American soprano, Mardi Byers is one of the most exciting and talented artists to have emerged from the United States of America in recent years. Hailed by the press, she is making her mark on international opera and concert stages including the Hamburg State Opera, the Bregenz Festival, Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater, New York City Opera, and the BBC Proms.
Her triumphant opera debut as Floria Tosca at Theater Lübeck in 2003 earned her both critical and public acclaim, prompting invitations from leading opera houses to sing the major roles of her repertoire including Amelia Simon Boccanegra at the Hamburg State Opera, Aida at Finnish National Opera, Opera Toulon, as well as in Graham Vick’s production for the Bregenz Festival, Donna Anna Don Giovanni for Opera Frankfurt and New York City Opera, Georgette and Suor Angelica Il Trittico for New Orleans Opera, Elisabetta Don Carlo for Theater Basel directed by Calixto Beito, Marietta Die Tote Stadt, the title role of Tosca, Elizabeth Tannhäuser as well as Emilia Marty in Janàcek’s oper Vec Makropulos (a Robert Carson production) at the Nürnberg State Theater. In 2011, she was nominated for Russia’s most prestigious theater award, “The Golden Mask” for her portrayal of Marie in the Dmitri Tcherniakov’s celebrated production of Wozzeck conducted by Teodor Currentzis with the Bolshoi Theater. She also returned there as a guest in 2013, performing Der fliegende Holländer. She has performed 2 Richard Strauss roles (Chrysothemis Elektra and the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos) in Nürnberg and most recently covered the role of Salome at the Santa Fe Opera Festival.
Mardi Byers’ further European credits include Aida under the baton of Daniele Gatti, Elisabetta in Don Carlos in both the French and Italian versions, Amelia in I Masnadieri, Marguerite in Faust, the title role in Adriana Lecouvreur, La Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro, and Margarete in in Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au Bûcher.
Equally at home on the concert stage, Mardi Byers has performed Mahler’s 8th Symphony at the First Night of the 2010 BBC Proms, Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder in Hamburg, the Verdi Requiem in Finnland’s esteemed Turku Concert Hall, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Stuttgart Symphony, and most recently, Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder and excerpts from Alban Berg’s Wozzeck with the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra. Recitals have taken her to San Francisco, Zurich, Munich, Rome, and Salzburg. She is currently working on recordings of various women composers.
Mardi Byers is a native of Boulder, Colorado and currently makes her home in Zurich, Switzerland.
Suggested Operatic Repertoire
|Bizet||The Pearl Fishers||Leila|
|Mozart||Cosí fan tutte||Fiordiligi|
|Mozart||Don Giovanni||Donna Anna|
|Mozart||Le nozze di Figaro||Countess|
|Offenbach||Les contes d'Hoffmann||Antonia|
|Stravinsky||The Rake's Progress||Anne Trulove|
|Bach||St. John Passion|
|Bach||St. Matthew Passion|
|Beethoven||Mass in C Major, Op. 86|
|Brahms||Ein Deutches Requiem|
|Gounod||St. Cecilia Mass|
|Mozart||Missa Brevis in B Major|
|Mozart||C Minor Mass|
|Mozart||Vesperae solemnes de confessore|
|Rheinberger||Mass in C, Op. 169|
|Schubert||Mass in B Major|
|Schubert||Mass in A-flat Major|
Il trittico – New Orleans Opera
“An unqualified success in every aspect, the New Orleans Opera Association’s “Il Trittico,” which opened Friday night at McAlister Auditorium on Tulane University’s campus, ranks as one of the highlights of this or any musical season…
Lyall has shown once again his gift for casting. Soprano Mardi Byers stands out as the distraught Suor Angelica. In the role, she showed why “Suor Angelica” is first among equals in this trio of miniature masterpieces. Her richly colored soprano conveyed the character’s overwhelming sadness with fervent lyricism. Her rendition of “Senza mamma,” the aria in which the suffering Angelica mourns the death of the child taken away from her at birth, provided one of the most exposed and honest emotions seen recently on an opera stage…
Byers also excelled as Giorgetta, the wayward wife in “Il Tabarro,” adding a hearty earthiness to her singing.”
– Times-Picayune, November 20, 2007