Núria Vinyals, mezzo-soprano
She was born in Catalonia, Spain and she started her musical studies with the violin at the age of 5 years old. She also sang in several choirs in her city during her childhood and adolescence.
In 2013 she completed her Classical Singing Degree at the Escola Superior de Música in Barcelona under Assumpta Mateu and repetition with Viviana Salisi, studying baroque singing with Marta Almajano and Francesc Garrigosa, and Lied with Francisco Poyato. In 2013 she took further studies at the Deutsche Lied Akademie in Trossingen (Germany) and in 2014 she was accepted in the Madrid Opera Studio (MOS) under the bass Theodore Coresi for the national programm. In 2016 she finished her Master Degree in the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln (Germany) under Claudia Kunz-Eisenlohr and Lied with Ulrich Eisenlohr and Roger Braun.
She took singing masterclasses with Teresa Berganza, Luigi Alva, Kurt Widmer, Cindee Sanner, Ofelia Sala, Lynne Dawson, Ana Luisa Chova, Neil Semer, Roberta Cunningham, Doreen DeFeis and James Hooper. She also took Lied masterclasses with Mitsuko Shirai, Wolfram Rieger, Erik Battaglia, Anne Le Bozec, Brigit Remmert, Burkhard Kehring and Josep Surinyac.
2017/2018 Núria was a LIFE new Artist in the LIFE Victoria Festival in Barcelona playing with the pianist Rubén Fernández Aguirre “Las canciones negras” from Montsalvatge. She presented herself as a soloist in the speGTRa Festival 2018 in Aachen in a traditional-contemporaneous composition with the orchestra Chordophon X and the Camera Choir from the city of Aachen. For the fifth consecutive year Núria sang in the summer Festival Sacalm Wasserland in Spain, where she offered songs, arias and duets of opera. She also sang the solo from the Vivaldis Gloria with the Orchestra of Girona and the choirs Amethysta, Lutiana and Veus Alegres under Xavier Garriga.
2016/2017 she sang the solo in the Ruther’s Magnificat with the orchestra and choir from the church St. Johannes der Täufer in Lammersdorf under Gabrielle Scheidweiler-Pleines. She gave with the guitarist Álvaro López Soriano concerts in several avenues in Holland, Germany and Spain with the intention of making the public aware of the richness of colour and harmony of the spanish music. She was part of the Jaleo Ensemble, a contemporaneous and traditional ensemble, with which she performed the Madrigals from Georg Crumb in Germany and Spain with great success.
2015/2016 she made her debut in the roll of Eurídice in Orfeo ed Euridice by Gluck in Wiesbaden and Bad Kreuznach with the Pocked Opera Wiesbaden Company leaded by the mezzo-soprano Alma de Lon. Núria sang Exultate Jubilate from Mozart with the orchestra and choir from the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln directed by Herbert Görtz.
2014/2015 Núria made her debut in the Theater in Aachen with the roll of The Governess in the opera The turn of the screw by Britten, directed by Raimund Laufen and designed by Lilly Lee. She also sang Mozarts Vespreae solennes de confessore with the orchestra and choir from the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln directed by Herbert Görtz.
Highlights of Núria Vinyals’s recent seasons include roles debut as Dorabella in Cosí Fan Tutte by Mozart and as La Reina in La Corte del Faraón by Lleó. She sang with honours Italienisches Liederbuch by H. Wolf in her final recital concert during the Singing Degree in ESMUC. An other highlight were the concerts sponsored by the prestigious Victoria de los Ángeles Foundation, some of them took place at the Liceu’s Theatre in Barcelona, in the presentation of the documentary of Victoria de los Ángeles, or in the Foyer of Liceu’s Theater during the anniversary of the classical radio program “Una tarda a l’òpera” sharing stage with Sondra Radvanovsky and Marcelo Giordani. She also recorded a CD called Pau & Victoria for Columna Musica that includes unpublished songs by Pau Casals.
She has performed in concert works such as Haydn’s Missa Brevis (Kleine Orgelmesse) and Missa Brevis in F.; Faure’s Requiem; Händel’s Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne and excerpts from Messiah; Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater; Vivaldi’s Gloria, Magnificat and RV 636 Canta in prato, and Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate, Missa in Sol minor and Vesperae Solennes de confessore. Regarding her Lied repertoire, she has performed works such as La courte Paille, F. Poulenc; Italienisches Liederbuch, H. Wolf; op. 59, F. Schubert; Zigeunerlieder, J. Brahms; Frauenliebe und Leben, R. Schumann; Las cinco canciones negras, X. Montsalvatge; Las siete canciones populares españolas, M. De Falla; Wesendonck Lieder, R. Wagner, Cinq mélodies populaires grecques and Deux mélodies hébraïques, M. Ravel, among others.
In 2018 Nuria received the scholarship Richard Wagner Verband, in 2016 received the scholarship from the DAAD, and in 2015 from the Rotary Club Aachen-Frankenburg, as well as two more from the Victoria de los Ángeles Foundation in 2010 and 2011.