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Spanish soprano Laura Alonso Padín was born in Villagarcía de Arosa (Galicia). She has a degree in singing and violin and she continued her studies at the Musikhochschule of Karlsruhe in Germany, where she studied with Aldo Baldin, Anna Reynolds, Jean Cox, and Hartmut Höll , thanks to the prestigious German scholarship Alexander von Humboldt.

At the age of 23, she joined the Ensemble of the Aalto Theatre in Essen (Germany), where she performed Mimì in La Bohème, Gilda in Rigoletto, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Zdenka in Arabella, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte and Blanche in Dialogues des Carmélites, among others roles.

She received the Award for “Most Outstanding Artist” at the Aalto Theatre (awarded by popular acclaim). She represented the theatre at the RUHR.2010 – Kulturhauptstadt Europas (European City of Culture Event of 2010) and received the Culture Award of the European Union.

She is a regular guest in internationally renowned theatres and concert halls such as the Auditorium Rishon Le Zion (Israel), Lincoln Center in New York, Teatro Bellas Artes in Mexico, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Philharmonie Cologne, Berlin and Essen, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Konzerthaus Berlin, Karlsruhe and Dortmund, Hannover Kuppel Saal, Smetana Hall Prague, Herkulessaal Munich, Maestranza in Seville, Herodes Atticus in Athens, Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, Utrecht Auditorium, Los Angeles Auditorium (USA), Palau de les Arts in Valencia and Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, among others.

She is also the winner of distinguished prizes in international singing competitions. Some highlights include the first prize in the last Alfredo Kraus competition, the Franco Corelli competition, Verviers and Jaume Aragall.

She regularly sings with highly regarded conductors such as Stefan Soltesz, Ion Marin, Philipp Jordan, Zoltan Peszko, Victor Pablo Pérez, Heiko Matthias Förster, Antonello Allemandi, Frans Brüggen, Helmuth Rilling, Jiri Kout, Karel Mark Chichon or E. Plasson, in some of the more illustrious European theatres, like the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Staatsoper Berlin, Oper Leipzig, Oper Frankfurt, Staatstheater Darmstadt, Opera National de Lorraine, Staatstheater Braunschweig, Theater Poissy, Komische Oper Berlin, Theater Freiburg, Theater Lubeck, Brno in the Czech Republic.

She has collaborated with stage directors such as A. Pilavachi, De Tomasi, Johannes Schaaf, Pontiggia, Berndt, Schlingensief or Hilsdorf and performed at festivals in Las Palmas and Tenerife, the Festival Royaumont, Bregenzer Festspiele, Verbier Festival, Expo Hannover, Innsbrucker Festwochen, Île-de-France, Santander, Salzburg Festival, or the Opera Week of Berlin, among others.

Highlights in her career include her Giulia in La Scala di seta by Rossini, during a European tour with the Freiburger Barockorchester, under the baton of Attilio Cremonesi. Her performances in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Staatsoper in Berlin or her debut at the Festival of Innsbruck (Austria) with the role of Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare by Antonio Sartorio, published by ORF, which awarded her the eminent Diapason d’Or of the French critique.

Also deserving of mention are successes like her Magda in Puccini’s La Rondine, which she performed in Utrecht (Netherlands) with the T.R.O.S. and maestro Gómez Martinez, and the performances at the Salzburg Festival in the role of Sandrina from La Finta Giardiniera, on the occasion of the Mozart year with staging by Doris Dörrie. Another accomplishment was the great concert of Spanish songs with the Hamburg Symphony, and the famous Chinese guitarist Xuefei Yang at the Laeiszhalle Hamburg.

Her most ambitious recording project is the bel canto compact disc of arias: “Col sorriso d’innocenza”, a collaboration with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Málaga which was published in December 2006 and has received excellent reviews by the international operatic press. In 2009 she performed the role of Rosario in the German premiere of the work Goyescas.

She has also made her debut in the prestigious Alice Tully Hall in New York, which was the first premiere at the Lincoln Center of a Spanish opera: Las Horas Vacías (The empty hours) by Ricardo Llorca with great critical acclaim.

Alonso Padín has toured major cities in Germany with the Chilean tenor Felipe Rojas accompanied by the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, singing zarzuela and sung several concerts with Spanish music in the USA, Russia, Ukraine, Japan, Thailand, China, Latin America, the Verdi House of Busetto, and Arabian countries.

At the end of 2014 she was the soloist in the New Year’s Eve concert of the distinguished Dallas Symphony Orchestra with maestro Dohnányi. She recently sung the Verdi Requiem in Leipzig, two concerts with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México, and the Mozart Requiem at the Opera in Egypt in El Cairo.

She recently sung Rosina in Barbiere di Siviglia at the Tel Aviv Opera, and has been Violetta in La Traviata in Darmstadt, in Rousse, in Bulgaria, at the Opera of Lviv in Ukraine, and at the theatre of Chengdu in China, where she will soon return to sing Carmen, after having done so with great success in Taiyuan with maestro Michael Köhler.

In 2017, she sung Elle in La voix humaine with pianist James Baillieu in Spain and made her Carnegie Hall Recital Debut in New York with the renowned pianist Yelena Kurdina. A new CD with Spanish songs will be released soon, accompanied by the Brazilian pianist Marcelo Amaral for Limen Music.

In the 2017/18 season she will sing Liù from Turandot in China, and Violetta from La Traviata in Rovereto, Italy, and in many other Chinese cities.

In 2018 she will be Violetta again in Zhejiang, China, and in Spain. In April 2018, she sings Spanish music with the Orchestra do Río Grande do Norte in Natale, Brasil, and will sing opera performances in Cluj- Napoca and also a recital at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.

Laura Alonso Padin holds masterclasses in the vast majority of countries where she gives recitals.

© Laura Alonso Padín | Errors and omissions excepted/excluded | February 2018

Repertoire: Opera | Oratorium | Operetta | Zarzuela

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