The mezzo-soprano Carmen Artaza was born in San Sebastián and began her musical training with the violin. In 2021 she won the prestigious Concurso Internacional de Canto Tenor Francesco Viñas, collecting almost all the prizes.
The 2023/24 season begins with Carmen's debut as Dinah in Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti, after which she returns to one of her signature roles - Dorabella in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte at the Teatro Calderon, following Rusalka at the Tenerife Opera. In May 2024 she will perform the title role in Jesus Torres' Transito at the Palau de les Artes Valencia. The season will close with performances of Beethoven's IX Symphony in Valencia, conducted by Vasily Petrenko.
Highlights of recent seasons include Carmen’s debut at the Bilbao Opera as Suzuki in Puccini's Madama Butterfly, Dorabella in Martin Berger's new production of Mozart's Così fan tutte conducted by Michelle Spotti at the Staatsoper Hannover, debuts at the Komische Oper Berlin, Berliner Philharmonie and the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, debut at the Teatro de la Zarzuela Madrid and debut at the Teatro Real Madrid, where she sang an opera gala as part of the Viñas Competition success.
In summer 2019, as a participant in the Salzburg Festival's Young Singers Project, Carmen made her Salzburg Festival debut as Bradamante in the world premiere of Der Gesang der Zauberinsel.
Carmen has performed with orchestras such as the Basel Chamber Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Mozarteum Orchestra, the Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin.