The Spanish mezzosoprano Nancy Fabiola Herrera is returning to Spain, this time to make her European debut with the fascinating character of Dalila, from Camille Saint-Saëns´ Samson et Dalila, a role which she performed for the first time in a spectacular new production at the Brazilian Amazon Opera Festival in April 2009. On that occasion she was directed by the Spanish Emilio Sagi in a "spectacular, very aesthetic production, which, however, deeply examined the lead characters´ tortuous relationship" the singer explains. Oviedo Opera has chosen Nancy Fabiola Herrera to debut the role in Europe. Opera-goers from Campoamor Theatre in the capital of Asturias have already experienced the mezzosoprano´s talents in lead roles of French repertoire as it was there that she made her debut with her unparalleled Charlotte from Werther, by Massenet (September 2012).
Herrera is returning to the Oviedo theatre after having garnered further success in her career, this time with the Daniel Catán opera Florencia en el Amazonas at the Washington National Opera as well as the Los Angeles Opera (USA), ending a year in which she also took her acclaimed vision of the title role of Bizet´s Carmen to Sydney, Melbourne, Moscow and Rome. "I´m really pleased to be returning to Oviedo because I really enjoy singing there, where music and culture are part of life, a happy exception to the Spanish panorama. The Campoamor Theatre also brings back beautiful memories, not only because of Werther a couple of years ago but also because of the gala I participated in there when I was awarded the prize for best Zarzuela singer 2008," she notes, although she admits that she is now returning with a very different character: "Dalila is not at all like Charlotte, as the first is like a devil, all sensuality and wickedness, and the second is a sensitive and romantic woman".
After her Dalila in Oviedo - with performances in January (28th and 31st) and February (3rd and 6th)- , Nancy Fabiola Herrera will travel to the Arriaga Theatre in Bilbao to give a recital alongside Rubén Fernandez Aguirre. She will then sing in a gala alongside other stars such Stephen Costello and Angela Meade at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelfia (USA), perform Carmen in Menorca and participate in a concert with the Gewandhaus Orchestra conducted by Josep Pons in Leipzig (Germany).