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Yetzabel Arias Biography

Yetzabel Arias Fernandez was born in Havana, Cuba where she started her music studies in cello and piano. Graduated in choral conducting at the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory and singing at the Superior Institute of Art in Havana. She continues her postgraduate studies in Italy, which she took up under the direction of Vincenzo Manno in Milan and Fernando Cordeiro Opa. She has also taken courses in 17th-century Italian music interpretation with Roberto Gini at the Accademia Internazionale della Musica di Milano. Nowadays she is student at Manny Perez Vocal Studio in Miami, Florida.

Winner of the International Competition of barroque singing in Chimay, Belgium with the First Prize, Audience’s Prize and Prize from Pintemps des Art de Nantes Festival. She has also won prizes in Concorso Internazionale di Canto Barocco F. Provenzale in Naples, as well as in the Concorso Internazionale di Musica Sacra in Rome.

During those years in Europe she worked with the most distinguished Italian ensembles performing in important venues and halls such as Santa Cecilia concerts season in Rome, Teatre Graslin de Nantes, Societa del Quartetto in Milan, Auditorium G.Verdi in Milan, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Conzertgebouw of Amsterdam, Vienna,  Auditorio Nacional of Madrid, as well as Festivals in Brugges, Cologne, Stuttgart, Melk, Dortmund, Graz, Vienna, Ambronay, Santiago de Compostela, Barcelona, Utrecht, Florence, etc.

Some of her past engagements include Mozart’s C Minor Mass with Opera di Roma’s Orchestra under the direction of Jaap van Zweden, Bach’s Magnificat with RAI Symphonic Orchestra in Turin directed by Helmut Rilling, roll of Rossane in Handel’s “Alessandro” at Badische Theater of Karlsruhe, Germany, roll of Megacle in Pergorlesi’s Olimpiade at Opera Rara Festival (Polish premiere) in Krakow with Accademia Bizantina, roll of Argene from Pergolesi’s Olimpiade in Jesi with Accademia Montis Regalis, roll of Piacere in ‘Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno’ by Handel with La Risonanza and the great Bach’s masterpieces Matheus Passion with Diego Fasolis in Lugano and B Minor Mass with Jordi Savall in Fontfroide and Graz Festivals.

In 2012, Ms. Fernandez made her american debut with Handel’s solo Recital at the Library of Congress in Washington DC with italian ensemble La Risonanza. She had excellent reviews of press and audience.

In 2013 she began a wonderful collaboration with Maestro Ton Koopman who has conducted her in Mozart Requiem and Exultate Jubilate with the Hague’s Philharmonic Orchestra, Bach B minor Mass at Leipzig BachFest and Tonhalle of Zurich,  Beethoven’s IX Symphony with Arena di Verona Orchestra,  Bach’s Christmas Oratory in european tournée with Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, Mozart’s c minor Mass with Lyon National Orchestra and Bach’s Mathews Passion with Symphony Orchestra of La coruña, Spain.

Mrs. Arias has recorded several CDs and DVDs. Among them Handel’s cantata “Tirsi, Clori e Fileno” which won the important Stanley Prize 2010 in London as the Best Handel’s recording of the year. In 2013 she took part as solist in Cecilia Bartoli’s new CD “Stabat Mater” to EMI.

In 2014, two solos CD’s, featuring Yetzabel Arias Fernandez were released by Naxos and Glossa labels: firstly Tonos Humanos of Manuscript Guerra (Spain XVII Century) and secondly Solo Cantatas by Neapolitan composer Niccolò Jommelli with Stile Galante Ensemble.

Most of her concerts were broadcasted live in Italy and all over Europe.

Some of her forthcoming engagements include Opera Teseo (Agilea) in Karlsruhe, Mozart’s Don Giovanni (Elvira) at Miami Summer Music Festival conducted by Michael Rossi, Concert «War and Peace» with Jordi Savall in Reims, «Apollo e Dafne» with Orchestra Barroca de Sevilla, Haydn’s Heiligmesse with Liverpool Symphony Orchestra, Bach’s Easter Oratory and Mathews Passion conducted by T. Koopman among others.