gave an excellent concert. The singer had ample resources to deal with an undoubtedly challenging programme and, especially, exquisite sensitivity in her singing, thick with pianissimos and filati, swathed by the chamber ensemble which accommodated the particular romanticism of her expression".


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María José Montiel © 2017 - Fidelio Artist