Artist of the Week: Serena Sáenz

Spanish Soprano Makes Wiener Staatsoper Debut

By Francisco Salazar

A week ago Serena Sáenz made headlines when she won second place at the Operalia Competition. Following numerous other competitions over the years, the soprano finally had her major breakout and is likely set for a major career.

That career will get a significant boost this week when she makes her Wiener Staatsoper debut in a production of “Ariadne auf Naxos.”

Sáenz will sing the role of Zerbinetta, stepping in for a colleague. The soprano interpreted the famed aria “Großmächtige Prinzessin” at the Operalia Competition and received a huge ovation.

Over the past years, Sáenz has performed at major theaters including Gran Teatre del Liceu, Staatsoper Berlin, and the Opera de Oviedo. She was a member of the Internationales Opernstudio of the Staatsoper Berlin for two seasons and has worked in masterclasses with Montserrat Caballé, Mariella Devia, Teresa Berganza, and Neil Shicoff. This year she also signed with CSAM for General Management.

Aside from her major debut in Vienna, the soprano is set to make a debut at the Teatro Real this season and will return to the Staatsoper Berlin.


While Sáenz does not have major recordings out, here are some videos for audiences to listen to her voice.



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