Maribel SalazarActor, Soprano

Soprano Maribel Salazar began her singing career in Mexico City on radio station XEW while only 10 years of age. She was very popular and heralded for her beautiful mature sound and style. Her enthusiastic commitment to the music and the purity of her expression brought her legions of fans. Her repertoire was primarily popular Mexican songs in the vein of Lucha Reyes. After a few years she had the opportunity to participate in a nationwide contest the purpose of which was to select new members for the troupe of the famous Mexican singer Maria de Lourdes. Out of thousands of contestants only six were selected and Maribel was one of them. She performed successfully with this group for several years in countless shows, concerts and special events. This ensemble was officially considered the Representative of Mexican Music to the World. During this phase of her career she was invited by the great Mexican star India Maria to have a leading role (acting and singing) in her musical/theatrical presentation: “México, Canta y Aguanta¨. This successful show enjoyed a long run and gave Maribel a great deal of stage experience. Working closely with a comic genius like India Maria was an invaluable education. Shortly after this, Maribel was asked to be in a feature film with India Maria. The film, ¨Se equivocó la Ciguena”, is now a cult classic.

In 2002, she entered the prestigious Carlo Morelli Contest at The Palacio de Bellas Artes and won second place and in 2005 she entered again and won the Special INBA prize with her beautiful rendition of ¨Vissi D´Arte¨. Shortly after this triumph, she was engaged to sing Nedda in¨I Pagliacci¨ with conductor Enrique Patrón de Rueda. Her debut at Bellas Artes was as Mimi in ¨La Boheme¨. It was an auspicious and highly praised debut and after that she made the Palacio de Bellas Artes her operatic home. Her next appearance at Bellas Artes was as Cio Cio San in ¨Madama Butterfly¨ where she received standing ovations, stunning reviews and great acclaim. She was artistically assisted in this presentation by Mayda Prado. Following this she portrayed Micaela in ¨Carmen¨ under the direction of Marcelo Lombardero. This was hailed as one of her greatest interpretations and she made a marvelous impression with the role. Bellas Artes beckoned again–this time with a role very close to her heart—Liu in ¨Turandot¨. She was captivating in this portrayal of the little slave girl and the public responded with thunderous applause. The director of Bellas Artes, Octavio Sosa, gave Maribel the opportunity to sing the role of Leonora in ¨Il Trovatore¨ and she embraced the role, heart and soul, absolutely thrilled to be singing Verdi. With this success a new door was opened and new artistic possibilities flooded in. It was a great success for her and found great favor with her growing public. Ramón Vargas, the new director of the ¨Palacio¨ asked her to sing Pamina in ¨The Magic Flute¨. It was an innovative production done in the style of the ancient Maya. Her first foray into Mozart was a critical and personal success. She is grateful to Maestro William Hicks for his guidance and musical preparation in most of these roles. Other projects during this time included a special production in Sophia Bulgaria of ¨La Boheme¨ with her as Mimi, a production of ¨La Vida Breve¨ at Bellas Artes, a Dvorak ¨Stabat Mater¨ with the Mexico City Philharmonic, The ¨Gala de la Luna¨ in the Cervantino Festival in Guanajuato, Mexico, where she sang the ¨Song to the Moon¨ from ¨Rusalka¨ as well as the first act of ¨Turandot¨ conducted by David Rosenmeyer. Aside from various television appearences featuring opera and concert work, she enjoyed the special distinction of receiving the prestigious Agustín Lara Award from The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California. At this time, in 2010, she was invited by the distinguished designer, Raúl Rodriguez to represent México in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena. While there she studied voice with Richard Fredericks. For many seasons Maribel has been a featured performer at the Festival Cultural Zacatecas where she last appeared in concert with the distinguished Maestro Pablo Zinger in 2014.