About the School
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Encounter of Santander
Born in Mexico City, Francisco Araiza is considered one of the most important tenors of our time. In 1970 he made his operatic debut under the baton of Eduardo Mata. His European debut came with the role of Ferrando at the Karlsruhe State Opera, and he was invited to the Munich ARD Competition, which he won.
Since then, he has performed in renowned halls such as La Scala in Milan, the Covent Garden in London, the Bastille in Paris and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. He has also participated in international festivals, including the one in Salzburg, Aix-en-Provence, the Ravinia Festival and the Festival Cervantino in Guanajuato (Mexico).
Since 1983, this versatile singer has performed many demanding roles, such as Richard III, Andrea Chenier, Faust and Romeo; and has worked with conductors, including Herbert von Karajan, Sir Colin Davis, Claudio Abbado, Seiji Ozawa, Christian Thielemann and Daniel Barenboim. In 1988 he was awarded the title of Kammersänger of the Vienna State Opera and in 1977 he became a life member of the Zurich Opera.
Some highlights among the many international prizes he has been bestowed are the prize to the Best Musical Event for his lied recital in Tokyo (1988), the Mozart Medal of the UNAM (1991), the Mario del Monaco Otello d’Oro Prize (1995) and the Golden Mercure for the best performance as opera singer in Munich (1996). Additionally, in 2017 he received the Doctorate Honoris Causa by the Michoacan University of Saint Nicholas of Hidalgo (Mexico) and has almost 50 recordings, for which he has received awards such as the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis and the Orphee d’Or.
Since 1996, he teaches masterclasses in Germany, Austria, Spain and Italy. He was part of the faculty of academic directors of the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart (2003-2016) and in 2016 the Francisco Araiza Chair was created in the National Conservatory of Mexico City.