eUpdate | May 2013

Dear friends and supporters,I’m very excited to share my latest news with you. These past few months, I have truly enjoyed working with children around the Bay Area through West Bay Opera‘s In the Schools program as Marie in The Daughter of the Regiment, and starting off the year with Opera Parallele‘s stunning production of Ainadamar, in which I sang Nuria. The production was very well-received, and here are some reviews I received:

“The most impressive singers were cast in secondary roles: soprano Maya Kherani, whose voice was focused, penetrating and lustrous, as Nuria, Xirgu’s student.” – San Jose Mercury

“Maya Kherani, whose pure high notes as Xirgu’s student, Nuria, added a lovely top dimension” – Repeat Performances

“…soprano Maya Kherani was a lithe, silvery Nuria.” – San Francisco Classical Voice

I also had great fun returning to my alma mater, Princeton University, to sing the Soprano 1 solos in Handel’s Israel in Egypt with the Princeton University Glee Club. The PU Glee Club was where I got my start, and I was truly honored to be part of it once more.

Most recently, I had the wonderful pleasure of singing the role of Eurydice in Pocket Opera‘s production of Orpheus in the Underworld. Not only was it a blast to play such a spunky character, the audiences seemed to love our energy, especially during the iconic Can-can! I will be posting videos from the performance on my website soon. I was honored to receive the following praise in the San Francisco Classical Voice for my performance:

”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. Still, as Eurydice, Kherani filled the small theater with such force that we should look forward to hearing her in the War Memorial… or, what the heck, in the Met. She further impressed with flawless theatrical presence and crystalline diction.”

As always, I appreciate your support, and hope to see you at one of my upcoming performances!

All the best,
Maya

Upcoming Performances

It’s a Grand Night for Singers

Jarvis Conservatory

May 4, 2013, 7:00pm
Jarvis Conservatory, Downtown Napa, CA
Performing the Doll Song and O Luce di quest’anima

The Jarvis Conservatory in Napa, California, offers a unique venue for Bay Area singers the first Saturday of every month — IT’S A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGERS. These events are regularly hosted, narrated, and accompanied by internationally-known composer, coach, and pianist Richard B. Evans, who divides his time between the West Coast and New York City.

Orlando (in concert) | G.F. Handel

Pocket Opera

May 5 and 19, 2013
San Francisco and Berkeley, CA
Performing the role of Dorinda

A soldier hero learns that love presents far greater dangers than the battlefield. Handel in top form! Sung in Italian, with English narration.

Sweeney Todd | Stephen Sondheim

Redwood Symphony

June 1 and 2, 2013
Canada College Main Theatre, Redwood City, CA
Performing the role of Johanna

Sondheim’s hit Broadway musical based on the story of Benjamin Barker, a.k.a Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which sets the stage for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. A hilarious and beautifully written piece, this is not one to miss!

Gesualdo, Prince of Madness | Dante De Silva

Opera Parallèle | WORLD PREMIÈRE

June 7, 2013, 7:00pm
Recital Hall, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, CA
Performing the role of Leonora

Opera Parallele closes the 2012-13 performance season with a workshop reading of its first commission, Gesualdo, Prince of Madness, a new opera by Los Angeles composer Dante De Silva. The two-act opera examines the sometimes flexible nature of justice through the figure of Carlo Gesualdo, a 16th century composer accused of murder who escaped prosecution because of his noble status.

AMERICAN BACH SOLOISTS ACADEMY

as part of San Francisco’s Summer Bach Festival

July 8-21, 2013
San Francisco, CA (tickets and program of events)
Performing as an Academy participant (repertoire TBD)

Tickets and event listing

In order to attend the Academy, I’m currently running a fundraising campaign. I have only 14 days to go to meet my goal! Please click the button below to take a look.

Go to the campaign

Hope to see you there!

 

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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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