"Affect & Rethoric"


Carlos Mena (es)

NOVEMBER 5, 2012

Target group: Professional singers and advanced students
Repertoire: Italian baroque opera from app. 1600-1700
Continuo: Gunnhild Tønder - harpsichord (440)
Schedule: Monday 5 November, 10.00-15.00
Place: KoncertKirken Blågård, Blågårds Plads 6A, Copenhagen N
Application: Short CV and repertoire should be sent to:
Fee: 500 ddk with 4 participants, 400 dkk with 5-6 participants, 300 dkk with 7-8 participants
Passive participants: 100 dkk
For more information, see website or contact Björn Ross:, tel. +45 26 28 04 15.

Carlos Mena – Countertenor
Carlos Mena was born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (1971). He studies at the prestigious Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (SCB) in Basel (Switzerland) where he is supervised by his maestros R. Levitt and R. Jacobs.
He has sung for audiences around the world like: Kontzerthaus in Vienna, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Alice Tully Hall in New York, Fisher Symphony Hall in Detroit, Kennedy Center in Washington, Suntory Hall and Opera City Hall in Tokyo, Osaka Symphony Hall, Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall in Melbourne, among others.
He has performed in the opera “Radamisto” (title role) by G.F. Haendel in a production of the Festival of Salzburg, at the Felsenreitschule in Salzburg, at the Dortmund Kontzerthaus, at the Musikverein in Vienna and at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Besides, he has sung in “Orfeo” (the role of Speranza) by Monteverdi at the Staatsoper in Berlin, “Rappresentazione” (Angelo Custode) by Cavalieri at La Monnaie in Brussels,  “Il Trionfo” (Disinganno) at the Grosses Festspielhaus in Salzburg, and “Europera 5” by J. Cage at the Festival of Flanders, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Britten (Oberon) in Teatro Real de Madrid, “Ascanio in Alba” by Mozart (Ascanio) in the Barbican Center in London, “Tamerlano” by Vivaldi (Bajazet) in the Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao, “Viaje a Simorgh” in the Teatro Real de Madrid and “Death in Venice” by Britten in the Liceu de Barcelona.
Among his records stand out “De Aeternitate” (Mirare) awarded with the prize “Diapason D’Or” as the best baroque recital in 2002 and “Et Iesum” (Harmonia Mundi) rewarded as “Best CD 2004” by CD Compact. Other recitals recorded are “Stabat Mater” by Vivaldi, Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater”, Bach’s Johannes Passion and Magnificat, and Bach Cantatas rewarded with prizes such as “The Editor’s Choice” by Gramophon, “10” de Repertoire, “Choc” of Le Monde de la Musique, and others.
Carlos Mena also interprets the repertoire of the romantic lied and of the 20th century: Strawinsky, Britten, Orff, Bernaola, Bernstein, Benjamín, Erkoreka, Sánchez-Verdú or Vaughn-Williams.
He is interested in the Waldorf pedagogy and sustains specifically the Geroa Eskola-Escuela Libre in Trokoniz (Spain).