© Eugene Dillon
© Eugene Dillon

Carmen Artaza

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In January 2021, Spanish mezzo-soprano Carmen Artaza was awarded the 1st prize at the 58th Concurso Internacional de Canto Tenor Francesco Viñas as well as the Mozart Prize, the Audience Prize, and three other special prizes at this competition.


Carmen Artaza will appear at the Komische Oper Berlin in Rusalka and Semele in the 2022/23 season, and she will also return to Hannover as Bradamante (Alcina). Another highlight will be Luisa Fernanda in the title role at the Teatro de la Zarzuela.


Since the 2021/22 season, she has been a member of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein’s Young Artists Program, where she can be heard as Lola (Cavalleria rusticana), Kater (Der gestiefelte Kater), Grimgerde (Die Walküre), Sandmännchen (Hänsel und Gretel), and Flora Bervoix (La traviata).


Carmen Artaza made her Hanover State Opera debut as Dorabella in a new production of Cos fan tutte in the 2021 spring. She also made her debut at Madrid’s Teatro de la Zarzuela, where she played Martina in the new production of I. Albeniz’s The Magic Opal. In May 2022, she appeared as Suzuki in G. Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at ABAO Opera Bilbao.


In the summer of 2019, Carmen Artaza made her Salzburg Festival debut as Bradamante in the world premiere of Der Gesang der Zauberinsel, as a participant in the Salzburg Festival’s Young Singers Project. During her studies at the Guildhall School of music and drama, Carmen Artaza sang roles such as Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Hermia (A midsummer night’s dream) and Sesto (Giulio Cesare). She sang Bianca (The Rape of Lucretia) and Sesto (Giulio Cesare in Egitto) in Munich during her studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, Constanza (L’isola disabitata) under the baton of Alessandro de Marchi in Augsburg, Germany.


On the concert podium, the young singer has already been able to work with orchestras such as the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, London Symphony Orchestra, Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin.


At London’s Barbican Concert Hall, Carmen Artaza made her debut as Paquette in a semi-staged performance of L. Bernstein’s opera Candide with the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Marin Alsop.


As a regular guest at the Berlin Philharmonie, Carmen Artaza sang the alto role in Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s Elias with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonic Choir Berlin under the baton of Jörg-Peter Weigle in 2019, and also appeared there in Bach’s Magnificat or Handel’s Israel in Egypt.


In a BBC Total Immersion concert she sang Enrique Granados La maja dolorosa I, II, III which was also recorded for BBC3.


Since October 2019, Carmen Artaza has been studying at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt am Main with Prof. Michelle Breedt. Before that she studied at the Munich Musikhochschule with Christiane Iven and at the Guildhall School of music and drama in London. She won the 1st Prize at the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy-Hochschulwettbewerbs 2020, 1st Prize, Audience Prize and Young Singers Prize at the Luis Mariano International Singing Competition in Irun, Spain in 2018, as well as a Promotional Prize in the junior cathegory at the 45th Bundeswettbewerb Gesang Berlin in 2016.


She attended master classes with Brigitte Fassbaender, Christa Ludwig at the Richard Strauss Festival Garmisch Patenkirchen and with Teresa Berganza, Anne Sofie von Otter and Helmut Deutsch.

Carmen Artaza holds a scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation.


Carmen Artaza was born in San Sebastián, Spain and began her musical training on the violin at the Conservatorio Francisco Escudero and in the Araoz Gazte Choir.


September 2022 – For the most recent biography, please contact Luis Aliaga