Malena directed and starred in a production of Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires with Bare Opera in New York City last spring. She created and directed this immersive, interactive and site specific performance as well as singing the main role. In October 2019 Malena will direct Bare Opera’s production of Don Giovanni using interactive projections and live feed video as a tool to see the characters' inner world. Most recently, she also directed the New York Lyric Opera Theatre's Summer program productions of Hansel and Gretel and Le Nozze di Figaro at the National Opera Center in New York City. Malena is an MFA candidate at CUNY Brooklyn College in the Performance and Interactive Media Arts program (PIMA).
As an opera singer Malena was praised by the New York Times as “Outstanding” for her performance at the Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall of the world premiere of The Blizzard Voices (Paul Moravec). She made her debut as Cherubino at the Teatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro and has performed the roles of Mercedes (Carmen), Musico (Manon Lescaut), Zweite Magd (Elektra) and Myrtale (Thaïs) at the Teatro Municipal de São Paulo as well as Carmen with the Natchez Opera Festival, the Festival d’Art Vocal de Montreal and New York Lyric Opera Theatre.
Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Malena sang tango repertoire with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and in venues such as Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, and the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute. She sang the tile role of Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires with Opera Naples in Florida, Opera Hispanica and Bare Opera in New York City. With her husband, conductor and pianist David Rosenmeyer, they formed the experimental ensemble New Aires Tango, performing since 2008.
Ms. Dayen has concertized extensively as a soloist with the Oratorio Society of New York, touring Hungary, Italy, Brazil and Uruguay. A champion of new music Ms. Dayen recently was a featured soloist for the New York premiere of The Blizzard Voices (Paul Moravec) and Requiem (Bradley Ellingboe), both at the Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. She created the role of the Nurse in the world premiere of Phaedra ed Hippolytus (Chris Park) at the Palacio das Artes in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She also premiered Robert Cuckson’s cycle Der Gayst funem Shturem and has performed several concerts of music in Yiddish, with repertoire ranging from works by Viktor Ullmann to songs from the Yiddish theatre.
Malena is a member of Moving Star, a vocal improvisation collective in residence at Carnegie Hall. Malena is a collaborative artist at the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, working with the Lullaby project and the Family Days and she is the voice teacher at the UN International School.
Ms. Dayen holds a master's degree and a professional studies diploma from the Mannes College of Music The New School.