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. This season’s appearances at the Staatsoper include 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.
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.
Concert appearances have included Carmina Burana at the Palau de la Música Catalana under Simon Halsey, and this season she makes her Pierre Boulez-Saal debut performing a Scarlatti programme with Accademia Bizantina, as part of Staatsoper Berlin’s Barocktage festival.
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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