Meet the Artists of our Opera in the Park concert.
MARIA ATUNEZ, SOPRANO
“Impressive, remarkable, smoldering, an excellent artist with a flexible, dark voice of dramatic weight who added genuine human dimension to the story. Sterling silvery high notes, a creamy middle register and aristocratic bearing.” This is how the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Hollywood Reporter, Opera Today and the Washington Times have written about Uruguayan soprano Maria Antunez.
Recent highlights include Maria starring an opera gala with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Montevideo as well as her role debut as La Contessa Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with Sarasota Opera.
In the past few seasons Antunez has appeared in important stages such as the Kennedy Center in Washington, Los Angeles Opera, the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Teatro Nacional in Santo Domingo, Teatro Solis in Montevideo and the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, in roles like Mimi in La bohème, Angelica in Suor Angelica, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Anna in Anna Bolena, Queen Elizabeth I in Maria Stuarda.
Antunez sang the title role in the world premiere of Dulce Rosa, an opera by Lee Holdrige, based on a short story of Isabel Allende. The Los Angeles Opera Orchestra was conducted by Placido Domingo, with whom she has also sung in concerts.
This season she appears as Mimi in La bohème with Opera Charleston.
Maria lives with her husband, tenor Martin Nusspaumer, and their daughter, Amelia, in Miami.