LIFE

Born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Canary Islands, Spain). She started very early in the music world, singing in Saint Marcial Children’s Choir, conducted by Maite de Simón. With this choir she participated in several operas in the Opera Festival in Las Palmas. Later on, she started her STUDIES in Las Palmas Conservatory, as a student of Mario Guerra. She also took singing lessons with Nancy Argenta, Ian Patrigde, Mya Besselink, Gerd Türk, Meribeth Bunch, Graciela Araya, Nelly Miricioiú, Patricia MacMahon and Ryland Davies, performing lessons with the co-repetitors Miguel Zanetti, Alejandro Zabala, Mark Hastings and Dido Keuning, phonetic lessons with Salvador Parron and Alan Branch, and theater thecnique and communication with Stephen Langrigde. She won the Diploma Special Prize, and also the Bachelor’s Special Prize, after finishing her degree with the highest mark. She also has a History Bachelor ‘s degree for Las Palmas de Gran Canaria  University.

She obtained the Bachelor’s Degree in the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag with the teachers Barbara Pearson and Sasja Hunnego, with scholarships from the Spanish and Canarian goverments, obtaining excellent marks. She was selected last year to participate in the Grachten Festival Concours. Then she started her studies at De Nieuwe Opera Academie. There she performed the roles of Countess (Le nozze di Figaro, Mozart); Veronique (Le Docteur Miracle, Bizet); Blanche (Dialogues du Carmelites, Poulenc), and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni, Mozart). She obtained the highest marks and a distinction for her profesionality and artistic integrity.

Estefanía has always being interested in EARLY MUSIC. She was a member of the Schola Cantorum of Las Palmas University, conducted by Emilio Tabraue. With this group she participated as a soloist in several international festivals, like in Coimbra (Portugal) and Valencia (Spain). She collaborated as a principal soloist in the CD Celebrando a Carlos Patiño, and she was a member of the Vocal Ensemble Carlos Patiño. With this ensemble she recorded music by composers from Las Palmas Cathedral from the 16th and 17th centuries. Also in the field of the Early Music, she collaborated with the ensemble Capilla Atlantigua, and she created the Caldara Ensemble, group that performed music from the 18th century with original instruments. The Caldara Ensemble participated in several Early Music Festivals, like Aracena (Huelva) and the Eloy Zapico Festival (Asturias). She also participated in other festivals, like Mayo Musical (Huesca), Three Cultures Festival (Toledo) ; Öt Templom Fesztival (Györ, Hungary) and Festival du Musiques Juives (Geneve); with the group Le Tendre Amour, wich performs jewish Early Music with original instruments. With this group she also participated in the Varazdin Baroque Evening (Croatia), obtaining the Jurica Murai to the best interpretation at the festival. In The Netherlands, she colaborated with the ensemble Las Esferas, performing the program La rosa que reyna, that includes Spanish Early Music, in Den Haag and Voorschoten. In April 2008 she sang Couperin, Bassani and Durón with the ensemble Musica Poetica in Den Haag. She colaborated as well with El Vuelo de Ícaro at Badajoz’ Festival in March 2012. She also presented the program ‘Café con los Yriarte’ on July 2014 in Santa Cruz and La Orotava (Tenerife), with the ensemble El Afecto Ilustrado, and participated  at the Sacred Music Festival of Santa Cruz in December 2014, with the program ‘Dulce quietud’, based on the German Arias by Haendel. In 2015, again in Santa Cruz and La Orotava, they presented the program ‘Ayres de ida y vuelta’, based on Spanish and Latinoamerican Baroque music. With the same ensemble she performed the program ‘Caligo Terra Scinditur’ in different Canarian islands, at the IX Festival de Música Religiosa de Canarias. Related to Early Music and historical investigation, she recorded for the Spanish Musicology Society (SEDEM) the CD “Canciones de Cámara Españolas (1801-1850), with Víctor Landeira (romantic guitar) and Sophia Unsworth (fortepiano and piano), a proyect in which the research and election of the repertoire was made by herself.

As a SOLOIST IN SPAIN, she performed in the Première concert of the Organ in the Alfredo Kraus Concert Hall (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria), with the organist Wolfgang Seinfen. In the same concert hall she performed a baroque program with Mar Tejadas (organ) and David La Cruz (baroque trumpet). She also sang the Mass in C minor, by Mozart, in Segovia, conducted by Francisco Lara; Gloria, by Vivaldi, in La Gomera and Tenerife, conducted by Roberto Túbaro; and Beatus Vir and Dixit Domine, also by Vivaldi, in Las Palmas, conducted by Francisco Brito. She also sang in the Torroella de Mongrí International Festival (Girona) Die Shuldigkeit des Erste Gebots, by Mozart, conducted by Marek Stryncl. In 2011 she sings Ein Deutches Requiem by Brahms at the National Auditorium in Madrid, and later that year, she sung Beethoven the Ninth, piece that she performed already in 2009 with the Orquesta Clásica in Vigo. In October 2012, she returns to the National Auditorium with Requiem by Mozart, in May 2013 with Gloria by Poulenc. and in 2016 with Mahler the Second, always with the Orquesta Metropolitana de Madrid and Coro Talía, conducted by Silvia Sanz Torre. With the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, conducted by Pedro Halffter, she performs again Beethoven the Ninth (Teatro Pérez Galdós); and Gloria by Vivaldi with the Young Orchestra conducted by Zdislaw Tytlak (Arucas y Santa Brígida, Gran Canaria).

Regarding awards in COMPETITIONS, she was finalist in the Acisclo Fernández Carriedo Singing Concours 2002 (Spain), in which edition in 2005 she wan the prize to the best Spanish music performance. She was finalist in the IVC in Den Bosch (The Netherlands) in 2008. In 2010 she wins the second prize at the María Orán Competition in Tenerife (Spain). She obtained the Special Mention of the Jury at the I Zarzuela Competition in Valleseco (Gran Canaria). She is the recent winner of the Second Prize at the III Internacional Singing Competition Ópera de Tenerife, obtaining as well two gala concerts for next season at São Pedro Opera House in São Paulo, Brasil.

About LYRIC REPERTOIRE, she sang regularly as a soloist in the Opera Festival in Las Palmas. Before, she performed the role of M. Silberklang in Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor, and also the Requiem in a concert in the Perez Galdós’Opera House. In the Opera Festival she performed in Nabucco, (Verdi, 2001, as Anna); La Favorite, (Donizzetti , 2002, as Inés), Die Zauberflöte (Mozart, 2002, as Papagena); Norma (Bellini, as Clotilde, 2003) and Faust (Gounod, 2003, Siebel). She also sang the role of María in the zarzuela Estudiantes y alguaciles, by Bretón, in the Festival de Zarzuela 2002. She performed in a concert at the Teatro del Liceo (Barcelona) with opera arias by Albéniz. In Autumn 2009 she participates in a tour around Japan performing again Donna Anna in Don Giovanni; and in 2010 she repeats experience with the role of Mimí in La Bohème by Puccini. She performs at the concert Alrededor de Simon Boccanegra at the Príncipe Felipe Auditorium (Oviedo, Spain) and also the role of Lolika in The Magic Opal, by Albéniz, in its second Spanish première at the National Auditorium in Madrid. In season 2010-2011 she participates at the production of Parsifal by Wagner at the Gran Teatro del Liceo in Barcelona; and in season 2011-2012, she performs the role of Jouvenot in Adriana Lecouvreur by Cilea. She is one of the singers of the show ‘Zarzuela and…more’, with several performances in Gran Canaria, with the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra conducted by Isabel Costes. In July 2016, she sings the role of Trommler at the concert version of Der Kaiser von Atlantis by Ullmann, with Gran Canaria Philarmonic. At the Festival de Zarzuela de Las Palmas 2015 she sung the roles of Marta (La montería) and Adriana (Los gavilanes), both written by Guerrero.  She performed Der Hirt in Tannhäuser by Wagner at the 2016-2017 season of Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, and also Papagena in Die Zauberflöte by Mozart.

In THE NETHERLANDS, she performed the Bachiana N. 5 by Villalobos with De Residentie Orkest in the Anton Philips Zaal in Den Haag, conducted by Clark Rundell, and she sang the same piece with The Cello Ensemble from Brabants Orkest in Vught. It is also important her regular collaboration with the Ad Hoc Ensemble and The Baroque Dutch Society. She performed recently two Spanish music recital with the mezzo soprano Carina Vinke and the pianist Rixt van der Kooij (Den Haag and Drachten), and Ein Deustches Requiem with Voorburgs Ensemble, conducted by Maryke van Klaveren (Den Haag). She also sang a recital in the Opera aan Zee Festival, with an excelent review, and she performed a Spanish zarzuela program in the same Festival. She sang the role of Fidelia (Edgar, Puccini) in Groningen, Drachten and Leeuwarden with the Amadeus Koor and Nieuw Philamonisch Orkest, conducted by Luuk Tuinder; and the Mahler N.4 Symphony and Poémes pour mi by Messiaen with Noord Nederlands Orkest in Groningen and Leeuwarden in May 2008. She sings in at concert at the Grachten Festival (Muziekgebouw aan´t Ij, Amsterdam), and in 2009 she is one of the performers of the world première of Mare Liberum, by Roel van Oosten (Anton Philip Zaal, Den Haag). She performs again this piece in 2010 in Delf and Hamburg. She sings the role of Bellangère in Arianne et Barbe Bleu by Paul Dukas at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. In September 2011 she participates at the Thorbeckegrachtfestival in Zwolle. Her last professional engagements in The Netherlands included projects with Rotterdam Symphonia (Kleine Zaal, Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam); Noord Nederland Orkest (Groningen, Leeuwarden) and Brabants Orkest (Eindhoven, Tilburg, Den Bosch).

Is important to mention as well the WORLD PREMIÈRE of Nuit Mystique, by Karol Beffa, at the Teatre du Capitole in Toulousse (2009) ; and the Spanish première of Poemas de Elvireta Escobio by Laura Vega, at the ULPGC Concert Hall (2012). More recently, she participated on the première of the show “Las Tres Óperas de Bolsillo”, produced by PROMUSCAN, an innovator project that scenificates three operas by Canarian composers, with a short lenght and a contemporary topic. The success of this project moved her to participate again at the 2015 edition. That year she also premièred the opera El minuto de oro de KKTV by Lothar Siemens (Teatro Pérez Galdós, cond. Iván Martín).

Her LAST ENGAGEMENTS include Mozart’s Requiem at the Auditorio Alfredo Kraus (season 2017, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, cond. Paul Goodwin); the concert ‘Lírica para todos’ with the company Líricos (CICCA, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria); the program ‘Serenissima’ with El Afecto Ilustrado, a combination of texts written by authors from all times who travelled to Venice and Antonio Vivaldi’s music (Gran Canaria and Tenerife); the role of Aurora at La del soto del parral by Soutullo y Vert at the Festival de Zarzuela de Las Palmas (Teatro Cuyás, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, cond. Juan José Ocón), and the program ‘Tutto Puccini’, with the Gran Canaria Wind Orchestra, conducted by José Rafael Pascual-Vilaplana at the Auditorio Alfredo Kraus.

Last update: November 2017