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 Alcina, Drusilla, Fortuna and Pallade L’incoronazione di Poppea, Barbarina Le nozze di Figaro, Pannochka May Night and Cis Albert Herring. This summer, Lorena appeared as Amore in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria for the Grange Festival, and in September sang Despina 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 an RAM /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. Future engagements include Marie La fille du regiment (Jackdaws Music Education Trust), Soprano Soloist in Monteverdi’s Vespers for the Three Choirs Festival 2018, and participating in the Lewes Song Festival in a performance of Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch alongside baritone Julien van Mallaerts.