Praised by the New York Times as “Outstanding” for her March 2013 performance at Carnegie Hall, Argentinian mezzo-soprano Malena Dayen boasts a broad repertoire, ranging from her signature operatic role of Carmen, to bel canto opera, oratorio, and new music. She has performed Carmen with the Natchez Opera Festival, New York Lyric Opera, the Argentinian Consulate in New York, and the International Institute of Vocal Arts. Other operatic roles include Romeo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Adalgisa (Norma), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Angelina (La Cenerentola), Dorabella (Cosí fan tutte), and Sesto (La Clemenza di Tito).
Frequently sought after by composers for her expressive and thoughtful interpretations, Ms. Dayen recently was a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall in The Blizzard Voices by Paul Moravec and Requiem by Bradley Ellingboe. Malena created the role of Aia in the world premiere of Fedra e Hipolito by Chris Park at the Palacio das Artes of Belo Horizonte and was a soloist with the Oratorio Society of New York in the Ibirapuera Auditorioum in Sao Paulo, the Festival of Sacred Music and Art in Rome and the Palace of Arts in Budapest. Other international appearances include concerts with the Teatro Colón Orchestra, the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico.
Malena is the lead singer with New Aires Tango, a quartet specializing in golden age tango music interpreted with contemporary arrangements. A native of Buenos Aires, she now lives in New York City with her husband, conductor and pianist David Rosenmeyer and their son.