Dedicated body and soul to her vocation: singing, music and theatre, Isabel Rey, who hails from Valencia, is internationally recognized for her exquisite vocal technique and her sensitive acting skills. She is one of the few Hispanic artists who have performed regularly at the Salzburg Festival and during 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 55 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, The Rake’s Progress, Faust, Les contes d’Hoffmann (Antonia), Die Königskinder (Humperdinck) 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.
In most recent seasons she has sung in the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona (Le portrait de Manon and a Händel concert) and in the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Valencia; she has debuted the role of Rosina in La Finta Semplice in the Teather an der Wien, conducted by Fabio Luisi, Le Cid by Massenet, Königskinder by Humperdinck (alongside Jonas Kauffmann) in Zurich, Händel’s Semele (with Cecilia Bartoli and brought out on DVD by Decca).
Over the last two years, and as a consequence of the natural evolution of her voice, the singer has decided to incorporate new roles into her already extensive repertoire, among which two from Verdi operas stand out, namely Amelia from Simone Boccanegra and the role of Amalia fromI Masnadieri which she performed in December 2010 to great public and critical acclaim.
Isabel Rey is especially interested in the world of teaching and promoting opera and gave Masterclasses in many institutions such as Las Palmas Conservatoire, Zumaia International course and festival (Guipúzcoa) and recently, in August 2010 “Festival Pamplona en Clave de Música” (Pamplona) combining teaching work with a busy professional agenda.
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. Her interest in poetry has resulted in the publication of a book of her writings, some of which have been set to music by the composers Antoni Parera and Antón García Abril.
Besides the aforementioned Semele, outstanding DVDs of her performances include works for important labels such as DECCA, DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON, WARNER, RTVE MÚSICA, ARTHAUS, TDK, DISCMEDI which she performs alongside Juan Diego Flórez, José Carreras and Leo Nucci. Isabel Rey is a regular collaborator with the José Carreras Foundation for the Fight against Leukemia and patron of the Clarós Foundation dedicated to the support of acute deafness through research, prevention and education.
Born in Valencia, she began her musical training at the age of six with Pepe Doménech Part, going on to join the “Pequeños Cantores de Valencia” (Little Singers of Valencia) group two years later. She began to study singing in the conservatoire of her home city with Ana Luisa Chova, graduating with honours for exceptional ability. She continued her training with Tatiana Menotti and Juan Oncina, as well as taking master classes with Alfredo Kraus, Montserrat Caballé, Renata Scotto and Ileana Cotrubas.
|Bellini, Vincenzo||I Capuleti e i Montecchi||Giulietta|
|Bizet, Georges||Les Pêcheurs de Perles||Leila|
|Debussy, Claude||Pélleas et Mélisande||Mélisande|
|Donizetti, Gaetano||Don Pasquale||Norina|
|Donizetti, Gaetano||L’elisir d’amore||Adina|
|Gluck, Christoph W.||Orfeo ed Euridice||Euridice|
|Humperdink E.||Die Königskinder||Gänsemagd|
|Gounod, Charles||Roméo et Juliette||Juliette|
|Mozart, W.Amadeus||Le Nozze di Figaro||Contessa|
|Mozart, W.Amadeus||Cosí fan tutte||Fiordiligi|
|Mozart, W.Amadeus||Don Giovanni||Donna Anna|
|Mozart, W.Amadeus||Die Zauberflöte||Pamina|
|Offenbach, Jacques||Les Contes d’Hoffmann||Antonia|
|Poulenc, Francis||Dialogues de Carmélites||Blanche|
|Poulenc, Francis||Les mammelles des Tiresias||Thérèse|
|Poulenc, Francis||La voix humaine||Elle|
|Puccini, Giacomo||La Bohème||Musetta|
|Rossini, Gioachino||Il Barbiere di Siviglia||Rosina|
|Rossini, Gioachino||Guglielmo Tell||Matilde|
|Strauss, Richard||Der Rosenkavalier||Die Marschallin|
|Strawinsky, Igor||The Rake’s Progress||Anne Truelove|
|Verdi, Giuseppe||Simone Boccanegra||Amelia|
|Verdi, Giuseppe||La Traviata||Violetta|
|Verdi, Giuseppe||Luisa Miller||Luisa|
|Verdi, Giuseppe||I Masnadieri||Amalia|
|Verdi, Giuseppe||Il Corsaro||Medora|
|Wolf-Ferrari, Ermanno||Il segreto di Susanna||Susanna|