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Bio (in English)

An American citizen born in Antwerp, Belgium, Paloma Friedhoff Bello grew up in Madrid, Spain, in a family of musicians. She is the winner of several international prizes in Madrid, Lisbon, Wasghinton DC and St. Louis. Her main interest lies on art song, concert music, symphonic repertoire, and most recently film music.

 

In May 2019 Paloma was invited to sing two solos in Ennio Morricone's Final Concerts Tour in Spain and Portugal, where she sang in stadiums in front of thousands of people. In recent years she has been asked to record for TV series and films for different composers. On the other hand, Paloma maintains an active career as a recitalist with pianist Leyre Lisarri, with whom she has toured all over Spain since 2014. In 2017 She made her debut at Teatro Real de Madrid singing El Gato con Botas by X. Montsalvatge in the main role of Princess. That same year she made her debut at the Princeton Festival with the Festival Baroque Orchestra in New Jersey, USA. She has also recently sung The Messiah at the Auditorio de Zaragoza, St. Matthew Passion by J. S. Bach in Murcia and Alicante (Spain), Brahms and Mozart’s Requiem with Orfeón Donostiarra at the Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, and she has premiered a Stabat Mater by Francisco Andreví and a secular cantata by Eurico Carrapatoso.

 

Highlights of her career as a soloist include Serenade to Music by Vaughan Williams with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, Exsultate, Jubilate at the Palau de la Música in Valencia, The Messiah with the Orquesta Santa Cecilia at the Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, St. John Passion by J. S. Bach in Munich, Seven Songs from verses by Alexander Blok by Shostakovich in California, and Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 at the Teatro Real with its orchestra’s cello section.

   

As a recipient of the prestigious Spanish scholarship “La Caixa”, Paloma holds a Master’s degree from Indiana University. She has also been awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship, the “Excellence” scholarship from Caja de Burgos, and the “Juventudes Musicales de Madrid” scholarship twice. She holds Bachelor degrees from the Escuela Superior de Canto de Madrid (Spain) and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München (Germany). www.palomafriedhoff.com

 

July 2019

Bio - long version

An American citizen born in Antwerp, Belgium, Paloma Friedhoff Bello grew up in Madrid, Spain, in a family of musicians. She is the winner of several international prizes, such as the First Prize at the 8th International Singing Competition Villa de Colmenar Viejo in Madrid, Spain, Third Prize at the Washington International Competition for Singers held at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and Third Prize at the International Rotary Opera Contest at the São Carlos National Theater in Lisbon, Portugal, and winner of the Metropolitan Opera of NY district auditions in St. Louis. With pianist Leyre Lisarri, she was awarded the First Prize “Concierto Juventudes Musicales España” at the Lied Course taught by Wolfram Rieger in Barcelona.

Paloma has recently sung Händel’s Messiah at the Auditorio de Zaragoza, St. Matthew’s Passion by J. S. Bach in Murcia and Alicante, Brahms and Mozart’s Requiem at the Auditorio Nacional de Madrid with Orfeón Donostiarra, and has premiered a Stabat Mater by F. Andreví and a secular cantata by Eurico Carrapatoso with the Coro de Niños de la Comunidad de Madrid.

As a concert soloist she has also sung Serenade to Music by Vaughan Williams with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Carlos Miguel Prieto, Exsultate, jubilate by Mozart at the Palau de la Música of Valencia, The Messiah with the Orquesta Santa Cecilia at the Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, St. John Passion by J. S. Bach in Munich, Germany, Seven Songs on Verses by Alexander Blok for soprano and piano trio by Shostakovich at the Mondavi Center in Davis, California, and Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 with the cello section of the Madrid Symphony Orchestra (Teatro Real’s Orchestra).        

      

On the operatic stage she has performed the roles of Gilda and Musetta (Ópera de Madrid), Gianetta, Musetta, Lauretta, Monica (Moncloa Theater in Madrid) and Erste adelige Weise and Belinda (Indiana University). She also created the roles of Marguerite, in the world premiere of the opera Vincent by Bernard Rands (Pulitzer Prize) at Indiana University, and María Manuela in the premiere of the zarzuela El Fantasma de la Tercia by Julián Santos in Murcia, Spain.

Paloma has also premiered a number of chamber works, such as the song cycle Décimas by Roberto Sierra at the Ravinia Festival (Chicago), the work A la Noche by Vini Frizzo for soprano solo, female choir, harp, cello and percussion at Indiana University, O salutaris for string quintet and soprano by Padre Muneta, and the song dedicated to her Adieu! by Nidhal Jebali.

In the past years, Paloma has broadened her education at international summer programs in Europe and the USA like the Schubert Institut in Baden, Vienna, the International Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg, the Summer Academy of Nice, France, the Académie International de la Mélodie Française in Tours, France, Lied Course in Barcelona, the Manhattan School of Music International Summer Festival and the Ravinia Steans Music Institute in Chicago. There she received lessons from Barbara Bonney, Lorraine Nubar, Malcolm Martineau, Elly Ameling, Christa Ludwig, Wolfram Rieger, Helmut Deutsch, Roger Vignoles, Rudolph Jansen, Ashley Putnam, Jennifer Ringo, Kevin Murphy, Heidi Grant Murphy, JJ Penna, François Le Roux and Jeff Cohen.

As a recipient of the prestigious Spanish scholarship “La Caixa”, Friedhoff Bello holds a Master’s degree from Indiana University under Sylvia McNair. She has also been awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship, the “Excellence” scholarship from Caja de Burgos, and twice the “Juventudes Musicales de Madrid” scholarship. She holds Bachelor degrees from the Escuela Superior de Canto de Madrid (Spain) and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München (Germany).

 

November 2016