The Spanish soprano, Ainhoa Arteta, born in Tolosa, after having won the “Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions” and the “International de Voix d’Opera Plácido Domingo” competitions, initiates a brilliant international career in theatres such as the Metropolitan Opera House and Carnegie Hall, Covent Garden, Bayerische Staatsoper, the Washington Opera, Houston, San Francisco, Teatro San Carlos, Mexico and Deutsche Oper, among others; singing in operas such as La Traviata, La Boheme, Romeo et Juliette, Faust, Manon, La Rondine, Turandot…
Throughout her career she has received many awards, among which are the Hispanic Society of America Award for her Contribution to the Arts and the Fine Arts Gold Medal of Spain in 2015.
One of the most unique figures in European Classical music. Composer, singer and orchestra conductor, she is the first woman to have her opera, La página en blanco, premiered by the Teatro Real, being as well the librettist and having interpreted one of the main roles, all of which garnered unprecedented national and international attention.
She has performed as a soprano with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Spanish National Orchestra, the Strasburg Symphony, the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the RTVE Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the Royal Symphony Orchestra of Seville, the Castilla y León Symphony, the Symphony Orchestra of Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, the Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona, the Madrid Symphony, the Baroque Orchestra of Limoges, Orchestra of the Avignon Opera, the Portuguese National Symphony Orchestra, the Greek Television Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, under the direction of G. Sinopoli, J. Levine, R. Frübeck de Burgos, A. Tamayo, G. Noseda, E. García Asensio, A. Ros Marbá, J. R. Encinar, Pedro Halffter, Beat Furrer, Kuame Ryan, L. Pfaff, E. P. Salonen and M. Schøntwandt.
As a composer she has premiered more than 90 works and has received comissions from important national and international institutions.
Throughout her career she has received many awards and prizes such as the Ojo Crítico de Música prize (1998), Villa de Madrid prize (2000), Top Woman of the Year 2011 of the Arts of the Glamour Awards, Woman Who Makes a Difference (San Francisco, 2012), Antena de Oro 2014, Puente Iberoamérica 2014 prize, Culture Award from the Autonomous Region of Madrid 2015, Clara Campoamor 2015 special prize, Xishang prize 2016, among others.
Since 2013 she is Ambassador of the International Labour Organization and co-founder, together with Claudio Abbado, José Antonio Abreu and Daniel Baremboim, of the “Music Against Child Labour” initiative.
FORBES magazine situates her among the 20 most influential women in Spain.
The Spanish mezzo-soprano María José Montiel’s career has been prolific and extensive. She has sung on the most important stages of the world, such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Milan’s La Scala, Washington’s Kennedy Centre, Paris’s Salle Pleyel, Helsinki’s Finlandia Hall, the Musikverein, Konzerthaus and Vienna’s Staatsoper, among others. She has collaborated repeatedly with Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Chailly and Placido Domingo.
Among her many awards, one should highlight the Ojo Crítico Prize from Spanish National Radio, the Culture Award from the Autonomous Region of Madrid and the National Music Prize in 2015.