Saioa Hernandez has emerged in recent seasons as an exciting Spinto soprano, appearing at such theaters as the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Teatro Massimo in Catania, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste and Greek National Opera, as well as in Asia, where she appeared as Tosca and both Georgette and Nedda in a double bill of Il Tabarro and Pagliacci with the Korean National Opera in Seoul. Last season, she added the title role in Catalani’s La Wally to her repertoire in a production mounted by the Teatro Municipal of Piacenza, which was also performed in Padova and Reggio Emilia. Hernandez’s performance received the highest of public and critical praise, and she was subsequently invited to make her debut at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples as Leonora in Il Trovatore.
In the current season, Saioa Hernandez will make several role debuts. She began the season with her first Amelia in Un ballo in maschera in La Coruna, after which she made her first appearance as the title role in Verdi’s Aida with the Teatro Regio of Torino on tour in Oman. Hernandez will next make her French operatic debut in another new role: Francesca Da Rimini in Zandonai’s masterpiece at the Opéra national du Rhin in Strasbourg. Later in the season, the artist will return to Piacenza as the title role in Ponchielli’s La Gioconda.
Saioa Herandez has also won high praise in the dramatic bel canto repertoire, having appeared as Norma at the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste as well as in Catania and Padova, and singing Imogene in the Brazilian premiere of Il Pirata in Rio de Janeiro. Hernandez made her debut in Geneva as Mathilde in Guillaume Tell and starred as the title role in the Festival of Martina Franca’s revival of Bellini’s infrequently performed Zaira. She has also appeared as Luisa in Luisa Miller in Trieste, Violetta in La Traviata in Savona, and the title roles in Suor Angelica and Madama Butterfly.
On the concert stage, Hernandez has performed Verdi’s Messa di Requiem, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Rossini’s Petite Messe and Stabat Mater, as well as Mozart’s Requiem, Krönungsmesse and Vespri sollenni di confessione. She recently debuted Wagner’s Wesendonk Lieder for Spanish Classical Radio and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the Palau de la Música in Barcelona. Hernandez has also appeared in many Zarzuelas, including La Marsellesa, La Verbena de la Paloma, Los Descamisados, Los hijos del batallón and La tabernera del puerto, among others.
Saioa Hernandez was born in Madrid and has studied with Santiago Calderón, Borja Mariño, Vicenzo Scalera, Renatta Scotto and Monsterrat Caballe, from whom she receives regular advice. In 2009, she won first prize in the Manuel Ausensi competition at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona after winning second prize the previous year. In December of 2010, Hernandez won first prize in the Jaume Aragall International Singing Competition at the Teatro Principal de Sabadell. That same year, she was awarded the second prize in the International Vicenzo Bellini Bel Canto Competition, which was held at the Thèatre des Hauts de Seine in France. Hernandez was also awarded third prize in the 2011 Logroño International Singing Competition.