Dutch-mexican mezzo-soprano Itzel Medecigo studied at the Superior School of Music of the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City (Bachelor in Bel Canto) and the Utrechts Conservatorium (Master of Music Performance) in The Netherlands.
Over the years she has taken part in courses and masterclasses by Dobrinka Yankova, Ignacio Mendoza, Ricardo Sánchez, Susan Young, Nicholas Isherwood, Norma Suárez, Jeff Cohen, Raymond Modesti, Ira Siff, Janine Pas, Bruno von Nuenlist, Nicoletta Olivieri, Jard van Nes, Larissa Diadkova, Liuba Orfenova, Janet Williams, Aldert Vermeulen, Graciela Araya and others.
In 2007 the prize for the “Best Interpretation of Mexican Music” was awarded to Itzel at the Maritza Alemán Singing Competition. In 2011 she won the first prize at the Masterclass-competition “Opera en Lied” organized by OperaGo Zevenaar. Consequently, in 2013 and 2015 she took part in the Talent Development Program of De Nationale Opera in The Netherlands.
As a soloist, Itzel Medecigo has given recitals at various concert halls in Mexico, Australia, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands. Her opera repertoire ranges from Purcell to contemporary composers, including the wold premières of Tomohisa Hashimoto’s “The Butterfly Dream” (2011), the music theatre play “One Legatura to be plucked” by Danai Bletsa (2011), and “Over” by Rick van Veldhuizen for the Opera Forward Festival of De Nationale Opera (2016). As a recitalist, she has gone beyond the music and made connections with other disciplines, such as dance and design. Currently, under the name Akana, she collaborates closely with German pianist Maxim Shamo.
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