Isabel Rey is internationally recognised for her exquisite vocal technique and her sensitive acting skills: she is one of the few hispanic artists who has had the honour of performing regularly at the Salzburg Festival and along her distinguished career she has debuted in the most important capitals on the opera circuit, such as Vienna, Munich, Hamburg, Berlin, Zurich, London, Edinburgh, Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Paris, Los Angeles, Washington, Stockholm, Athens, New York, Brussels, Moscow, Tokyo, Rome, Venice and Amsterdam.
Having mastered a wide repertoire which ranges from Monteverdi to Stravinsky, this very versatile singer has performed in more than 70 different operas over the last two decades, the most outstanding among which are Le nozze di Figaro, Lucia di Lammermoor, King Arthur, Così fan tutte, Alcina, Die Fledermaus, Die Zauberflöte, Rigoletto, Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Carmen, Don Pasquale, L’elisir d’amore, Idomeneo, Don Giovanni, Falstaff, Der Rosenkavalier, La Bohème, La Fille du régiment, Dialogues des carmelites, Pelléas et Mélisande and The Rake’s Progress always working with great conductors such as Harnoncourt, Noseda, Santi, López Cobos, Welser-Möst, Koopman, Frühbeck de Burgos, Plasson, Viotti, Fischer, Marriner, Lombard, Zedda, Hager, Corboz, Christie, Minkowski, Biondi, Luisi and Maazel.
Recently she has added to her repertoire such attractive roles as Margherite from Faust, Antonia from Les contes d’Hoffmann, Die Gänsemagd from Die Königskinder (Humperdinck), Amelia from Simon Boccanegra, Desdemona from Otello and Liú from Turandot.
As well as her unstoppable opera career in the seven languages in which she sings, she also sings Lieder, a discipline which she took up from a very young age and which has led her to take part in some of the most prestigious events dedicated to the genre in Europe.
Outstanding DVDs of her performances include Don Giovanni (Donna Anna), Las Bodas de Fígaro (Susana), Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (Minerva), King Arthur, La Finta Giardiniera (all conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt), Pelléas et Mélisande with Franz Welser-Möst and Don Pasquale, alongside Juan Diego Flórez and conducted by Nello Santi, as well as a varied discography, such as a recital with the guitarist Ichiro Suzuki, another called Canciones para la Navidad (Songs for Christmas) with Alejandro Zabala on piano and The passion of Spain, with romances and duets of zarzuelas with José Carreras.
She is a regular collaborator with the José Carreras Foundation for the fight against leukaemia, patron of the Clarós Foundation dedicated to the support of acute deafness through research, prevention and education, and “Honored Patroness” of the San Juan Association dedicated to the people that need special cares.