Mezzo-soprano Rosa Ferreiro, a student of the Opera Workshop of the Superior School of Music and Singing of the Instituto de Cultura, Turismo y Arte de Mazatlán, feels very happy, because Wednesday, May 24th, she managed to reach the semifinal of the National Singing Contest “Carlo Morelli” Singing Contest 2023, the most important and traditional opera competition in the country.
With this great achievement in her ascending professional career in lyrical singing, the student of maestro Enrique Patrón de Rueda feels very happy because she hopes to be recognized nationally and, incidentally, become a benchmark for the high quality of education provided in the School of Music and Singing of CULTURA Mazatlán.
Participating in the “Carlo Morelli” National Singing Contest was very pleasant, I learned a lot and I’m very happy because it generates national recognition, everyone starts to see you, it’s the most important singing contest in Mexico, so everyone has their eyes there, And I hope that by having reached this stage, more opportunities begin to come to me and they see the level that there is in Mazatlán, she expresses.
From Tijuana, Rosa Ferreiro arrived in Mazatlán in 2020 where she began her musical studies at the Opera Workshop of the Superior School of Music and Singing of the Instituto de Cultura, Turismo y Arte de Mazatlán, under the guidance of her teachers Enrique Patrón de Rueda. , José Miguel Valenzuela and Juan Pablo García.
During this period, she learned so much from her teachers and especially from maestro Enrique Patrón de Rueda, that at the beginning of May 2023, she traveled to Valencia, Spain where she received a course focused on the interpretation of arias by Rossini, taught by Rubén Sánchez-Vieco, current Musical Coordinator of the Accademia Rossiniana Alberto Zedda (ROF) den Pesado.
Rosa arrived sick from her trip to Europe, but excited and grateful because the Rossinian repertoire expert told her that her voice was “very privileged”… “one in a million”. With that motivation, she packed her bags again and went to Mexico City where on Wednesday, May 24th, she managed to reach the semifinal of “Carlo Morelli”.
First, she had to pass the pre-selection and the previous stages on Monday, the 22nd, Tuesday, the 23rd and on Wednesday, the 24th of May she managed to reach the semifinal held in the Manuel M. Ponce Hall of the Palacio de Bellas Artes.
In the first stage, the young promise of the national opera sang Cruda sorte!by Rossini; in the second round she competed with Va Laisse couler mes larmes by composer Jules Massenet and in the semifinal she sang Que fais-tu blanche tourterelle, by composer Charles Gounod, an aria from the opera Romeo and Juliet.
Rosa Ferreiro acknowledges that she would have liked to go to the final but it was very difficult for her to ‘survive’ in each round because she returned from Valencia with a bleeding ear, the infection went down to her throat and although she was undergoing treatment she could not heal completely.
“If it hadn’t been for maestro (Enrique) Patrón who taught me to sing, I wouldn’t have been able to compete because I wouldn’t know how to manage to pass each test, it was very difficult but that means I’m well prepared.”
With this triumph under her arm, Rosa Ferreiro is determined to continue her preparation and nurture her competitive spirit in future opera competitions.
The interpreter awaits results as she applied to the Linus Lerner International Singing Contest and she wants to apply to the Latin American Philharmonic Lyric Singing Contest in Peru; In addition, on June 15th and 18th, she will sing the role of Mercedes from the opera ‘Carmen’ in Culiacán, under the direction of maestro Enrique Patrón and meanwhile, her goal is to apply and participate in the Rossini Opera Festival.
From Valencia, Spain, the virtuoso mezzo-soprano returned determined to specialize in the Rossinian repertoire and sing it with the respect she deserves.
“It’s an extremely difficult and demanding set, but at the same time it’s very gentle and flirtatious,” she shares.
Rosa Ferreiro recognizes that singing Rossini is a commitment that will take her through a very long path of teachings.
“The first time I saw an opera was Rossini’s “La cenerentola” and I fell totally in love and decided that I wanted to sing opera and that I was going to achieve it. So now I’ve made a commitment to study his repertoire to the best of my ability and to listen to what he has to tell us through his writing. He is an extremely interesting character, a forerunner of a whole style and era in opera”.
Referring to the artistic training received at the Escuela Superior de Música y Canto del Instituto de Cultura de Mazatlán, he assures that the institution has helped him a lot, because it allows him to study and at the same time specialize even outside of Mexico, without these travel trips study affect without academic performance.
“The support I am receiving is very important. It is very difficult to study and at the same time sing. The teachers I have worked with this year are wonderful and very patient and I think those are the most important people, I am very happy and I hope they continue to understand what this career is about”.
My goal as an artist is to be able to enjoy my singing and continue doing it, feeling safe and happy. I love singing because it is what makes me who I am. I know that it is not an easy road and there will be many setbacks, but it is worth my efforts, my hours of study, she concluded.