Praised for her “emphatic performance and glowing vocalization” (Die deutsche Bühne) and “great dramatic and vocal work” (Ópera Actual), catalan mezzosoprano Anna Alàs i Jové recently made international critically acclaimed main roles debuts in the world premiere "Unter dem Gletscher" and the belcantist “I Capuleti e i Montecchi”, aswell as her rendition as Cherubino, all at the Linz Opera; also her recent opera recording Albert Guin0ovart's “Alba eterna” (Sony Classical) has been highlighted by spanish critics. Among her last debuts stand out Donizetti's "La fille du régiment" at the renowned Quincena Musical de San Sebastián (Spain), Wagner's "Rienzi" at the Leipzig Opera and the leading role of Rossini's "La Cenerentola" at the Cologne Opera. Next debuts include Ottavia in Monteverdi's "L'incoronazione di Poppea" at the Oper Wuppertal as well as Mendelssohn's "Elias" next to the Sinfónica de Tenerife (Spain).
During her Singing training Anna opted for a multi-faceted approach that would lead her to perform operatic, symphonic and chamber repertoire from Renassaince until the Romantic, even contemporary creations. Thus, while attending the "Hans Eisler" Musikhochschule in Berlin she received artistic guidance from Anneliese Fried, Wolfram Rieger, KS Prof. Brigitte Fassbaender, KS Prof. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, KS Bernarda Fink, KS Prof. Thomas Quasthoff, KS Thomas Hampson and Cornelius L. Reid, Emma Kirkby, Andrew King, Al Ayre Español, Andrea Marchiol, Raphael Alpermann, Mireia Pintó and María González.
She was awarded with the 1st Prize at the Singing Competition Joan Massià 2005, the 2nd Prize at the P.A. Cesti Singing Competition for Baroque Opera 2010, the 2nd Prize at the International Competition for the Art Song Stuttgart 2010 next to the pianist Alexander Fleischer. She also received scholarships from the Humboldt Foundation, the Caja Madrid (Spain) and the DAAD.
She performed tens of roles including Romeo ("I Capuleti e i Montecchi"), Angelina ("La Cenerenola"), Rosina ("Il barbiere di Siviglia"), Donna Elvira ("Don Giovanni"), Cherubino ("Le nozze di Figaro"), Annio ("La Clemenza di Tito"), Dritte Dame ("Die Zauberflöte"), Dido ("Dido and Aeneas"), Diana ("La Calisto"), Siébel ("Faust"), L'enfant ("L'enfant et les sortilèges"), Kater ("Der gestiefelte Kater"), Simplicius ("Simplicius Simplicissimus"), Rita ("Rita"), Proserpina and La Messaggiera ("L'Orfeo"), Clarisse ("L'amour des trois oranges") and Armelinde ("Cendrillon") on several stages, such as, i.a., the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Staatstheater Nürnberg, Landestheater Linz, Theater Heidelberg, the Winteroper Potsdam, the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Teatro Real (Madrid), Auditorio Nacional, Palacio de la Ópera La Coruña, Ópera de Oviedo, Teatre Principal de Palma de Mallorca, Teatro Arriaga, next to inspiring artists such as Susan Graham, Roberto Alagna, Linda Watson, Barbara Frittoli, Marc Minkowski, Thomas Hengelbrock, Markus Poschner, Konrad Junghanel, Corrado Rovaris, David Afkham, Diego Martin-Etxebarria, Achim Freyer, Robert Carsen, La Fura dels Baus, Joan Anton Rechi, Lindsay Kemp or David McVicar.
Due to her commitment to young composers she took part on many operas and song cycles premieres, but soon she also aroused the interest of the Baroque scene where she performed next to the Belgian Baroque Orchestra Ghent, Collegium 1704, Musica Florea, La Chimera, Vespres d'Arnadí, Ensemble Daimonion, Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla, Academia 1750, among others, at the Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik, Musikfestspiele Potsdam, Davos Festival, Music Bridge Prague-Dresden, WDR 3 Concerto Discreto, Teatro Arriaga, Festival de Música Antiga dels Pirineus, Festival Intl de Torroella de Montgrí and the Festival Castell de Peralada.
Within her work as a soloist, she has acquired a broad concert and oratorio repertoire, which led her to the Berliner Philarmonie, Ópera National de Bordeaux, Heidelberger Frühling, Hirschberger Liedfest, Würzburg Lied Festival, the Berliner Konzerthaus, Glinka Hall (St. Petersburg), Palau de la Música Catalana, L'Auditori (Barcelona) or the Schubertíada de Vilabertran, where she appeared alongside pianists as Wolfram Rieger or Alexander Fleischer, and the Staatskapelle Weimar, Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona, Orquesta Sinfónica de Gran Canaria, Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Staatskapelle Berlin, the Bruckner Orchester Linz, the Nürnberg Philharmonic, the Orquesta Nacional de España, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, among others.
She also participated in radio and television recordings for Bayerischer Rundfunk, DeutschlandRadio, COM Radio, Catalunya Música, the International TV Channel from Portugal or RNE Radio Clásica, as well as several recordings for Editorial L'Avenç (Folklore National Award 2012), Discmedi (Best Classical Album 2015 Enderrock Critics Award, Ficta Edicions, Seed Music, Naxos Records and Sony Classical.
Updated on February 2023