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Women and Leadership Forum with Ainhoa Arteta, Soprano

29/06/2012 (dd/mm/yyyy) | Barcelona

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On Friday 29th June, the Torre BancSabadell Auditorium in Barcelona hosted a special session of the Women and Leadership Forum, featuring the Spanish soprano, Ainhoa Arteta. As Teresa García-Milà, Board Director of Banco Sabadell, and Xavier Sanchez (Lic&MBA 97, AMP 08), Director of ESADE Alumni, and who was also responsible for presenting the event explained, this was a speaker with a very different profile; and one who was willing to share her personal history for the first time.

Approachable, sensitive and down-to-earth, Ainhoa Arteta confessed to being more nervous on this occasion than she would normally be when going on stage to perform. She wanted to share her personal experiences for the first time, to explain at length that her successful career has been the result of enthusiasm and effort. "I believe that lots of trains pass you by in life. It’s a continual coming and going of trains: you get on, you get off and you get back on again, and so on. My life has been a constant challenge, complicated and far from simple", she said.

Winner of competitions organised by the National Council Auditions at the Metropolitan Opera House (New York) and the Placido Domingo Concours International de Voix d’Opéra (Paris), she embarked on a brilliant international career that has taken her to perform in the major opera houses all over the world, in operas including La Traviata, La Bohème, Roméo et Juliette, La Rondine, Eugene Onegin, Turandot, amongst others. However, to get there, Ainhoa had to work hard, first at the San Sebastian Conservatory, under the watchful eye of her ‘musicholic’ father; then, thanks to an anonymous benefactor at the age of 18, she moved to Italy where she studied under Professor Campogalliani. She later went to America where she had to work in return for her training: "I worked as a seamstress to pay for my classes and also took care of my teacher’s daughter in exchange for singing lessons", she recalls.

The soprano went on to mention how her most successful years were marked by inexperience when, one day, she lost her voice. "Suddenly, there was darkness; these were very traumatic years for me. But you’re not defeated when you lose; only when you give up". Her return to the stage was also an ordeal in terms of getting her voice back to its full range. "But life’s obstacles make us think about our fragility and help us become better people. Despite our difficulties, we continue to dream", she said.

Ainhoa Arteta advised young people to have passion and a willingness to enjoy life: "Having the enthusiasm to do the things you want will lead you to a good place in life, even if it’s not where you thought you’d end up".



Ainhoa Arteta
, Soprano, will feature this session of Women and Leadership Forum.

"I will talk about the dreams that spurred me to take the path of a tough but marvellous profession, as well as my opinion on the present and future of the world of opera". Ainhoa Arteta

Welcome and closing speech:
Teresa Garcia-Milà, Member of the Board of Directors of Banco Sabadell

Introduction and moderation:
Xavier Sanchez (Lic&MBA 97 / AMP 08), Director of ESADE Alumni

Ainhoa Arteta, Soprano


Ainhoa Arteta

Born in Guipúzcoa. Being crowned winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (New York) and the Concours International de Voix d’Opéra Plácido Domingo (Paris) was the start to a brilliant international career, which has seen her perform at the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, the Bayerische Staatsoper, opera houses in Washington, Houston, Dallas, Seattle, San Francisco and Amsterdam, La Scala in Milan, the Teatro di San Carlos in Naples, the Arena di Verona, the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Covent Garden and a long list of other music halls. She has played the lead role in operas such as La traviata, La bohème, Roméo et Juliette, Faust, La rondine, Eugenio Oneguin, Turandot, Manon, and so on.

She combines opera performances with recitals and concerts, conducted by leading maestros such as Sir Neville Marriner, Gianandrea Noseda, Christopher Hogwood, Vasily Petrenko, Pablo González, Adrian Leaper, Víctor Pablo Pérez, Friedrich Haider, Pier Giorgio Morandi, Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez and Günter Neuhold, to name just a few, and accompanied by world-renowned repertoire pianists such as Marco Evangelisti, Rubén Fernández Aguirre, Malcolm Martineau and Roger Vignoles .

She has been honoured by the Hispanic Society of America and her awards include Best Classical Music Artist at the 5th Spanish Music Awards, the Ondas Award, the Premio Federico Romero de la Fundación Autor, the Premio Enric Granados , the Premio Ciudad de Alcalá de las Artes y las Letras, as well as the distinction of Vasca Universal. What's more, she is an academic at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes in Cádiz, a trustee of the Fundació Orfeó Català-Palau de la Música Catalana, and holds the Gold Medal of both the Palau de la Música de Valencia and the Asociación de Amigos de la Ópera de Lleida .

In recent seasons, she has celebrated further success in operas such as Cyrano de Bergerac, alongside Plácido Domingo, in San Francisco; La bohème, at La Scala in Milan; Otello in La Coruña; Turandot, Carmen and La bohème, at the Liceo; and Eugenio Oneguin and Simon Boccanegra, at ABAO, amongst others. Particularly worthy of  mention is her latest album, Recital, accompanied by pianist Malcolm Martineau, for the Deutsche Grammophon record label.

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