Carlos Mena

Spanish countertenor Carlos Mena was born in Vitoria-Gasteiz. He regularly appears with some of the world's finest ensembles specializing in Renaissance and Baroque music, as well as with major orchestras around the world. Organizations with which he has appeared include Hesperion XX, Il seminario Musicale, Ricercar Consort, Collegium Vocale Gent, ensemble Vocal Lausanne, Concerto Italiano, Akad ie fur Alte Musik, Concerto Vocale, Europa Galante, ensemble Baroque de Limoges, ensemble 415, American Bach Soloists, Wiener Akad ie, Ciudad de Granada Orchestra, Basque Symphony, Bilbao Symphony, Gran Canaria Philarmonic, Madrid Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Baroque Orchestra of Sevilla, and the Gulbenkian Symphony. He has sung at some of the world's finest musical venues, among th Barcelona's Palau de la Musica, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Sidney Opera House, Melbourne's Concert Hall, Alice Tully Hall in New York, Detroit's Max Fisher Hall, Suntory Hall and City Opera Hall in Tokyo, Osaka Symphony Hall, and Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. Mr. Mena has recorded for the Decca, Accord, DHM, Glossa, and Alia Vox labels. His De Aeternitate for Mirare with the Ricercar Consort has won several recording prizes, including "10" from Repertoire, Classica, Choc de Le Monde de la Musique, CD Compact, Scherzo, and the 2002 Diapason D'Or award for Best Baroque recital. Vespro per voce sola (Naive) was awarded its ffff rating by Telerama and Et Iesum (Harmonia Mundi) was named CD Compact's best CD of 2004, was an Editor's Choice by Gramophone, and received the Internet Classical Award in 2004. His recent recording of Vivaldi's Stabat Mater (Mirare) has received a "10" from Repertoire and Choc de le Monde de la Musique. His other recordings include La cantada espanola en America, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, and Paisajes del Recuerdo, all for Harmonia Mundi. Operatic appearances include Orfeo in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice at the Teatro Guaira in Brazil; Angelo Custode in Cavalieri's Rappresentazione di Anima e di Corpo at the Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, the title role in Handel's Radamisto at Salzburger Festspiele, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and Vienna's Musikverein, Speranza in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo during the Innsbruck Festspiele Festival and at the Staatsoperememberlin, and Disinganno in Handel's Il Trionfo at Salzburger Pfingstenfestspieler. He sang John Cage's Europera5 at the Flanders Festival, and portrayed the role of Oberon in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream appeared in Viaje a Simorgh by Sanchez-Verdu at Madrid's Teatro Real. Carlos Mena has also appeared in several programs for the Spanish National Dance Company, and was particularly noted for his outstanding performance the choreographed production of Castratto, with music of Vivaldi. He also recorded the theme music for the film Stille Nacht. In addition, he performs extensive research to broadening his repertoire, withemexplorations in Lieder and 20th-century music. Recent projects are several new CDs. For Mirare, a disk of 17th-century Italian music, and additional Bach cantatas with Ricercar Consort. He performed several Bach cantatas with Gustav Leonhardt in Seville, and appeared in Britten's Death in Venice in Liceu de Barcelona. Carlos Mena studied at the prestigious Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, specializing in Rennaissance and Baroque music, where his teachers included Richard Levitt and Rene Jacobs. These concerts mark Carlos Mena's National Symphony Orchestra debut.