Biography

Born in San Sebastian the spanish mezzosoprano Carmen Artaza began her musical education playing the violin at the Conservatorio Francisco Escudero and singing in the Choir Araoz Gazte.

The young winner of the 58th edition of the „International singing competition Tenor Vinas“ mezzosoprano is currently studying with Prof. Michelle Breedt at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt.

In January 2020, the mezzosprano won the 1st prize at the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Hochschulwettbewerb in Berlin. In 2018, she was winner of the 1st prize in the Luis Mariano International Competition in Spain and in 2016, Carmen won the special prize at the 45th international singing competition Junioren Bundeswettbewerb Gesang in Berlin. In summer 2019, Carmen made her debut at the Salzburger Festsiele singing the role of Bradamante in the new comission for children, Gesang der Zauberinsel, being part of the Young Singers Project from the Salzburg Festival.

On the concert platform works include St. Matthew’s Passion, Christmas Oratorio, Magnificat by J.S.Bach; F.Mendelssohn’s Elias; Alexander Niewsky by S. Prokofjew, G.F.Handel’s Israel in Egypt; G.Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle; etc. She has performed in Europe and worked with orchestras like the London Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Teatro del Liceu Barcelona, Münchener Symphoniker or the bavarian Kammerphilharmonie. Artaza is a regular guest at the concerts from Philharmonischen Chor Berlin at the Berliner Philharmonie, where she’s performed several times. In a BBC Total Immersion Concert in November 2018, Carmen performed and recorded Enrique Granados’ La maja dolorosa I, II, III for BBC3 on tune.

Her operatic roles include Dorabella (Cosi fan Tutte), Hermia and Hyppolita (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Mother Bayard/Ermengarde (The Long Christmas Dinner) and extracts from La Cenerentola, Idomeneo, Eugene Onegin, Madama Butterfly and Capriccio at the Guildhall School of music and drama; Bianca (The Rape of Lucretia) and Sesto (Giulio Cessare in Egitto) in Munich at the Hochschule fuer Musik und Theater Munchen; Constanza (L’isola disabitata) with Alessandro de Marchi in Augsburg, Germany. Alongside Anne Sophie von Otter and Sir Thomas Allen, Carmen was honoured to perform the role of Paquette in the London Symphony Orchestra’s semi-staged production of Candide under the batton of Marin Alsop.

Carmen Artaza has done her undergrate in Munich at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater learning with KS Prof. Christiane Iven and after finishing it, Carmen did her Masters in Opera Studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has taken part in masterclasses with Brigitte Fassbaender, Christa Ludwig, Teresa Berganza, Anne Sofie von Otter and Helmuth Deutsch. Carmen Artaza is currently being kindly supported by the german institution Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes.