Elena de la Merced

The Soprano Elena de la Merced studied Singing at the Conservatorio Superior de Música in Valencia with Felisa Navarro and Ana Luisa Chova, where graduated as well in Guitar. She furthered her singing studies with G. Suozay, M. Zanetti, E. Obraztsova, H. Lazarska, W. Rieger, D. Baldwin, and Ross Craigmile. In 1995 she was awarded at the J. Argall International Singing Competition, and in 1998 she won the Viñas Competition.

She debuted in 1997 with the Vienna Kammeroper with the Carolina role in Il matrimonio segreto by Cimarosa, and was followed by other roles that would later make up her repertoire: Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Turandot, Così fan tutte, L'Elisir d'Amore, Don Pasquale, Orfeo ed Eurídice de Gluck, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Rigoletto, Les dialogues des Carmélites de Poulenc, Fidelio, etc.

She took part in the Bergen Festival (Austria) two consecutive years, interpreting the Oscar role at Un ballo in maschera by Verdi under the baton of Marcello Viotti, and was greatly applauded. In 2002 she was invited to the festival again to play Musetta at La Bohème by Puccini, which she later interpreted as well at the Washington Opera House.

She has worked under the baton of maestros such as Jesús López Cobos, Peter Maag, Marcello Viotti, David Jackson, Luis Antonio García Navarro, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Antonio Pirolli, Jacques Delacote, Marco Armiliato, Tiziano Severini, Kamal Kanh, Antoni Ros Marbá, Harry Bicket, Víctor Pablo Pérez, Christophe Rousset, and Pedro Halffter, amongst others.

She debuted at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan as Carolina from Luisa Fernanda by Federico Moreno-Torroba with Plácido Domingo, taking part as well at the Washington, Madrid and Los Angeles performances.

She sung Oriana in Amadigi by Händel in Salamanca and Montpellier with the baroque Al Ayre Español Orchestra, under the conduction of Eduardo López-Banzo, and recorded it for the label Ambroisie-Naïve.

Her latest appearances include various performances at the Teatro Real de Madrid, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, and in Tourcoing, Lausanne, Mozart Festival in La Coruña, Paris, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Liceu in Barcelona, and Oviedo.