Biography

Born in Barcelona, Maria Miró is graduated in Medicine by the University of Barcelona with Honours. She started her musical studies at the age of 6, singing in the Cor Vivaldi of the IPSI School and completing the 8th Grade of transversal flute and piano (ABRSM). She studied Singing at the prestigious Liceu Conservatoire of Barcelona, with soprano Carmen Bustamante, and at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) of Manchester, United Kingdom, with mezzo-soprano Barbara Robotham, where she completed with Distinction a Master of Music in Solo Performance- Voice.

She won First Prize at the 22nd Mirabent and Magrans Singing Competition 2014 and First Prize and Zarzuela Prize at the 3rd International Singing Competition City of Elda 2014 among other singing prizes in Spain; and during her stay in the UK, she was Finalist of the Clonter Opera Prize and The Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Prize 2011, and Highly Commended in the Cronshaw Song Cycle Prize 2010. She has received advice by Montserrat Caballé, Jaume Aragall, Julius Drake, Ana María Sánchez, Darina Takova, Nicola Beller Carbone, Laura Sarti, Ana Luisa Chova, Dalton Baldwin, Elisabetta Fiorillo, Esperanza Melguizo, among others. She is currently working with vocal coaches Joy Mammen and Carlos Aransay in London.

A highlight of her singing career is having sung the role of Mariana (Das Liebesverbot– Wagner), conducted by Ivor Bolton and directed by Kasper Holten, at Teatro Real of Madrid (2016), with very good reviews. As DAS OPERNGLAS wrote: “scored Catalan Maria Miró, from Barcelona, in the role of Mariana, with clear and bell-ringing soprano voice that sounded precise and elegant, which completely convinced. A promising debut!”. Other roles at Teatro Real have been Clotilde (Norma– Bellini), conducted by Roberto Abbado and directed by Davide Livermore (2016), Coryphée (Alceste– Glück), conducted by Ivor Bolton and directed by Krzysztof Warlikowsky (2014) and cover of Donna Anna (Don Giovanni-Mozart), conducted by Alejo Pérez and directed by Dmitry Tcherniakov (2013). She has sung in different productions at Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona: Inés (Il trovatore– Verdi), conducted by Daniele Callegari and directed by Joan Anton Rechi (2017); Pisana (I due Foscari– Verdi), with Plácido Domingo and conducted by Massimo Zanetti (2015) and Maia (L’Atlàntida-Falla) conducted by Josep Pons (2013). She has recently made her debut at Teatro Massimo of Palermo, Italy (2017) as Clotilde in Norma by Bellini, with Mariella Devia in the title role. Other roles sung are: Mimì (La Bohème– Puccini), at Celebrate Voice Festival, UK (2015); First Lady (The Magic Flute-Mozart), at Wexford Festival Opera, Ireland (2012); Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica– Puccini), at Dorset Opera Festival, UK (2012); Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte-Mozart), at Lyric Opera Studio of Weimar, Germany (2011); Vanessa (Vanessa-Barber), at the Opera Theatre of the RNCM, Manchester (2011); and Dido (Dido and Aeneas– Purcell), Liceu Conservatoire of Barcelona (2006).

As a fine recitalist, she has performed in many Festivals and Concert Series throughout Spain and the United Kingdom (RNCM Chamber Music Festival, RNCM Festival “The Music of Kurt Schwersik”, Xarxa de Músiques de Catalunya, Fundació Frederic Mompou, Fundació Jaume Aragall, 30 minuts de música al Mas i Mas, Les Veus del MEAM, Ciclo de conciertos Concertante, Les Veus del Monestir de Pedralbes, among others). She has sung in important venues such as L’Auditori of Barcelona, Auditorio of Alicante, and Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona, where she gave a recital in the Tribute to Mr. Manuel Bertrand at Saló dels Miralls (2015) and on the main stage collaborated with German soprano Angela Denoke in her Recital about Kurt Weill (2014). Maria has premièred songs by the Catalan composers A. Ros-Marbà and Ramon Ribé and, from 2006 to 2009, she was the soprano soloist of the ensemble Com.Cat Trio (with violinist Laura Rafecas and pianist Carles Puig), which broadcasted a repertoire of twentieth-century Catalan composers.  In the oratorio repertoire, she has performed as a soprano soloist in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42 (last one conducted by Manel Valdivieso at L’Auditori of Barcelona).

In the season 17/18, she will return to Teatro Real of Madrid as Penélope in Gloriana by Britten.