Biography

 

 

Architect and opera singer.

Producer, regisseur, set and costume designer.

 

Miryam Singer studied architecture at the University of Chile. Shee began her singing studies at the same university in 1980, with the late maestra Clara Oyuela. After graduating as an architect, she continued her singing studies under the tutelage of Betty Boone in Atlanta, Aila Ernst in Zurich and Sara Corti in Milan.

 

She debuted in Chile in 1984 under the baton of maestro Juan Pablo Izquierdo. She pursued a career in opera and concert, with performances in Switzerland, Uruguay, Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela, Guatemala, Mexico, Costa Rica, Israel, Russia and the United States.

 

As a soloist of symphonic music and oratorio, she was the soprano of Beethoven's 9th Symphony, presented in 1990, as a celebration of the country´s return to democracy. She sang with the all the main orchestras in the country. The Municipal Theater of Santiago and the Center for Artistic and Cultural Outreach of the University of Chile became her artistic homes for more than 25 years.

She sang the main works that were performed at the time, such as the Requiem Masses by Mozart, Brahms, Verdi and Briten; oratorios such as Messiah, Salomon and Baltazar, by G.F. Handel; The Bells by Sergei Rachmaninov; Stabat Mater by G.B. Pergoslesi; Joan of Arc at the Stake by Arthur Honegger; Masses by Mozart, Haydn; Bach's Mass in C minor, Beethoven's Solemn Mass, and countless other works from the standard repertoire. She also sang symphonic works by great Chilean composers such as National Awards recipient  Alfonso Letelier, Juan Orrego Salas and Carlos Riesco.

 

 

She sang under maestros Juan Pablo Izquierdo, Irwin Hoffman, Maximiano Valdés, Miguel Patron Marchant, Michelagelo Veltri, Gavor Ötvos, Volker Wangenheim, Fernando Rosas, David del Pino, Francisco Rettig, Rodolfo Fischer, Nicolas Rauss, Eduardo Browne, Jaime Donoso, among many others.

 

She sang at the main cities in Chile; also in Caracas, Bogotá, Mendoza, Montevideo, Pachuca, Mexico, and in many cities in Switzerland. She sang at the Tchaikowsky Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and the Weil Hall of Carnegie Hall of New York.

 

 

In 2009 she decided to close her singing career with the performance of Pictures of the Private Collection of God by composer Aharon Harlap, at the Municipal Theater of Santiago under maestro Víctor Alarcón, and devout herself entirely to producing and teching.

 

 

In 1995, she began a career as a director, set and costume designer and opera producer.

She has directed, among others, Cosi fan tutte, La finta semplice, La finta giardiniera, The marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute, and The Abduction from the Seraglio, by W.A. Mozart; La Traviata, by Giuseppe Verdi; Madama Butterfly, Tosca and Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini; Carmen, by Georges Bizet; Don Pasquale and Le Convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali, by Gaetano Donizetti; The merry widow, by Franz Léhar; La jolie parfumeuse, by Jacques Offenbach; Pierrot Lunaire, by Arnold Schoenberg, The Altarpiece of Master Pedro, by Manuel de Falla, The Story of the Soldier, by Igor Stravinsky, among others, and presented the debut in Chile of Orpheus, by Claudio Monteverdi, 400 years after its composition. She has produced operas and open-air concerts, among others, the operas Carmen and The merry widow, as well as the concert Veronica Villarroel sings for Chile, the Atrio de Santiago, in the Plaza de Armas de Santiago, Summer Night, and Great moments of the opera, in the Araucano Park.

 

In 2009, she won a fund from the National Council for Culture and the Arts that brought together three Chilean universities to carry out the first Chilean Chamber Opera Festival. In 2011, she won the fund for the second time and brought together five Chilean universities to hold the Opera Festival for two consecutive years. The most innovative of the projects derived from that initiative was the production of W. A. ​​Mozart's The Magic Flute, engaging the young generation of Chilean opera singers. The production went on tour through seven schools and the presentations included the school´s children's choirs, who, dressed and characterized, went on stage to sing and perform their part in German; an unforgettable experience for about 6,000 people and about 200 children from 9 to 16 years of age.

She has staged her productions at The Municipal Theater of Santiago, the Theater of the University of Chile, the Municipal Theater of Las Condes, the SODRE Theater of Montevideo, the Hall of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, and many theaters throughout the country.

 

She has opened public spaces that had not yet been conquered for opera, such as the Quinta Normal subway station, the Teatro de la Oficina Salitrera Humberstone, the Quinta Vergara in Viña del Mar, the Parque Araucano de Las Condes and countless halls and unconventional spaces throughout the country.

 

She directed and produced the documentary on opera Opening the Curtain  for Chanel 13 Cable.

Her costumes and set designs for The Magic Flute she  had done for the Municipal Theater of Santiago was exhibited at the Chilean stand of the Quatriennal in Prague, PQ2015, in July 2015.

Her work as a costume designer was featured in her solo exhibition The Dressed Opera, which was shown at the UC Outreach Center in September in October 2014.

 

She designed and directed the Night of Boleros in which a live concert takes place in parallel to a feature film she directed and produced for the Municipal Theater of Las Condes.

 

In all her productions she writes the script, directs and edits the multimedia material, in addition to stage direction, costumes and set design.

 

She was nominated on several occasions as best singer of the year by the Association of Performing Arts Journalists (APES), receiving the APES award in 1992 and 1994. She received the award for best opera singer of the year, from the Association of Art Critics of Chile in 1994 and later, she received the awards for her work as opera producer. In 1997 she received the award from the Critics Association of the V Region, for her production of Madama Butterfly; in 2007 she received the award from the Chilean Critics Association for her production of The marriage of Figaro; in 2009 she received the Domingo Santa Cruz award from the Instituto de Chile, for her collaboration in a documentary series about six famous Chilean composers. The same year she won the Critics Award for direction, set and costumes design, multimedia direction and general production for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio, and in 2011 she won the same Prize for Der Kaiser von Atlantis, an opera by Viktor Ullmann, composed in the Theresiensadt Nazi concentration camp.

 

In 2020 Miryam Singer was made Professor of the Pontificial Catholic University of Chile where she is part of the Institute of Music.

Since 2010 she is the Director of the Office for Arts and Culture, of the Vice-presidency for Research. As part of her efforts to bring the arts to the university and the community, she created the Artifica la UC arts festival, where she has presented operas, outdoor concerts and theater. She also created an innovative course in various artistic disciplines for undergraduate students, The experience of the Arts.

 

She has given masterclasses at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, at Brooklyn College, at the Pre-College division of the Julliard School in New York and at the Amsterdam Conservatory.

 

Her work as an opera producer has given the chance to see and hear an opera, for free, to more than 50 thousand people throughout the country.

 

Before she decided to dedicate herself completely to opera, she worked in various architectural offices and eventually set up her own company in the construction field.

Occasionally she does architectural projects, and has works in Chile, Costa Rica and Israel.

© 2014 by Eduardo Seymour