Maria Bayo

Biography

Born: Fitero, Navarra  
Maria Bayo is a Spanish soprano who established her career in the 1990s and quickly made a transition from being a young light soprano to being (in her own words) a "lyric soprano with coloratura facility."

She has been singing and dancing for as long as she can remember. She had her first singing lessons with the nuns of the Cistercian abbey in the small town of Fitero, her birthplace. She sang in her church as part of a group with
Read more guitars and in a choral ensemble in Cintruenigo. She studied at the Pablo Sarasate Conservatoire of Pamplona with Edure Aguerri, then at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold, Germany, where her teacher was Arthur Janzen.

She entered Spanish competitions in Logrono, the Julian Gayarre competition of Pamplona, and the Vińas Competition of Barcelona, and, in Italy, the Maria Callas Competition of Naples. In 1988, she won eleven prizes in the Belvedere Competition in Vienna, including the First Prize. In 1991, she won the First Prize in the Spanish Radio Classical Music Awards by unanimous vote of the judges.

She made her debut as a professional singer while in Germany, then sang The Pearl Fishers in Pisa, Italy, and La Sonnambula in St. Gallen. In the spring of 1990, she debuted in Madrid as Susanna in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro to unanimous critical acclaim and wide public favor. She has also sung the role at Marsella, Montpellier, the Opéra-Bastille in Paris, and Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.

Other of her early roles included Almirena in Handel's Rinaldo, which she sang in Lisbon, Madrid, and Reggio Emelia; and Micaëla in Bizet's Carmen at Monte Carlo, Madrid, and Bologna, and she frequently sings Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Antonio in The Tales of Hoffmann, and Lauretta in Gianni Schichi.

Spanish soprano Teresa Berganza is a mentor to Bayo; the two have sung on the same stage in Rinaldo and in Pergolesi's Stabat Mater at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. It was at Berganza's suggestion that Bayo made an unusual decision to sing Rosina in The Barber of Seville in the original lower key. Bayo has sung this part widely, including Marseilles, Montpellier, and Strasbourg. Also at Berganza's suggestion, Bayo made the unusual decision to sing the part of Fiordiligi (usually considered the lower role) rather than Despina in Cosě fan tutte.

She has also sung at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, La Scala in Milan, and La Monnaie in Brussels. At the last-named house, she received a rapturous reception for her performance in the title role of Cavalli's La Calisto, and returned there for a remarkable portrayal of Mélisande in Debussy's Pélleas et Mélisande with stage direction by Herbert Wernicke which took the unusual view that Mélisande, beginning in the usual passive manner, progressively becomes mad in the course of the opera.

On the concert stage, she has sung Mahler's Second Symphony in London under the direction of Giuseppe Sinopoli, and the Stabat Mater of Rossini at the Schwetzingen Festival, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, and the International Religious Week in Cuenca, Spain.

She sings Lieder recitals, but not with great frequency. (She is particularly fond of Richard Strauss' Four Last Songs.) She has a few contemporary works to her credit, but so far has mainly remained in the Baroque through Romantic eras. She is also highly regarded in Spain as a zarzuela singer. As of the end of the twentieth century, she began to branch out into German operatic repertoire, accepting engagements to sing Pamina in Die Zauberflöte and Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier. Read less
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  • 1.
    Mozart - The Great Operas [13-DVD Set]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1131 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ramón Vargas,  Ekaterina Siurina,  Magdalena Kozená,  Jeffrey Francis  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington,  Constantinos Carydis,  Sylvain Cambreling,  Victor Pablo Pérez  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Salzburg,  Salzburg Bach Choir,  Netherlands Opera Chorus  ... 
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  • 2.
    Essential Opera Collection [19 DVDs]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 6000 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 19
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  Ruggero Raimondi,  Daniela Dessi,  Fabio Armiliato,  Lorenzo Regazzo  ... 
    Conductor:  Maurizio Benini,  Victor Pablo Pérez,  Sylvain Cambreling,  Edward Downes  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Teatro Real Orchestra,  Madrid Teatro Real Chorus,  Paris National Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Mozart: Don Giovanni / Alvarez, Reiter, Bayo
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 6003 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Lorenzo Regazzo,  Carlos Alvarez,  Alfred Reiter,  Maria Bayo  ... 
    Conductor:  Victor Pablo Pérez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Teatro Real Orchestra,  Madrid Teatro Real Chorus
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    Offenbach: Les Contes D'hoffmann / Machado, Bayo, Gorny, Fel, Poblador
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 6006 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach
    Performer:  Christian Jean,  Milagros Poblador,  Maria Bayo,  Aquiles Machado  ... 
    Conductor:  Alain Guingal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bilbao Symphony Orchestra,  Bilbao Opera Chorus
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    Les Sopranos
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5351 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Henry Purcell,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Julia [Soprano Vocal] Lezhneva,  Sandrine Piau,  Patricia Petibon,  Lucy Crowe  ... 
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski,  Ottavio Dantone,  Giovanni Antonini,  Alan Curtis  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amarillis,  Les Musiciens du Louvre,  Una Stella Ensemble  ... 
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    Opera Baroque
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908658 Release Date: 09/17/2013   Number of Discs: 42
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Pier Francesco Cavalli,  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Jean-Baptiste Lully  ... 
    Performer:  Graciela Oddone,  Simon Keenlyside,  Juanita Lascarro,  Martina Dike  ... 
    Conductor:  René Jacobs,  William Christie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale,  Concerto Vocale,  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin  ... 
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    Furie Terribili - 30 Baroque Opera Hits
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908537 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Pier Francesco Cavalli,  Jean-Baptiste Lully,  Marc-Antoine Charpentier  ... 
    Performer:  Efrat Ben Nun,  Bernarda Fink,  Danielle Borst,  Guillemette Laurens  ... 
    Conductor:  René Jacobs,  Philippe Herreweghe,  William Christie,  Alfred Deller  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Vocale,  La Chapelle Royale,  Les Arts Florissants  ... 
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    Chueca: La Gran Via, El Bateo / Simo, Perez, Bayo, Lanza
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4763059 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Federico Chueca
    Performer:  José Julián Frontal,  Maria Bayo,  Emilio Sanchez,  Enric Martínez-Castignani  ... 
    Conductor:  Victor Pablo Pérez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tenerife Chamber Chorus,  Tenerife Symphony Orchestra
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    Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore / Villazon, Bayo
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 67277 Release Date: 04/06/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Cristina Obregón,  Jean-Luc Chaignaud,  Rolando Villazón,  Maria Bayo  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniele Callegari
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gran Teatre Del Liceu
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    Mozart: Don Giovanni / Alvarez, Perez [Blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7051 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Alfred Reiter,  Maria Bayo,  Sonia Ganassi,  José Bros  ... 
    Conductor:  Victor Pablo Pérez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Teatro Real Orchestra,  Madrid Teatro Real Chorus
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    Zarzuelas (Highlights) / Domingo, Bayo, Kraus
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5213 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Amadeo Vives,  Tomás Bretón,  Emilio Arrieta
    Performer:  Alfredo Kraus,  Maria Bayo,  Luis Lima,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Conductor:  Antoni Ros Marbŕ,  Victor Pablo Pérez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tenerife Symphony Orchestra,  Madrid Symphony Orchestra
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    Les Musiques De Picasso / Rafael Orozco, Alfred Cortot, Et Al
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5162 Release Date: 07/28/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Isaac Albeniz,  Enrique Morente,  Erik Satie,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Rafael Orozco,  Enrique Morente,  Antionia Carbonell,  Montoyita  ... 
    Conductor:  Edmon Colomer,  Stefan Sanderling,  Charles Munch,  Jérôme Kaltenbach  ... 
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    Spanish Classics - Palomo: My Secluded Garden
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572139 Release Date: 06/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lorenzo Palomo
    Performer:  Pepe Romero,  Maria Bayo
    Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seville Royal Symphony Orchestra,  Romero Guitar Quartet
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    Esprit - Baroque
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5168 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Georg Philipp Telemann  ... 
    Performer:  Sébastien Marq,  Sandrine Piau,  Gérard Lesne,  Philippe Jaroussky  ... 
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Martin Gester,  Fabio Biondi,  Christophe Rousset  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Parlement de Musique,  Les Talens Lyriques,  Ensemble Matheus  ... 
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    Esprit - Iberique
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5173 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Pedro Bacan,  Enrique Granados,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
    Performer:  Ines Bacan,  Pedro Bacan,  Isabelle Moretti,  Rafael Orozco  ... 
    Conductor:  Edmon Colomer,  Victor Pablo Pérez,  Antoni Ros Marbŕ
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra,  Madrid Symphony Orchestra,  Tenerife Symphony Orchestra
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    Handel: Rodrigo / Banzo, Bayo, Al Ayre Espanol
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 132 Release Date: 04/28/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Eduardo Lopez Banzo,  Max Emanuel Cencic,  Kobie van Rensburg,  Sharon Rostorf-Zamir  ... 
    Conductor:  Eduardo Lopez Banzo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Al Ayre Espańol
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    Caro Amor
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 746075 Release Date: 02/27/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Laurence Cummings,  Angelika [Mezzo-Soprano Vocal] Kirchschlager,  Vesselina Kasarova,  Lawrence Zazzo  ... 
    Conductor:  Alan Curtis,  Harry Bicket,  Paul Goodwin,  Mark Stephenson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Complesso Barocco,  London Musici Chamber Choir,  Hanover Band
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    Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana; Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci / Lopez-Cobos, Madrid Teatro Real [Blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7018 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pietro Mascagni,  Ruggero Leoncavallo
    Performer:  Marco Di Felice,  Vincenzo La Scola,  Violeta Urmana,  Dragana Jugovic  ... 
    Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Teatro Real Orchestra,  Madrid Teatro Real Chorus
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    Rossini: Il Barbiere Di Siviglia / Gelmetti, Bayo, Florez [Blu-ray]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001217359 Release Date: 11/18/2008  
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Pietro Spagnoli,  Maria Bayo,  Juan Diego Flórez,  Bruno Praticň  ... 
    Conductor:  Gianluigi Gelmetti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Teatro Real Chorus,  Madrid Teatro Real Orchestra
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    Arias De Zarzuela Barroca
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 8920 Release Date: 05/27/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  José Nebra,  Vicente Martin y Soler,  Antonio R. De Hita,  Luigi Boccherini
    Performer:  Maria Bayo
    Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
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    Palomo: Cantos Del Alma, Sinfonia A Granada
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570420 Release Date: 04/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lorenzo Palomo
    Performer:  Maria Bayo,  José Luis Estellés,  Luis Garcia Montero,  Vicente Coves
    Conductor:  Jean-Jacques Kantorow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Granada City Orchestra
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    Zarzuelas - Arrieta, Bretón, Vives
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5120 Release Date: 01/29/2008   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Amadeo Vives,  Tomás Bretón,  Emilio Arrieta
    Performer:  Maria Bayo,  Raquel Pierotti,  Mercedes Aleman Herrera,  Alfredo Kraus  ... 
    Conductor:  Antoni Ros Marbŕ,  Victor Pablo Pérez
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    Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana; Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci / Urmana, La Scola
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 983 Release Date: 11/20/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Pietro Mascagni,  Ruggero Leoncavallo
    Performer:  Dragana Jugovic,  Violeta Urmana,  Vincenzo La Scola,  Viorica Cortez  ... 
    Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Teatro Real Chorus,  Madrid Teatro Real Orchestra
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    Handel: Opera Arias And Cantatas / Sempé, Bayo, Et Al
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 8914 Release Date: 08/28/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Maria Bayo
    Conductor:  Skip Sempé
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capriccio Stravagante
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  • 25.
    María Bayo Album - Handel, Mozart, Martín Y Soler, Etc
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 8907 Release Date: 03/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Vicente Martin y Soler,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Bayo
    Conductor:  Skip Sempé
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capriccio Stravagante
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