Artists


Genaro Méndez

Genaro Méndez

Tenor and singing teacher

D.M.A. University of Oregon; M.M. University of Illinois; B.M. University of Nevada-Reno

Mexican-American lyric tenor Genaro Méndez has a versatile and wide-ranging career as a leading operatic tenor, chamber and solo recitalist, conductor, and voice professor. His most recent operatic performances include Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perles and Tibalt in Romeo and Julie with Wichita Grand Opera, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte with Heartland Opera Theatre, and Ramiro in Rossini’s Cenerentola with Springfield Regional Opera, Missouri. Other opera roles include Alfredo in La Traviata, Quint in Turn of the Screw, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi and Ferrando in Così fan Tutte with companies that include Nevada Opera, Eugene Opera, Colorado Opera Troupe, and Illinois Opera Theater.

As an oratorio and chamber music soloist, he has been featured in Carmina Burana and Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn, & Strings with the University of Kansas, and Handel’s Messiah with Voices of Omaha. Other featured solo engagements have included the Martha’s Vineyard Music Festival, Bach Aria Soloists, Reno Chamber Orchestra, and the Reno Philharmonic. As a conductor and musical director, Genaro has collaborated with the KU University Theater in The Fantasticks and Sondheim’s A Little Night Music.

A Nevada native, Genaro began his musical studies and performing career under the late master teacher of voice and Nevada Opera founder, Ted Puffer. Under Maestro Puffer’s musical guidance, Genaro completed his undergraduate degree in voice from the University of Nevada Reno and performed in over 30 Nevada Opera productions, from chorus member to comprimario to leading tenor. He continued his formal studies at the University of Illinois, where he performed on the 1990-1997 U.S. tour of the complete songs of Franz Schubert with world-renowned vocal coach, John Wustman. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Oregon and studied under mezzo-soprano, Milagro Vargas.

As an Associate Professor of Voice at the University of Kansas, Genaro is a dedicated teacher of vocal technique, diction, and repertoire. The students from his studio have enjoyed numerous accolades, including placing in regional and national voice competitions and apprenticeships with opera companies across the country.

Jorge Robaina

Jorge Robaina

Pianist

Ha trabajado con los maestros D. Lliew, D. Bahskirov, J. Achúcarro, R. Sabater, J. Soriano, L. Vlasenco y J.M. Colom entre otros.

Es ganador de diversos premios nacionales e internacionales. Ha actuado en salas tan importantes como el Festival Internacional de Granada, Festival de Música de Canarias, Expo 92, Expo 98, Festival de Otoño de Madrid y en salas como el Auditorio Nacional de Música, Teatro Campoamor de Oviedo, Gran Teatro de Córdoba, Teatro Monumental de Madrid, Palau de la Música Catalana Festpielhaus de Salzburgo, Musikverein y Konzerthaus de Viena, Philarmonie de Colonia, Tonhalle de Düsseldorf, etc.

Como solista ha colaborado con las orquestas más importantes en España. Orquesta de la RTV Polaca, Orquesta de Cámara Sinfónica Húngara y Mozart Orchester de Viena. Ha trabajado con directores como Víctor P. Pérez, A. Witt, Odón Alonso, M.H. Silva, R. Saglimbeni, A. Ramírez Iborra, A. Leaper, Max Valdés, J. R. Encinar y Ros Marbá entre otros.

Graba habitualmente para RNE y TVE. Realizó las primeras grabaciones mundiales del Concierto para piano de Falcón-Sanabria, de Nostálgico para piano y orquesta de Carmelo Bernaola y del Concierto para dos pianos y gran orquesta de Ángel Martín Pompey junto a la pianista Marta Zabaleta. Obtiene el premio de la revista “Ritmo” por su disco de música para piano de Guridi y el Padre Donostia.

En el ámbito del acompañamiento vocal ha recibido clases de los maestros M.Zanetti, F. Lavilla y W. Rieger. Colabora habitualmente con importantes cantantes.

 Es profesor de Repertorio vocal en la Escuela Superior de Canto de Madrid desde 1991 , e imparte regularmente clases magistrales de piano y repertorio vocal en distintos puntos de España y desde hace dos años en Nueva York. (más…)

Nan Maro Babakhanian

Nan Maro Babakhanian

Mezzosoprano

The Mezzo, who has worked with Opera Companies and Orchestras around the world, is know for her dynamic performances on stage and her vast and varied repertoire including Opera and Oratorio (Amneris, Verdi Requiem, Dido, Carmen, etc.). Her recent performances include Falla’s “El amor brujo” with the orchestra de Segovia and several recitals including the world premiere of works written for her voice and a group she founded, Play Four by women composers of Spain at the Festival of Spanish Music of Cadiz. She had the honor of studying the art of recitals with the great Mezzo, Christa Ludwig, fruit of those studies were her recent performances of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Orchestra of Segovia. (más…)

Helen Tintes Schuermann

Helen Tintes Schuermann

Mezzosoprano y Profesora de Canto

Helen Tintes-Schürmann, Directora del ISMCenter (International Spanish Music Center) se une a la facultad del Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität (jetzt der Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität in Vienna, Austria) en 2010, donde se desempeña como profesora de canto de alumnos de pregrado y postgrado. Desde Agosto 2015 es también profesora de canto en Ave Maria University en Naples, Florida. Ha sido profesora de canto en la Universidad de South Carolina y Northwestern University (USA).  Sus estudiantes han ganado numerosos premios en las competencias NATS y Metropolitan Opera a nivel distrital, y muchos de ellos se encuentran actualmente trabajando como solistas y pedagogos en los Estados Unidos y Europa. Tintes es una solista activa tanto en opera como en recitales y conciertos y le encanta trabajar de nuevo con Project Canción Española de Nuevo en Madrid en Julio 2016.

Helen Tintes-Schürmann, Director of the ISMCenter (International Spanish Music Center) joined the faculty of the Konservatorium Wien Private University (now the Music and Arts University of Vienna, Austria) in 2010, where she teaches Applied Voice to Bachelors and Masters Voice majors. Since August 2015, she has also been an Associate Professor of Voice at Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida.  Tintes has taught voice at the University of South Carolina and at Northwestern University.  Her students have won numerous prizes in NATS, Metropolitan Opera and other competitions at the District and Regional levels.  Many of them are currently working as soloists in opera and musical theater and as teachers and professors in the USA and in Europe.  Tintes is an active soloist in opera, recital and concert and is delighted to work again in the summer of 2016 with Project Canción Española in Madrid, Spain.

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