Born in Mexico City, raised and trained in Germany, Maren Favela’s current season includes her US debut as Cherubino in semi-staged performances of Le nozze di Figaro with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra under Edo de Waart. Maren also joins the ensemble of Theater Basel with roles including Zerlina in Richard Jones’ production of Don Giovanni under Erik Nielsen, Curra (La Forza del Destino), Carrie Pipperidge (Carousel) and Kasturbai in the Swiss premiere of Satyagraha under Jonathan Stockhammer. Highlights last season included her debut as Mercédes in concert performances with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra under Lan Shui and Maren’s debut at Opéra national de Paris in Schönberg’s Moses und Aron conducted by Philippe Jordan.
Originally singing soprano, Maren was a member of the Opera Studio of Oper Frankfurt from 2011 through 2013, with roles in Adriana Lecouvreur, The Gambler, Die Zauberflöte, and Ariadne auf Naxos among others during that time. In 2014/2015, Maren returned to Oper Frankfurt as a guest artist, firstly as Echo in the revival of Ariadne auf Naxos (recorded live for CD) and as Tibrino and Amore in a new production of Cesti’s L’Orontea, conducted by Ivor Bolton. Elsewhere as a guest, Maren Favela has appeared as Rosina at the Lucca Opera Festival, as Zerlina (Don Giovanni) at Opera Oviedo and at Opéra de Limoges in Così fan tutte.
Maren Favela was awarded the Audience prize at the 2015 Paris Opera Competition held at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.
Maren Favela first studied with Prof. Cheryl Studer at the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg and finished her studies with Prof. Hedwig Fassbender at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt. Furthermore she attended master classes with, among others, Ingeborg Hallstein, Margreet Honig, Edith Wiens and Brigitte Fassbaender. At the age of 8 years she received her first violin lesson and continued playing until her high school degree.