On August 21st, Mardi takes part in this year's worldwide celebrations honoring the 150th birthday of the composer Richard Strauss, by singing his Vier letzte Lieder at the Inetrnational Music Festival "Pietre che Cantano."
Together with pianist and artistic director Luisa Prayer,
Mardi performs Strauss' last great work and closes her 2014 summer season "Im Abendrot."
On the heels of a triumphant success in the title role of Puccini’s Tosca for Austin Lyric Opera, Mardi now stars in Dallas Opera’s newest production of Die tote Stadt by Erich Korngold. In the dual roles of Marie and Marietta, Mardi makes her debut at Dallas’ Winspear Opera House on March 21st just weeks after a sensational run of Tosca where critics praised:
"The theatrics were great and the piercing power of Byers made for a spectacular conclusion that provoked a well-deserved standing ovation from the audience."- Austin Post
"Her aria "Vissi d'arte" is astoundingly sung and acted, and her unspoken moment of fear and uncertainty at the end of the act is chilling and suspenseful."-Broadway World
After a busy summer of concerts including Verdi's Requiem in London and a Verdi Gala with the Hamburger Symphoniker, Mardi kicks off the the 2013-2014 season at the Bolshoi Theater. Having enjoyed great success at Russia's premiere theater as Marie in Dmitri Cherniakov's dynamic production of Berg's Wozzeck, Mardi returns, this time as Senta, in Wagner's Flying Dutchman directed by Peter Konwitschny and conducted by Vassily Sinaisky.
The winter sees Mardi's return to North America and her debut with Austin Lyric Opera in the title role of Puccini's Tosca. Premiere is on January 30th with further performances on February 1st and 2nd.
On April 7th Mardi makes her debut with Opera Toulon in one of her signature and favorite roles, the Ethiopan princess, Aida. A role which she has already sung for the Bregenz Festival, Finnish National Opera, the Bremen Seebuhne, the Royal Opera House Muscat Oman, and the Nurnberg State Theater.
Dircted by Paul-Emile Fourny and conducted by Alberto Hold-Garrido, Mardi will embody Verdi's famous heroine with further performaces on April 9th, 11th, and 13th. This also marks Mardi's operatic debut in France.
Jumping in on short notice, Mardi recently performed
Strauss' Vier letzte Lieder and Three Fragments from Wozzeck
by Alban Berg with the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra.
Led by conductor Axel Kober, the concerts were presented
in the Tonhalle Düsseldorf on February 17th and 18th.
Making her return to Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater, Mardi Byers brings back her much lauded portrayal of Marie in Berg’s Wozzeck, for which she has received this year’s Golden Mask nomination in the category “Best Female Role in an Opera”. Russia’s national theater award and highest artistic accolade, established in 1994 by the Theatre Union of Russia, recognizes excellence in all genres of theater art encompassing drama, opera, ballet, modern dance, operetta, musical, and puppet theatre.
Also nominated for “Best Opera Production”, Wozzeck performances on March 11th and 13th are part of the annual Golden Mask Festival, Russia’s largest and most prominent performing arts festival, which runs from January 4th through April 14th, and closes with its highly publicized awards ceremony on April 15.
Read reviews from Opera News and The Herald Tribune
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Broadcast live frorm the Bolshoi, NPR World of Opera declares "The young American soprano Mardi Byers shines in the challenging role of Marie." Listen to her singing Marie's Lullaby on NPR's Hit Single list.