Lina Mendes

Lina Mendes

Lina Mendes won the Young Talent prize awarded by the magazine Revista Concierto in 2014. Born in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), while very young she was a soloist in the Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, in the operas Tosca (Puccini), Rigoletto (Verdi) and Die Zauberflöte (Mozart). In 2009 she sang the roles of Nedda in the opera I Pagliacci (Leoncavallo), Maroquinhas in Maroquinhas Fru-Fru (Ernst Mahle), Don Ettore in La Canterina (Haydn), Rosina in Un Mari a la Porte (Offenbach) and Euridice in Orfeo ed Euridice (Gluck). In 2010, she was invited to participate in Germany's Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival, performing in works conducted by Rolf Beck, Christopher Hogwood and Christoph Eschenbach.

She has taken part in the Accademia Teatro alla Scala in Milan and has attended master classes with Mirella Freni, Renato Bruson, Luciana Serra, Vincenzo Manno and Vincenzo Scalera. In Parma she sang Falstaff, giving life to Nannetta, and in Athens she was Musetta in La Bohème.

In 2011 she made a very successful debut as Gilda in Rigoletto (Verdi) in the centennial celebration of the Theatro Municipal do São Paulo and she also sang the role of Ninette in the opera L’amour des trois oranges (Prokofiev), at the Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro.

In 2013 she performed the role of Libertad in the opera Ça Ira (Roger Waters), Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serrail (Mozart), Marzeline in Fidelio (Beethoven), Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera (Verdi) and Cunegunde in Candide (Bernstein). She was also a soloist in the cantata Carmina Burana (Orff) and in the oratorio Die Schöpfung (Haydn). She worked with the maestros Abel Rocha, Marcelo Ramos, Alejo Pérez, Isaac Karabtchevsky, Jamil Maluf, Luciano Camargo, Ricardo Bologna, John Neschling, Carlos Spierer, Silvio Viegas, Marin Alsop, Alain Guingal, Manuel Coves, Rick Wentworth and under the stage direction of Fernando Bicudo, Andre Heller-López, Jorge Takla, Stefano Poda, Davide Livermore, and others. In 2014, Lina was received to great acclaim as Nannetta in the opera Falstaff, staged at the Theatro Municipal do São Paulo and directed by Davide Livermore. She gave life to Cunegunde with OSESP and to Gilda at the Palacio das Artes in Belo Horizonte, earning excellent reviews for her performances.

She has also participated in the Centre de Perfeccionament Plácido Domingo in Valencia: she was Abra in the oratorio Judita Triumphans (Vivaldi) and Cefalo in the opera Narciso (Scarlatti), under the musical direction of Federico Maria Sardelli.

She made her debut in Spain with her interpretation of Musetta in La Bohème (Puccini), at the Palau de les Arts of Valencia. In Brazil, she has debuted in the role of Micaela in Carmen (Bizet), conducted by Ricardo Bologna at the Sala São Paulo, and in Rio de Janeiro she made her debut in Messiah (Haendel) under the musical direction of Silvio Viegas.

She was recently a soloist in Ein Deutsches Requiem (Brahms) at the Theatro Municipal do São Paulo, under the baton of John Neschling. She has also debuted, to great critical acclaim, as Ilia, in the opera Idomeneo (Mozart) in the Palau de les Arts de Valencia, with Fabio Biondi conducting.

Her upcoming engagements include the opera Orfeo ed Euridice (Gluck) at the Theatro Municipal do Rio Janeiro and the opera Fosca (Gomes) and Elektra  in São Paulo.

Date Last Edited: 14/10/2016
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