Malena Dayen is an Argentinian singer and director that creates opera performances using new and interactive technology.
Malena is a 2022/23 Princeton Hodder fellow.
In 2020 Malena won the 1st Prize in Catapult Opera’s competition for innovation in opera and directed Teatro Grattacielo’s Fedora and Mefistofele video productions, that were selected to the Munich Music Video Awards, the 4th Dimension Independent Film Festival and the London International Music Video Awards.
In November 2021 she directed Cuando el fuego abrasa, a co-production of Opera Hispánica and Teatro Grattacielo featuring songs by Piazzolla and De Falla's El Amor Brujo at LaMama in New York city.
She directed Teatro Grattacielo's production of Mascagni's L'Amico Fritz at the Festival of the Voice in Phoenicia, NY and LaMama in 2021.
Malena directed The Late Walk, a new opera in collaboration with Bare Opera and the Decameron Opera Coalition that has been inducted into The Library of Congress's Performing Arts COVID-19 Response Collection. In 2021 Malena directed Heroes of New York for Bare opera and DOC.
She starred and directed a production of Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires and Don Giovanni with Bare Opera in New York City.
Along with collaborator Sangmin Chae Malena co-created Exercises on The Presence of Odradek, a new experimental operatic work performed live online.
Malena holds an MFA from CUNY Brooklyn College in the Performance and Interactive Media Arts program and a MM and a PSD from the Mannes College of Music, the New School.