Israeli- Portuguese -American mezzo-soprano, MAYA YAHAV GOUR, is quickly establishing herself as an international artist of great versatility and talent. In her 2019-20 season, Maya will make her debut with Seattle Opera as Tisbe in Rossini's La Cenerentola and join Teatro Nuovo as a Resident Artist to cover Pippo in Rossini's La Gazz Ladra under the baton of Maestro Will Crutchfield.
Maya’s 2017–18 season included multiple role debuts as Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel) with the Savannah Voice Festival and Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia) at the Oslo Opera House. She was an Apprentice Artist with Sarasota Opera after performing Lucette (Cendrillon) with Music Academy International’s Trentino Music Featival in Italy.
In her 2016-2017 season, Maya made her debut at Opera in Williamsburg as Angelina (La Cenerentola) and The Stewardess in Jonathan Dove’s Flight with Opera Parallèle. She was also a Fellow Artist at the Ravinia Festival and a Young Artist at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival in Switzerland under the direction of Cecilia Bartoli.
In recent years, Maya sang the title role in Ravel’s L'enfant et les sortileges with Opera on the Avalon and Massenet’s Cendrillon with the Miami Music Festival. For the Tuscia Opera Festival, she performed as Cherubino in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro. With the Israel Vocal Arts Institute, she performed the role of Veronica in Bizet’s Le docteur Miracle and performed in L'enfant et les sortileges under the baton of Maestro Paul Nadler.
At Mannes Opera, Maya performed a variety of roles including: The Stewardess in the New York premiere of Flight, the Abbess (Suor Angelica), and Maddalena (Il viaggio a Reims) all under the baton of Maestro Joseph Colaneri.
A native of Tel Aviv, Israel, Maya Gour was a New York finalist at The Loren L. Zachary competition and received an award from Opera Index. She is a recent graduate of the Mannes School of Music and is currently based in New York where she also performs as a Jazz soloist with multiple big bands and ensembles both locally and internationally.