The successes of her performances as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (Valencia), Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro (Marseille Opera, Stadttheater Bern), Pamina in The Magic Flute (Gran Teatre Liceu de Barcelona), and in Il buon marito (Schwerzingen Festival), Orpheus and Euridice (Edinburgh Festival), and the inaugural concert at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, among others, bear testimony to the solid artistic trajectory of Isabel Monar.
A student of Ana Luisa Chova, she graduated with first class honors and made her debut at the Teatro Principal of Valencia, her hometown. She has performed in operas and concerts such as Turandot (Valencia), Iphigenia in Tauris (New York and Boston), Fidelio (Nantes, Santiago and Barcelona), The Blood of the Rose (Geneva, Madrid and Mexico City), Così fan tutte (Lausanne, Madrid, La Coruña and Padua), Arabella (Opera North in Leeds), L’elisir d’Amore and Idomeneo (Bern), The Barber of Seville (at the Castell de Peralada Festival) and the New Year’s Concert with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra and M. A. Gomez-Martinez, as well as concertos by J. Rodrigo in Chicago and other acclaimed performances such as in Dido and Aeneas by Purcell (Marseille), Il Re Pastore, Il sogno di Scipione (Vienna), and Zaide (Gmunden Festival, Dusseldorf), plus a Mozart series in the prestigious Concertgebouw concert hall in Amsterdam.
She has also performed the lead role in Handel’s opera Radamisto with the Wiener Akademie in the Baluarte concert hall in Pamplona, as well as in Valencia and Los Angeles, and the La filla del rei barbut by Matilde Salvador at the Teatro Principal in Castellón. She has sung the role of Salud in La Vida Breve by Manuel de Falla, as well as leading roles in Handel’s Belshazar and The Swallows by Usandizaga. In 2011, she performed the part of Blanche de la Force in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites at the Palau de la Música in Valencia.
Her concerto repertoire include highlights such as Handel’s Messiah with Robert King; Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream and Bach’s Magnificat with Peter Maag; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Sir Neville Mariner; Mahler’s Eighth Symphony with Salvador Mas and the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra (OBC) in Barcelona, and with Josep Pons and the Orquesta Nacional de España (ONE) in Madrid; Mozart’s Requiem with Christopher Hogwood; Bruckner’s Te Deum with Victor Pablo Perez; Mahler’s Second Symphony with the OBC and F. P. Decker, Schumann’s Dr Fausto with the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid under the same conductor, and Exultate Jubilate by Mozart, both with the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada and Paul McCreesh in addition to a performance at the Mozart Festival in Barcelona conducted by Christian Zacharias.
Her recordings includes works by Frederico Mompou, Eduard Toldrá, Vicente Asencio, Matilde Salvador and Miquel Asins Arbó among others. Her most recent work for the Naxos label, “Volumen I del Manuscrito de Guerra para soprano y arpa barroca”, was released this year.