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"À Strasbourg, le sacre de Saioa Hernandez... Voix impressionnante et présence impériale, la soprano espagnole triomphe dans le rôle redoutable de Francesca da Rimini, opéra de Riccardo Zandonai..."

- Emmanuelle Giuliani, La Croix,

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BIO

AWARDS

As an “Impressive voice and imperial presence…” (La Croix, France) Saioa Hernandez is one of the most regularly engaged voices in the world's leading theaters such as Teatro Real, Wiener Staatsoper, Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Berliner Staatsoper, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Sidney Opera House, Opera de Paris, Bayerische Staatsoper.  

 

With “…almost immaculate security, and limitless power and authority..." (The Sidney Herald, Australia) She has recently been awarded the Gold Medal in Fine Arts (the most important award for an artist in Spain) and has received the Oscar de la Lirica for the best soprano of the year 2021 and Best Female Voice of the year 2016 for the Spanish Association of the Opera in addition to having won important singing awards such as the Manuel Ausensi, Jaume Aragall or Vincenzo Bellini.

 

She has numerous recordings and live performances in TV and Cinemas as Attila at the Teatro alla Scala, La Gioconda at Gran Teatre del Liceu de Barcelona, Nabucco from Festival Verdi di Parma, La Forza del Destino from Festival del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Zaira from Festival di Martina Franca.

 

She sang several roles as Francesca da Rimini, Madama Butterfly, Odabella, La Gioconda, Lady Macbeth, Abigaille, Norma, Imogene, Tosca, Zaira, Violetta, Leonora di Vargas, Leonora, Aida, Wally, Maddalena, Amelia… 

 

Defined as "the diva of our century" by Montserrat Caballé, Saioa Hernandez studied with the tenor Santiago Calderón and later with the sopranos Montserrat Caballé (with whom she prepared her debuts as Norma and Imogene) and Renata Scotto. Since then she studies and improves with the tenor Francesco Pio Galasso.

 

She recently opened the season at the Paris National Opera with Tosca directed by Gustavo Dudamel and will debut the roles of Turandot at the Teatro Real, Amelia by Simón Boccanegra, La Dolores and Fedora.  She will make her debut alongside Jonas Kaufmann and Ludovic Tézier at the Sydney Opera House in the role of Gioconda.

 

Since her debut at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid with Soleá from El Gato Montés, she has performed numerous roles in Zarzuela and Spanish opera, such as Soledad de Curro Vargas, Aurora de La del Soto del Parral, Marola de Tabernera del Puerto, Los Hijos del battalion, La Marsellesa and recently Circe, by Maestro Chapí.

"She came, she saw, she conquered: Saioa Hernández wins La Scala hearts in a conservative Attila...this première will be best remembered for the house début of Saioa Hernández: rarely can there have been such an instant love affair between a soprano and this audience..."

- David Karlin, Bachtrack

"...Soprano Saioa Hernandez soars in Victorian Opera's Norma. Hernandez was superb. She was by turns regal, wracked with doubts, resolute, vindictive and, finally, noble and heroic, all produced with great beauty of tone, almost immaculate security, and limitless power and authority..."

- Barney Zwartz, The Sidney Morning Herald, 2014

"...Saioa Hernández zeigt als Abigaille, warum man die von Renata Scotto und Montserrat Caballé ausgebildete Sopranistin spätestens seit ihrem Debüt an der Mailänder Scala im vergangenen Jahr zu den neuen Opernstars zählt. In ihrer Solo-Arie zu Beginn des zweiten Akts 'Ben io t’invenni', einer der schwierigsten Verdi-Arien überhaupt, brillierte sie und erhielt zu recht frenetischen Zwischenapplaus des Auditoriums..."

- Cybersax, 2019

Medalla Merito
Primer Premio
Segundo Premio
Tercer Premio

SPECIAL RECOGNIZEMENTS

Medalla de Oro al Mérito en las Bellas Artes 2021

Ministers Council of the Spanish Government

Talia Award Best Female Interpreter 2023

Spanish Scenic Arts Academy

 

Teatro Real Award 2024

Artistic Recognizement
 

Oscar della Lirica 2021

Best Sopran of the year

Best Female Voice of 2016

Spanish Opera National Association

1st PRIZES 

Manuel Ausensi International Competition 2009

Gran Teatro del liceo de Barcelona (Spain)

Jaume Aragall International Competition 2010

Teatro Principal de Sabadell, Barcelona (Spain)

2nd PRIZES

Vincenzo Bellini International Competition 2010

Puteaux (France)

Manuel Ausensi International Competition 2008 

Gran Teatro del Liceo de Barcelona (Spain)

3rd PRIZES

Logroño International Competition 2011

Logroño (Spain)

REPERTOIR

OPERA

 

Vincenzo Bellini  (1801 - 1835)
Il Pirata - Imogene
Norma - Norma
Zaira - Zaira                             

Georges Bizet  (1838 - 1875)
Carmen - Micaëla

Alfredo Catalani (1854-1893)

La Wally - Wally

Luigi Cherubuni (1760 - 1842)

Médée - Médée

Gaetano Donizetti  (1797 - 1848)
Lucia di Lammermoor - Lucia Ashton

 

Umberto Giordano (1867-1948)

Andrea Chenier - Maddalena

Fedora - Fedora

Ruggero Leoncavallo  (1857 - 1919)
I Pagliacci - Nedda

Pietro Mascagni (1863 - 1945)

Cavalleria Rusticana - Santuzza

W.Amadeus Mozart  (1759 - 1791)
Cosí fan tutte - Fiordiligi

​Giacomo Puccini  (1858 - 1924)
Il Tabarro - Giorgietta

La Bohéme - Mimí
Madama Butterfly - Cio Cio San

Suor Angelica - Suor Angelica
Tosca - Floria Tosca

Turandot - Turandot
 

Amilcare Ponchielli (1834-1886)

La Gioconda - Gioconda            

​Jacques Offenbach (1819 - 1880)
Les contes d'Hoffmann - Olympia

​Gioachino Rossini  (1792 - 1868)

Il Barbiere di Siviglia - Rosina

Guglielmo Tell - Mathilde

Johann Strauss  (1825 - 1899)

Die Fledermaus- Rosalinde

​Giuseppe Verdi  (1813 - 1901)
Aida - Aida

Attila - Odabella

Un Ballo in maschera - Amelia
Il Trovatore - Leonora

La forza del destino - Leonora 

La Traviata - Violetta

Luisa Miller - Luisa Miller

Macbeth - Lady Macbeth

Nabucco - Abigaille
Rigoletto - Gilda

Riccardo Zandonai (1883-1944)

Francesca da Rimini - Francesca

ZARZUELA

 

Ruperto Chapí  (1851 - 1909)

Circe - Circe

Curro Vargas - Soledad                                        
Los hijos del batallón - Micaela

Manuel Fernández Caballero  (1835 - 1906)

La Marsellesa - Flora 

 

Manuel Penellá (1880 - 1939)
El gato Montés - Soleá

 

Pablo  Sorozábal  (1897 - 1988)                 

Juan José - Rosa
La Dolores - Dolores

La Tabernera del Puerto - Marola

R.Soutullo (1880 - 1932)  J.Vert (1890 - 1931)   

La del Soto del Parral - Aurora

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