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María Espada (Soprano)

Born: Mérida (Badajoz), Spain

The Spanish soprano, María Espada, studied singing at the Conservatorio de Mérida with Mariana You Chi Yu, at the Conservatorio Superior de Madrid con Pedro Lavirgen and at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía with Alfredo Kraus. She has attended master-classes courses with Charles Brett, Thomas Quasthoff, Hilde Zadek, Helena Lazarska, Montserrat Caballé, Manuel Cid, Julia Hamari, etc. She received the "Outstanding Thesis Award" and Award "Lucrecia Arana", both from the Conservatorio Superior de Madrid, and was awarded the Concurso internacional de canto Alfredo Kraus .

In 1996, María Espada began her career as a soloist. She has performed as soloist Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244), Johannes-Passion (BWV 245) and Magnificat (BWV 243) by J.S. Bach; Mass in C minor, Requiem and Coronation Mass by W.A. Mozart, The Creation and The Seasons by J. Haydn, 9th Symphony by L.v. Beethoven, Requiem by Gabriel Fauré, The Messiah and The Resurrection by George Frideric Handel, German Requiem by Johannes Brahms, Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi, etc. In the field of opera has performed L'incoronazione di Poppea (Virtu, Damigella, amore) by Monteverdi, La Bohème (Musetta) by Puccini, La Traviata (Annina) by Verdi's Magic Flute (Pamina) by W.A. Mozart, L'elisir d'amore (Giannetta) by Donizetti, etc..

María Espada has performed in such venues as the Teatro Real, Auditorio Nacional, Teatro Monumental and Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid; Teatre del Liceu, Palau de la Música Catalana and L’Auditori in Barcelona; Kursaal de S. Sebastián, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Vredenburg in Utrecht, Santa Cecilia in Rome, Funkhaus in Vienna, Teatro Arriaga de Bilbao, Maestranza in Sevilla, Auditorio de Zaragoza, Auditorio de Galicia, Teatro Gayarre and Baluarte in Pamplona, Auditorio Príncipe Felipe de Oviedo, etc.

María Espada has sung with conductors such as Fabio Bonizzoni, Frans Brüggen, Jordi Casas, Aldo Ceccato, Diego Fasolis, Eduardo López Banzo, Jesús López-Cobos, Ernest Martínez Izquierdo, Andrea Marcon, Salvador Mas, Giuseppe Mega, Juanjo Mena, Josep Pons, Alexander Rahbari, Antoni Ros Marbá, Emil Simon, Alberto Zedda, etc. She has worked with groups like La Risonanza (Fabio Bonizzoni) Armoniosi concerti (J.C. Rivera), Estro cromatico (M. Scorticati), La Trulla de Bozes zes (C. Sandúa), Ministriles de Marsias (F. Rubio), etc., and with orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Venice Baroque Orchestra, L'Orfeo Barockorchester, Orchestra of the 18th Century, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, Al Ayre español, Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, Orquesta de RTVE, Orquesta Sinfónica de Barcelona y Nacional de Cataluña (OBC), Orquesta Ciudad de Oviedo, Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra, Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga, Orquesta de Extremadura, Orquesta de Castilla y León, etc

Her interest in the field of chamber music has led her to perform works from the Baroque to the 20th century, both in recitals with piano and small chamber groups.


Source: II Curso para Jóvenes Músicos "Santa María del Paular" Website & Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (April 2012)
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Aryeh Oron (April 2012)

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Iván Fischer

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BWV 244 [2nd]

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María Espada - Canto (II Curso para Jóvenes Músicos "Santa María del Paular" [Spanish]
María Espada (Musiespaña) [Spanish]

María Espada, soprano (Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla) [Spanish]

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