Directed by Jeffery Roberson
Mark Cortale, Producing Artistic Director of The Art House in Provincetown, MA, is proud to present internationally acclaimed opera star Marisol Montalvo in the world premiere of her new show Mad Scene, directed by Jeffery Roberson aka Varla Jean Merman, on August 27 for one performance only. The show is an autobiographical tale of the insane challenges faced by an American opera singer as she performs on some of the most prestigious stages across the world including the Paris Opera and Carnegie Hall. Conductor William Hobbs music directs and will be featured at the piano.
Best known to Provincetown audiences for her appearances with Roberson in Classical Varla, Marisol Montalvo’s new show Mad Scene is called “a theatrical journey of operatic proportion.” Montalvo made her Carnegie Hall debut under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and was most recently invited by him to perform the role of Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier opposite Renee Fleming with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Upcoming engagements include Knoxville: Summer of 1915 this July at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago and performances at the Salzburg Festival in 2018. In addition to performing alongside many of the world’s most renowned conductors and orchestras, Marisol Montalvo has had the privilege of working closely with many of today’s leading composers, including Matthias Pintscher, Olga Neuwirth, and Wolfgang Rihm. Several have written roles especially for her, including Peter Eötvos (as Sierve Maria in Love and Other Demons), Pascal Dusapin (as Prothoe in Penthesilea) and Marco Stroppa (as Olbia in Il Re Orso). Her affinity for contemporary music has led to regular engagements with ensembles including Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Intercontemporain, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Ensemble Remix and Ensemble Modern.
While she has achieved success in a wide range of operatic repertoire, Montalvo is particularly associated with the title role of Berg’s Lulu. Following her debut in the part at the Opéra National de Paris, Le Monde described her performance as “a true revelation: The American soprano possesses real stage and vocal presence, and executes the exhausting role with incredible intensity.” Subsequently, Lulu has become the centerpiece of her stage work, and she has performed the role at premier houses including Deutsche Oper Berlin, Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse, Teatro de la Maestranza, Theater an der Wien, Komische Oper Berlin, and at Theater Basel, in the acclaimed production by Calixto Bieto.
Outside of the opera house, Montalvo has a particularly close working relationship with Christoph Eschenbach, who has been both a mentor and a regular concert partner throughout her career. Since conducting her Carnegie Hall debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra, he has invited her to work with him alongside orchestras including the Vienna Philharmonic, the Houston Symphony, the London Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic and the Orchestre de Paris. She has also worked with conductors including Daniel Harding, Vladimir Jurowski, Christopher Hogwood, Yuri Temirkanov, Bernhard Kontarsky, Sylvain Camberling, Sussana Mälkki, Lothar Zagrosek, and Sir Neville Marriner, and with orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, St Petersburg Philharmonic, DSO Berlin, SWR Sinfonie-Orchestra, RSO Wien, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Bamberger Symphoniker. She has performed at houses including Opernhaus Zürich, Bregenzer Festspiele, Gran Teatro del Liceu, Baden-Baden Festspielhaus, Teatro Real de Madrid, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Theatre du Chatelet, Théatre de Geneva, La Monnaie de Munt, Opera de Monte Carlo, Lithuania National Opera, Polish National Opera and Opera Comique.