“Alfredo (Airam Hernández) have the timbre of the young Pavarotti, a diction that not even in Italy, and a soft voice of velvet…”
Franco Soda, Il Giornale della Musica
Airam Hernández has quickly become one of the most promising young tenors of his generation. The uniqueness of his timbre and his highly developed musicality has given him a place of honor between the rising stars in the opera world ever since the recent start of his career.
He began his 2018/19 season with his French debut in the opening of the season of Théâtre du Capitole of Toulouse singing Alfredo from La Traviata in a magnificent new production directed by Pierre Rambert. He also sang the title role in the world premiere on Franz Liszt recently recovered opera Sardanapalo with the Staatskapelle Weimar, conducted by Kirill Karabits; and a tour of La Traviata that will led him to Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg, Konzerthaus Dortmund and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, conducted by Maestro Teodor Currentzis.
Future engagements will lead him to Teatro Regio di Parma, De Nationale Opera of Amsterdam, Dallas Opera (American debut), Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona, Teatro La Fenice, Teatro Real de Madrid, among many others.
In 2017 he successfully debuted the roles of Edgardo in Lucia de Lammermoor at the Opéra de Lausanne, conducted by the remembered Maestro Jesús López Cobos; Faust in Gounod’s homonymous masterpiece at Opera de Tenerife conducted by Maestro Francesco Ivan Ciampa; and also the roles of Apollo and Dionysos in Manfred Trojahn’s Orest at Opernhaus Zürich being considered “superbly performed” (Opera), “overwhelming…without any doubt, one of the main points of this Orest.” (Ópera Actual) and “outstanding success” (Oper Aktuell).
“Airam Hernández as Edgardo, also an agile actor, whose virile presence was ideally balanced by the warmth and finesse of his singing (he was superb in the final scene) .”
Nicolas Blanmont, Opera (UK)
Airam received his initial musical training as a french horn player for twelve years in the Conservatory of Santa Cruz de Tenerife mentored by Maestro Guillermo Zarzo. Lately he finished his formal vocal studies with Maestra Dolors Aldea in Barcelona. During his years of training he was given instruction by such illustrious singers and maestros as Vittorio Terranova, Dalton Baldwin, Lorraine Nubar, Dame Ann Murray, Fabio Luisi, Hedwig Fassbender, Eytan Pessen, Reinaldo Macías, Carlos Chausson, Dmitry Vdovin, Roger Vignoles, Laurent Naouri, Natalie Dessay and Mariella Devia.
In 2008 he initiates a fruitful relationship with the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, where he has the chance to sing in several productions such as the Erster Gefangener in Fidelio, Ein buckliger Spieler in Prokofiev’s The Gambler, Venditore di canzonette in Il tabarro and Nathanaël in Les contes d’Hoffmann. In 2018 he returned to this theatre for a successful concert alongside maestro Plácido Domingo.
In 2014 he obtained great reviews from critics and public after his interpretation of five different characters (Le Commissaire, Le Garde, Le Facteur, Le Mécanicien & Le Gardien) in the Zürich premiere of Martinu’s Juliette, conducted by Maestro Fabio Luisi. Airam began the 15-16 season highlighted as “a truly luxury for the cast” for his debut in the role of Dr. Cajus in Zürich production of Falstaff, alongside Bryn Terfel as the eponymous anti hero. In the same season he sang the roles of Gastone in La Traviata, Steuermann in Der fliegende Holländer and Malcolm in Macbeth. At the beginning of 2016 he also debuted at Teatro Real de Madrid singing Geharnischter Mann in Barrie Kosky’s awarded production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.
He has worked with prestigious conductors such as Fabio Luisi, Stéphane Denève, Marco Armiliato, Michael Boder, Cornelius Meister, Markus Poschner, Alexander Anissimov, Sebastian Weigle, Ramón tebar, Giovanni Antonini, Andrea Marcon, John Fiore, Omer Meir Weller, Ivor Bolton, Jesús López Cobos, Francesco Ivan Ciampa, Carlo Rizzi, James Conlon, Teodor Currentzis and Nello Santi, among others; and with directors like Barrie Kosky, Robert Wilson, Jürgen Flimm, David Pountney, Laurent Pélly, Uwe Eric Laufenberg, Peter Stein, Jean-Claude Auwray, Claus Guth, Gilbert Deflo, Eric Bechtolf, Tatjana Gürbaca, Stefano Poda, Dmitry Tcherniakov, Andreas Homoki, Damiano Michieletto, among others.
Airam has had an outstanding participation in numerous vocal competitions, being a finalist at International Singing Competition “Francisco Viñas” in Barcelona and Semifinalist at Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Competition in Los Angeles. He also won First Prize and Higher Score Prize at International Singing Competition of Logroño and the Second Prize at International Singing Competition “Josep Mirabent i Magrans”, Sitges.
Native of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, the young Spanish tenor is part of a family of musicians.