Mari Moriya is one of today’s leading sopranos. Her “beautiful voice … and clean and precise coloraturas” (Der neue Merker) are but two of her consistently critically acclaimed assets in the dramatic coloratura as well as lyric repertoire, which encompasses bel canto heroines Lucia and Maria Stuarda as well as Puccini’s Mimì and Liù.
November in 2018 sees her return to Opera Vlaanderen as Ms. Schlesen in Philip Glass’s Satyagraha following her debut there in 2016 as Queen Tye.
Highlights of the 2017-18 season for Mari Moriya includes her role debuts as Feldmarschallin von Werdenberg in Der Rosenkavalier and Cio-cio San in Madama Butterfly with Tokyo Nikikai Opera Theater, Drusilla and La Fortuna in L’incoronazione di Poppea with BCJ, Sieglinde in Die Walküre directed by Michael Hampe in Biwako Hall. In June she appears as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at the Nissay Theatre in Tokyo and as Mademoiselle Silberklang in der Schauspieldirektor with Bach Collegium Japan.
During the current 2016-2017 season she has appeared as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at the Aichi Triennale 2016 in Nagoya City, Konstanze in Entführung aus dem Serail at the Nissay Theatre and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at Suntory Hall. Role debuts to come are as Freia in Das Rheingold in Biwako Hall and Leonora in Il Trovatore with Mikawa City Opera.
In 2015-16 she brought her Queen of the Night back to Oper Leipzig, where she first sang it in 2009-10, and then performed the role at the Theater Basel. Further career highlights that season include her debut as Violetta in Robert Wilson’s new production of La Traviata at the Landestheater Linz and creating the role of Lara/Change in the world première of Moritz Eggert’s Terra Nova. She also sang Micaela in Carmen with Stadttheater Klagenfurt, Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Hyogo Performing Arts Center in Nishinomiy and soprano solo in Carmina Burana and Verdi’s Requiem.
During the 2014-15 season she made her successful debut at De Vlaamse Opera as Queen Tye in Philip Glass’s Akhnaten, as well as singing the soprano solos in a staged version of Carmina Burana and the role of Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier at the Landestheater Linz. As a member of the ensemble in Linz between 2009 and 2014, she not only sang major coloratura roles such as the title heroines in Lakmé and Maria Stuarda, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Clorinda in La Cenerentola, and Gilda in Rigoletto, but was also able to expand her repertoire to successfully portray lyric roles like Mimì, Pamina and Micaela.
In 2006 Mari Moriya made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York as Queen of the Night under the baton of James Levine. Since then she has performed this role numerous times with leading opera companies in Europe and the United States, including Palm Beach Opera (2006), Pittsburgh Opera (2007), Portland Opera (2007), Glyndebourne Touring Opera (2008), Oper Leipzig (2009-10), Baltimore Opera (2010), Seattle Opera (2011), Scottish Opera (2012), Volksoper Wien (2012-13) and Landestheater Linz under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst (2013-14).
She first appeared in Europe with Opera Ireland in 2007 as Liù in Turandot and returned to Dublin as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos (2008) and Zerlina in Don Giovanni (2009). Other career highlights include Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Lucia di Lammermoor, both with the Israel Vocal Arts Institute in Tel-Aviv, Amina (cover) in La Sonnambula with Opera Orchestra of New York, Linda di Chamonix (cover) at the Caramoor Festival, Juliette in Roméo et Juliette with Center City Opera Philadelphia, Norma at the Chopin Festival in Gdansk, Adina in L’elisir d’amore with Tulsa Opera and Clorinda at the Salzburger Landestheater.
Mari Moriya was born in Oyama, Japan, and studied at the Musashino Academy of Music in Tokyo (Master of Music) and at the Mannes College of Music in New York (Professional Studies Diploma). She was a Grand Finalist at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2006 and won awards in major international singing competitions such as Cardiff Singer of the World (Concert Prize – 2007) and Belvedere Singing Competition (Hans Gabor Sonderpreis – 2008).