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BIOGRAPHY

Anna Giovanna Pardo Canedo
(Cochabamba-Bolivia)

began her musical studies at the age of eight at the Institute Eduardo Laredo. In this institution she received piano lessons from Prof. L. Bethi Matienzo, who introduced her into the singing world, and later from Natalya Shakhmatova. From 2000 to 2004 she studied classical singing with Elizaveta Vorojeikina. She received her secondary and arts degree in 2003, with as specialization both Voice and Piano. In 2004 Anna Pardo won the first prize in the National Singing Competition "Das Lied" organized by the Goethe Institute in La Paz in Bolivia.

 

Between 2005-2011 she studied classical singing at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent under the guidance of Gidon Saks, Marcos Pujol and Evelyne Bohen. In 2011 she obtained her Master degree for Classical Singing and won the Alfred Aerens Price as the most rewarding singing student at Ghent Conservatory.

 

She followed masterclasses by: Claudio Desderi, Helen Donath, Teresa Berganza, Helmut Deutsch, François Le Roux, Giancarlo del Monaco, Izabella Klosinska, Eytan Pessen, Christopher Robson, Jennifer Hamilton, Michael Spyres, Ubaldo Fabbri, Andrew Kennedy en Tom Krause.

 

She participated in several projects throughout Europe. In Belgium, Anna worked together with, among others, Dick van der Harst, Sandra Lammens, Andrew Wise, Marc M. De Smet and Guy Penson. She also sang as a solist in i.e. Madrid, Valencia, Burgos, Amsterdam, Ghent, Brussel, Brugge, Kortrijk, Roeselare, Bonn, Monterrey, Cochabamba, La Paz, etc.  She did so under the direction of i.e. Dirk Brossé, Michel Tilkin, James Halliday, Yannis Pouspourikas, Henk Soenen and Eric Lederhandler. With Arte Vocale, led by Erika Pauwels, she sang different concerts, i.a. in the Flemish Opera of Ghent. In Bolivia she gave several concerts, i.a. with the Symphonic Orchestra of Cochabamba conducted by Giovanni Silva, Augusto Guzmán and in the BachFest Cochabamba with Elizabeth Schwimmer.

As a student of the Royal Conservatory of Ghent, she participated in several opera performances; productions of the company Scoppio di Vesuvio under the direction of Gidon Saks. She performed the roles of "second lady" part in 'Dido and Aeneas' by Henry Purcell as, "Monica" in 'The Medium' by Gian Carlo Menotti (2009), "Poppea" in 'L'Incoronazione di Poppea' by Claudio Monteverdi (2010) and" Despina "in 'Cosi fan tutte' by WA Mozart (2011).

 

In South Creacke (England), she played "Eurydice" in the opera 'L'Orfeo' by Claudio Monteverdi, a project of the association Yorke Trust, directed by Jennifer Hamilton (2011).

She performed the role of "Olympia" in the opera 'Les contes D'Hoffmann' from Jacques Offenbach in Agust and September 2012. With this production of Opera voor iedereen vzw - Idée Fixe she toured in Belgium performing in La Hulpe, Namur, Liège and Deinze.

She played “Christel” in the operetta ‘Der Vogelhändler’of Carl Zeller, project from De Spil in Roeselare (2012).  In Madrid (2013) she performed the part of “Adina” in ‘Elisir d’amore’ from G. Donizetti and “Clorinda” in ‘Cenerentola’ from G. Rossini.

2015 - 2016, she plays “Mena” (lead role) in the modern chamber opera ‘Le sans papier’ by the Belgian composer Willy Soenen, in several theatres in Belgium. The world première is on the 25th of November 2015.

She studied at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía (ESMRS) in Madrid from 2012 until begin 2014 with Tom Krause † as headteacher, Helen Donath, Manuel Cid and Ryland Davies. In 2013 she received the price of most rewarding singing student at ESMRS, awarded by Reina Sofía, the Queen of Spain.

2012-2016, she was coached by Catherine Vandevelde.

 

She was a finalist in the International Singing competition Colmenar Viejo in 2013 and semifinalist in the  Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2014.

 

Anna’s vocal coach is the famous soprano and coach Lena Lootens. Anna also works together with the Spanish pianist Ángel Cabrera, the English pianist and composer Andrew Wise and the Belgian pianist and composer Sandra Lammens. Since 2012, she is also a member of the Warped Time Ensemble.