Artist of the Week: María Belén Rivarola

Argentine Soprano Makes Double Debut at Teatro Solis

By Francisco Salazar

This week the Teatro Solis in Uruguay is set to open a new production of “Pagliacci” by Florencia Sanguinetti. The production will showcase world-class artists and a rising star in the opera world, María Belén Rivarola.

The Argentine soprano will make her Teatro Solis debut, which will also mark the first time she sings in Uruguay and her role debut as Nedda, adding another verismo role to her growing repertoire.

Over the years, Rivarola has made a prominent career in her home country performing in Buenos Aires in such roles as Leilà in “Les pescheurs de perles” at the “Teatro Roma, Avellaneda,” Nanetta in “Falstaff,” the title role of “Anna Bolena,” Donna Elvira in “Don Giovanni,” Elvira in “Ernani” and Musetta in “La Boheme”  at the “Buenos Aires Lírica” and Antonia in “Les contes de Hoffmann” for “Juventus Lyrica.” She has also performed at the Teatro Colon de Buenos Aires most recently in productions of “La Boheme” and “Nabucco.”

Outside of Argentina, she has also performed in Chile, Peru, Brazil, and New York City.

The soprano is a 2012 winner of the the First Lyric Contest Enrique R. Francovigh at Rosario, Santa Fe and a 2014 winner of the International Singing Contest “Premio Ciudad de Trujillo” in Peru. She is also a 2018 first prize winner of the “Maria Callas Vocal Competition” and a semifinalist of “The Paris Opera Competition, Concours Vernes.”

For those not in Uruguay for “Pagliacci,” the soprano returns to Argentina to appear in a concert performance of “Il Trovatore” and a gala concert, among others.


And for those not familiar with Rivarola’s voice, here are some excerpts of her singing from “La Bohème,” “Andrea Chenier,” and “Nabucco.”


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