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Ángeles Blancas´ continuous presence on international stages has earned her the recognition of being considered right now one of the best Spanish sopranos of her generation. Her impressive vocal, timbral and musical skills as well as her scenic gifts have made her an essential artist in many productions of the actual opera scene.
Since her debut at a concert with Plácido Domingo, Ángeles Blancas has acted in the majority of the most important Spanish and international theatres such as ROH Covent Garden (London), Opernhaus Zürich, Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona), Teatro Real (Madrid), Washington National Opera, Carnegie Hall (NYC), Fenice di Venecia, Teatro San Carlo (Naples), Santa Cecilia and Opera di Roma, Teatro Regio (Turin), Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Opera de Montecarlo and Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires among many others.
The evolution of her voice has opened new fields within her repertoire. She debuts as the Queen of the Night in Mozart´s "The Magic Flute" and covers the whole light repertoire in the first years of her career: Mozart, Donizetti, Rossini, Bellini, Monteverdi. Later she explores new paths with Verdi which progressively leads her towards Verism with Puccini, Mascagni, Cilea and Leóncavallo. At the present, her career is focused on Central European composers from the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century. Her recent debuts in Leoš Janáček´s operas as "Emilia Marty" in "Věc Makropulos" and as Kostelnička in "Jenufa" or in Richard Strauss´ "Salomé" have been a turning point in her career. Besides opera, she has also developed her concert and recital repertoire from Brahms, Schumman or Mahler to Messiaen, Vaughan Williams, Richard Strauss, Sibelius or Kurt Weill.
Recognised conductors such as Antonio Pappano, Philippe Auguin, Juraj Valčuha, Lothar Zagroseck, Nello Santi, Marco Armiliato, Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, Alberto Zedda, Álvaro Albiach, Carlos Aragón or stage directors like Graham Vick, Robert Carsen, David Poutney, Calixto Bieito o Emilio Sagi have worked with her and extensively lauded her.
She has recently debuted G. Puccini´s "La Fanciulla del West" at Mexico´s Teatro Bellas Artes, and R. Strauss´ "Vier letzte Lieder" conducted by Álvaro Albiach with the Orquesta de Badajoz. She has also interpreted "The Mother" in Dallapiccola´s "Il Priggioniero" and "Anita" in W. Rihm´s "Das Gehege" at Stuttgart´s Opera Theatre. Stage direction by Andrea Breth and musical conductor Franck Ollu. This production was debuted in January 2018 at Brussels´ La Monnaie with great success.
In 2019 she´ll play the role of "Goneril" in Reinemann´s opera "King Lear", conducted by Fabio Luisi and Calixto Bieito at the Teatro Comunale di Firenze. She will play the same role at the Teatro Real de Madrid in 2020.