On 30 October, the soprano Serena Sáenz, former student from the Centre Superior at the Liceu Conservatory Foundation, was awarded a prize at the Operalia 2022 Competition held at the Latvian National Opera.
Sáenz won the Official Second Prize for Women, the Pepita Embil de Zarzuela Prize and the Birgit Nilsson Prize.
The Operalia is a worldwide opera competition created by Plácido Domingo with the aim of discovering and helping to launch the careers of today’s most promising young opera singers. Singers aged between 18 and 32 from all categories take part to be judged by a prestigious international jury.
Every year the competition receives hundreds of applications. Serena was selected to participate along with 40 candidates of which only 20 were selected to go through to the semi-final and 10 to sing in the final concert.
Serena Sáenz, a former scholarship holder of the Ferrer-Salat Music Foundation, has been in the news over the last few years as she has won a long list of awards in various competitions; she won the Extraordinary Interpretation Prize of the Liceu Conservatory in 2018 and first prize in the 16th edition of the Montserrat Caballé International Singing Competition. A few months ago she made her debut with great success at the Gran Teatre del Liceu with the leading role of Lucia di Lammermoor.
From the Liceu Conservatory Foundation, we congratulate Serena Saénz for winning these awards and we wish her every success in her career as a singer.