Ana María Sánchez,
Born in Elda (Alicante), Spain, Ana María Sánchez
entered the music world through Polyphony, as a member
of the Orfeón Polifónico del C.E.E (E.E.C.
She holds a degree in Spanish Language from Alicante University,
where in the year 2000, she was honoured with the "Laurel
de Oro de las Artes".
Ms. Sánchez studied singing at the Conservatorio
Superior de Música "Oscar Espla" in
Alicante with the soprano Dolores Pérez.
Awarded a scholarship by the E.E.C, she furthered her
studies at the " Escuela Superior de Canto"
in Madrid, under the guidance of Isabel Penagos and Miguel
Zanetti where, on completing her studies, she was awarded
the special graduation prize "Lola
Rodríguez de Aragón".
Other prizes include:
IV Internacional singing competition , Bilbao - Prize
for best interpretation. (1992)
XXX Internacional singing competition "Citta di
Enna" Italy. – 2nd Prize. (1993)
Ms. Sánchez made her opera debut as Abigaille
in Nabucco in Palma de Mallorca, 1994, and has since been
invited to sing at many of the world’s leading opera
venues including the Metropolitan Opera House, New York;
the Staatsoper, Hamburg; Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich;
Deutsche Oper, Berlin; Dresden Opera; Zurich Opera; Festpielhaus,
Salzburg; Rhine Opéra, Strasbourg ; Opéra
de Marseille, Maggio Musicale fiorentino; La Fenice, Venecia;
Teatro San Carlo, Lisboa; Gran Teatre del Liceu,e Barcelona;
Teatro Real, Madrid; Euskalduna, Bilbao; Palau de les
Arts and Palau de la Música, Valencia; Teatro Campoamor,
Oviedo; Maestranza, Sevilla; Teatro Cervantes, Málaga;
Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires; and the Teatro Bellas
Artes, México. She has performed the title roles
in LucreciaBorgia, Adriana
Lecouvreur, Norma, Tosca, Anna Bolena, Aida, Gernika,
María del Carmen, and Ildegonda; as well as Mathilde
in William Tell, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Leonora di
Vargas in La forza del destino, Leonora di Sesé
in Il trovatore, Elisabetta di Valois in Don Carlo, Amelia
in Un ballo in maschera, Liù in Turandot, Rosario in
Goyescas, Rosa in Maror, Salud in La vida breve, Lore
in Zigor, Lady Clifford in Henry Clifford, Chrysotemis
in Elektra, Abigaille
in Nabucco, Desdémona in Otello, Elisabeth in Roberto
Devereux, Margarita in Mefistofele, Elisabeth in Tannhäuser,
Anna in Le Villi, Valentine in Los Hugonotes, Sita in
Le roi de Lahore, Bruja/Blanca in La Bruja, Rosa in Juan
José, and María in Roger de Flor.
Ms. Sánchez’ many festival appearances
have included Ravenna, Wiesbaden, Quincena donostiarra
de San Sebastián, Festival Internacional de Santander,
Festival Internacional de música de Canarias, Festival
Internacional de música y danza de Granada, and
the Festival de Peralada.
A frequent name on the concert platform, Ms. Sánchez
regularly performs in Oratorio and symphonic works including
performances of Dvorak’s Stabat Mater and Te Deum,
Beethoven’s nineth Symphony, La mort de Cléopatra
and L’enfance du Christ by Berlioz, R. Strauss’
four last songs, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Pau Casals’
El Pessebre , Haydn’s The Seven last Words of Christ,
Mahler’s fourth Symphony, and Verdi’s Requiem.
She also gives chamber recitals for voice and piano, dedicated
to Spanish repertoire.
Recordings include: Manuel de Falla’s La vida breve
with Max Valdés; Pau Casals’ El Pesebre with
Lawrence Foster; Manuel Palau’s Maror with Enrique
García Asensio; Massenet’s Le roi de Lahor
, with Marcello Viotti; Emilio Arrieta’s Ildegonda
with Jesús López Cobos; "Concierto
Lírico de ópera y zarzuela" del Teatro
Real de Madrid with Jesús López Cobos; "Zarzuela"
and "Dúos de zarzuela" with Enrique
García Asensio and the RTVE Orchestra; Gernika
with José Ramón Encinar and the Euskadi
Orchestra, and the opera by Sorozábal Juan José,
with José Luis Estellés and the Orchestra
of the Centro Superior de Música del País
Vasco. She has also taken part in the following recordings:
"El dúo de la africana" del Teatro
Real, with Jesús López Cobos; "Clásicos
Populares 9" with Enrique García Asensio;
Divas del Canto and Gala Lírica 2 with the RTVE
Orchestra conducted by Odón Alonso, and the anthology
"Voces de Zarzuela".
Ms. Sánchez has contributed to various specialized
journals with written articles on the voice and singing,
and has given many lectures on themes related to opera
and vocal study.
She combines her performing career with that of coaching,
giving master classes throughout Spain.
Ana María Sánchez is principal study tutor
at Musikene, (the Basque country’s Centro Superior
de música) and at the Conservatori Superior del
Liceo in Barcelona;
Since 2002 she is a member of the teaching staff for the
"Curso de alto perfeccionamiento musical para cantantes"
in Callosa d’En Sarría, where she tutors
She has recently participated in two World premieres:
the opera Juan José by Pablo Sorozábal,
which has also been recorded, and the opera Henry Clifford
by Isaac Albéniz, in the originalEnglish version.
Ms. Sánchez is a board member for the Clarós
foundation for the prevention of profound deafness.
She is an Academician of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes
de San Carlos de Valencia.
Ana María Sánchez has been honoured with
the high distinction The Royal Order of Civil Merit.