Nancy Fabiola Herrera

Mezzo Soprano
Nancy Fabiola Herrera

Spanish Mezzo-soprano Nancy Fabiola Herrera astonishes audiences and critics around the world. She stands out for the "beauty of her voice, her outstanding musicality and commanding stage presence", making the Spanish mezzo one of the most relevant artists of the opera scene today. Her "hypnotizing interpretation" of Carmen has made the specialized press called her "The Carmen of the XXI Century".

In 2019 she performed the role of Paula in Florencia en el Amazonas under the baton of Patrick Summers at the Houston Grand Opera (which was recorded), followed with a recital at Teatro Villamarta in Jerez and her participation in “Primer Encuentro Internacional de Zarzuela” at Tequila-México with the Asociación “Zarzuela por el mundo”, giving masterclasses and a recital “Zarzuela con nombre de mujer” along with Daniel Bianco, and also her participation in the Closure Gala in Guadalajara, conducted by Plácido Domingo.

She then made her debut as Gitana in El Gato Montés  witg Plácido Domingo at the Los Angeles Opera, conducted by Jordi Bernàcer. She sang Misa Tango by Bakalov with the Orquesta José Artigas in Montevideo and carried out a spectacular concert ¨Nancy FH canta a Canarias¨ in Las Palmas. She also made her debut at the National Opera in Beiging as Giulietta in Les contes d'Hoffmann under the baton of Pinchas Steinberg and performed in Samson et Dalila at Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville along with Gregory Kunde, in a production by Paco Azorín and under the baton of Jacques Lacombe. She also took part in a ¨Homenaje a Monserrat Caballé¨ performed at the Teatro de la Zarzuela under the baton of Oliver Diaz, and in a “ Concierto Solidario - Solidary Concert” with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, under the baton of Karel Chichon.

Recitals are one of her favourite activities and with which she enjoys great popularity and some highlights include performances at Teatro Solís in Montevideo along with pianist Pierre Valet, at Teatro Circo de La Palma with pianist Nino Sanikidze within the framework of the “Festival de Música española y Zarzuela”, and the ¨Lied Cicle¨ of CNDM with pianist Mac Maclure.

In 2018 she made two recordings: the first was a concert and recording as Rosario in Goyescas by Granados, with the BBC of London at the Barbican Center along with maestro Josep Pons, for Harmonia Mundi; the second as Salud in La Vida Breve by Falla, with the BBC in Manchester along with maestro Juanjo Mena, for Chandos.

She received the Opera Actual Magazine 2018 Lifetime Career Achievement Award.

She made her debut at Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires as Isabella in L´Italiana in Algeri with Maestro Antonello Allemandi in a new production by J.Antón Rechi. She had enormous public success and great reviews for her debut of the role Bernarda of the Spanish opera by Miquel Ortega, based on the work of Lorca, La Casa de Bernarda Alba under the baton of the composer and stage directed by Barbara Lluch at the Teatro de la Zarzuela de Madrid. In 2019 this production won the award “Opera 21” for best production.

Other performances include Stabat Mater by Rossini in Málaga, Requiem by Verdi at the Cathedral of Mallorca, in San Sebastián and Guadalajara (México) those conducted by Plácido Domingo, 3 Symphony by Mahler with the OSSODRE in Uruguay with Diego Nasser, a Concert at Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow with maestro Alexis Soriano, Recitals at Palau de la Música de Valencia with pianist Rubén Fernández and at the Festival de Benicàssim with Ainhoa Arteta, and Concert Tour in Spain with the Septeto de Solistas de Valencia.

In 2017 she made her debut as Leonore in La Favorite under the baton of Karel Chichon  at the Teatro Pérez Galdós (Spain) ¨…she brought all of the extraordinary nuances of her vocal extension to a role of grand difficulty. Further her interpretive intensity gave an unusual depth to the Belcantist heroine; her third and fourth acts were exceptional… ", and recently Fenena in Nabucco with Plácido Domingo and James Conlon at the Los Ángeles Opera. She began her year with her performance at the Metropolitan Opera of NY in three roles, making her debut as Herodias in Salomé where “…she stole the show with her powerful voice that rose above the orchestra…", Fenena in Nabucco and Maddalena in Rigoletto.

Other performances in this year included Las Golondrinas at the Teatro Campoamor (Oviedo-Spain),  a concert tour with the Soloists of Valencia, Stabat Mater by Rossini with the Orquesta RTVE in Madrid with Maestro Pelhivanian where " …NFH turns everything she sings into a work of art with her voice, style and musicality…”, Das Lied von der Erde with the Orquesta de Extremadura (Spain) and Maestro Álvaro Albiach, Kindertotenlieder with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Perú and Maestro Fernando Valcárcel, Gala Española (Spanish Gala Concert) at the Sopot Festival (Poland), Concert Gala with Plácido Domingo in Guadalajara (Mexico) and Los Angeles, Les Nuits d'Eté by Berlioz at the Festival Casals in Puerto Rico with Maestro Maximiano Valdés. Her recitals included a Tour thorough Spain and Colombia with her new program Cabaret Nights next to pianist Mac McClure. She also presented her latest álbum "Ensueños" with some of the most beautiful Spanish and French melodies with pianist Rubén Fernández Aguirre.

2016-17 included debuts at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid as Cecilia in Las Golondrinas, as Eboli in Don Carlo at the Teatros del Canal in Madrid and as Sara in Roberto Devereux at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow. Her acclaimed interpretation as Salud in La Vida Breve has led her to perform with the Symphonic Orchestra of Cincinnati with Juanjo Mena where "…NFH inhabited her role with passion and burning emotion; ... she communicated it with a powerful voice, able to rise over the entire orchestra with ease… ". She returned to Ópera de Oviedo in a new production of Samson et Dalila where she garnered marvellous reviews as“… a sensual and powerful Dalila, demonstrating the rich nuances of such a multifaceted role, offering a second act to be remembered.”

2014-15 included her debut at the  Washington National Opera as Paula in Florencia en el Amazonas, and later performing the same at the Los Angeles Opera. She returned as Carmen at the Teatro dell'Opera in Roma and Opera Australia in Melbourne and Sidney with great acclamation: "…Nancy Fabiola Herrera invests Carmen with sensuous magnetism that attracts an almost hypnotic attention. She is danger personified, and those she attracts are playing with fire. Her allure rests not only in her charismatic stage presence but in the richness and warmth of a voice which is wonderfully even across its range yet capable of a wide spectrum of colours that perfectly match mood with text…".

Carmen is undoubtedly Ms. Herrera´s signature role. Her hypnotic portrayal has been seen at the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, Bolshoi Theatre, New National Theatre in Tokyo, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Munich Bayerische Staatsoper, Baths of Caracalla, Dresde Semperoper, Masada Festival, the Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, Los Angeles Opera (where she received the Plácido Domingo Award for her performance of this role), Teatro Bellas Artes in México, and other Spanish theatres such as Sabadell Opera, Teatro Villamarta in Jerez, San Sebastian, Teatro Pérez Galdós in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Santander and Ópera de A Coruña among others. In summer 2009 she opened the season at the Arena di Verona as Carmen and was honored to perform Act IV of the opera with Plácido Domingo in his 40th Anniversary Gala at the Arena.

Every season finds Ms Herrera with a busy recital and concert schedule, and this has led her to cover a wide repertoire that she has performed all over the world such us Requiem by Verdi at the Palau de la Música in Valencia and Barcelona, San Sebastián and Festival Casals in Puerto Rico, Scheherezade by Ravel, Amor Brujo with the Bremer Philharmoniker under the baton of Maestro Josep Pons, La Vida Breve in Madrid at the Auditorio Nacional with Maestro Juanjo Mena and in Toulouse with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. She has also sung La Vida Breve in St. Petersburg, Tanglewood Festival, Toronto Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic with Maestro Frühbeck de Burgos. Missa In tempore belli by Haydn with the ONE and Maestro de Burgos, La Mort de Cléopâtre by Berlioz with the Sinfónica de Galicia. She performed Gala concerts with Plácido Domingo in Santo Domingo, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico, and has sung recitals in Bilbao, Seville, Bogota, and in Vienna at the Musikverein.

Her one-woman show, Gitanas,  has been seen at Teatro de La Zarzuela in Madrid and Teatro Pérez Galdós in Las Palmas. In this show Ms Herrera becomes immersed in the charm and passion of the gipsy universe, interpreting some of the most fascinating characters in the world of opera, zarzuela, and the symphonic repertoire.

Other roles that Ms Herrera has performed, among the more than 50 she has taken to the stage, include Charlotte in Werther (Ópera de Oviedo), Giovanna Seymour in Anna Bolena (Teatro Liceu in Barcelona), Isabella in L'italiana in Algeri (Kansas City, Jerez and Las Palmas), Giulietta in Les contes d'Hoffmann (Ópera Bastille and Seattle),  Adalgisa in Norma (Montpellier), Dorabella in Così fan tutte (Toulon, Tokyo, Las Palmas), Pauline in Pique Dame (Teatro Real), Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus, Rosina in Barbero de Sevilla (Sabadell, Filadelfia, Buffalo, Mexico and Uruguay), Baba la turca in The Rake`s Progress (Las Palmas), and Romeo in I Capuletti e i Montecchi (Tulsa), among others.

Among the conductors with whom she has worked with are: Daniel Oren, Marco Armiliato, Fabio Luisi, Gustavo Dudamel, Juanjo Mena, García Calvo, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Giuseppe Finzi, Eugenio Kohn, Plácido Domingo, Jesús López Cobos, Michel Plasson, Philippe Jordan, Charles Dutoit, Yaron Traub, Paul Daniels, Brian Castles-Onion, Antonello Allemandi, Pedro Halffter, Alain Guingal, Maximiano Valdés, José Miguel Pérez-Sierra, Emmanuel Villaume, Friedrich Haider and Grant Gershon, among others.

Among the orchestras with which she has sung are Symphony Orchestra of Bremen, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Mariinsky Orchestra, Symphony SODRE, Filarmónica de Montevideo and Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Ms Herrera continues to collaborate with almost all of the Spanish symphonic ensembles including RTVE, Orquesta Nacional de España, Sinfónica de Euskadi, Orquesta in Valencia, Orchestra of Euskadi, Gran Canaria, Oviedo Filarmonia, among others.

Additionally, in recitals, she has collaborated with pianists like Rubén Fernández, Mac McClure, Juan Antonio Álvarez Parejo, Steven Blier, Daniele Orlando, David Lofton and Lucy Arner.

Other recordings include La Bruja by Chapí for Deutsche Grammophon, Dante by Granados for ASV, Tonades de los siglos XVII y XVIII by Robert Gerhard for Columna Música,  Mahler´s 3rd Symphony for Arte Nova, El Amor Brujo by Falla for Naxos and Concierto Italiano by Ricardo Llorca. Ms Herrera also has two DVDs to her credit: la ópera Il Postino de Daniel Catán and the zarzuela Luisa Fernanda both with Plácido Domingo.

Nancy Fabiola collaborates with the Victoria de los Ángeles Foundation as Artistic Director of the "Lucero Nuestro" cycle.
Among other awards and distinctions received is the Pepita Embil given by Plácido Domingo in the Concurso Operalia. She has also been given the prize of Real Sociedad Económica de Amigos del País in Gran Canaria for her career path, in addition to as distinctions such as de la ciudad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Hija Adoptiva de la isla de Gran Canaria.

Among other awards and distinctions received are the Pepita Embil given by Plácido Domingo in the Operalia Competition. She has also been distinguished with the award of the Real Sociedad Económica de Amigos del País in Gran Canaria for her career, as well as being distinguished as Hija Adoptiva (Adoptive Daughter) of Las Palmas city and the Gran Canaria Island.

Her recent and future commitments in include: Farinelli by Bretón at the Teatro de la Zarzuela under the baton of García Calvo, Bernarda Alba at the Teatro Cervantes in Malaga, La Revoltosa at Teatro Campoamor in Oviedo, a chamber concert at Teatro Pérez Galdós in Las Palmas, La Tempranica at the Teatro de la Zarzuela stage directed by Giancarlo del Mónaco, La Vida Breve at the Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires, among others.

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