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"… soprano Lina Saavedra playing the part of his [Amahl] mother with great flare and emotion." John Manning, Herts Advertiser (2009)
"She [Saavedra] was particularly strong in Act 3, where her Donde lieta usci was direct and simple, and the more moving for it." Oliver Tims, Opera (2005)
"…Lina Saavedra, who impressed me [as Ilia]… with her versatility on stage and the sheer flow of her voice, emotively pulling at the heart stings throughout and sustaining high notes most beautifully. …a sign of a particularly good production [is] if it opens well, and it certainly did with a most confidently sung, long aria at the beginning of Act One… Alone on stage, she filled it with her presence and lovely voice, making the space her own." Jill Barlow, St. Albans Observer (2002)
"But for me the star of the show was Lina Saavedra as Ilia. Her voice is stunning and her characterisation was quite brilliant." John Manning, Herts Advertiser (2002)
"… Armida - a gleaming presence in Lina Saavedra." Andrew Porter, Opera (1999)
"The performance by …soprano Lina Saavedra… was absolutely stunning. Philip Salmon as Nero and Lina Saavedra as Poppea gave brilliant performances as the two lovers…" John Manning, Herts Advertiser (1999)
Born in New York, Lina began her musical training at La Escuela Libre de Música, a secondary school in her ancestral home of Puerto Rico. Awarded a Music Scholarship, Lina gained an Honours Degree in Vocal Performance at Houghton College, New York. During the course Lina accepted an opportunity to train at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Returning to London, Lina commenced advanced studies at the University of London, Goldsmith's College gaining a Master degree. Another Music Scholarship gave Lina a Post Graduate Diploma in Performance from Trinity College of Music.
On the operatic stage, Lina has been seen in a wide range of roles that include; Mother in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, Ilia Idomeneo, Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro, Celia in Iolanthe, Elsie Maynard in The Yeomen of the Guard, Yum-Yum The Mikado, the title role in Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea, Mimi La Bohème, Armida in Handel’s Rinaldo, Belinda Dido and Aeneas, Bessie in Kurt Weill’s Mahagonny Songspiel and in 2007, for the Bicentenary of the Abolition of Slavery in England celebrations as Helène in Delius’s opera Koanga performed by Pegasus Opera at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre.
As a concert soloist Lina has performed in the USA, France, Spain, Puerto Rico, Chile and Great Britain. Her repertoire includes the Brahms Requiem, Mozart Requiem, Mozart C Minor Mass, Finzi In terra pax, Schubert Mass in G, Bernstein Mass (at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London) and Carmina Burana.
Lina was a member of the Choir in the feature film The Riot Club released in 2014.
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