Joaquín Asiáin was born in Navarre (Spain). The german-spanish Tenor studied at the Superior School of Voice of Madrid and finished his studies at the Musikhochschule und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart (Germany).He was awarded 3rd prize of the VIII Lirico International Competition A. Catalani chaired by Leone Magiera.He received the teachings of eminent lyrical personalities , Alfredo Kraus, Thomas Quastoff, Aldo Baldin, Marimi del Pozo, William Matteuzzi …
Joaquín Asiáin is what is generally known as „Tenore di grazia“ , a tenor that reaches exceptionally high tones.
He is a consummate specialist for singing in full voice the overtones and his magnificent staging, from the role of the roasted swan (Der Schwan) in the world-famous Carl Orff cantata, Carmina Burana. This role has been interpreted in more than 200 times, in Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, Stuttgart, Graz, Cologne, Innsbruck, Bilbao, Frankfurt, Zürich, Monterrey, Salzburg, Hamburg, Mexico D.F, Berlin …
♦The Swan ♦
The figure of the Swan (Der Schwan) in the Carmina Burana is of special relevance.
Carl Orff composed a very sharp aria for tenor with extremely notes … 3 x c5, 3 x d5 and 9 X Si4 … all composed of three strophes. Orff thought and wrote the aria for a tenor (not a countertenor who sings in falsetto). In 1937 (year of composition of the work) the figure of the countertenor in the world opera scene had not yet resurfaced. It was the English countertenor Alfred Deller who rescued in the 1940s (later to the composition of the Carmina Burana).
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♦ Some reviews ♦
One of the highlights of Carmina is the scene of the swan lamenting his fate that he, who once swam so proudly on the waters, now ends up in the pan – poor me swan. Joaquin Asiáin shone here with incomparable singing and acting skills. It was a delicious pleasure to listen to this „whining“
Hanna Eisenbart – RP Online – 21.11.2021
FESTIVAL HALL BADEN – BADEN
… and the spanish tenor Joaquín Asiáin. The latter was the ideal cast for the very high aria of the swan, except that he sang that role more than 200 times ..
Veruschka Rechel – Badisches Tagblatt – 4.06.2019
775 City Anniversaire STADTHALLE KLEVE
… and tenor Joaquín Asiáin shone as a „fried“ swan with full voice in the very highest tessitura. A pleasure!
RP-Online – 13.06.2017
Asiáin made from the lamento of the fried swan in the pan a vocal and actorically convincing piece of cabinet.
By Christoph B. Ströhle – Reutlinger General Anzeiger – 10.3.2015
The spanish Tenor Joaquín Asiáin fascinated in his role as a fried swan. He did not use his hands to keep the notes, but with powerful gestures underlined and illustrated the text.
By Wenzel Hübner – Rhein Neckar Newspaper – 31.07.2013
The soloists … and Joaquín Asiáin did not have an insignificant part. Above all, the latter struck with his unusual tenor, he can achieve incredibly high tones.
By Katja Grieser – East Thuringian newspaper – 22.06.2009
COLOGNE PHILHARMONIC HALL
Tenor Joaquín Asiáin gave the fried swan so convincingly that one could almost smell the crispy ribs.
Porz – Online.de – 26.11.2008
NUEVO LEON THEATER – MONTERREY (MEXICO)
The Spanish tenore di grazia Joaquín Asiáin has a not very frequently heard voice in Monterrey. Its timbre of light texture and unbelievable ease for the high tessitura combined with an impressive scenic capacity, is considered a treat for the connoisseur.
R.Tischavsky-Millenium N.L – Monterrey -10.03.2007