Considered one of the greatest exponents of bel canto repertoire in recent years, Mariola Cantarero has achieved great success in performing works like Traviata, Rigoletto or Boheme, in a constant search for the most suitable works for her vocal evolution, expanding her repertoire with these and other works, such as María Stuarda, Lucrezia Borgia, Anna Bolena, as well as Don Giovanni or Cosi fan Tutte.
She was born in Granada and started studying music at her hometown Conservatory. She would then continue her training with the likes of Professor Carlos Hacar and, already as a professional, with Ruhtilde Böesch in Vienna.
She has been presented with various international singing awards, namely ¨Francisco Viñas", "Operalia 99", "Pedro Lavirgen" and "A.S.L.I.C.O. 2000", in addition to many others in recognition of her professional career, such as “Premio Opera Actual", "Revelación del círculo de amigos del Liceo", “Premio Imagen de la ciudad de Granada" (Image of the City of Granada Award), "Ojo Crítico de RNE", "Mención de Honor de la Diputación de Granada" (Honourable Mention from the Regional Government of Granada) , "Medalla de Oro al mérito de la ciudad de Granada" (Gold Medal of Merit of the city of Granada) and "La Medalla de Oro de Andalucía" (Gold Medal of Andalusia).
During the 2000/2001 season she made her debut at Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa with Rossini’s Le Comte Ory, achieving a great success. She became ever since a regular soprano at the main European theaters, such as Teatro Real in Madrid, Teatro del Liceo in Barcelona, Maggio Fiorentino, San Carlo di Napoli, L´Opera di Roma or at the Rossini Opera Festival. Furthermore, Mariola has repeatedly performed in Hamburg, Berlin, Zurich, Amsterdam, Bucharest, Strasbourg, Lausanne, and overseas at the National Opera of Korea, Oriental Art center of Shanghai, San Juan de Puerto Rico, Santiago de Chile, Opera of Sao Paulo, Opera of Detroit and New Jersey.
She has been directed by renowned conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Alberto Zedda, Jesús López Cobos, Daniel Oren, Campanella and Roberto Abbado.Among her recordings, it is worth noting: Luisa Fernanda, together with Plácido Domingo, performed at the Teatro Real in Madrid and conducted by López Cobos; Falstaff, performed at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, conducted by Zubin Mehta; La Gazza ladra at Rossini Opera Festival; Il viaggio a Reims, performed at Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona, conducted by López Cobos, or I Puritani at Amsterdam Opera.