Liora Maurer, born in Tel Aviv, joined the Metropolitan Opera as an Assistant Conductor during the 2008-2009. She has prepared numerous productions at the Met, notably the famous Franco Zeffirelli production of La Bohème, Satyagraha by Phillip Glass (which will soon be released as a DVD) as well as Verdi’s Stiffelio and Anthony Minghella’s visually stunning production of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, both conducted by Placido Domingo. Most recently, she prepared Verdi’s Macbeth with Thomas Hampson in the title role. Ms. Maurer was the pianist and coach for the final workshop of Nico Muhly’s new opera Two Boys, a co-production between the Met and English National Opera before its successful premiere at ENO this past summer. Two Boys will make its United States premiere at the Met in 2013
Prior to joining the Met, Ms. Maurer was an Assistant Conductor at New York City Opera since the 1997-98 season. She was the recitative accompanist for Rossini’s Viaggio a Reims, working in collaboration with Rossini scholar Phillip Gossett, Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, and Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni. In 2010 Opera Magazine reviewed Don Giovanni and stated that “Liora Maurer furnished fine harpsichord continuo” and New Yorker magazine praised her playing ‘for adding witty adornments.” Ms. Maurer also contributed to the musical preparation of the New York City Opera’s telecasts of Benjamin Britten’s Paul Bunyan and Puccini’s Tosca
In 1999 Ms. Maurer was invited to the U.S.A. Spoleto Festival to prepare and perform in the American premiere of Kurt Weill’s Die Bürgshaft under the musical direction of Julius Rudel. The critical and popular success of the production resulted in the first commercial recording of the work, and was released in the summer of 2000 on the EMI label, featuring Ms. Maurer playing the piano as part of the Spoleto Festival Orchestra. The following year, Maestro Rudel invited her to do the musical preparation for Pittsburgh Opera Theater’s production of the same work. She has also worked with Seattle Opera, Wolf Trap Opera Company, Opera Omaha, Opera Cleveland and the New Israeli Opera.
Liora Maurer is on the faculty of the International Vocal Arts Institute, where she has been fortunate to collaborate with many famous names in the world of opera, Renata Scotto, Federico Davia and Renato Capecchi. She has performed all over the world, including Israel, Germany, Spain, Japan, Italy, Perú and Puerto Rico. She is a graduate of the Rubin Academy in Tel Aviv and received a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where she received a full scholarship. She has won numerous awards, including a grant from the America-Israel Foundation.