About Maya Barsacq
Maya Barsacq is a passionate and dynamic artist. She is an ardent and dedicated advocate of opera, classical music and especially contemporary classical music. Barsacq strives to champion new compositions and collaborate with living composers and artists around the world.
Barsacq is the founder and conductor of Cadenza and Nu. She has premiered with Cadenza, works of Vasks, Milhaud, Poulenc, Shariff, Auric, and Jeanrenaud. She also works as a freelance music director, conducting opera, and musical theater pieces in the United States and in Europe. With Nu, Barsacq is the ensemble conductor, as well as artistic director and curator. She oversees performances in diverse locations throughout Europe that will later expand globally.
Barsacq loves the theatricality of life and performance. She has recently worked closely with Carlus Padrissa of La Fura dels Baus, an inspiring creator for her. She will continue to collaborate with Padrissa on various upcoming projects.
Upcoming engagements include music directing the Hannover Ensemble in a recital of new music featuring soprano Rebecca Davis. In 2023, Barsacq makes her company debut at the Opera de Tenerife conducing the Little Sweep of Benjamin Britten.
Prior conducting and assisting conducting engagments aside from Cadenza and Nu, have included: Midsummer Mozart Festival, New Frequencies Festival, Opera Idaho, West Bay Opera, Distinguished Artist Series, Classical Revolution Orchestra, and Lamplighter Theater.
Barsacq has collaborated with singers, directors, instrumentalists from around the globe. She has worked with talented singers including: Rochelle Bard, Rebecca Davis, Betany Coffland, Olga Chernisheva, Percy Martinez, Gabriel Manro, Anna Yelizarova, Marina Harris, Alex Boyer, Gregory Gerbrandt, Zanda Svede, Elizabeth Russ, Christopher Bengocheoa, Sandra Bengocheoa, Jason Detwiler, Michelle Detwiler, Elliott Franks, Mark Kratz, Adriana de Leon, Cesar Cortez, Igor Viera, Amy Foote, Sanford Smith, Laurel Duncan-Anderson, Richard Mix, Joseph Raymond Meyers, Krista Wigle, Kathleen Nitz Kasdorf, Mary Elizabeth Enman, Maya Kherani, Lori Rivera, Maria de los Angeles Gomez, Serena Perez, North Bay Community Gospel Choir, Saint Columba Gospel Choir, and Ariose Singers.
She has synergized with instrumentalists: Seymour Lipkin, Chetan Tierra, Brenda Vahur, Mayuko Kamio, Lana Gruen, Joan Jeanrenaud, William Winant, Seth Asarnow, Kelley Maulbetsch, Mesut Ozgen, Patricia Mitchell, Dale Wolford, Anthony Doheny, Dan Levitan, Kathleen Balfe, Roxan Jurkevich and Rebecca Jackson. Barsacq has also worked with, directors, choreographers and artists: Daniel Helfgot, Carlus Padrissa, Barbara Heroux, Dmitry Troyanovsky, Cid Pearlman, Savina Tarsitano, Deepika Shrestha Ross, Luciano Chessa, and Jean Francois Revon.
Barsacq is a strong advocate of music education and appreciation in and out of the classroom. She frequently is invited to teach master workshops in conservatories and universities around the world, and also enjoys working with young children in the classroom. Since 2020, Barsacq has been a resident coach for SoftlyLoud Consulting working with opera singers from around the world.
Barsacq recently founded the Zenith Opera Competition . ZOC is a vocal competition showcasing the talents of singers that are in the prime of their vocal prowress and are aspiring to a professional career in opera. Barsacq is co director with Soprano Rebecca Davis of the ZOC competition, now preparing for its 2nd edition in 2022.
Barsacq also dedicates time to composing. Currently working on a new opera, that will premiere in Berlin and Paris in 2023. Recent engagements have included works performed the home Stretch festival in Madison Wisconsin, at the Loop Barcelona and at the National Art Center in Tokyo, Japan; for a collaboration with artist Savina Tarsitano. Upcoming projects in the works are a a new opera, a new commision and collaboration with Fluxus artist Susan Harby, as well as a collaboration with performer artist and composer Luciano Chessa. Her curiosity and drive to learn about living composers´works and lives are showcased monthly in her podcast the Aeolian Impromptu