Award winning Spanish soprano Lorena Paz Nieto is an alumna of the National Opera Studio, a previous winner of the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform, the Ludmilla Andrews Russian Song Prize, and ‘Vocalist of the year’ at the 2019 LUKAS awards.
Lorena’s operatic roles include Maria in Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires at Theater Lübeck, Morgana in Handel’s Alcina, Drusilla, Fortuna and Pallade in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Amore in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria for the Grange Festival, Marie in Donizetti’s La fille du Régiment, Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème, Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Barbarina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Diane in Offenbach’s Orphée aux Enfers, Pannochka in Rimsky-Korsakov’s May Night, and Gloria in the UK premier of Juan Durán’s O Arame.
Notable recital performances have included recitals in the Crush Room and Lindbury Foyer at the Royal Opera House, at the Oxford Lieder Festival, Heidelberger Frühling Festival, London Song Festival, St John’s Smith Square, Aberdeen International Youth Festival, the Llandeilo Festival of Music, the Two Moors Festival, and recently two recitals and a masterclass on Spanish song in Japan. Lorena was a Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Scholar, featuring as a soloist for the Academy’s popular cantata series, and was part of their prestigious Song Circle. Recent oratorio repertoire includes Handel’s Messiah, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Tippett’s A Child of Our Time, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Elgar’s The Kingdom, Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony, and Monteverdi’s Vespers at The Three Choirs Festival.
Upcoming projects include a role debut as Rosina in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, the world premiere of Richard Blackford’s Babel in Cadogan Hall, and a debut CD recording of Spanish song.
Lorena trained on the opera course at the Royal Academy of Music. Before this, she received a BMus (First Class Hons.) from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.