© 2016 by María José Rodríguez. 

BIOGRAPHY

 

The Mexican soprano María-José Rodríguez began her musical studies on violin and piano. Awards include: 1st prize at the XVII Singing Contest “Francisco Araiza” - UNAM, the “Pepita Serrano” and “Antonio Haas” Prizes at the International Singing Competition Sinaloa, and Medal “Gabino Barreda” for the highest grades in Bachelor´s degree of Voice at the National School of Music, UNAM - Mexico. Ms. Rodríguez was also beneficiary of FONCA with a scholarship for Stage Artists in 2010-2011.  She has taken voice lessons and master classes with Roberto Bañuelas, Francisco Araiza, Mirella Freni, Susan Young and Salome Kammer. She was participant of the Belcanto Artists Opernstudio in Munich with Saverio Suárez-Ribaudo. Her debut in Germany came with Arminda from Die Gärtnerin aus Liebe (W.A. Mozart) at the Gut-Immling Opernfestival in co-production with the Staatsoper Berlin. Other appearances include Angelica (Orlando Furioso, A. Vivaldi), Norina (Don Pasquale, G. Donizetti), Costanza (Haydn - L´isola disabitata), Rosina (Barbiere di Siviglia, G. Rossini), Carmen (Carmen, G. Bizet) and Pamina, Contessa, Zerlina, Auretta and Madame Herz (all roles from Mozart).   She sang with the Orquesta de Cámara de Bellas Artes, Orquesta del Teatro de Bellas Artes, Münchener Symphoniker, National Orquestra  from Baku, and the Georgian Sinfonietta. In addition, recently she debuted as Luisa Miller from Verdi at the Münchens kleinstes Opernhaus (Stage director: Marcus Everding, Conductor: Andreas Heinzmann).

Alongside her operatic pursuits she is fostering a career as a New Music singer and performer, collaborating and participating in world premieres from music and operas by young composers.  She is a founding member of Opera Momento, an opera company for Contemporary and New Operas and the Breakout Ensemble, a New Music collective, both based in Munich. She performed with the Breakout Ensemble in 2016 for the Bayerische Rundfunk’s concert of Steve Reich’s “Music for 18 Musicians”, with the composer himself coaching the group.  She was part of the Akademie der Neue Musik 2014 in Munich and was also an invited student for the Master of New Music in the State School of Music in Munich, where she gave also lessons in Spanish phonetics and Repetoire for the Master in Lied.

"An diesem Abend vereinte sich sanftes Gleiten mit Verlegenheit, Temperamentvolles wurde durch Unordnung durcheinandergebracht, anmutende Töne entfalteten sich zu einem lebhaften Feuerwerk und aus Hoffnungen wurde Verletzlichkeit. Es war ein regelrechtes Zusammenspiel zwischen der Bühne und dem Zuschauersaal, ein sensationelles Spektakel voller Talent, Disziplin und liebevoller Leidenschaft für die Musik."

- ARR, CONACULTA

"Auch wenn sie ohne Bühnenbild auskommen muss, reichen der Sopranistin María José Rodríguez ihre Stimme, einige wenige Requisiten und die Begleitung durch ein

Streichquartett und ein Akkordeon, um den Charme von Gaetano Donizettis komischer Oper „Don Pasquale“ dem Publikum in der Allerheiligen-Hofkirche nahe zu bringen."

BARBARA HORDYCH, SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG