“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 tenors of his generation. The uniqueness of his timbre and his highly developed musicality has given him a place of honor among the rising stars in the opera world ever since the recent start of his career.
Early in 2019 he sang the role of Enrico Caruso in the world premiere of Caruso a Cuba at De Nationale Opera of Amsterdam. He also made his successful American debut at the Dallas Opera singing Fenton from Falstaff, conducted by Maestro Riccardo Frizza.
Future engagements will lead him back to Théâtre du Capitole of Toulouse to debut as Pollione from Norma; to Teatro La Fenice to sing Alfredo from La Traviata and Teatro Filarmonico de Verona for his long expected debut as Nemorino from L’elisir d’amore. He will also be back in USA covering the role of Ferrando in Così fan tutte‘s production of the Metropolitan Opera House of New York. In 2020 he will also debut the role of Rodolfo from La Boheme at Opera de Menorca; and back in the leading role of Liszt’s Sardanapalo in Budapest, and as Alfredo from La Traviata in Lugano.
In 2018 he went back to Opernhaus Zürich to debut as Arbace in Idomeneo, conducted by Maestro Giovanni Antonini. He also made 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 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 took him to Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg, Konzerthaus Dortmund and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, conducted by Maestro Teodor Currentzis.
In 2017 he successfully debuted the roles of Edgardo in Lucia de Lammermoor at the Opéra de Lausanne, conducted by Maestro Jesús López Cobos; Faust in Gounod’s homonymous masterpiece at Opera de Tenerife conducted by Maestro Francesco Ivan Ciampa; and also the complex roles of Apollo and Dionysos in the Opernhaus Zürich’s premiere of Manfred Trojahn’s Orest.
“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)
Hernández 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 at Conservatori del Liceu of 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 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. From season 2015-2016 highlight his participation in many prooductions of Opernhaus Zürich like Falstaff, alongside Bryn Terfel as the eponymous anti hero, La Traviata, Der fliegende Holländer and Macbeth. That same season he is invited by Maestro Teodor Currentzis to debut the role of Alfredo in a new production of La Traviata at Perm Opera, directed by Robert Wilson.
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 Wellber, 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, Dmitri 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 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.