Estrella Cuello Soprano Cell: (+34) 650 681 602 [email protected] www.estrellacuello.com She was born in Saragossa (Spain). As she had a beautiful voice quality of lyric coloratura soprano and inborn stage talents, and being remarkably hard-working, she started her studies of singing and piano at the Città di Roma Conservatory with Pilarín Andrés and Mª Elena Vallejo. She graduated as a Piano Teacher and as a Singing Teacher there. With the help of a FIDAH Foundation scholarship she graduated as a Musical Pedagogue from Saragossa Higher Conservatory, and she obtained a higher degree in singing and lyrical scene at the Great Theatre of Liceo Conservatory, Barcelona, with top marks. She has improved her vocal technique and repertoire with internationally well-known masters: Montserrat Caballé, Teresa Berganza, Virginia Zeanni, Ana María Sánchez, Enriqueta Tarrés, Eduardo López Banzo, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Enma Kirby, Robert Expert, Enedina Lloris, Carlos Chausson, Ana Luisa Chova, Paul Farrington, Miguel Zanetti, Dante Mazzola, Mario de Rose, Francesca Roig, Josefina Arregui, Daniel Muñoz, etc. She has been a finalist for Montserrat Caballé’s grants, in the “Germans Pla” Contest and in the International Music Tournament. She was a member of the Amici Musicae, the Saragossa Auditorium choir. She has offered concerts of oratorio, opera, zarzuela (Spanish operetta) and lied as a soloist soprano with the ensemble “Más Que Voces” in Spain, France, Italy and Germany. She has also sung as a soloist with other ensembles and orchestras, like the "Orquesta Sinfónica de Zaragoza", the "Orquesta Sinfónica del Conservatorio Superior de Aragón", the "Orquesta Sinfónica del Conservatorio Profesional de Soria”, the Choir and Orchestra of the "Teatro Lírico de Zaragoza", the "Orquesta de Cámara de Huesca", the "Banda Municipal de Huesca", “ Banda Municipal de Santander” and others. With Luis Ángel Martínez Sánchez as her accompanist, she was included in the “Circuito de Artes Escénicas de Aragón”. She made a very successful debut as Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata at Saragossa Auditorium, under maestro Juan Luís Martínez's baton. A few days later she recorded the compact disc “La ópera, todo emoción”, sponsored by Saragossa City Council, with “Más Que Voces”. MELOMANO Magazine – February 2011 / Febrero 2011 CD "La Ópera, todo emoción" with the Chamber Orchestra Más que Voces: “She possesses a beautiful and singular timber of lyric soprano coloratura. Her album offers a serious selection of opera arias with a intelligent and not pretentious arrangements that obtain, however, a result more than brilliant " In 2010 she was Ainhoa Arteta’s and Montserrat Martí Caballé’s cover in Puccini’s La Bohème (roles of Mimi and Musetta). Estrella returned to interpret Musetta in December, 2011 in Bologna (Italy) under maestro Giuseppe Sforza's baton. In June, 2011 she has triumphed as Pamina of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, production german-aragonese at Saragossa Auditorium under maestro Juan Luís Martínez's baton. OPERA ACTUAL Magazine - September 2011 "Estrella Cuello recreated a very expressive Pamina, her voice is of beautiful timber and possesses a great musicality ." In 2012, Estrella recorded in Milan (Italy) the absolute premieres of two operas for Operabook label: Pinotta of Mascagni (Pinotta’s main role) and Vanna of Pavanelli (Vanna’s main role). And she recorded for the same label Cavalleria Rusticana of Mascagni (Lola’s role) too under maestro Vito Lo Ro's baton Her repertoire also includes the roles of Gilda of Verdi's Rigoletto, Oscar of Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera, Leonora of Verdi's Trovatore, Liu of Puccini's Turandot, Lauretta of Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, Lucia of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Norina of Donizetti´s Don Pascuale, Adina of Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore, Micaela and Carmen of Bizet´s Carmen, Norma of Bellini´s Norma, Juliette of Gounod's Roméo et Juliette, Margueritte of Gounod’s Faust, Susanna and Contessa in Mozart's opera Le Nozze di Figaro, Zerlina and Donna Anna of Mozart´s Don Giovanni, Fiordiligi and Despina of Mozart's Così fan tutte, Konstance in Mozart's opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Rosina of Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Cleopatra of Handel's Giulio Cesar, Francisquita of A.Vives’s zarzuela Doña Francisquita, Marina of Arrieta’s Spanish opera Marina, etc. She has combined her artistic activities with teaching music at secondary schools and giving singing lessons at the Conservatory and the University. She studied Economic Science in the UNED and she obtained a degree in Law from Saragossa University and a Master of Management in Foreign Trade from ESIC. For further information please visit: www.estrellacuello.com OPERA ACTUAL Magazine - September 2011 / Septiembre 2011 ( M. A. Santolaria) Opera Die Zauberflöte, Mozart – Saragossa Auditorium (Spain) / Auditorio de Zaragoza (España): "Estrella Cuello recreated a very expressive Pamina, her voice is of beautiful timber and possesses a great musicality / Estrella Cuello recreó una Pamina muy expresiva, su voz es de bello timbre y posee una gran musicalidad." DIARIO DEL ALTO ARAGÓN – 5th december 2011 / 5 de diciembre de 2011 (T. Pueyo) Concert of the Circuit of Scenic Arts of Aragon (Spain) /Concierto del Circuito de Artes Escénicas de Aragón (España): "Estrella Cuello stood out with a great fluency and scenic presence at the moment of putting in scene and feeling each of the roles / Sobresalió Estrella Cuello por su gran soltura y presencia escénica a la hora de teatralizar y sentir cada uno de los personajes." MELOMANO Magazine – February 2011 / Febrero 2011 CD "La Ópera, todo emoción" with the Chamber Orchestra Más que Voces / CD con la Orquesta de Cámara Más que Voces: "She possesses a beautiful and singular timber of lyric soprano coloratura. Her album offers a serious selection of opera arias with a intelligent and not pretentious arrangements that obtain, however, a result more than brilliant / Posee un bello y singular timbre de soprano lírico coloratura. Su álbum dicográfico recoge una seria selección de arias de ópera con unos arreglos inteligentes y nada pretenciosos que consiguen, empero, un resultado más que brillante" DIARIO DEL ALTO ARAGÓN - 14th august 2012 / 14 de agosto de 2012 (E. Fortuño) Concert in the International Ribagorza Festival "XVI Ciclo Clásicos en la Frontera" (Spain) / Concierto del Festival Internacional de la Ribagorza "XVI Ciclo Clásicos en la Frontera" (España): "Excellent concert by Cuello and Tapia at La Puebla de Castro: The soprano and the pianist dazzled the audience that filled the parish church. People attending the recital fell in love with Saragossan soprano Estrella Cuello's beautiful voice quality and musicianship." / " Excelente concierto de Cuello y Tapia en la Puebla de Castro: la soprano y el pianista encandilaron al público que llenó la iglesia parroquial. El hermoso timbre y la musicalidad de la soprano zaragozana Estrella Cuello enamoró a los asistentes al recital."