Biography

Born in Mexico City, raised and trained in Germany, Maren Favela’s current season in 2018/19 includes her debut in Staattheater Darmstadt with role debuts in both new produktions of Rusalka and Ariadne auf Naxos. She was last seen in the revival of Adriana Lecouvreur in Oper Frankfurt as well as with the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester under Howard Griffiths in Chorin  with Mahler’s Synphony No. 2. During her time as a member of the ensemble of Theater Basel Maren Favela sang 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 (directed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui) under Jonathan Stockhammer. Highlights of the past seasons include 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, as well as her US debut as Cherubino in semi-staged performances of Le nozze di Figaro with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra under Edo de Waart.

As a member of the Opera Studio of Oper Frankfurt, where Maren was from 2011 through 2013, she sang roles in Adriana Lecouvreur, The Gambler, Die Zauberflöte, and Ariadne auf Naxos among others and returned for several productions in later seasons to Oper Frankfurt as a guest artist, firstly as Echo in the revival of Ariadne auf Naxos (recorded live for CD) and as Tibrino/Amore in a new production of Cesti’s L’Orontea, conducted by Ivor Bolton, as well as for new productions of Martinu’s Comedie on the bridge and Fioravanti’s Le Cantatrice villane. 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 and has been a scholar of the prestigious IMA in Neumarkt (founded by Edith Wiens).

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.

  • Mezzo-soprano Maren Favela used expressive nuance, a powerful, soft-edged sound, and tremendous physical freedom to create a believably boyish Cherubino.

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, September 2016

  • Maren Favela underpins the tonally rich and balanced quartet with her slender, expressive voice

    Opernnetz, July 2015

  • [Maren Favela] demonstrated an exquisite vocal presence

    Frankfurter Rundschau, July 2015

  • Maren Favela gave an intense performance as Miss Dangeville

    Online Musik Magazin, March 2012

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Repertoire

    • Bizet
      Mercédès — Carmen
    • Cavalieri
      Vita mondana/Anima beata
      Rappresentatione di Anima e Corpo
    • Cesti
      Amore/Tibrino — L’Orontea
    • Cilea
      Madamigella Dangeville — Adriana Lecouvreur
    • Dvorak
      3rd wood sprite — Rusalka
    • Fioravanti

      Giannetta — Le Cantatrici villane

    • Glass

      Kasturbai — Satyagraha

    • Gounod

      Stefano — Roméo et Juliette

    • Händel

      Oberto — Alcina
      Ruggiero — Alcina
      Dafne — Apollo e Dafne
      Sesto — Giulio Cesare
      Rinaldo — Rinaldo

    • Humperdinck

      Hänsel — Hänsel und Gretel
      Sandmännchen — Hänsel und Gretel
      Taumännchen — Hänsel und Gretel

    • Janacek

      Fox — The Cunning little Vixen

    • Martinu

      Popelka — Komödie auf der Brücke

    • Massenet

      Charlotte — Werther

    • Mozart

      Bastienne — Bastien und Bastienne
      Dorabella — Cosí fan tutte
      Papagena — Die Zauberflöte
      Zweite Dame — Die Zauberflöte
      Zerlina — Don Giovanni
      Idamante — Idomeneo
      Annio — La Clemenza di Tito
      Sesto — La Clemenza di Tito
      Barbarina — Le nozze di Figaro
      Cherubino — Le nozze di Figaro

    • Poulenc

      La Dame elégante — Les Mamelles de Tirésias

    • Prokovjev

      Blasse Dame — The Gambler (Igrok)

    • Purcell

      Soloist — Fairy Queen

    • Rodgers

      Carrie Pipperidge — Carousel

    • Rossini

      Rosina — Il Barbiere di Siviglia

    • Schönberg

      2. nackte Jungfrau — Moses und Aron

    • Strauss

      Echo — Ariadne auf Naxos

      Dryade — Ariadne auf Naxos

      Octavian — Der Rosenkavalier

    • Telemann

      Cephisa/Ismene
      Orpheus or The Wonderful Constancy of Love

    • Verdi

      Curra — La forza del destino
      Tebaldo — Don Carlo

    • Wagner

      Junger Hirte/Edelknabe — Tannhäuser

    • Bach

      Mass in B minor BWV 232
      St. Matthew Passion BWV 244
      St. John Passion BWV 245
      Wär Gott nicht mit uns diese Zeit BWV 14
      Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot  BWV 39
      Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten BWV 74
      Ihr werdet weinen und heulen BWV 103

    • Dvorak

      Mass in D major op. 86

    • Händel

      Lucrezia HWV 145

    • Mahler

      Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection” C minor

      Symphony No. 4 G major

    • Mendelssohn

      Paulus

    • Mozart

      Mass in C major “Spaur-Messe” KV 258
      Mass in C major KV 259
      Great Mass in C minor KV 427

    • Rossini

      Petite Messe Solennelle

    • Saint-Saëns

      Oratorio de Noël op.12

    • Berg

      7 early songs

    • Brahms

      various songs

    • De Falla

      Siete Canciones Populares Españolas

    • Mahler

      selected songs from »Des Knaben Wunderhorn«

    • Poulenc

      Airs chantes

    • Schönberg

      Brettl-Lieder

    • Schubert

      various songs

    • Schumann

      various songs

    • Turina

      Poema en forma de canciones

    • Zemlinsky

      Walzergesänge Op. 6

Schedule

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    • June 21, 2019 7:30 PM
      Staatstheater Darmstadt

      »Le bourgeois gentilhomme / Ariadne auf Naxos« original version (Molière / Strauss),
      Dryade

    • June 16, 2019 6:00 PM
      Staatstheater Darmstadt

      Derniere »Rusalka« ( Dvořák),
      3rd wood sprite

    • June 8, 2019 7:30 PM
      Staatstheater Darmstadt

      »Rusalka« ( Dvořák),
      3rd wood sprite

    • June 1, 2019 7:30 PM
      Staatstheater Darmstadt

      »Le bourgeois gentilhomme / Ariadne auf Naxos« original version (Molière / Strauss),
      Dryade

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Media

The following recordings of Maren Favela  are under copyright and for publicity use only. Thank you and enjoy!

Richard Strauss
Ariadne auf Naxos, »Sein wir wieder gut«
Piano: Sophia Monuz, August 2015

Franz Schubert
Bei dir allein
Piano: Sophia Monuz, August 2015