Israeli-Portuguese mezzo soprano Maya Gour began her career as a jazz singer performing worldwide, particularly in NYC jazz clubs. After graduating from her vocal studies at the Mannes School of Music in NY she was immediately engaged by Seattle Opera for the role of Tisbe in La Cenerentola, and Hänsel by Marilyn Horne for Music Academy of the West. She then joined the Dutch National Opera as a studio member.
Maya’s main stage engagements with the Dutch National Opera include Muriel in the World-Premiere of Raskatov’s Animal Farm, the Wood Sprite in Rusalka, Smeton in Anna Bolena in Donizetti’s Queens Concert,Dritte Zofe in Der Zwerg, the Page in Salome, Flora in La Traviata, Sesto (cover) in Giulio Cesare with Emmanuelle Hain and Calixto Bieito, the Sorceres in Dido and Aeneas, and Ariodante in a Handel concert directed by Christof Loy.
For the 2023 – 2024 season Maya will join the ensemble at Oper Köln where she will perform Siébel in Faust, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, and Giannetta in L’elisir d’amore. Later in the season she will make her debut with the Hong Kong Philharmonic with Maestro Jaap van Zweden as Mary in Der Fliegende Holländer and will be featured in a televised concert from St. Petersburg’s Classics at Palace Square. Future engagements include a return to the Dutch National Opera as Maddalena in Rigoletto, and her Italian debut as Muriel in Raskatov’s Animal Farm for Teatro Massimo in Palermo.
Recent engagements include Hänsel for Nederlandse Reisopera, Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Pippo in La Gazza ladra for Teatro Nuovo, Angelina in Rossini’s La Cenerentola with Opera in Williamsburg, Lucretia in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia at the Oslo Opera House, the title role in Massenet’s Cendrillon for the Trentino Music Festival, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Tuscany Music Festival, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro for the Tuscia Opera Festival, and the title role in L’enfant et les sortileges with Maestro Paul Nadler for the Israel Vocal Arts Institute.
As part of her prize from the Hans Gabor Belvedere competition Maya won a debut Rising Star recital at the Carinthian Sommers in Austria in July 2023 and performed in the Bel- canto gala of the Tiroler Festspiele. Maya was also a grand finalist in 2023 Vinas competition.