Dutch-Argentinian soprano Ana Balestra (1998)  graduated from the Bachelor program with honors. From September 2021 she will continue her masters degree at the Opera Academy in Copenhagen. Her passionate and emotional interpretations in combination with her warm and elegant voice make her a promising young singer. In 2021 she won the scholarship of the foundation of Miluška Duffková and the first prize of the online competition Opera Viva. In June 2022 she will sing the roles of Dalinda in Ariodante by Handel and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro. 


From an early age she noticed how classical music had a mesmerizing effect on audiences. This fascinated her and she decided to turn her passion into her profession. She developed her passion for theater and music with Nieuw Vocaal Amsterdam, singing as a soloist and collaborating with renowned conductors. She performed in the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ under the baton of Ton Koopman with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. Last summer she sang with the Rotterdam Sinfonia conducted by Conrad van Alphen. She also sang as a child soloist in Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Nights' Dream with the Dutch National Opera & Ballet, conducted by Matthew Rowe. 


Since 2018, Ana has received awards from the Van den Ende Foundation to attend masterclasses abroad. She has worked with renowned professionals such as Audrey-Saint Gil, Jeff Cohen, Margreet Honig, Charlotte Margiono, Xenia Meijer, Claron McFadden, Alexander Oliver, Lenneke Ruiten, Ed Spanjaard and director Floris Visser. In 2018 Ana also participated in the Talent Centraal program for young talents, supported by ABN-AMRO. In 2019 she won the Sinfonia Rotterdam Award, thus becoming a laureate of Classic Young Masters, a foundation in Rotterdam dedicated to promising young musicians.


- I want to keep learning, keep exploring, keep doing more. -

Jessye Norman