Saioa Hernández

Saioa Hernández

Saioa Hernandez has recently excelled in the international operatic circuit as a new opera star since her debut at the prestigious opening of Teatro alla Scala’s Season as Odabella in Attila by Verdi.

She has been performing in several important theatres such as Opéra National du Rhin, Teatro Massimo di Catania, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Teatro Giuseppe Verdi di Trieste, Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro and Greek National Opera, as well as in Asia, where she has interpreted Tosca and later Giorgetta and Nedda in a double program of Il Tabarro and I Pagliacci with the Korean National Opera in Seul. She recently added to her repertoire the main role of the opera of Catalani's La Wally in a co-production by Teatros Municipal de Piacenza, Pavarotti di Modena and Valli di Reggio Emilia. Hernandez's performances of this role have received the highest praise from both the public and the international press and critics.

In recent seasons she has debuted multiple roles as Leonora from IlTrovatore at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Amelia from Un ballo in maschera in La Coruña and Aida of the Teatro Regio di Torino in a tour in Oman (Muscat Royal Opera House). She made her French debut with another unusual new title role: Francesca da Rimini by Zandonai at the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg. Later, she returned to Piacenza in the title role of Ponchielli's La Gioconda and also made her debut at the Teatro Regio di Parma as Tosca.

Saioa Hernandez has also won high praise in the dramatic bel canto repertoire, having appeared as Norma  at the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste as well as in the Massimo Bellini in Catania, Teatro Giuseppe Verdi di Padova and her debut in Australia at the Melbourne Recital Center, and singing Imogene in the Brazilian premiere of Il Pirata in Rio de Janeiro. Hernandez made her debut in Geneva as Mathilde in Guillaume Tell and starred as the title role in the Festival of Martina Franca’s revival of Bellini’s infrequently performed Zaira. She has also appeared as Luisa in Luisa Miller in Trieste, Violetta in La Traviata in Savona, and she also debuted the title roles of Suor Angelica, Mimì,  Madama Butterfly, Rosalinde, Fiordiligi and Gilda.

Her recent debuts include Odabella (Attila) at the Teatro alla Scala di Milano, conducted by Maestro Riccardo Chailly, Maddalena (Andrea Chénier) in Piacenza, Modena, Reggio Emilia and Ravenna, Leonora (Forza del destino) at the National Center of Performing Arts of Beijing (China), Abigaille (Nabucco) at the Semperoper Dresdem (Germany) and Lady Macbeth (Macbeth) at the Sferisterio di Macerata.

In the symphonic repertoire, she sang Messa da Requiem by Verdi, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Rossini’s Petite Messe and Stabat Mater, as well as Mozart’s Requiem, Krönungsmesse and Vesperae solennes de confessore. She recently debuted Wagner’s Wesendonk Lieder and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the Palau de la Música in Barcelona. She also debuted the El Gato Montés, La del soto del parral and Curro Vargas at Teatro de la Zarzuela de Madrid and also La Marsellesa, Los hijos del batallón and La tabernera del puerto.

Saioa Hernandez was born in Madrid and studied with Santiago Calderón, Francesco Pio Galasso (currently), Vicenzo Scalera, Renata Scotto and Monsterrat Caballé. In 2009 she won first prize at the International Competition Manuel Ausensi at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, after winning second prize the year before. In 2010, Hernández won first prize at the International competition Jaume Aragall at the Teatro Principal de Sabadell. In that same year, she was awarded the second prize in the International Vicenzo Bellini Bel Canto Competition, at the Theatre des Hauts de Seine in France. She also has won third prize in the 2011 Logroño International Singing Competition.

Her performances this season and upcoming engagements include Nabucco in Parma, Torino and Palermo, Tosca in the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro alla Scala (Milan) and Seattle, and Un ballo in maschera and La Gioconda at the Teatro alla Scala.

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