Biography

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

The young mezzosoprano is currently studying with Prof. Michelle Breedt at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt. She has already 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 KS. Christa Ludwig during the Richard Strauss Festival in Garmisch Patenkirchen and with Teresa Berganza.

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; G.B.Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater; J.D. Zelenka’s Te Deum and C.Saint-Sains’ Requiem. She has performed in Europe and worked with orchestras like the Münchener Symphoniker, the Kammerphilharmonie Bayern or the Berliner Orchestra Batzdorfer Hofkapelle. In 2019 she had the opportunity to perform F.Mendelssohns Elias in the Berliner Philharmonie with the Philharmonischen Chor and the Bamberger Symphoniker. 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.

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. 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.

In January 2020, the mezzosprano won the 1st prize at the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Hochschulwettbewerb in Berlin. In 2018, she was winner of the audience prize, the young talent prize and 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 the same year the was the winner of the 4th Talent Campus from the Berliner Philharmonic Choir and she performed in G.F.Handel’s Israel in Egypt as soloist at the Berliner Philharmonie under the baton of Jörg Peter Weigle. A year later the mezzosoprano was invited again to perform J.S. Bach’s Magnificat and J.D. Zelenka’s Te Deum at the Berliner Philharmonie.

Carmen Artaza is currently being kindly supported by the german institution Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes.