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Isabel REY, soprano Dedicated body and soul to her vocation: singing, music and theatre, the soprano Isabel Rey, who hails from Valencia, is internationally recognized for her exquisite vocal technique and her sensitive acting skills. She is one of the few Spanish artists to have had the honour of performing regularly in the Salzburg Festival and her distinguished career has taken her to the most important opera capitals – performing in Vienna, Munich, Hamburg, Berlin, Zurich, London, Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Paris, Los Angeles, Washington, Stockholm, New York, Brussels, Moscow, Tokyo, Rome, Venice and Amsterdam. Having mastered a wide repertoire, ranging from Monteverdi to Stravinsky, this very versatile singer and actress has sung the lead roles in more than 55 different operas over the last two decades, the most notable being Le nozze di Figaro, Lucia di Lammermoor, King Arthur, Così fan tutte, Alcina, Die Fledermaus, Die Zauberflöte, Rigoletto, Les pêcheurs de perles, Carmen, Don Pasquale, L’elisir d’amore, Idomeneo, Don Giovanni, Falstaff, Der Rosenkavalier, La Bohème, La Fille du régiment, Dialogues des carmelites, Pelléas et Mélisande and The Rake’s Progress, always working with conductors of the calibre of Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Gianandrea Noseda, Nello Santi, Jesús López Cobos, Franz Welser-Möst, Ton Koopman, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, David Giménez Carreras, Víctor Pablo Pérez, Michel Plasson, Josep Pons, Marcello Viotti, Adam Fischer, Neville Marriner, Alain Lombard, Alberto Zedda, Leopold Hager, Michel Corboz, William Christie, Marc Minkowski, Fabio Biondi, Fabio Luisi and Lorin Maazel. Her talent and technique have also enabled her to take on such attractive roles as Margherite in Faust, Antonia from Les contes d’Hoffmann, Die Gänsemagd from Die Königskinder (Humperdinck), Blanche in Dialogues des carmélites and Amelia from Simon Boccanegra.

As Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro / Teatro Real de Madrid

Born in Valencia, she began her musical training at the age of six with Pepe Doménech Part, going on to join the “Pequeños Cantores de Valencia” (Little Singers of Valencia) group two years later. She began to study singing in the conservatoire of her home city with Ana Luisa Chova, graduating with honours for exceptional ability. She continued her training with Tatiana Menotti and Juan Oncina, as well as taking master classes with Alfredo Kraus, Montserrat Caballé, Renata Scotto and Ileana Cotrubas. After winning the Bilbao International Singing Competition – among other competitions – Rey debuted in the lead role of La Sonnambula (Bellini) in 1987, beginning a career which has established her as one of the most important performers of her generation. Her international debut came in 1988 with Les contes d’Hoffmann (Olympia) in the Lieja Opera House, Belgium, and the production then toured Russia. The following year she went on stage at the Vienna Konzerthaus for the first time, appearing in Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate, and she returned to Vienna the year after to sing in the rarely performed Ascanio in Alba, also by Mozart. It was then that she appeared in the Teatro de La Zarzuela, Madrid in Ilia’s Idomeneo, returning immediately to Vienna to sing in Handel’s oratorio, Saul. It was her Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro in the Amsterdam Opera House in 1993, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, which brought her to the attention of the media. She was hailed as one of the “young stars of the international opera scene”, which opened up the doors of the principal opera houses in Europe to her. Two years earlier, in 1991, she was a soloist in the Zurich Opera House, and she has remained loyal to the company ever since. She has debuted the majority of her repertoire there: Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Gilda ©OUTUMURO/Fidelio Artist (Rigoletto), Servilia (La clemenza di Tito), Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Nannetta (Falstaff), Morgana (Alcina), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Zerlina and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Juliette (Roméo et Juliette), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Marie (La Fille du régiment), Carolina (Il matrimonio segreto), Norina (Don Pasquale), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor) and Amelia (Simon Boccanegra), always alternating her performances of opera with numerous recitals, concerts and oratorios around the world. In 1993 she debuted in the Alfredo Kraus Opera Festival in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria (her city of residence) with L’elisir d’amore, alongside Roberto Alagna and Carlos Alvarez. She now habitually performs in this event in operas such as Les contes d’Hoffmann (Olympia and Antonia), Don Pasquale, Falstaff, Die Zauberflöte, Les pêcheurs de perles, Idomeneo and The Rake’s Progress.

A new production of Nozze di Figaro in the Lausanne Opera House and a new debut as Marie in La Fille du régiment, took up part of 1995, finishing with two concerts of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in the Auditorio Nacional, Madrid and a Christmas concert in Vienna as well as a New Year’s concert in Germany with José Carreras, with whom she has collaborated regularly since 1993. In 1996 Isabel Rey took the lead in new productions of Le nozze de Figaro and Il matrimonio segreto, as well as opening the Salzburg Festival with the oratorio Jephta by Händel. That same year she debuted in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw alongside Ton Koopman and after that came her first performances in Don Pasquale, Così fan tutte, Il Mondo della luna (Haydn), Der Schauspieldirektor (on tour in Europe with Harnoncourt) and Alcina, as well as giving a recital of Spanish songs in the Lausanne Opera House and in a Gala in Hamburg alongside Agnes Baltsa and José Carreras.

As Antonia in Les contes d’Hoffmann / Teatro Real de Madrid

1998 began with her debuts in the Teatro Real, Madrid and in the Staatsoper, Vienna, wowing both theatres with her unparalleled Susanna. She then returned to Las Palmas and, after two performances of Mozart’s Requiem in Lausanne (conducted by López Cobos), in May she sang her first Lucia di Lammermoor alongside the legendary Alfredo Kraus. After performing in Le Roi David (Honegger) and Armida in the Graz Festival, She sang Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with the Galicia Symphony Orchestra and Víctor Pablo Pérez. In the same year she appeared twice in the Salzburg Festival, in Il Martirio di San Lorenzo and in Exsultate, Jubilate, before playing Musetta to great acclaim in the Teatro Real (Madrid) and Ilia in A Coruña. In 1999 she appeared as Adele in Fledermaus in the opening of the Wiener Festwochen, Vienna, which was recorded live by the ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Company), before returning to sing her exemplary Susanna in the Mozart Festival in A Coruña. The

following year she added the role of Sophie from Der Rosenkavalier and Leïla from Les pêcheurs de perles to her repertoire. She returned to Bilbao with Idomeneo, gave a concert with Carreras and Jaime Aragall in the Castell de Peralada Festival, sang in Le nozze di Figaro again in the Staatsoper, Vienna and finished the year with three Christmas concerts with the Gran Canaria Philharmonic. She performed the role of Donna Anna for the first time in Zurich in 2001, conducted by Harnoncourt in an acclaimed production of Don Giovanni. She returned to the Teatro Real with Rigoletto, she debuted in La Finta Giardiniera in the Nice Opera House, sang Così fan tutte in Vicenza and performed in the Edinburgh Festival accompanied by Andras Schiff, as well as singing Die Schöpfung conducted by Josep Pons.

As Amelia, in Simon Boccanegra by Verdi / Zürich Opernhaus

In 2002 she played Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, debuted as Micaëla in Carmen, performed in a new production of Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria and toured in Japan giving recitals. The following year she had one of the biggest successes of her career with Händel’s Il trionfo del tempo e il disinganno, she gave a recital in Las Palmas for the Philharmonic Society and another in London, she sang Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes, debuted in Montecarlo with Don Pasquale, she returned to Japan to give various recitals and ended the year with two galas in the Teatro Real. In 2004 she added four new roles to her repertoire: Tigrane from Radamisto (Händel), Blanche from Dialogues des carmélites (Poulenc), Mélisande from Pelléas et Mélisande (Debussy) and King Arthur (Purcell), which was performed in the Salzburg Festival and is also on DVD. Next engagements include Elisir d’amore alongside Juan Diego Flórez and Maestro Nello Santi and the debuts of three more roles, Amalia from I Masnadieri (December), Violetta from La Traviata (April 2011) at the Zurich Opera House and Susanna from Il Segreto de Susanna by Wolf-Ferrari on tour in Spain. Isabel Rey is especially interested in the world of teaching and promoting opera and gave Masterclasses in many institutions such as Las Palmas Conservatoire, Zumaia international course and festival (Guipúzcoa) and recently in August 2010 “Festival Pamplona en Clave de Música” (Pamplona).

In most recent seasons she has sung in the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona (Le portrait de Manon and a Händel concert) and in the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Valencia; she has debuted the role of Rosina in La Finta Semplice in the Teather an der Wien, conducted by Fabio Luisi, Le Cid by Massenet, Königskinder by Humperdinck (alongside Jonas Kauffmann) in Zurich, Händel’s Semele (with Cecilia Bartoli and brought out on DVD by Decca) as well as a triumph in the same theatre with her first Amelia (Simon Boccanegra). As well as her unstoppable opera career in the seven languages in which she sings, she also sings Lieder, a discipline which she took up from a very young age and which has led her to take part in some of the most prestigious events dedicated to the genre in Europe. Her interest in poetry has resulted in the publication of a book of her writings, some of which have been set to music by the composers Antoni Parera and Antón García Abril. As well as the aforementioned Semele, outstanding DVDs of her performances include Don Giovanni (Donna Anna), Le nozze di Figaro (Susana), Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (Minerva), King Arthur, La Finta Giardiniera (all conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt), Pelléas et Mélisande with Franz Welser-Möst and Don Pasquale, alongside Juan Diego Flórez and conducted by Nello Santi, as well as a varied discography, such as a recital with the guitarrist Ichiro Suzuki, another called Canciones para la Navidad (Songs for Christmas) with Alejandro Zabala on piano and The passion of Spain, with romances and duets of zarzuelas with José Carreras. Isabel Rey is a regular collaborator with the José Carreras Foundation for the Fight against Leukemia and patron of the Clarós Foundation dedicated to the support of acute deafness through research, prevention and education.

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Repertoire Composer Bellini, Vincenzo Bizet, Georges Debussy, Claude Donizetti, Gaetano Gluck, Christoph W. Humperdink E. Gounod, Charles Massenet, Jules Mozart, W.Amadeus

Offenbach, Jacques Poulenc, Francis

Puccini, Giacomo Rossini, Gioachino Strawinsky, Igor Verdi, Giuseppe

Opera I Capuletti e i Montecchi Les Pêcheurs de Perles Carmen Pélleas et Mélisande Don Pasquale L’elisir d’amore Orfeo ed Euridice Die Königskinder Roméo et Juliette Faust Manon Le Nozze di Figaro Cosí fan tutte Don Giovanni Idomeneo Die Zauberflöte Les Contes d’Hoffmann Dialogues de Carmélites Les mammelles des Tiresias La voix humaine La Bohème Liù Il Barbiere di Siviglia Guglielmo Tell The Rake’s Progress Rigoletto Simone Boccanegra Traviata Luisa Miller Masnadieri Otello

Rol Giulietta Leila Micaela Mélisande Norina Adina Euridice Gänsemagd Juliette Margherite Manon Contessa Fiordiligi Donna Anna Ilia Pamina Antonia Blanche Thérèse Elle Musetta Turandot Rosina Matilde Anne Truelove Gilda Amelia Violetta Luisa Amalia Desdemona

Concert repertoire Composer


Bach, J.S.


Beethoven, Ludwig van

9th Simphony Missa Solemnis


Deutsches Requiem

Boccherini, Luigi

Stabat Mater Arie Accademiche

Conti, Francesco

Il martirio di San Lorenzo (Angelo)

Faure, Gabriel


Galuppi, B.

Magnificat für sopran, Chor und Orchester

Gounod, Charles


Händel, Georg F.

Saul (Michal – Merab) Apollo e Daphne (Daphne) Jephta (Iphis) The Messiah

Haydn, Joseph

Schöpfungmesse Die Schöpfung


Le roi David

Mozart, Wolfgang A.

Requiem KV626 Exsultate Jubilate Grosse Messe C moll KV427 Messe in C KV257 Vesperae solennes de confessore KV339 Krönungsmesse KV317

Pergolesi, Giovanni B.

Stabat Mater

Rossini, Gioachino

Stabat Mater

Schubert, Franz

Messe in Es Messe in G Dur

Strauss, R.

Vier letzte Lieder

Villalobos, Heitor

Bacchianas brasileiras


CD Varios autores Zarzuelas: The Passion of Spain Conductor: Enrique Ricci/ Rey y Carreras TELDEC Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro Conductor: Harnoncourt/Rey, Hampson, Margiono, etc. TELDEC Varios autores Natsu no Omoide Ichiro Suzuki, guitar / Rey DISCMEDI Varios autores Canciones para la Navidad Alejandro Zabala, piano/ Rey DISCMEDI César Cano Te Deum Conductor: Galduf /Rey, Metxaca, Cid y otros.

Rossini, Puccini, Boccherini Giovanna d’Arco, Crisantemi, Stabat Mater Conductor: Frizza / Rey y Barcellona DECCA

Varios Conductor: Bragado /Rey y Gavanelli Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León Varios autores Damas del canto Rey, De los Ángeles, Lorengar, Caballé, etc. RTVE MUSICA

Varios autores Gala lírica Conductor: Ros Marbá y Collado/ Rey, Caballé, De los Ángeles, Kraus, Carreras, Pons, González 500 CENTENARI Fernández Caballero El Dúo de la Africana Conductor: López Cobos/ Rey, Rodríguez, Orozco DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON

DVD Mozart Don Giovanni Conductor: Harnoncourt / Rey, Bartoli, Gilfry, Polgar ARTHAUS

Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro Conductor: Harnoncourt / Rey, Chausson, Mei, Gilfry TDK

Monteverdi Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria Conductor: Harnoncourt / Rey, Kasarova, Kauffmann ARTHAUS

Purcell King Arthur Conductor: Harnoncourt / Rey, Bonney, Shade EUROARTS

Debussy Pelléas et Mélisande Conductor: Welser Möst/ Rey, Gilfry, Volle TDK

Mozart La finta giardinera Conductor: Harnoncourt / Rey, Mei, Strehl TDK

Donizetti Don Pasquale Conductor: Santi / Rey, Flórez, Raimondi DECCA

Handel Semele Conductor: Christie / Rey, Bartoli, Remmert DECCA

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