Praised for her sparkling voice and stage presence, Indian-American coloratura soprano Maya Kherani has been a featured soloist on the West Coast and beyond since completing her Master’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2012. Maya is currently in residence at the Boston University Opera Institute, studying with Ms. Penelope Bitzas, where she will sing La Fée in Massenet’s Cendrillon. Last season, Maya made her Houston Grand Opera (HGOco) debut as Meera in the world première of River of Light, and her debut with Central City Opera as a Studio Artist. Maya will return to Central City Opera this summer as an Apprentice Artist, singing Altisidore in Boismortier’s Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse. Favorite roles include Adele (Die Fledermaus), Despina (Cosí fan tutte), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Eurydice (Orfée aux enfers), Marie (La fille du régiment), Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance), Poppea (Agrippina), Monica (The Medium), and Nuria in Golijov’s Ainadamar. An active proponent of both early and contemporary music, Maya has premiered several works, including Neil Rolnick’s Anosmia, released by Innova Records, and Dante de Silva’s “graphic opera” Gesualdo, Prince of Madness. As a passionate Baroque performer, she has been featured with the American Bach Soloists, the San Francisco Bach Choir, the Amherst Early Music Festival, and the American Handel Society Festival. Recently, Maya won Second Place at the Peter Elvins Vocal Competition, the Kalvelage award at West Bay Opera’s Holt Competition, the Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (District), and the Barlow Award at the San Francisco Bay Area NATS competition. Prior to her singing career, Maya graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Read more >>
Maya was featured in The Press Democrat for her work as a Teaching Artist with the San Francisco Opera Outreach program. Read the full article here.
Even with a degree in mechanical engineering from Princeton, soprano Maya Kherani may not be able to explain how such a great, luxurious voice can project from such a slender frame…She further impressed with flawless theatrical presence and crystalline diction.
– San Francisco Classical Voice
They were joined by Maya Kherani, whose pure high notes as Xirgu’s student, Nuria, added a lovely top dimension.
– Repeat Performances
My days are unbearably boring from Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld