Maida Hundeling

Ms. Hundeling has portrayed Ellen Orford (Peter Grimes) at the Staatsoper Hannover; debuted in Italy as Chrysothemis (Elektra) in a co-production with the opera houses in Bolzano, Modena, Piacenza, and Ferrara; sang Ariadne at the Staatstheater Nürnberg and Theater Freiburg; Giulietta (Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann) at the National Theatre Mannheim; and also made her debut at the Volksoper Wien as Tosca. Additional performances at the Volksoper have included Giorgetta in a new production of Puccini’s Il tabarro and the title role in Strauss’ Salome. She has also portrayed Rezia (von Weber’s Oberon) at the Theater Münster.

Engagements in Canada have included Senta (Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer) at Opéra de Montréal, and Leonore (Fidelio) and the title role in Salome at Edmonton Opera. She made her debut in the United States as Turandot with the Utah Opera, in a national co-production created by André Barbe and Renaud Doucet.

Maida Hundeling celebrated the Richard Wagner Anniversary Year in 2013 in new staging’s of some of the composer’s most-loved works: Senta (Der fliegende Holländer) at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden and in Ljubljana, Slovakia; Elsa (Lohengrin) at the National Opera Theatre in Ostrava; and she also sang the role of Senta in Spain (concert version) and in a co-production with the Smetana Litomyšl Festival and Brno National Theatre.

Ms. Hundeling has frequently performed with the Prague State Opera in several roles, incuding Marta (Tiefland), Amelia (Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera), the title roles in Tosca, Aida, and Turandot, and an internationally lauded portrayal of Senta (Der fliegende Holländer). She also starred as Senta at the Statetheater Braunschweig (2008) and in Dortmund (2011). Her appearances in the title role of Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur, Katerina in Martinů’s Greek Passion (conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), and Giulietta (Les contes d’Hoffmann) also garnered rave reviews from audiences and critics alike at the Prague National Theatre.

She toured Japan in the title role of Aida in 2005, and later sang the opera at Saarbrücken in 2008 and the Leipzig Opera in 2010. Maida debuted her debut at SND Bratislava in 2007 as Ariadne in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, and later returned in the title role of Turandot. Ms. Hundeling portrayed Lisa in Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame and Ellen Orford in Britten’s Peter Grimes at the Opernhaus Wuppertal, and in 2008 she made her debut at the Regensburg Theater as Marie in Berg’s Wozzeck. In 2009, Maida sang Chrysothemis (Elektra) at the Anhaltisches Theater Dessau; Elisabeth (Tannhäuser) at the Oldenburgisches Staatstheater; and Aida at Salzburg’s Großes Festspielhaus.

Maida Hundeling was born in Bizerte, Tunisia. Her first singing lessons were with the baritone W. Schürmann. In 1997, she participated in a masterclass held by KS W. Berry, made possible by a stipend from the Richard-Wagner-Verband in Bayreuth. She completed her vocal studies with the soprano O. Miljakovic in Vienna. From 2001-2003 she was a soloist at the Theater of Eisenach, starring as Agathe (von Weber’s Der Freischütz), Marta (d’ Albert’s Tiefland), and Elisabeth/Venus (Tannhäuser), and she later returned to Eisenach as a visiting artist in the annual festival to reprise her roles in Tannhäuser.