A native of the Basque region of Spain, soprano Ainhoa Arteta won the 1993 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Councours International de Voix d’Opera Plácido Domingo in Paris. These successes immediately resulted in engagements at several of the world’s most prominent theaters for which she has received great popular and critical acclaim. Notable performances include her San Francisco Opera debut as Musetta (La Bohème) in 1999 and Roxane (Cyrano de Bergerac) in 2010, opposite Plácido Domingo; Mimì (La Bohème), Violetta (La Traviata), Micaëla (Carmen), Olga (Fedora), and the title role Poulenc’s Les Mamelles des Tirésias at the Metropolitan Opera; Magda in La Rondine in Bonn and Washington, D.C.; as well as Leïla (Les Pêcheurs de Perles) in Bordeaux, Bilbao, and Seattle. Among other career highlights are Micaëla for Scottish Opera, Gilda (Rigoletto) in Madrid, Oscar (Un Ballo in Maschera) in Graz; Musetta at Paris Opera; Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) in Washington; Juliette (Roméo et Juliette) and Magda in Oviedo; Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore) in Buenos Aires; and Carolina in Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto at the Peralada Festival in Spain. She was most recently applauded as Musetta at the Met, Milan's La Scala, and the Arena di Verona; Mimì and the title role of Manon Lescaut in Las Palmas; Liù (Turandot) at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu; Blanche (Dialogues des Carmélites) and the title role of Manon in Bilbao; Juliette in Mexico City; Marguerite (Faust) at Munich’s Bavarian State Opera; and Tatyana (Eugene Onegin) in Valencia. Arteta is a critically acclaimed concert soloist and recitalist, and she has appeared at Carnegie Hall, the White House, Barcelona’s the Palau de la Música, the Perelada and Antibes Festivals, as well as with the New World Symphony, among others; she also frequently appears in concert with Plácido Domingo. On recordings, the soprano can be heard in the title role of Vives’s Doña Francisquita, Palomo’s cantata Dulcinea, Noneto’s cantata Herminie, and several solo albums.