Vellard and in opera, earning his diploma in 1997. A revelation among the young generation of counter-tenors, Carlos Mena is a sheer delight for the emotion his voice stirs, the quality of its tessitura and his sensitive, intelligent performances. As soloist he is a member of several important ensembles including Al Ayre Español, Ensemble Guilles Binchois, Il Seminario Musicale, Ricercar Consort, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Hesperion XX, and Orphenica Lyra. With them Carlos Mena travels around the world singing in Auditorio Nacional of Madrid, Palau de la Música of Barcelona, Konzerthaus of Vienna, Stadtsoper of Berlin, Chapelle Royale of Versailles, Sidney Opera House, Concert Hall of Melbourne, Teatro Colon of Buenos Aires, Alice Tully Hall of New York City, and Sakura Hall of Tokyo. Carlos Mena records for Decca, Accord, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Glossa, and Alia Vox. He is also very interested in 20th century repertoire (Igor Stravinsky, Benjamin Britten, Orff, Bernaola, Aracil, Benjamin Britten). In 1997 Carlos Mena sang the role of Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice at the Teatro Guaira (Brasil). He has taught courses in Ancient Music at the University of Salamanca.
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