Loved as much abroad as she is in her native country Spain, Sabina Puértolas is a soprano who has triumphed from the United States to China, from Chile to Japan and most of all in Europe. She is acclaimed for her interpretations of opera roles in repertoire varying from baroque to belcanto, such as Manon (title role, Massenet), 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), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rossini), Poppea (L’incoronazione di Poppea, Monteverdi), and Rodelinda (Rodelinda, Händel).
Among her recent successes are her debut at the Carnegie Hall debut in New York in september 2022, in a gala concert of Spanish music. La Vanguardia wrote: “Sabina Puértolas sets the Carnegie Hall on fire” and “the soprano sparkled with her zarzuelas, bringing the audience to their feet”. In November 2022 she sang the title role of Manon (Massenet), one of her new signature roles, at the Teatro Municipal de Santigado de Chile. Highlights of last season included the title role in Händel’s Partenope and Daria in Donizetti’s Viva la mamma at the Teatro Real in Madrid, and Angelica in Händel’s Orlando at the Festival Castell de Peralada.
Upcoming engagements in the first half of 2023 include the role of Teagene in the premiere of the baroque rediscovery Achille in Sciro by Corselli at the Teatro Real, and the role of Carolina in Luisa Fernanda at the Teatro de la Zarzuela. In concert, she will sing Poulenc’s Stabat Mater in concert with the Orquesta Nacional de España, and an extraordinary solo recital at the Fundación Juan March, celebrating her career and successes in a great variety of repertoire.
Sabina Puértolas started her singing studies at the "Pablo Sarasate" conservatory in Pamplona, after which went on to study at the prestigious Accademia Chiggiana in Siena and at the Accademia Verdiana in Busetto, under the tutelage of Carlo Bergonzi. She also received master classes from Miguel Zanetti and Victoria de los Ángeles. She is prize winner of the Operalia singing competition 2003 in the category of Zarzuela. She also won prizes at the Riccardo Zandonai, Julián Gayarre Francisca Quart and Manuel Ausensi competitions.
In 2001, her career took a flight after her debut as Oscar in 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 and Antonino Fogliani. In recent years, she has sung Gilda (Rigoletto) at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile; Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) at the Seattle Opera; Fiorilla (Il Turco in Italia) and Servilia (La clemenza di Tito) at the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse; Marie (La fille du régiment), directed by Laurent Pelly, and Contessa di Folleville (Il viaggio a Reims) at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the title role in Claus Guth’s production of Rodelinda for the Teatro Real 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. Other highlights include the roles of Princesse Eudoxie in Olivier Py’s production of Halévy’s La Juive, conducted by Daniele Rustioni for the Opéra national de Lyon; 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; or Drusilla (L’incoronazione di Poppea), directed by Claus Guth, and Satirone and Minerva/Amore in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, both at the Theater an der Wien.
From the zarzuela repertoire, Sabina Puértolas has premiered new productions of La tabernera del puerto and Doña Francisquita, at the Teatro de la Zarzuela, and has starred in Luisa Fernanda, La Generala or La del manojo de rosas, directed by Emilio Sagi. She has sung also in Marina, La Generala and La Gran Vía.
Her discography includes Così fan tutte (OpusArte), Alcina (Alpha Classics), Ariodante (Virgin Classics) and La Llama by the Spanish composer José María Usandizaga (Deutsche Grammophon). In 2023, IBS Classical will release her new album of songs by Emilio Arrieta with Ruben Fernandez Aguirre on the piano.