The Spanish soprano Ainhoa Arteta came to international attention when she won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Operalia – Plácido Domingo International Competition resulting in engagements with some of the world’s most important theaters. Of her debut of Mimi in La Boheme at the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Times wrote, “Ainhoa Arteta made a promising debut in La Boheme. She took over the role of Mimi with smooth legato and distinctive mix of buoyant lightness and rich, dark timbre…pianissimos registered ravishingly. Ms Arteta also projected an apt vocal and physical vulnerability”.
Notable performances include Mimi and Musetta in “La Boheme”, Violeta in “La Traviata”, Micaela in Carmen and Olga in Fedora (telecast on PBS’ Live from the Met series) at the Metropolitan Opera, Magda in “La Rondine” (telecast on PBS’ Great Performances) at The Washington Opera, Leila in “Les Pecheurs de Perles” in Bordeaux, Bilbao and Seattle, Violetta in Barcelona, San Sebastián, Sevilla (La Maestranza), Micaela at the Scottish Opera, Gilda in “Rigoletto” at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid, Violeta in ”La Traviata” and Marguerite in “Faust” in Cincinnati, Violetta at the Netherlands Opera, as well as Gilda at the Michigan Opera Theater, Mimi and Marguerite at the Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Carolina in Il Matrimonio Segreto at the Perelada Festival and Countess Almaviva in “Le Nozze di Figaro” with Opera Pacific.
Later on Ms Arteta returned to the Metropolitan for Musetta and as Therese in the long awaited revival of “Les Mamelles des Tiresias”; to the Washigton Opera for Fiordiligi in “Cosi fan tutte”, performed her Musetta at the Opera Bastille in Paris, Juliette in Gounod’s opera in Oviedo, debuted at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires as Adina in “L’Elisir d’Amore” and made her operatic debut at the Royal Opera Covent Garden as Musetta, “La Boheme” at the Metropolitan, the Houston Grand Opera, the Dallas Opera Donna Elvira in “Don Giovanni” in Palm Beach, Liu in “Turandot” in Bilbao and “La Rondine” in Oviedo.
A critically acclaimed recitalist, Ms Arteta gives dozens of recitals and concerts yearly. Among innumerable concerts, she has performed in Carnegie Hall with Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony, the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, the Metropolitan Opera, the Perelada Festival, the Antibes Festival, Graz and Vienna. The soprano has also sung in concert at the White House and has appeared frequently with Plácido Domingo including performances in Berlin, Hamburg, Istambul, Leipzig, Madrid, Paris, Munich, Valencia, Brazil and London.
She was invited to sing with tenor Ramón Vargas on the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico, and she subsequently sang with Plácido Domingo at Baalbeck Festival (Lebanon) with great success.
Ms Arteta can be heard on CD in the title role of Amadeo Vives’ Dona Francisquita, a recital CD of Zarzuela and Spanish songs with the Spanish Radio and Television Orchestra, as well as on a CD of music of the Renaissance for Helicón. Further CD productions include “Ainhoa Arteta – Recital" for Ensayo RBA and "Entrañable" for RTVE-Música.
Among the performances in her latest season, highlights include Marguerite at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich (with the tenor Rolando Villazón and conducted by Friedrich Haider), her debut as Tatyana in "Eugene Onegin" at the Palau de la Música in Valencia, her debut as Musetta in La Bohème at the Arena di Verona and at the Trieste Theatre, as well as Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife.
Awards include "Best classical music artist" at the 5th Spanish Music Awards, the ONDAS Prize, the "Federico Romero", the award by the Autor Foundation for her international career, "Universal Basque" by the Basque Government, Member of the Board of the Winterthur Foundation, Academician of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Cádiz, Member of the Board of the Orfeó Catalá-Palau de la Música Foundation, the Gold Medal of the Palau de la Música de Valencia and Artist in Residence of the Cadaqués Symphony Orchestra.
Last year, she celebrated further successes with her debut as Manon in Bilbao and her performance as Marguerite in Valencia, with the premiere of Dulcinea: cantata-fantasía para un caballero enamorado by Lorenzo Palomo at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, in Mozart’s Requiem with Sir Neville Marriner, with her debut in the Musikverein in Vienna (accompanied by Roger Vignoles) and in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Orchestra of Tenerife conducted by Víctor Pablo Pérez. Further highlights include La Bohème at the Metropolitan Opera House and in Las Palmas, as well as her debut as Blanche in Dialogues de Carmélites in Bilbao. Recently, she has given recitals with Roger Vignoles, Malcolm Martineau and Rubén Fernández Aguirre, as well as a Lyric Concert with José Carreras.
Future engagements include La Bohème, Eugene Onegin, Manon Lescaut, Turandot, Don Carlo, Adriana Lecouvreur, Don Giovanni, Simon Boccanegra and Cyrano de Bergerac (with Plácido Domingo), in such major venues as the Metropolitan Opera, the Liceu in Barcelona, ABAO, Las Palmas, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and in San Francisco. Further engagements include performances with the following orchestras: Orquesta Nacional de España, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi, Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife and Orquesta de Cadaqués. Conductors will include Sir Neville Marriner, Gianandrea Noseda, Christopher Hogwood, Vasily Petrenko, Pablo González, Adrian Leaper, Víctor Pablo Pérez, Friedrich Haider, Pier Giorgio Morandi, Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez, Günter Neuhold, Gustavo Dudamel…