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 as “The Grace Kelly of opera” (Die Welt), 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 opera 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 excerpts from Alban Berg’s Wozzeck with the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra. Recitals have taken her to San Francisco, Zurich, Munich, Rome, and Salzburg.
In the 2017/2018 season, Mardi Byers performed with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra in Offenbach's La vie parisienne as Baronne Gondremarck. She also appeared in 2018 at the Scottish Opera and at the Holland Park Opera in London as Ariadne in Richard Strauss Ariadne on Naxos.
Mardi Byers Is currently singing concerts and recitals internationally. In March she will sing a program of Fanny Hensel Mendelssohn in Rome, then with Luisa Prayer on piano. The tour continues with Clara and Robert Schumann.
At the same time she is in the process of learning Isolda, Leanora (Verdi’s Forza del Destino), and Strauss’ Elektra. Up and coming dates are to be announced.
Mardi Byers is a native of Boulder, Colorado and currently makes her home in Zurich, Switzerland.