Aitana Sanz Pérez

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by Alice Lechner
October 23, 2022

INTRODUCTION

Aitana Sanz Pérez just got into the Accademia del Maggio in Florence and made her American debut as Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera. In a conversation with Alice Lechner, Aitana talks about her debut as Olympia, her experience at Accademia Rossiniana and her participation in Viaggio a Reims at Rossini Festival. Moreover, she talks about her dreams in terms of repertoire, about the importance of the social media in an artist’s career & about the secret of perfect coloratura.

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Valencia (Spain), Aitana studies both piano and singing. She graduated with honors in Valencia, joined Maren Artists Agency and is now pursuing her master’s degree in “Vocal Performance” at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna in the class of soprano Krassimira Stoyanova and the baritone Florian Boesch. At the age of 19 she made her debut at Teatro Pérez Galdós in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria singing Una Voce dal Cielo in Verdi’s Don Carlo. Due to the initial Covid-19 lockdown, she wasn’t able to return to the theater as Sacerdotessa in Verdi’s Aida. However, she returns in June 2022 as Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, due to Jessica Pratt’s indisposition because of Covid. Also, in the summer of 2022 she was as a member of the Accademia Rossiniana directed by Ernesto Palacio at the Rossini Opera Festival, where she makes her italian debut as Contessa di Folleville in Il Viaggio a Reims. Part of her future plans include debuting Oscar (Un Ballo in Maschera) in USA in November 2022, Soeur Constance (Dialogues des Carmélites) in 2024, and the soprano part in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in 2023. Her awards include the first prize in the Nomea international singing competition, the prize for The Best Young Talent in the Otto Edelmann Singing Competition, the prize of the Fundación Victoria de los Ángeles at the IV Concurs de Cant Josep Palet, the award of excellence for the Russian song at the Romanian Grand Prix International singing competition and the 2021 scholarship for musicians from the Güell Foundation of Barcelona.

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INTERVIEW

Dear Aitana, thank you for accepting our invitation. It’s always a pleasure to chat with young and promising opera singers. This year you made your debut as Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at Teatro Pèrez Galdós. You were Jessica’s Pratt cover, but she got sick and you got to step in. How was it to […]

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Alice Lechner

Alice Lechner comes from a music-loving family. Her first encounter with the opera universe was at the tender age of six. The grandeur of the stage productions and costumes, the backstage chatter, and last, but definitely not least, the music left her in awe, beginning with Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The overall feeling that opera awakens in anyone who gets a glimpse into this part of artistic eternity, that each and every day passes the test of time, was what drew her to stay and be a part of this world. The Opera House of Brașov became her second home, and the people who worked there were her second family.

Since then, Alice has devoted her spare time to maximising her musical knowledge through instrumental studies, studying both piano and violin for a short time. In the following years, her number one passion stepped out of the limelight and graciously gave way to Law Studies.
Since 2018 she has been studying Law at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași.

Her passion for opera, even if it is no longer her top professional priority in terms of career, it has most definitely become her priority during her free time. Wanting to experience the best of both worlds and extend her musical horizons, she regularly attends opera performances throughout Romania and abroad.
With OPERA Charm Magazine, Alice aims to nurture her creative side to help it flourish and bloom and to discover, alongside the magazine’s readers, the fascinatingly complex world of opera.

Currently, she is an LL.M. in Business Law at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași.

Oana Zamfir

Oana Zamfir is a second year MA student at the “George Enescu” National University of Arts, at the Department of Musicology.

She studied violin for 12 years at the “Stefan Luchian” High School of Art in Botosani, later focusing on the theoretical aspects of music. In 2019 she completed her bachelor studies in Musicology as a student of the National Academy of Music “Gheorghe Dima” in Cluj-Napoca. Her research during 2018-2019 brought to the forefront elements of the archaic ritual within works of composers who activated during the communist period, giving her the opportunity to start a research internship at the “Carl von Ossietzky” University in Germany. In this context, she recorded conversations with members of the Sophie Drinker Institute in Bremen, and had access to documents directly from the Myriam Marbé archive.

Since 2019 she has been a teacher of Music Education and Theoretical Music Studies, making full use of interactive methods in the musical training of students and working, at the same time, with the children’s choir founded in the first year of her activity.

Her interests include pursuing a degree in interior design in 2020.

Alexandru Suciu

Alexandru Suciu inherited his passion for art growing up in a family of several generations of musicians. He began his musical studies at the “Augustin Bena” School of Music in Cluj, where he studied piano and guitar. Even though his main study direction was philological, his passion for music prevailed. He began his academical journey at the Faculty of Letters of the “Babeș-Bolyai” University, studying Comparative literature and English. He continued by studying Opera Singing at the “Gheorghe Dima” National Music Academy. He also graduated the Musical Education section, followed by Artistic Directing at the Musical Performing Arts department.

His multidisciplinary education opened the doors towards research, which is seen both through his participation in national and international conferences and symposia, such as the Salzburg Easter School PhD-forum, organized by the Salzburg Universität or the Silesian Meeting of Young Scholars, organized by the Institute of English at the University of Silesia, as well as the collaboration with Opera Charm Magazine.

During his student years, he won several prizes, including the Grand Prize at the “Paul Constantinescu” National Musical Interpretation Competition, the Romanian Composers and Musicologists’ Union Prize at the same competition, the First Prize and the Schubert Prize at the “Ada Ulubeanu” Competition.

He further developed his artistic skills by specializing in courses and masterclasses held by personalities such as Vittorio Terranova, Giuseppe Sabbatini, Marian Pop, Ines Salazar, Riccardo Zanellato, Paolo Bosisio, Valentina Farcaș and Manuel Lange in contexts such as the Internationale Sommerakademie für Operngesang Deutschlandsberg, Corso Internazionale di Canto Lirico I.M.C. Licata or the Europäische Akademie für Musik und darstellende Kunst Montepulciano. Besides his activity on-stage, he currently teaches Opera Singing Didactics, and Pedagogical Practice within the Department for Teacher Education and Training at the “Gheorghe Dima” National Music Academy.

Cristina Fieraru

Cristina is a 24 year-old Romanian soprano & a student at the National University of Music Bucharest, where she pursues the MA program in Vocal Performance.

She made her debut in Pamina from “Die Zauberflöte” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at only 19 years old at the Bucharest National Opera House, as a member of the Ludovic Spiess Experimental Opera Studio. Over the years she made her debut in roles such as Contessa d’Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Mimì & Musetta (La Bohème), Alice Ford (Falstaff), Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte) in her university’s opera productions.
Her passion and experience extends in the field of choral music, too.

She has been part of our dream team since the fall of 2021. For a good period of time she took care of OPERA Charm’s social media and took you on the monthly journey through the history of opera through our Legends rubric – and a few times through the Theaters around the World rubric.

Her little soul rubric – from 2021 to present – is definitely the Conductors of the Future, where, every month, she gives you the chance to meet a young star of the world of conducting and, of course, to find out what’s the most charming feature of opera in these artists’ views.

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