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A member of the Staatsoper Berlin International Opera Studio, Serena Saenz was due to sing Papagena when, at short notice, she was asked to jump in as Pamina for the...MORE
Serena Sáenz … sang with such spirit and intelligence that her scenes were often the most enchanting of the evening… ‘Ach, ich fühl’s, es ist verschwunden’ was a marvel of clarity, humility and longing.
Born in 1994, Spanish soprano Serena Sáenz studied at the Liceu Conservatoire in Barcelona with Prof. Dolors Aldea and at the Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’ in Berlin with Prof. Anna Korondi.
- Frasquita Carmen; Der Waldvogel Siegfried, both c. Daniel Barenboim; Zerlina Don Giovanni c. Pablo Heras-Casado; Taummänchen Hänsel und Gretel – Pamnia & Papagena Die Zauberflöte – Staatsoper Berlin
- Carmina Burana – Simon Halsey – Palau de la Música Catalana
- Comtesse Adèle Le Comte Ory; Isabella L’inganno felice (Rossini), Adina L’elisir d’amore – Teatre Sarrià, Barcelona
- Scarlatti – Accademia Bizantina c. Ottavio Dantone – Pierre Boulez-Saal
- Solo recital – Apollo-Saal, Staatsoper Berlin
In 2019, during her first season as a member of the Staatsoper Berlin International Opera Studio, Serena was due to sing Papagena when at short notice she was asked to jump in as Pamina for the opening night of Yuval Sharon’s production of Die Zauberflöte, conducted by Alondra de la Parra. Subsequent appearances for the house included further performances of Pamina, and three notable role debuts: Frasquita Carmen and Der Waldvogel Siegfried, both conducted by Daniel Barenboim, and Zerlina Don Giovanni with Pablo Heras-Casado. This season Serena returns to Staatsoper Berlin as a guest artist to reprise Pamina Die Zauberflöte and to give her role debut as Zerbinetta Ariadne auf Naxos, in a new production conducted by Thomas Guggeis. In the summer she also makes her debut for Bregenzer Festspiele, singing Contessa Ceprano in their production of Rigoletto on the lake, conducted by Enrique Mazzola.
Previously for Staatsoper Berlin Serena has performed Taumännchen Hänsel und Gretel; Lauretta Betrothal in a Monastery, Contessa Ceprano and Paggio Rigoletto, Dienerin 1/Kinderstimme 1 Die Frau ohne Schatten, Eine Hirtin Hippolyte et Aricie, and Papagena Die Zauberflöte. Further operatic engagements have included Isabella in Rossini L’inganno felice, Adina L’elisir d’amore and La Comtesse Adéle Il Comte Ory for Teatro Sarrià in Barcelona; Clarice in Haydn Il Mondo della Luna at the ‘Hanns Eisler’ Conservatory; Gretel Hänsel und Gretel at the Opernakademie Wiekersheim; Alice Le Comte Ory and Chiara Il Conte di Marsico at the Rossini in Wildbad Festival; and Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro (in concert) with Orfeó Catalá.
Recent/future concert highlights include her recital debut for the Palau de la Música Catalana, where she also performed Carmina Burana under Simon Halsey, her debut for the Pierre Boulez-Saal performing a Scarlatti programme with Accademia Bizantina as part of Staatsoper Berlin’s Barocktage festival, and Mozart Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots (Weltgeist) with Europa Galante and Fabio Biondi for the closing concert of the Salzburg Mozartwoche.
In January 2018 Serena was awarded both the Mozart Prize and the Accademia Chigiana di Siena Prize at the Viñas International Singing Contest in Barcelona. Further awards have included the International Gesangswettbewerb ‘Ferruccio Tagliavini’ in Austria and the Concours International de Chant in Mâcon, France. She has also participated in masterclasses with Mariella Devia, Wolfram Rieger, Montserrat Caballé and Riccardo Frizza. Alongside her musical studies, Serena trained in ballet and modern dance in her hometown of Barcelona.
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