Critics have hailed Maria Kanyova as an extraordinary singing actress. Robert Trussell of the Kansas City star wrote of her portrayal of Pat Nixon, “Her voice could stop time.” Throughout Ms Kanyova’s busy performing career of leading roles, she has performed with Chicago Lyric Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Dallas Opera, New York City Opera, Florida Grand Opera, San Diego Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Boston Lyric Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Opera Pacific, Portland Opera, New Orleans Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Saint Louis Opera Theatre, Central City Opera, Opera Colorado, Madison Opera, Tulsa Opera, Wexford Opera Festival and Canadian Opera Company along with many other prestigious opera companies.
One of Ms. Kanyova’s signature leading roles, Pat Nixon in Nixon in China, has been recorded on the Naxos Label. Ms. Kanyova has enjoyed the opportunity of premiering new operas and reviving more recent operas. She recently performed the role of Blanche in Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire with Kentucky Opera and premiered the role of Miriam in Adamo’s Gospel of Mary Magdalene with San Francisco Opera. Ms. Kanyova has also revived the role of Marie Antoinette in John Corigliano’s The Ghost’s of Versaille both with Saint Louis Opera Theatre and the Wexford Opera Festival in Ireland. Other recent engagements include Violetta in La traviata with Imperial Symphony Orchestra, Pat Nixon in Nixon in China with San Diego Opera and the roles of Suor Angelica and Lauretta in the operas Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi with Intermountain Opera Company and the title role of Madama Butterfly with Opera San Antonio. Future engagements include Leonora in Il trovatore with Winter Opera Theater and the title role of Suor Angelica with Opera San Jose.