Acclaimed for her “rich and wide-ranging” sound, Grammy Award winner Ana Ibarra is renowned not only for the quality of her voice but also for her versatility and remarkable musical phrasing: qualities that have allowed her to embrace a wide repertoire.
During her career she has received numerous awards, including the Premio Opera Actual together with Plácido Domingo, and the Grammy Award for the recording of Falstaff.
Since her operatic debut in 2000 as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, she has had an active international career. Ana is a regular guest at the Gran Teatro del Liceo de Barcelona and the Teatro Real de Madrid, and has also performed at the Canadian Opera Company, La Monnaie in Brussels, English National Opera, Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires, Vlaamse Opera, Wielki Theater , Opera de Oviedo, and Maestranza de Sevilla.
A distinguished singer of Lied, she combines her operatic performances with concerts and recitals. She has performed at the Tonhalle in Zurich, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Barbican Centre in London, the Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Auditori de Barcelona, Kursaal in San Sebastian, Palau de la Música de Barcelona, Palau de Valencia, Four Seasons Centre in Toronto, Bucarest National Radio Hall, in a repertoire that includes Sieben Frühe Lieder (A.Berg), Wesendonck Lieder (R.Wagner), Das Knaben Wunderhorn (G. Mahler), Cinco Canciones Negras (X. Montsalvatge), 7 Canciones Populares (M.de Falla), and Il Tramonto (O.Respighi).
She has worked with many well-known conductors such as Sir Colin Davis, Marc Minkowski, Kazusi Ono, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Edgward Gardner, Jesús López Cobos, Josep Pons, Pablo González , Franz Paul Decker, Víctor Pablo Pérez, Bertrand de Billy, Enrique Mazzola, Miquel Ortega, Enrique García Asensio, Philippe Entremont, Josep Caballé, Paul Goodwin, Ros Marbá, Richard Bradshaw, and Jeremie Rhorer.
Her repertoire has gradually developed and expanded during her career, and presently she concentrates on the traditional mezzosoprano roles like Carmen, Dalila (Samson et Dalila) or Charlotte (Werther), the great Verdi roles such as Amneris (Aida) or Azucena (Il Trovatore) as well as 20th century composers such as Stravinsky, Bartok and Falla.
Her love for contemporary repertoire has led to world premieres of new works such as Leonardo Balada’s opera Faust-Ball at the Teatro Real Madrid, and Xavier Montsalvatge’s Babel 46.
On stage, she has been directed by Emilio Sagi, Jorge Lavelli, Andreas Homoki, Luis Olmos, Harry Kufper and Willy Decker and she has also taken part in productions by La Fura dels Baus and Els Comediants. A lover of classical theatre and gifted with great stage presence, Ana Ibarra has always stood out for her ability to convey the emotional world of the characters she portrays and her performances are always tantalising and dramatic.
She collaborates regularly with Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid, having taken part in productions such as La Bruja, Una Noche de Zarzuela, La Del Soto del Parral and more recently, Luisa Fernanda. Spanish Music is an essential part of her musical career and she has taken part in world tours and international festivals with the Orquesta Nacional de España playing the role of Salud in Falla’s La Vida Breve, Rosario in Goyescas with the Orquesta del Gran Teatro del Liceu and Las Golondrinas at the Quincena Musical Donostiarra. She has also given many Spanish Song recitals all over the world.
She has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Opus Arte, BBC, LSO, Dynamic and Naxos. Among her finest recordings are Verdi’s Falstaff under Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra, which won the Grammy Award , and the Conquista de Granada by Emilo Arrieta, a live recording at the Teatro Real de Madrid with Jesús López Cobos, which was highly acclaimed by public and critics alike.
Ana Ibarra was born in Valencia. Her interest in music started at the age of six when she studied organ and classical guitar. She then studied singing with Ana Luisa Chova at the Conservatorio Superior de Música Joaquín Rodrigo, obtaining a distinction and the First Prize in Opera. She then continued her vocal and musical career in Vienna, Paris and New York. Many famous personalities in the opera world have been influential in the professional development of this remarkable singer, namely Dolora Zajick, Elena Obratsova, Miguel Zanetti and Wolfram Reger.