Lorena Paz Nieto soprano
Spanish soprano Lorena Paz Nieto trained on the Opera Course at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Philip Doghan and Audrey Hyland, achieving distinction in her Masters and a DipRAM for an outstanding final recital. Before this, she received a BMus (First Class Hons.) from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she studied with Kate Paterson and Lada Valešová. Lorena’s operatic roles include Morgana in Handel's Alcina, Drusilla, Fortuna and Pallade in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Barbarina in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Pannochka in Rimsky-Korsakov’s May Night and Cis in Britten’s Albert Herring. This summer, Lorena will appear as Amore in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria for the Grange Festival, and in September will sing Despina in Così fan tutte for Holloway Opera. Notable concert performances have included recitals at St John's Smith Square, the Holywell Music Room, Aberdeen International Youth Festival, the Llandeilo Festival of Music and a residency at the Two Moors Festival. Lorena was a Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Scholar, featuring as a soloist for the Academy’s popular cantata series. Other recent oratorio engagements includes Handel's Messiah, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, Vivaldi's Gloria, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Tippett's A child of our time and Orff's Carmina Burana. Lorena recently won the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Award, and the Ludmilla Andrew Russian Song Prize.