Carlos Mena

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Carlos Mena
Born1971 (age 51–52)
Alma materSchola Cantorum Basiliensis
OccupationOpera singer (countertenor)
Notable workRadamisto (title role), L'Orfeo (Speranza), Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (Disinganno), Europera 5
Style20th-century classical
AwardsDiapason d'Or (2002)

Carlos Mena (born 1971) is a Spanish countertenor opera singer.[1] He has previously worked with groups such as Al Ayre Español, Ensemble Gilles Binchois, and Ricercar Consort and has an interest in the twentieth-century repertoire.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Carlos Mena initially worked as a countertenor in masterclasses with Charles Brett and then relocated to Switzerland in 1992 to study a Diploma of Reinaissance-Baroque Music at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel.[3] His teachers here were Richard Levitt and René Jacobs, and he was awarded the diploma in 1997.[2]

His operatic performances have included Handel's Radamisto (title role), Monteverdi's L'Orfeo (Speranza), Handel's Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (Disinganno), and John Cage's Europera 5.[4][5]

His recital De Aeternitate (Ricercar Consort) won a Diapason d'Or in 2002.



  1. ^ "Carlos Mena". Operas Arias. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Vocal Soloists: Carlos Mena". Goldberg. 2003. Archived from the original on 11 March 2006.
  3. ^ "Carlos Mena". Iberkonzert (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Carlos Mena: Countertenor - Spain". Arion Baroque Orchestra. 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Carlos Mena". Discogs. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Miguel de Fuenllana: Orphénica Lyra 1554". All Music. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  7. ^ "El contratenor Carlos Mena y The Disfonik Orchestra llevan al Auditorio su fusión de clásico y jazz". Diario de Avisos (in Spanish). El Español. 4 February 2019. Retrieved 1 August 2019.

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Performance videos