Sabina Puértolas is one of the most international spanish sopranos, acclaimed for her interpretations of a large repertoire of bel canto and baroque music roles, such as Marie (La fille du régiment, Donizetti), Gilda (Rigoletto, Verdi), Amina (La sonnambula, Bellini), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro, Mozart), Adina (L’elisir d’amore, Donizetti), Rossina (Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rossini), Poppea (L’incoronazione di Poppea, Monteverdi), or Rodelinda (Rodelinda, Händel), in opera houses as well known as the London Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Teatro Real of Madrid and Liceo of Barcelona (Spain), Teatro Municipal (Chile), Seattle Opera (USA) or the China National Centre for the Performing Arts.
After finishing her studies at the ‘Pablo Sarasate’ Pamplona Conservatoire, in Spain, she moved to Italy with a scholarship from the Navarra Government, where she continued studiying at the Accademia Chigiana, in Siena, and the Accademia Verdiana, in Busseto, with Carlo Bergonzi as form teacher. She received, also, master classes from Victoria de los Ángeles, Miguel Zanetti and Dafne Evangelatos.
She is the winner of the international Operalia singing competition (zarzuela), and also won the Riccardo Zandonai, Julián Gayarre, Francisca Quart and Manuel Ausensi competitions.
In 2001, Sabina Puértolas made her debut as Oscar, Un ballo in maschera, at the Teatro alla Scala, under the baton of Riccardo Muti. Since then, she has developed an intense international career, with conductors such as David Curtis, Christophe Rousset, Alain Guingal, Gianluca Capuano, Jesús López-Cobos, Paolo Arrivabeni, Jean-Christophe Spinosi or Antonino Fogliani, among others.
In Spain, she has sung in Madrid (Teatro Real, Teatro de la Zarzuela), Barcelona, Valencia, Pamplona (Baluarte, Teatro Gayarre), Oviedo, Valladolid, Jerez, Las Palmas, Tenerife or Bilbao (Eskalduna, Teatro Arriaga), in roles as different as Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Rossina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Oscar (Un ballo in maschera), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Lisette (La Rondine), Micaela (Carmen), Gilda (Rigoletto), Amina (La sonnambula) or Poppea (L’incoronazione di Poppea), among many other roles. Internationally she has worked in Paris, London, Vienna, Washington, Lieja (Belgium), Toulouse, Burdeos and Nantes (France), Amsterdam, Verona or Tokio.
Recently, Sabina has sung Gilda (Rigoletto) at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and Teatro Municipal de Santigo de Chile; Rossina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) at the Seattle Opera; Fiorilla (Il Turco in Italia) and Servilia (La clemenza di Tito) at the Théâtre du Capitole (Toulouse); Marie (La fille du régiment), directed by Laurent Pelly, and Contessa di Folleville (Il viaggio a Reims) at the Liceo Theatre in Barcelona; the title role in Claus Guth’s production of Rodelinda for the Teatro Real, in Madrid, conducted by Ivor Bolton; Despina (Così fan tutte), in Jan Philipp Gloger’s new production for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, under the baton of Semyon Bychkov; or L’incoronazione di Poppea and Messiah on an european tour with the Ensemble Matheus, conducted by Jean-Christophe Spinosi.
Other highlights include the roles of Princesse Eudoxie in Olivier Py’s production of Halévy’s La Juive, conducted by Daniele Rustioni for the Lyon Opera; Morgana (Alcina) for La Monnaie (Brussels) and Dutch National Opera with Christophe Rousset and Pierre Audi; Despina (Così fan tutte) with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia di Roma, under the baton of Semyon Bychkov; Zerlina in Claus Guth’s production of Don Giovanni with the Dutch National Opera, or Drusilla (L’incoronazione di Poppea), directed by Claus Guth at the Theater an der Wien, with Jean-Christophe Spinosi, where she also played Satirone and Minerva/Amore in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria.
From the zarzuela repertoire Sabina Puertolas has premiered the new productions of La tabernera del puerto and Doña Francisquita, at the Teatro de la Zarzuela (Madrid), and has starred in Luisa Fernanda, La Generala or La del manojo de rosas, directed by Emilio Sagi. She has sung also in Marina, El asombro de Damasco or La Gran Vía.
Her last season included the title role in Händel Rodelinda (Opéra de Lyon and Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile), with Claus Guth; Ilia in Mozart’s Idomeneo, a new production by Robert Carsen under the baton of Ivor Bolton at the Teatro Real; and Fiorilla in Il Turco in Italia at Opera de Oviedo.
Sabina Puértolas’ concert repertoire includes Stabat Mater (Pergolesi), Die Schöpfung (Haydn), Messe solennelle de Sainte-Cécile (Gounod) and Messiah and Ariondante (Händel), singing the role of Dalinda with Alan Curtis and Il Complesso Barocco on a European tour including Vienna, Paris, Amsterdam and London.
Her discography includes Così fan tutte (OpusArte), Alcina (Alpha Classics), Ariodante (Virgin Classics) and La Llama, wrote by the spanish composer José María Usandizaga (Deutsche Grammophon).