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.





  • 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



    • Wagner
      Junger Hirte/Edelknabe — Tannhäuser
    • Verdi

      Curra — La forza del destino
      Tebaldo — Don Carlo

    • Telemann
      Orpheus or The Wonderful Constancy of Love
    • Strauss

      Echo — Ariadne auf Naxos
      Octavian — Der Rosenkavalier

    • Schönberg
      2. nackte Jungfrau — Moses und Aron
    • Rossini
      Rosina — Il Barbiere di Siviglia
    • Rodgers
      Carrie Pipperidge — Carousel
    • Purcell
      Soloist — Fairy Queen
    • Prokovjev
      Blasse Dame — The Gambler (Igrok)
    • Poulenc
      La Dame elégante — Les Mamelles de Tirésias
    • 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

    • Massenet
      Charlotte — Werther
    • Martinu
      Popelka — Komödie auf der Brücke
    • Janacek
      Fox — The Cunning little Vixen
    • Humperdinck

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

    • Händel

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

    • Gounod
      Stefano — Roméo et Juliette
    • Glass
      Kasturbai — Satyagraha
    • Fioravanti
      Giannetta — Le Cantatrici villane
    • Cilea
      Madamigella Dangeville — Adriana Lecouvreur
    • Cesti
      Amore/Tibrino — L’Orontea
    • Cavalieri
      Vita mondana/Anima beata
      Rappresentatione di Anima e Corpo
    • Bizet
      Mercédès — Carmen
    • Saint-Saëns

      Oratorio de Noël op.12

    • Rossini
      Petite Messe Solennelle
    • Mozart

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

    • Mendelssohn


    • Mahler

      Symphony No. 4 G major

    • Händel
      Lucrezia HWV 145
    • Dvorak

      Mass in D major op. 86

    • 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

    • Zemlinsky
      Walzergesänge Op. 6
    • Turina

      Poema en forma de canciones

    • Schumann

      various songs

    • Schubert

      various songs

    • Schönberg


    • Poulenc

      Airs chantes

    • Mahler

      selected songs from »Des Knaben Wunderhorn«

    • De Falla

      Siete Canciones Populares Españolas

    • Brahms

      various songs

    • Berg
      7 early songs


  • No Events
    • June 24, 2018 7:30 PM
      Oper Frankfurt

      »Adriana Lecouvreur« (Cilea),
      Madamigella Dangeville

    • June 23, 2018 4:00 PM
      Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt

      »Symphony Nr. 2 in c-Minor« (Mahler),
      Kloster Chorin

    • June 21, 2018 7:30 PM
      Oper Frankfurt

      »Adriana Lecouvreur« (Cilea),
      Madamigella Dangeville

    • June 15, 2018 7:30 PM
      Oper Frankfurt

      »Adriana Lecouvreur« (Cilea),
      Madamigella Dangeville



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


Please feel free to contact me. I will soon write back to you. Many thanks!

Maren Favela
Tel. +49 (0) 176 / 61 00 83 11