An acclaimed interpreter of Verdi's and Puccini's most famous heroines with a repertoire ranging from belcanto to verismo, Maria José Siri is considered one of the most important sopranos on the international opera scene today. "Capable of total abandon" with "brilliant high notes" (Neue Zürcher Zeitung) combined with a "steely vocality with lyricism and pathos" (The Financial Times)
She is considered a 'performer of the highest reference, and not only for her lush vocalism but also for an emission that ideally recalls Tebaldi's full, rounded sound' (Opera Áctual).
After successfully debuting the role of Elvira in the production of Ernani at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, she sang Aida in Dresden and at the Teatro Pérez Galdós. She returned to the role of Tosca at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa and at the Teatro Municipale Giuseppe Verdi in Salerno. After her great success in the role of Abigaille, also recently performed at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, she again enchanted the Austrian audience at the Musikverein in Graz.
Born in Uruguay with Italian roots, Maria José approached music at a young age, later specialising at the Paris Conservatory and with the great Ileana Cotrubas. She came to Europe in 2008 with Leonora in Il trovatore at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa. Since then, her career has been going from strength to strength, starting in 2016, when she opened the Teatro alla Scala performing Madama Butterfly to great public and critical acclaim. She was awarded the Oscar della Lirica in 2017.
At La Scala, where she made her debut in 2009 as Aida, she starred again in Aida (2015) and then in the new productions of Francesca da Rimini (2018) and Manon Lescaut (2019). In addition to an intense relationship with the main Italian Theatres including above all the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, thanks to which she has several DVDs in the roles of Adriana Lecouvreur, Suor Angelica/Giorgetta, Abigaille, Lucrezia Contarini, and Elvira. Maria José Siri has a deep-rooted collaboration with the Wiener Staatsoper (Maddalena di Coigny, Madama Butterfly, Elisabetta di Valois, Leonora, Tosca) and with the main German Theatres: Staatsoper and Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Semperoper Dresden. She is also very present in Belgium, at the Opera Royale de Wallonie and in Spain, especially at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, ABAO and Teatro Pérez Galdós. Acclaimed by the New National Theatre in Tokyo at the Savonlinna Festival, she also made a triumphant return to Latin America, performing in several gala evenings alongside Plácido Domingo, including at the Teatro Colón.
Special is her relationship with the Arena di Verona and Aida (2013-2023), a city also chosen as her home, where the artist has performed roles such as Donna Elvira, Nedda/Santuzza, Lady Macbeth, more recently Abigaille, Madama Butterfly and Aida, a role for which she has passed her 150th performance, performed in Europe, Asia, South America and even in front of the Pyramids of Giza.
Among Maria José Siri's best-loved heroine roles is the warrior Odabella in Attila, which she debuted at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna (2016, DVD Cmajor) and then tackled at the Teatro Regio di Parma (2018 and 2021). With this role she also debuted last year at the prestigious Royal Opera House in London. Another recent debut was at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden alongside Placido Domingo.