PILAR MORÁGUEZ (Frida) Soprano

Pilar Moráguez Frida SopranoBachelor in Lyric Singing with top marks and Graduate in Choral Direction at the Instituto Superior de Arte of Havana.
Throughout her career she has received several awards and recognitions in international singing competitions such as:

-Second Prize at the 1st International Competition Ernesto Lecuona, Havana, Cuba.
-Great Festival Award and Grand Prize for the interpretation of Korean music at the Pyongyang Spring International Festival in North Korea.
-Grand Prize of Contest, Prize of Popularity and Prize for interpretation in the 5th National Contest "Rodrigo Prats", Holguin, Cuba.
-Grand Prize of the National Festival "Days of Music", Havana, Cuba
-Central American Chamber Music Festival in Managua, Nicaragua.
-Second Prize at the 20th International Singing Contest "Ciudad de Logroño", Spain.
-Prize of the Association of “Moros y Cristianos” of Callosa and Prize of the Society of Concerts of Albacete in the 11th International Lyric Festival of Callosa d' en Sarriá, Spain.

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JUAN NOVAL-MORO (Diego) Tenor

juan 2Born in Pola de Siero (Asturias, Spain). He studies Singing at the Superior Conservatory of Music «Eduardo Martínez Torner» of Oviedo and Musicology at the University of Oviedo. He continues his studies in Germany with Professor Thomas Dewald at the University of Mainz and with Renata Scotto at the Opera Studio of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. Working with other teachers such as Teresa Berganza, Jaume Aragall, Raina Kabaivanska, Chris Merritt, Raúl Giménez and Daniel Muñoz completes his training.
Juan Noval-Moro is awarded at the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg, Clermont-Ferrand and La Fenice.
His lyrical activity is developed in titles such as La Traviata (Aix-en-Provence), La Sonnambula (Montreal), Die Zauberflöte (Frankfurt, Rüsselsheim), El Amor de las Tres Naranjas (Aix-en-Provence , Luxemburgo), Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Frankfurt), Maometto Secondo (Toronto), Ariadne auf Naxos (Oviedo), La Bohème (Madrid, Gijón), Lucia di Lammermoor (Madrid), Nina, de Paisiello (Roma), Der Geduldige Sokrates, de Telemann (Rheinsberg), Il burbero di buon cuore, de Martín y Soler (Mainz, Festival de Ludwigsburg), La Carmencita (Clermont-Ferrand), Las labradoras de Murcia (San Petersburgo), Katiuska (Oviedo), El rey que rabió (Oviedo), El dúo de “La Africana” (Avilés), Covadonga (Oviedo, Gijón), Los jardineros de Aranjuez (Madrid, Aranjuez) o La Fontana del Placer (Aranjuez).
Juan Noval-Moro has worked with directors as Kent Nagano, Sylvain Cambreling, Daniel Harding, Pablo Heras-Casado, Josep Pons, Tugan Sokhiev, Jordi Savall or Antonio Florio, or next to singers like June Anderson, Sumi Jo, Rolando Villazón or Marie MacLaughlin.

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MINA GALLARDO (Cristina) Mezzo

mina 2Born in Puebla de los Angeles (Mexico). Her musical training began at the age of eight at the Music Conservatory of her city.
Her repertoire includes Opera, Baroque and Spanish Song under the direction of masters such as Kurt Redel (Poland), Horacio Franco (Mexico), Teresa Berganza (Spain), Monserrat Caballé (Spain), Dunja Vejzovic (Croatia), Graciela Araya (Chile), Jackeline Bobak (USA), Alberto Zedda (Italy) and Rogelio Riojas Nolasco (Mexico). She takes Spanish music courses taught by Spanish sopranos Isabel Penagos, Ana María Sánchez, director Miquel Ortega and pianists Josep Surinyac, Francisco Poyato, Julio Alexis Muñoz and Jorge Robaina. Among her teachers are her mother Gloria de la Cruz (Mexico), Héctor Sosa (Mexico), Amelia Sierra (Mexico), Carlos Serrano (USA), André Dos Santos (Brazil), James Demster (USA) and Mireia Pintó (Spain) .

He has collaborated with instrumental groups of chamber and several orchestras of the Country and abroad.
As a soloist and promoter of the Opera and contemporary vocal music, she has given recitals in countries such as Italy, Spain, Japan and Mexico. In his concert activity he has made world premieres of works composed especially for his voice by composers from Mexico, Guatemala, Spain and Israel.
Since 2008 she works in the artistic group "Chamber Choir of Madrigalists" of the National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA) in Mexico.
She is currently doing a master's degree in Lied, Spanish and Catalan Songs, "Victoria de los Ángeles" at the Superior School of Music of Catalonia (ESMUC) in Barcelona, ​​Spain.

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JOHN HEATH (León Trotsky) Baritone

He was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1985. He started his piano studies in 1997 with the teacher María Antonieta Vincenti. Later in 1998 he entered the Conservatory Juan José Landaeta where he studied piano with Professor Carlos Urbaneja and his first years of Lyrical Singing with Professor Gisela Holländer and Margot Parés-Reyna.

He has worked as soloist with different orchestras, Municipal Symphony Orchestra of Caracas, Simón Bolívar Venezuelan Youth Symphony, Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, Kammer Orchester Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, JORCAM. He debuted at the Teatro Teresa Carreño in Caracas with the role of Masetto in Don Giovanni in 2004. Once in Europe, he has performed in such halls as Teatro Real of Madrid, Madrid National Auditorium, Infanta Isabel Theater, Circulo de Bellas Artes de Madrid, Reina Victoria Theater, Theater of the Champs Elysees, Teatro Bernardim Ribeiro, among others.

During the years 2006-2009 he is a student of the Reina Sofia School of Music, in the Chair of Canto "Alfredo Kraus" of the Ramón Areces Foundation, under the tutelage of professors Tom Krause and Manuel Cid. He has participated in Magisterial Lessons of Teresa Berganza and Reri Grist in 2007 and 2008 respectively. Dese 2009 is a student of the teacher Ana Fernaud and since 2013 of the teacher Carlos Chausson.

Among his operatic repertoire we find roles like: Don Giovanni, in the opera of the same name, Guglielmo in Cosí fan Tutte, Don Cassandro in La finta semplice, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Il Conte de Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, all of WA Mozart Marullo in Rigoletto by G. Verdi. Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Belcore in L'elisir d'amore, both by G. Donizetti. The King Melchior in Amahl and the night vissitors and Ben in The Telephone, both from G.C. Menotti, among others
He is currently a student of the teacher Vincenzo Spatola, with whom he receives improvement classes.

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ÁNGEL DEL CASTILLO Composer, director and set designer

Angel del Castillo is a composer, having premiered his works in Spain, Italy, Germany and Russia. He studied in the Superior School of Music of Valencia and he won two first prizes in the Valladolid Composition Competition and in the Musici Mojanesi Competition.

Ángel del Castillo is also the stage director of his works, having premiered at the Bulgakov Theater of Moscow his “Akhmatova’s Requiem” and his first opera “Antifrida” at the Principito Theater of Madrid.

He has studied stage direction with Vivien Hewitt at Opera di Genoa and with Carlos Tuñon at Pavon Theater of Madrid. Also set design with Gerardo Pietrapertosa, Victor de Pilla and Alicia Guma from Teatro Colon of Buenos Aires, lighting design with Julio Bao and Stage Management with Pepa Hernandez and Nieves Garcimartin from Teatro Real of Madrid.

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