B I O G R A P H Y
The Dutch-Argentine soprano, Ana-Carmen Balestra, stands out as a promising talent in the realm of classical music. Her performances are marked by a warm, captivating voice and a fervent dedication to theatrical expression. From prestigious stages like the Concertgebouw and the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ in Amsterdam to more intimate settings in smaller theaters, churches, and house concerts, Ana-Carmen's versatility and magnetic stage presence captivate audiences.
Currently, Ana-Carmen is honing her craft on a full scholarship at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London under the guidance of renowned singing teacher John Evans. Her recent achievement of winning the Wigmore Guildhall Prize has earned her a solo recital at Wigmore Hall in April 2024. Ana-Carmen's recently was broadcasted on the BBC Radio 3, where she performed mysterious songs by Kaija Saariaho as part of the Total Immersion programme.
Ana-Carmen earned her bachelor's degree cum laude from the Conservatory of Amsterdam in 2021 and subsequently pursued a one-year master's degree at the Opera Academy in Copenhagen, based at the Royal Danish Opera House. There, she her performed the roles of Barbarina in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro and Dalinda in Handel's Ariodante.
In the 2023/2024 season at Guildhall, Ana-Carmen will sing roles like Bella in La bella dormente nel bosco by Respighi, Susanna in Stephen McNeff's newly composed opera A Star Next to the Moon, and the titular role in Handel's Alcina, accompanied by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Her repertoire extends to solo performances in Mozart and Brahms Requiems and Beethoven 9, through the Josephine Baker Trust.
Ana-Carmen's artistry extends beyond formal performances. In 2022, she participated in Ride! Sing! Repeat! for the Copenhagen Opera Festival, introducing opera to unsuspecting passers-by through pop-up performances in the streets of Copenhagen.
Her accolades include the Guildhall Wigmore Prize, Miluška Duffková scholarship (2022), first prize at the Opera Viva competition (2021), and the Sinfonia Rotterdam Award (2019). As a laureate of the Classic Young Masters foundation, she has soloed with the Rotterdam Sinfonia Orchestra, conducted by Conrad Van Alphen.
- As the Princess, Ana-Carmen Balestra was a delight to watch, full of naivety and charm and with a shining top register. - Bachtrack -