Born in Elda (Alicante), Spain, Ana María Sánchez entered the music world through Polyphony, as a member of the Orfeón Polifónico del C.E.E (E.E.C. choral society).
She holds a degree in Spanish Language from Alicante University, where in the year 2000, she was honoured with the “Laurel de Oro de las Artes”. Ms. Sánchez studied singing at the Conservatorio Superior de Música “Oscar Espla” in Alicante with the soprano Dolores Pérez.
Awarded a scholarship by the E.E.C, she furthered her studies at the “ Escuela Superior de Canto” in Madrid, under the guidance of Isabel Penagos and Miguel Zanetti where, on completing her studies, she was awarded the special graduation prize “Lola Rodríguez de Aragón”. Other prizes include: IV Internacional singing competition , Bilbao – Prize for best interpretation. (1992) XXX Internacional singing competition “Citta di Enna” Italy. – 2nd Prize. (1993)
Ms. Sánchez made her opera debut as Abigaille in Nabucco in Palma de Mallorca, 1994, and has since been invited to sing at many of the world’s leading opera venues including the Metropolitan Opera House, New York; the Staatsoper, Hamburg; Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich; Deutsche Oper, Berlin; Dresden Opera; Zurich Opera; Festpielhaus, Salzburg; Rhine Opéra, Strasbourg ; Opéra de Marseille, Maggio Musicale fiorentino; La Fenice, Venecia; Teatro San Carlo, Lisboa; Gran Teatre del Liceu,e Barcelona; Teatro Real, Madrid; Euskalduna, Bilbao; Palau de les Arts and Palau de la Música, Valencia; Teatro Campoamor,Oviedo; Maestranza, Sevilla; Teatro Cervantes, Málaga; Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires; and the Teatro Bellas Artes, México. She has performed the title roles in LucreciaBorgia, Adriana Lecouvreur, Norma, Tosca, Anna Bolena, Aida, Gernika, María del Carmen, and Ildegonda; as well as Mathilde in William Tell, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Leonora di Vargas in La forza del destino, Leonora di Sesé in Il trovatore, Elisabetta di Valois in Don Carlo, Amelia in Un ballo in maschera, Liù in Turandot, Rosario in Goyescas, Rosa in Maror, Salud in La vida breve, Lore in Zigor, Lady Clifford in Henry Clifford, Chrysotemis in Elektra, Abigaille in Nabucco, Desdémona in Otello, Elisabeth in Roberto Devereux, Margarita in Mefistofele, Elisabeth in Tannhäuser, Anna in Le Villi, Valentine in Los Hugonotes, Sita in Le roi de Lahore, Bruja/Blanca in La Bruja, Rosa in Juan José, and María in Roger de Flor.
Ms. Sánchez’ many festival appearances have included Ravenna, Wiesbaden, Quincena donostiarra de San Sebastián, Festival Internacional de Santander, Festival Internacional de música de Canarias, Festival Internacional de música y danza de Granada, and the Festival de Peralada.
A frequent name on the concert platform, Ms. Sánchez regularly performs in Oratorio and symphonic works including performances of Dvorak’s Stabat Mater and Te Deum, Beethoven’s nineth Symphony, La mort de Cléopatra and L’enfance du Christ by Berlioz, R. Strauss’ four last songs, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Pau Casals’ El Pessebre , Haydn’s The Seven last Words of Christ, Mahler’s fourth Symphony, and Verdi’s Requiem.
She also gives chamber recitals for voice and piano, dedicated to Spanish repertoire.
Recordings include: Manuel de Falla’s La vida breve with Max Valdés; Pau Casals’ El Pesebre with Lawrence Foster; Manuel Palau’s Maror with Enrique García Asensio; Massenet’s Le roi de Lahor , with Marcello Viotti; Emilio Arrieta’s Ildegonda with Jesús López Cobos; “Concierto Lírico de ópera y zarzuela” del Teatro Real de Madrid with Jesús López Cobos; “Zarzuela” and “Dúos de zarzuela” with Enrique García Asensio and the RTVE Orchestra; Gernika with José Ramón Encinar and the Euskadi Orchestra, and the opera by Sorozábal Juan José, with José Luis Estellés and the Orchestra of the Centro Superior de Música del País Vasco. She has also taken part in the following recordings: “El dúo de la africana” del Teatro Real, with Jesús López Cobos; “Clásicos Populares 9” with Enrique García Asensio; Divas del Canto and Gala Lírica 2 with the RTVE Orchestra conducted by Odón Alonso, and the anthology “Voces de Zarzuela”.
Ms. Sánchez has contributed to various specialized journals with written articles on the voice and singing, and has given many lectures on themes related to opera and vocal study. She combines her performing career with that of coaching, giving master classes throughout Spain.
Ana María Sánchez is principal study tutor at Musikene, (the Basque country’s Centro Superior de música) and at the Conservatori Superior del Liceo in Barcelona;
Since 2002 she is a member of the teaching staff for the “Curso de alto perfeccionamiento musical para cantantes” in Callosa d’En Sarría, where she tutors vocal repertoire.
She has recently participated in two World premieres: the opera Juan José by Pablo Sorozábal, which has also been recorded, and the opera Henry Clifford by Isaac Albéniz, in the original English version.
Ms. Sánchez is a board member for the Clarós foundation for the prevention of profound deafness.
She is an Academician of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Carlos de Valencia.
Ana María Sánchez has been honoured with the high distinction The Royal Order of Civil Merit.