Rising Star Maria Katzarava Returns to London in 2017

By David Salazar

London audiences will get reacquainted with soprano Maria Katzarava this January when the Mexican Georgian singer makes appearances at the Wigmore Hall.

The soprano will appear on January 10 for the Rosenblatt Recitals at Wigmore Hall, a concert series that showcases some of the greatest opera stars of the moment. She will be joined by tenor Stefano la Colla and pianist Simon Lepper. The program will include arias and duets from such operas as “Madama Butterfly,” “Manon Lescaut,” “Tosca,” “La Boheme,” “Romeo et Juliette,” “Otello” and “Andrea Chenier.”

Katzarava made her London Debut during the 2010-11 season at the Royal Opera House as Juliette in Gounod’s “Romeo et Juliette.” In February she heads to Berlin to take on the role of Lina in “Stifellio.”

Katzarava came into the spotlight after winning the Operalia Competition in both the opera and zarzuela categories. Regarding her performance at the competition, Opera Canada wrote, “Some contestants stood out right from the quarter finals, such as the young Mexican soprano Maria Katzarava, whose flawless voice was matched by perfect stage presence, musicality and grace.” She received a scholarship thanks to tenor Ramon Vargas and went on to win Mexico’s Carlo Morelli national singing competition in 2005. She has also won the Carlo Bergonzi Prize, the Francisco Viñas international competition and the Oscar Della Lirica at the Arena di Verona.

She trains with iconic soprano Mirella Freni.