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Malena Dayen
Malena Dayen

Mezzo-soprano Malena Dayen recently made her debut as Cherubino at the Teatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro. She has performed the roles of Mercedes (Carmen), Musico (Manon Lescaut), Zweite Magd (Elektra) and Myrtale (Thaïs) at the Teatro Municipal de São Paulo. Malena made her debut as Carmen with the Natchez Opera Festival, and repeated the role at the Festival d’Art Vocal de Montreal, New York Lyric Opera Theatre and the International Institute of Vocal Arts. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ms. Dayen is a Spanish music and tango specialist, performing this repertoire with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and in venues such as Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, and the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute. She sang the title role in Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires with Opera Naples in Florida and with Opera Hispanica in New York City. She is the lead singer with New Aires Tango, an ensemble that performs contemporary arrangements of tangos and boleros since 2010. Frequently sought after by composers Ms. Dayen recently was a featured soloist for the New York premiere of The Blizzard Voices (Paul Moravec) and Requiem (Bradley Ellingboe), both at the Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. She created the role of the Nurse in the world premiere of Phaedra ed Hippolytus (Chris Park) at the Palacio das Artes in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She also premiered Robert Cuckson’s cycle Der Gayst funem Shturem and has performed several concerts of music in Yiddish, with repertoire ranging from works by Viktor Ullmann to songs from the Yiddish theatre. Ms. Dayen has concertized extensively with the Oratorio Society of New York, with whom she has toured Hungary, Italy, Brazil and Uruguay. Other international appearances include concerts with the Teatro Colón Orchestra, the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico.

Malena is a member of Moving Star, a vocal improvisation ensemble based at Carnegie Hall. Malena is a collaborative artist at the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, working with the Lullaby project and the Family Days and she is the voice teacher at the UN International School. Ms. Dayen holds a master's degree and a professional studies diploma from the Mannes College of Music The New School and is currently an MFA candidate at CUNY Brooklyn College for the Performance and Interactive Media Arts program.

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