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Biography

“The first night was unbeatably crowned by German soprano Maida Hundeling … She sang securely and beautifully in all registers, she is a charismatic and sophisticated soprano singer in her prime means of expressing emotions, varying from dreamy girl to later a determined woman…” (Novinky.cz)

Soprano Maida Hundeling’s 2016 /17 season features performances of the greatest roles in the repertoire across Eastern Europe. She stars as Leonore in Beethoven’s Fidelio and Puccini’s Turandot at Bratislava’s Slovak National Theatre (Slovenské národné divadlo/SND), and sings the title role in Strauss’ Elektra in concert with the Slovak Philharmonic. Ms. Hundeling also sings repertory performances of Fidelio and Turandot at the SND Bratislava, and Puccini’s Tosca at the Brno National Theatre (Národní divadlo Brno).

Maida Hundeling applied a fierce dramatic soprano sound to the role of Senta.

Der fliegende Holländer, Opéra de Montréal (Montreal Gazette)

Recent highlights on the operatic stage include Maida’s thrilling debut at the Houston Grand Opera as the Foreign Princess (Dvořák’s Rusalka); the title role in Verdi’s Aida at the Schweriner Schlossfestspiele; and Turandot, Elsa (Wagner’s Lohengrin), and Leonore (Fidelio) at the SND Bratislava; and the title roles in Tosca and Janáček’s Jenůfa as well as Aida and Turandot at Hungary’s Bartók Plusz Operafesztivál and with the Brno National Theatre.

In addition to her singular interpretations of the operatic canon’s most exciting soprano roles, Maida Hundeling is also highly regarded in recital and concert repertoire, including recent performances in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi; singing Magna Peccatrix in Mahler’s Eighth Symphony at the Festival Smetanova Litomyšl; featured performances at a Wagner Gala with the Ostravian Philharmonic Orchestra; and recital performances of Wagner’s Wesendonk Lieder for the chamber music programs at Passau and Landshut.

 

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Biography

“The first night was unbeatably crowned by German soprano Maida Hundeling … She sang securely and beautifully in all registers, she is a charismatic and sophisticated soprano singer in her prime means of expressing emotions, varying from dreamy girl to later a determined woman…” (Novinky.cz)

Soprano Maida Hundeling’s 2016 /17 season features performances of the greatest roles in the repertoire across Eastern Europe. She stars as Leonore in Beethoven’s Fidelio and Puccini’s Turandot at Bratislava’s Slovak National Theatre (Slovenské národné divadlo/SND), and sings the title role in Strauss’ Elektra in concert with the Slovak Philharmonic. Ms. Hundeling also sings repertory performances of Fidelio and Turandot at the SND Bratislava, and Puccini’s Tosca at the Brno National Theatre (Národní divadlo Brno).

Recent highlights on the operatic stage include Maida’s thrilling debut at the Houston Grand Opera as the Foreign Princess (Dvořák’s Rusalka); the title role in Verdi’s Aida at the Schweriner Schlossfestspiele; and Turandot, Elsa (Wagner’s Lohengrin), and Leonore (Fidelio) at the SND Bratislava; and the title roles in Tosca and Janáček’s Jenůfa as well as Aida and Turandot at Hungary’s Bartók Plusz Operafesztivál and with the Brno National Theatre.

In addition to her singular interpretations of the operatic canon’s most exciting soprano roles, Maida Hundeling is also highly regarded in recital and concert repertoire, including recent performances in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi; singing Magna Peccatrix in Mahler’s Eighth Symphony at the Festival Smetanova Litomyšl; featured performances at a Wagner Gala with the Ostravian Philharmonic Orchestra; and recital performances of Wagner’s Wesendonk Lieder for the chamber music programs at Passau and Landshut.

Ms. Hundeling has portrayed Ellen Orford (Peter Grimes) at the Staatsoper Hannover; debuted in Italy as Chrysothemis (Elektra) in a co-prouduction with the opera houses in Bolzano, Modena, Piacenza, and Ferrara; sang Ariadne at the Staatstheater Nürnberg and Theater Freiburg; Giulietta (Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann) at the National Theatre Mannheim; and also made her debut at the Volksoper Vien as Tosca. Additional performances at the Volksoper have included Giorgetta in a new production of Puccini’s Il tabarro and the title role in Strauss’ Salome. She has also portrayed Rezia (von Weber’s Oberon) at the Theater Münster.

Engagements in Canada have included Senta (Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer) at Opéra de Montréal, and Leonore (Fidelio) and the title role in Salome at Edmonton Opera. She made her debut in the United States as Turandot with the Utah Opera, in a national co-production created by André Barbe and Renaud Doucet.

Maida Hundeling celebrated the Richard Wagner Anniversary Year in 2013 in new stagings of some of the composer’s most-loved works: Senta (Der fliegende Holländer) at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden and in Ljubljana, Slovakia; Elsa (Lohengrin) at the National Opera Theatre in Ostrava; and she also sang the role of Senta in Spain (concert version) and in a co-production with the Smetana Litomyšl Festival and Brno National Theatre.

Ms. Hundeling has frequently performed with the Prague State Opera in several roles, incuding Marta (Tiefland), Amelia (Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera), the title roles in Tosca, Aida, and Turandot, and an internationally lauded portrayal of Senta (Der fliegende Holländer). She also starred as Senta at the Statetheater Braunschweig (2008) and in Dortmund (2011). Her appearances in the title role of Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur, Katerina in Martinů’s Greek Passion (conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), and Giulietta (Les contes d’Hoffmann) also garnered rave reviews from audiences and critics alike at the Prague National Theatre.

She toured Japan in the title role of Aida in 2005, and later sang the opera at Saarbrücken in 2008 and the Leipzig Opera in 2010. Maida debuted her debut at SND Bratislava in 2007 as Ariadne in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, and later returned in the title role of Turandot. Ms. Hundeling portrayed Lisa in Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame and Ellen Orford in Britten’s Peter Grimes at the Opernhaus Wuppertal, and in 2008 she made her debut at the Regensburg Theater as Marie in Berg’s Wozzeck. In 2009, Maida sang Chrysothemis (Elektra) at the Anhaltisches Theater Dessau; Elisabeth (Tannhäuser) at the Oldenburgisches Staatstheater; and Aida at Salzburg’s Großes Festspielhaus.

Maida Hundeling was born in Bizerte, Tunisia. Her first singing lessons were with the baritone W. Schürmann. In 1997, she participated in a masterclass held by KS W. Berry, made possible by a stipend from the Richard-Wagner-Verband in Bayreuth. She completed her vocal studies with the soprano O. Miljakovic in Vienna. From 2001-2003 she was a soloist at the Theater of Eisenach, starring as Agathe (von Weber’s Der Freischütz), Marta (d’ Albert’s Tiefland), and Elisabeth/Venus (Tannhäuser), and she later returned to Eisenach as a visiting artist in the annual festival to reprise her roles in Tannhäuser.

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Fliegende Holländer, Otello and Turandot

Maida Hundeling faces a challenging and exciting end of the year with several overlapping productions.

Ms. Hundeling sings Senta in Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer in Lübeck on October 14 and 27, Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello in Ostrava on October 19, 21 and 25, November 2 and 23, and December 5 and 30, and Turandot in Bratislava November 7 and December 12. She will sing another performance of Turandot in February.

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Maida Hundeling stars in the title role of ‘Aida’ at the Schlossfestspiele Regensburg

On July 15, Ms. Hundeling stars as the Ethiopian princess turned prisoner in Verdi’s Aida at the Schlossfestspiele Regensburg. Since 2009, the Thurn-und-Taxis-Schlossfestspiele has been ranked among the “Ten Most Beautiful Castle Festivals” in the world by the Viennese magazine Festspiele. The Festival attracts more than 30,000 visitors per year and is one of the largest open air festivals in Germany. Starring in the title role, she is joined by the soloists, chorus, and orchestra of the Staatsoper Prague. Ms. Hundeling has received tremendous acclaim as “a convincing Aida in her refinement and sensitivity” (Online Merker) for her portrayal of Aida last summer.

 

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Maida Hundeling stars in concert at 18th Annual Music Festival at the Kroměříž Castle

On July 2, Ms. Hundeling will appear in concert during the 18th Annual Music Festival held in the historic greenhouse of the Kroměříž Castle in Zlín, Czech Republic. The Castle is a recognized UNESCO world heritage site which received a specific designation for its very rare and largely intact Baroque garden surrounding the concert venue. Ms. Hundeling will interpret Elsa in the evening’s program showcasing excerpts from Wagner’s Lohengrin. She is joined by soprano Iordanka Derilova, tenor Ales Briscein and baritone Ulf Paulsen. Maestro Robert Jindra leads the Philharmonic Orchestra of Zlín from the podium. Ms. Hundeling’s previous portrayals of Wagnerian heroines have received immense critical acclaim extolled as “Maida Hundeling….. perfectly fulfilled the image of the Wagnerian character, both in her singing, and acting. She sang securely and beautifully in all registers, she is a charismatic and sophisticated soprano singer in her prime means of expressing emotions, varying from dreamy girl to later a determined woman” (Novinky.cz).

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Maida Hundeling applied a fierce dramatic soprano sound to the role of Senta.

Der fliegende Holländer,
Montreal Gazette

Maida Hundeling (Fidelio/Leonore) fesselt mit ihrem gestaltungsstarken dramatischen Sopran.

Fidelio/Leonore

Schwäbische

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In the second episode of SchlossfestspieleTV, the "Aida" of the evening was a guest in the studio.

SchlossfestspieleTV: Tag 2

Mittelbayerische

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The Slovenská Filharmónia’s production of ‘Elektra’ caused such a stir that though it was not only the event of the SF (Slovenská Filharmónia) season, it became THE absolute outstanding main cultural event of the 2016/17 season ....Maida Hundeling as Elektra, presented her role with differentiated dynamics – vibrant and with balanced registration even into the extreme high she kept her voice slim and developed a full range of dynamics. She inhabits a fabulous full-bodied soprano voice, her dramatic arc was excellent - even with her costume (blood red with black detail fading to pale grey-white). Her entrances into the "action" were presented in a mode suitable for a concert performance without sacrificing any dramatic integrity- GRAND HEROINE!

Elettra

Opera Slovakia Online

The Slovenská Filharmónia directed by Maestro Juraj Valcuha, literally created a miracle with their production ‘Elektra.’ In 3 days Maestro Valvuha created a complete production .... no less adept was the ideally cast soloist, in the exposed role of Elektra – without doubt- excellently embodied by the German Soprano Maida Hundeling. She showed the internal development of the character which was quietly supported by the change in style and color of her dress.....

Elettra

Pravda

Experienced in the role, Maida Hundeling (16.7) was, although a bit more mature, was certainly also a convincing Aida in her refinement and sensitivity.

Aida

Online Merker

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Maida Hundeling applied a fierce dramatic soprano sound to the role of Senta.

Der fliegende Holländer,

Montreal Gazette

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In the title role the visiting Maida Hundeling proved to possess a unique dramatic soprano and the two premiers were handled with tone and expressive intensity.

Fidelio

Kultúra.Pravda.sk

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Maida Hundeling sings the Foreign Princess with cool command and composure; her poise and self-importance making it all too clear this meanie will steal the Prince from poor Rusalka. Just how much we don't like her proves how effective she is in the role.

Rusalka

Houston Chronicle

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German soprano Maida Hundeling is a thrilling Foreign Princess, the one who seizes her former lover when Rusalka is doomed to silence. She isn't conquering one desire, she's pursuing the thousand others, clearly.

Rusalka

Culture Map Houston

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... the Foreign Princess (soprano Maida Hundeling, dressed to the nines in satin gown like Grace Kelly and singing most elegantly).

Rusalka

HoustonPress

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The title role was played by soprano Maida Hundeling and she gave her character all that is needed. She could be exalted, passionate, poignant and somewhat comically annoying in the first act, excellently sung, she played and looked great. I must underline its performance in the cantata offstage (in this case from the foyer) in the second act. It is somewhat neglected and at the same time very difficult passage, but with Maida Hundeling it was clear and understandable, almost as if on stage or nearby.

Tosca

Brno - město hudby

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Soprano Maida Hundeling gives a powerful yet nuanced performance in the title role. This Turandot isn't just cold and remote. She is terrifying ... Hundeling's delivery of "In questa reggia," the aria in which the princess explains why she hates men, will knock you back in your seat. Yet the singer also reveals Turandot's vulnerability. Her body language in the riddle scene is particularly telling.

Turandot

The Salt Lake Tribune

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The best was given by the soloists, at least in principle roles. The first night was unbeatably crowned by German soprano Maida Hundeling's Senta, that perfectly fulfilled the image of the Wagnerian character, both in her singing, and acting. She sang securely and beautifully in all registers she is a charismatic and sophisticated soprano singer in her prime means of expressing emotions, varying from dreamy girl to later a determined woman ... Hundeling plays Senta so that viewers see her determination to go beyond the boundaries of the reality of life.

Der fliegende Holländer

Novinky.cz

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Maida Hundeling ... has worked in the great opera houses of Europe and has excelled in her artistry as Adriana Lecouvreur. She brought the title role to life with a beguiling interpretation of the aria "Io son l'umile ancella" in the first act. With her overwhelming voice she sang to the hearts of the audience. One wishes that these sounds may never end.

Adriana Lecouvreur

Regionews

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