eUpdate | October 2014

A Summer in Recap and Mozart’s Grand Mass in C Minor

Maya Kherani Laughing
Dear Friends and Supporters,Since my last update in February, I have had a whirlwind of a spring and summer and have grown so much as an artist and a colleague due to amazing mentors and fellow artists. As a new transplant to Boston, I miss the Bay Area, but I’m excited for what the future will bring in Bean Town. I’m thrilled to share with you my latest news, and as always, I’m grateful for your support and kind wishes.At the end of this newsletter, you will find a list of my upcoming performances. I hope to see you there! In particular, I’m the Soprano I soloist in Mozart’s Grand Mass in C Minor with Masterworks Chorale with performances this weekend!Also, feel free to check out my website, mayakherani.com, and please “like” me at my Facebook page.
I’m currently back in the Bay Area to sing the Soprano I solos in Mozart’s Grand Mass in C Minor with Masterworks Chorale. One of the true masterworks of the choral orchestral repertoire, Mozart’s Grand Mass in C Minor is full of the brilliant contrapuntal writing that is a hallmark of his genius. The work also includes the stunning aria Et incarnatus est, which is truly an honor to sing. Please join me for what is sure to be an incredible perofrmance by the soloists, chorale, and orchestra. Buy tickets here, only $25 advance purchase ($10 student).
I’m excited to share that I have been recently accepted into the Boston University Opera Institute! A spot opened up last minute, and the timing couldn’t have been better! The Opera Institute is a fully-funded post-graduate program that offers performance-based training and classes. I’m so happy to have been given this opportunity, and I intend to make the most of it over the next 2 years. Performance dates and updates will follow shortly on my website.
Next year brings a very special and thrilling project for me. I will be singing both leads in Holst’s Savitri and Jack Perla’s River of Light with Festival Opera in Walnut Creek, CA. This will be my second time singing the role of Meera in River of Light, after a very successful and critically-acclaimed premiere with the Houston Grand Opera (HGOco) in March. Dates are still to be announced, but will most likely be in late 2015. As an Indian-American, I am honored to be singing a character from Hindu mythology in Savitri while portraying a 21st century career woman in River of Light. That juxtaposition makes this project quite a reflection of my own life, as I look back on my roots but still strive forward in this demanding career. I cannot wait to be a part of this project! More details are available in the press release.
Lastly, I had a wonderful and productive time at the Central City Opera Bonfils-Stanton Young Artist Program this summer. It was truly inspiring to be surrounded by such first-class principal artists and wonderful young artist colleagues. Everyone’s passion for opera was infectious, and spending the summer in sunny, beautiful Colorado was a dream come true. I presented a recital, sang five opera scenes, covered the Trio Soprano in Trouble in Tahiti, and sang in the choruses of Le nozze di Figaro, Dead Man Walking, and The Sound of Music. It was a summer I will never forget!

Upcoming Performances

October 25 & 26, 2014
Mass in C Minor (Soprano I Soloist)
W.A. Mozart
Masterworks Chorale
Belmont, CA
December 10, 2014
Cosi fan tutte – Act I Finale (Despina)
W.A. Mozart
Boston University Opera Institute
Director: David Kneuss, Executive Director at the Metropolitan Opera
Boston, MA
May 15 & 16, 2015
Paukenmesse (Soprano Soloist)
F.J. Haydn
Stanford Symphonic Chorus
Stanford, CA
Dates/Venue TBA 2015
Savitri (Savitri) by Gustav Holst
River of Light (Meera) by Jack Perla
Festival Opera
Walnut Creek, CA

 

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LATEST: Maya wins First Place & Audience Favorite Award (Tier II), and the Masterworks Award at the James Toland Vocal Arts Competition

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