Anabell Garfio-Méndez from Chihuahua began her career as a singer at the music theatre first during her studies at the Universidad de Música de Guadalajara in Mexico. Further, she studied at the Mozarteum Salzburg with Heiner Hopfner; in Vienna at the Konservatorium City of Vienna and at the “Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien” (University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna) with KS Hilda de Groote, Helga Meyer Wagner and the Greek Opera diva Elsa Kastela.
She sang several engagements as “First Dame”, “Lauretta” in Gianni Schicchi and “Queen of the Night” in “The Magic Flute” (where?). The artist also sang the role of “Musetta” from La Bohéme and “Violetta” from La Traviata, “Gilda” in Rigoletto, “Donna Anna” from Don Giovanni, and also as soloist in Beethoven’s 9th symphony, at several theaters and festivals throughout Mexico ( including Teatro de los Heroes, Teatro de la ciudad in Chihuahua, Teatro Paraninfo, Teatro de la ciudad in Juarez, Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara, Jalisco).
Additionally, she also devoted herself to important performances of Sacred Music in several churches, like the Cathedral of Lansing in Michigan (USA), St. Francis of Assisi Church and Votive Church in Vienna (Austria) to name only a few of them.
She continues to be invited by opera productions and festivals in Mexico.
Mrs. Garfio-Méndez presents herself onstage with a broad repertory of Opera, Operetta, Lied, classical songs from around the world (especially from Mexico) and Sacred Music (she is also soloist-in-residence in Vienna’s third-largest church). She also receives invitations to perform at formal (ceremonial) occasions, diplomatic meetings and events. Ms. Garfio-Méndez has made appearances as a sopranist in Viennese concert halls like Ehrbarsaal, Bösendorfer Saal, UN Vienna International Center, Festsaal Wiener Rathaus (city hall) and theWiener Hofburg.
Locations of her performances are in Mexico, USA, Germany, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, France, Slovakia and Austria. She remarkably took part of an opera summer festival with the role Serpina (La Serva Padrona) and Violetta (La Traviata) in Retz-Austria. Afterwards, both opera roles were remarkably performed in Vienna, wherein the opera critics gave on Violetta´s role good comments. Likewise, her most recent performance was as Lady Macbeth in Vienna.
She worked with conductors and directors like Moises Ordaz Cisneros, Carlos Garcia, Oliverio Payan, Jacob Chi, Maksimiljan Cencic, Vito Cristofaro, Daniele Anselmi, Christian Pollak, Konrad Leitner, Luis Muñoz Segovia, Wolfgang Dosch, Margarita Kyriaki, Andrea Tiziani.
Repertoire of operas:
Adina (L’Elisir d’amor, Donizetti), Gilda (Rigoletto, Verdi), Violetta (La Traviata, Verdi), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi, Puccini), Mimi, Musetta (La Bohème, Puccini), Euridice (Orfeo ed Euridice, Gluck), Marguerite (Faust, Gounod), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte, Mozart), Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Mozart), Serpina (La Serva Padrona, Pergolesi).
Languages (fluent in speech and writing):
Spanish, English, German, Italian, French.