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Carlos Mena


Carlos Mena

    Carlos Mena was born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (1971). He studies at the prestigious Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (SCB) in Basel (Switzerland) where he is supervised by his maestros R. Levitt and R.Jacobs.

    He has sung for audiences around the world like: Kontzerthaus in Vienna, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Alice Tully Hall in New York, Fisher Symphony Hall in Detroit, Kennedy Center in Washington, Suntory Hall and Opera City Hall in Tokyo, Osaka Symphony Hall, Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall in Melbourne...

    He has played the opera “Radamisto” (titlerole) by G.F.Haendel with production by the Festival of Salzburg, at the Felsenreitschule in Salzburg,  at the Dortmund Kontzerthaus, at the Musikverein in Vienna and at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Besides, he has sung “Orfeo” (role Speranza) by Monteverdi at the Staatsoper in Berlin, “Rappresentazione” (Angelo Custode) by Cavalieri at La Monnaie in Brussels,  “Il Trionfo”(Disinganno) at the Grosses Festspielhaus in Salzburg, and “Europera 5” by J.Cage in the Festival of Flandes, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Britten (Oberon) in Teatro Real de Madrid, “Acanio in Alba” by Mozart (Ascanio) in Barbican Center in London, “Bajazet” by Vivaldi (Tamerlano) in Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao “Viaje a Simorgh” in Teatro Real de Madrid and “Death in Venice” by Britten in Liceu de Barcelona.

          Among his records emphasizes  “De Aeternitate” (Mirare) with the prize “Diapason D’Or” as the best barock recital in 2002 year in France, and “Et Iesum” (Harmonia Mundi) rewarded as “Best CD 2004” by CD Compact and as “The Editor’s Choice” by Gramophon. He has recorded “Stabat Mater”-Vivaldi (Mirare) rewarded with the “10” of Repertoire and the “Choc” of Le Monde. Other recordings are “La Cantada española en América” (HM), “Stabat Mater” by Pergolesi (Mirare), “Paisajes del Recuerdo” (HM), “Stabat Mater” by Sances (Mirare), Bach Cantatas (Mirare), Domenico Scarlatti (Prometeo) priced with several prizes.

          Carlos Mena also interprets the repertoire of the romantic lied  and of the XXth century: Strawinsky, Britten, Orff, Bernaola, Bernstein, Benjamín, Erkoreka, Sánchez-Verdú or Vaughn-Williams.

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