Mezzo-soprano, tv/radio host and principal soloist with orchestras and opera houses around the world, fresh from a sold out run of Ventura’s Rubicon Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of In The Heights in the role of Abuela Claudia, Guzmán reached international attention for the title role in Bizet’s Carmen, (Fire-breathing, singing actress, devastingly sexy.” TIME magazine). She is a champion of premiere works creating for the Kennedy Center Menotti’s Goya (The Duchess), Daniel Catan’s Florencia en el Amazonas (Paula), the Industry Opera’s Hopscotch (Lucha), Eric Whitacre’s Gift of the Magi (Shelia,) to name a few.
Honors include two-time L.A Area Emmy Award winner (2019 & 2021) for Co-Host of Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration, PBS/SoCal (Ken Shapiro,dir.), a Grammy nod for the 2006 Best Classical Recording with the Southwest Chamber Music; Helen Hayes Award Best Actress nod for Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors directed by Giancarlo Menotti. Host of the KCET weekly tv series Open Call (Bohdan Zachary, dir.), she is a 2022-23 Los Angeles Opera Legacy Ambassador, holds an Honorary Doctor of Music from Occidental College and received the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Nederlanders for service to Arts and Community. Future engagements include a world-premiere of Nick Benavides’s Carvana de Mujeres for Opera America in NYC. More info? Visit www.suzannaguzman.com
Maiya Sykes is a classically trained vocalist, producer, vocal arranger and entrepreneur. She has a degree in political science from Yale university and a master’s of distinction from her fellowship at Oxford. She also studied keyboard performance at the Musicians Institute, where she was an instructor until 2021.
Maiya has an extensive resume as a back-up vocalist. Her credits include Macy Gray, Rod Wave, Lil Durk, Wayne Brady, Fantasia, Kate Hudson, Michael Buble, Everlast, Avril Lavigne, My Morning Jacket and Ringo Starr. Her vocals have been featured in many films including the Oscar award winning film La La Land, the critically acclaimed Dolomite is My Name, the Netflix series Waffles and Mochi and most recently in Creed 3. Her vocals are featured on The Void on the Creed 3 soundtrack.
Shortly after her four-chair turning debut on season 7 of The Voice, Maiya began working with 2 groups that became YouTube sensations, Postmodern Juxebox and Scary Pockets. Her featured videos with both groups have received over 17 million views and have been mentioned in Time Magazine and the Huffington Post.
Currently, Maiya has been busy working on her own projects, including an album of all original music.