Graciela Araya

  •  Mezzo Soprano

  •  Vocal Teacher

  •  Role Preparation


The Chilean Mezzo Soprano Graciela Araya studied singing with Marta Duran in Santiago and with the Greek Professor Tomas Demolitsas in Sao Paolom, she also studied Music Pedagogy University of Santiago with Prof. Ivonne Herbos. She made her debut at 19, singing Maria in West Side Story and at 20 sang the role of Henriquetta di Francia in I Puritani at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago (with Christina Deutekom, conducted by Carlo Felice Cillario). Engagements followed in Sao Paolo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia.

In 1984 Ms. Araya was awarded a scholarship to study and perform at the Deutsche Oper Berlin where she created the role of the “Gedankenstimme” in Siegfried Matthus’ opera “Cornet” (directed by Maximilian Schell). 

After two years in Aachen and three years in Düsseldorf she became a member of the ensemble at the Vienna State Opera of which she was a part for 12 years. 
Since 1995 Ms Araya has worked exclusively as a guest artist, singing in Amsterdam, La Monaie (Bruxelles), Antwerp, Venice, Rome, Genoa, Torino, Paris (La Bastille, 1995/6), New York (Metropolitan Opera, 1999), London (Covent Garden, 2001, 2002 and 2006), Seattle, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Vienna, etc. She sings in six different languages (Italian, French, Spanish, English, German, and Portuguese), and her repertoire spans over 70 Operas. 

She also has film experience, having stared in Orfeo ed Euridice directed by Peter Werhahn in 1987, for which she won the prize O.E.Hasse for best young artist in Germany.

She has sung with conductors; A. Pappano (Carmen, Bruxelles) Title Role, L. Hager (Le Nozze, Fledermaus), M. Rostropovich (Gesualdo, World Premiere, Vienna) Title Role, Fedoseyev (Carmen, Vienna) Title Role, C. Doutoit (Carmen, Frankfurt) Title Role, U. Schirmer (Rosenkavalier, Vienna) Octavian, Gabrielle Ferro (Werther, Venice) Charlotte live recording, etc.

Ms. Araya has large experience working with leading stage directors such as; Guy Joosten, H. Wernike, Pierre Audi, Cesare Lievi, Maximilian Schell, Robert Carsen, Willy Decker, Keith Warren, David MacVicar, Hugo De Anna, Carlo Mestre, George Delnon, Dieter Kaegi, Giorgio Albertazzi, Nicolas Musin, Ushi Hermann, Andreas Homoki, etc. 

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