Mary PLAZAS

Biography

Gender Female
Titles N/A
Birthdate 1966-09-09
Education Didcot Girls' Sch, RNCM (Dip Professional Performance, GMus, Alexander Young Award, Curtis Gold Medal, Claire Croiza Prize for French Song), Nat Opera Studio (Peter Moores Fndn Award)
Publications N/A
Recreations cinema, tap dancing, cross stitch, listening to the radio, meeting friends, godchildren
Clubs N/A
Style Ms Mary Plazas
Career soprano; studied with Ava June RNCM, Eric Tappy Geneva 1994; operatic debut ENO 1992; co princ ENO 1995-98; pres Bicester Choral and Operatic Soc, pres Wallingfor Chameleon Arts, patron Opera Anywhere; Performances solo recitals incl: Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Birmingham Town Hall, The Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester, Herbert von Karajan Centre Vienna; festivals incl: Cheltenham Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, Chester Festival 1995, Bath Festival, Bregenz Festival; roles incl: The Voice from Heaven in Verdi's Don Carlos (ENO 1992, Royal Opera BBC Proms 1996), title role in The Cunning Little Vixen (ENO), Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera North), Elisetta in Il Matrimonio Segreto (Opera North), Adina (English Touring Opera), Anne Truelove (Opera Factory, London and Lisbon 1994, New Israeli Opera 1999), Poulenc's La Voix Humaine (Aix-en-Provence, RNCM), Madame Silvaklang in Die Schauspieldirektor (Garsington Opera), Marzelline in Fidelio (ENO), Mimi in La Bohème (ENO, Opera North and Royal Albert Hall), Leila in The Pearl Fishers (ENO), Frasquita and Michaela in Carmen (ENO), Oscar (ENO), Nanetta in Falstaff (ENO), Adina (ENO), Dorabella (ENO), Fiordiligi (ENO), Elvira (ENO, Glyndebourne Touring Opera and Valladolid), Salud La Vida Breve (Opera North), second angel in Pfitzner's Palestrina (Royal Opera House and New York), Tina in Flight by Jonathan Dove - World Premiere (Glyndebourne Touring Opera & Festival), Duchess in Powder Her Face (Thomas Adès, Aldeburgh, Almeida) 1999 and (LSO) 2006, Mimi in La Bohème (Bregenz Festival) 2001 and 2002 and (Western Aust Opera) 2007, Mum in Greek (London Sinfonietta) 2003, Mrs Coyle in Owen Wingrave (Concertgebouw Amsterdam) 2003, Anne Truelove (Bavarian State Opera Munich) 2003, Blue Fairy in Pinocchio (world premiere, Opera North) 2007, Elizabeth in Roberto Devereux (Buxton Festival) 2007, Nedda in Pagliacci (ENO) 2008, Lady Sarashina by Eotvos (Opera Comique Paris) 2009, Lucrezia Borgia (Buxby Festival) 2009; concerts incl: Haydn's Creation (conducted by Sir David Willcocks, Royal Albert Hall), Tippett's A Child of our Time (Royal Festival Hall and St Petersburg), Mahler 8 (conducted by Sinopoli, Royal Albert Hall), Brahms Requiem (with CBSO, Sakari Oramo), Shostakovich 14 (with Irish Chamber Orch), Karin in world premiere of Gerald Barry's The Bitter Tears of Petra Van Kant (with Dublin Symphony Orch), Carl Davis and Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio (Liverpool Cathedral) 2007; performances with: LSO, BBC National Orch of Wales and Hallé Orch under Kent Nagano and Mark Elder, BBC Philharmonic under Giannandrea Noseda; Television First Enchantress in Dido and Aeneas (conducted by Richard Hickox, BBC Television, also recorded for Chandos) Powder Her Face (Channel 4), Flight (Glyndebourne, Channel 4); Recordings Mercadante's Emma d'Antiocchia (A Hundred Years of Italian Opera/Opera Rara), Pacini's Maria d'Ingilterra (Opera Rara with Philharmonia under David Parry), L'Enfant et Les Sortiléges (LSO under Previn), Marguerite in Faust (Chandos/Parry/Philharmonia), Adina in L'Elisir (Chandos/Parry/Philharmonia), Micaela in Carmen (Chandos/Parry/Philharmonia), Liu in Turandot (Chandos/Parry/Philharmonia), Zerlina in Don Giovanni (Chandos/Parry/Philharmonia), Fauré's La Naissance de Vénus (BBC Philharmonic under Yan Pascal Tortelier); Awards winner Nat Fedn Music Socs/Esso Award for Young Singers 1989, Isobel Baille Performance Award 1990, Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Scholarship 1991
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