"L'elisir d'amore" (Adina) - Glyndebourne Festival Opera - 2009

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"Outstanding too at this performance was the contribution of Spanish soprano Ainhoa Garmendia, who had flown in on the morning of the performance to take over from an ailing colleague in the leading role of Adina. Never less than confident in her singing or her acting, she meshed perfectly with her colleagues and the staging in an entirely remarkable piece of professionalism and savoir faire, saving the show with style". The Stage, George Hall, 24.07.09


"It was Garmendia who had saved the show. The wonder is that you simply wouldn't have guessed it. Everything that Arden clearly wanted from this Adina - spunkly but vulnerable, desperate for her man but not so desperate that she would ever show it - she delivered with gusto." The Times, Neil Fisher, 25.07.09


"At thursday's performance Ainhoa Garmendia flew in to take over the role of Adina at short notice and threw herself into the production as if she had sneaked a swig of Dulcamara's energy-giving elixir before going on." The Financial Times, Richard Fairman, 26.07.09


"Ainhoa Garmendia's singing had great glamour and dexterity. Dramatically, she was entirely credible as an affectionate yet manipulative woman caught up in her own games. And she didn't look out of place in Annabel Arden's thoughtful staging". The Guardian, Tim Ashley, 24.07.09


"Don Giovanni" (Zerlina) - Teatro Campoamor de Oviedo - 22.11.2009

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“Brillante la pareja de campesinos. La actuación de Ainhoa Garmendia se puede resumir en pocas palabras: es prácticamente perfecta para Zerlina, por la belleza, homogeneidad y redondez del instrumento, su presencia escénica, y poseer el timbre exacto para la parte, ni excesivamente ligero ni excesivamente lírico; supo además exprimir todo el jugo del personaje, brillando en sus dos arias y en su dúo con Don Giovanni.” Hugo Álvarez Dominguez, Mundo clásico


“Ainhoa Garmendia, en el papel de Zerlina. Ésta cantó sus dos arias, 'Batti, batti il buon Masseto'» y muy especilamente 'Vedrai carino' con una picardía y delicadeza memorable. Tiene por delante una gran carrera “

“Con una Zerlina a cargo de Ainhoa Garmendia que gustó al público y que jugó en todo momento con un Masetto que Joan Martín-Royo interpretó muy bien, dando la imagen de una auténtica marioneta en manos de su novia.”

“Ainhoa Garmendia y Joan Martín-Royo fueron una pareja lírica de gran calidad. Garmendia dibujó una encantadora Zerlina, con una línea de canto galana y dulce que encandiló a Masetto y al público. “



"Cosi fan tutte"-DVD from Glyndebourne now available

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"The cherry on the cake is a lyric soprano to be followed, probably tomorrow's Cotrubas, Ainhoa Garmendia, performing the finest Despina with the must subtle colour of an amethyst in her voice", wrote Jean-Charles Hoffelé in ConcertClassic about this delightful recording at Glyndebourne... Ainhoa Garmendia as Despina at Glyndebourne Festival

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