Indira Mahajan holds a Master of Music from Mannes College of Music, a diploma from the Accademia Musicale Ottorino Resphighi, and a Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College. She is the 2008 winner of the prestigious Marian Anderson Award and was subsequently presented in a solo recital at the Kennedy Center last season. In addition to her award from the Dallas Opera, the soprano was named New York City Opera’s Debut Artist of the Year and has received the Richard F. Gold Award from the Shoshanna Foundation as well as prizes from the Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation, Van Lier Foundation, and the National Association for Negro Musicians.
She has performed her celebrated characterization of Bess in Porgy in Bess with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Orchestra Sinfonica Giuseppe Verdi, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, and at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Last season, she sang the work with the in a return to Washington National Opera and with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Teatro Perez Galdуs in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and Teatro Messimo Bellini in Catania. As one of the premiere interpreters of Bess, she has also sung the role with Los Angeles Opera, in a return to Dallas Opera, and previously with Washington National Opera. Equally sought after in Europe, she has sung performances of Porgy and Bess at the Opera Comique in Paris, Staatsoper Hannover, Opera Frankfurt, Deutsches Theater Mьnchen, Koninklijk Theater Carre in Amsterdam, Congress Centrum Hamburg, among many other opera houses.
Recent performances include Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly, Mimi in Francesca Zambello’s production of La Bohиme at London’s Royal Albert Hall; Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Nedda in Pagliacci, Musetta in La Bohиme with Dallas Opera, for which she received the Maria Callas Debut Award as outstanding debut artist; the title role in Suor Angelica. Her oratorio performances include Handel’s Messiah with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Sioux City Symphony, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra in Caracas and Beethoven’s Mass in C with Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional in Costa Rica. Ms. Mahajan’s concert experience encompasses the music of Gershwin.