Patricia Illera embarked on her musical studies with the classical guitar. Right from the very start she was fascinated by the world of singing, which led her to join Madrid’s Children’s Choir with which she took part in numerous productions as a soloist. After studying medicine at the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), she joined Madrid’s Higher School of Singing (ESCM). It was there that she was given the opportunity to make her debut as Paloma in El Barberillo de Lavapiés and Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel, roles that she fitted around her role as Head of the String section at Madrid’s Youth Orchestra (JORCAM), where she participated in stage and symphony productions, singing as a soloist in many of them.
After finishing at the ESCM, she was awarded a scholarship by Indiana University in the States to join the prestigious Master’s in Opera at Jacobs School of Music under the guidance of the renowned American soprano Carol Vaness, and accompanists and conductors Kevin Murphy, Walter Huff and Arthur Fagen. Under the auspices of the university’s opera studio, she participated in several projects for the U.S. stage, including Carmen in the opera Bizet, Anna Gómez in The Consul, The Film Music of Alberto Ginastera, A Journey with Alfonsina and the charity project ROK, specialising in opera set-ups for kids.
Following her return, she played the roles of: Carmen in the Musica Riva Festival and Cengio in Lirica (Italy), in Madrid’s Teatro Nuevo Alcalá, the ‘La Granja’ Auditorium in Ciudad Real and the Teatro Liceo in Salamanca; Luisa Fernanda in the Festival Lírico Ópera of Benicàssim; Sirena from Circe in the Teatro de la Zarzuela; Lola from Cavalleria Rusticana; and Dido in Dido and Aeneas…; and also the alto voice in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Händel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, El amor brujo by Falla, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Beethoven’s 9th symphony.
She has been awarded first prize at the 8th Singing Contest in Estepona CREA 2022, as well as by the AIE (Spanish Society of Performers), Madrid’s Opera Association, InCanto Tignano, the 1st International Singing Contest of Lyrical Singing in Alcalá de Henares, IU. JSoM - USA, Talent Opera and Music Festival of Brescia, the JORCAM Académica, the Operastudio of Alcalá and the Musica Riva Festival.
Patricia has worked with renowned conductors of the likes of David Effron, José Ramón Encinar, Arthur Fagen, Pablo Mielgo, Miguel Roa, Christian Frattima and Manuel Coves; and stage directors such as Paul Curran, Jeffrey Marc Buchman, Paco Mir, Albert Boadella, Emilio Sagi and Paul-Émile Fourny. She has sung in scores of prestigious theatres such as the Ateneo in Madrid, the Auditorio Nacional, Auditorio de San Lorenzo in El Escorial, the Teatros del Canal, Teatro de la Zarzuela, Teatro Campoamor and Teatro Arriaga Antzokia, all in Spain, the Auer Hall and the Musical Arts Center in Indiana, and the Wiener Saal in Salzburg.
She rounds off her training with professional singers and teachers including Nicola Beller, Francesca Roig, Carlos Chausson, Yolanda Auyanet, Ana María Sánchez, Alessandra Althoff, Susana Cordón, Sara Matarranz, María José Montiel, Jane Dutton, Carlos Montané, Adina Nitescu, Teresa Berganza and Ileana Cotrubas; and accompanists such as Giulio Zappa, Manuel Burgueras, Jorge Robaina, Borja Mariño, Miquel Ortega, José Miguel Pérez Sierra, Kevin Murphy, Dale Fundling and Alberto Malazzi.