Lena is a Filipina-Canadian singer/songwriter. Her roots are in classical music, graduating with a Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice. After spending over a decade performing around the world as a professional musical theatre artist, soprano and headline singer; she is now venturing into songwriting. Her music is an amalgamation of styles and influences; a reflection of her complex ethnic and cultural background. Her latest album "Finding North" takes inspiration from Celtic folk songs, sea shanties and indie pop.
Lena hails from Manila, Philippines where she has performed in TV, movies and musical theatre since the age of fourteen. She has since entertained audiences from New York to New Zealand, regaling world leaders from Canada to the Philippines.
Her music and performing career is as diverse as it is impressive. Lena graduated top honors (summa cum laude) with a Bachelor of Music, Major in Voice from the University of the Philippines. In 2011, Lena was invited to the prestigious Manhattan School of Music Summer Voice Festival in New York City. She performed in New York City as a featured soloist at the Time Warner Center and the Philippine Independence Day Ball at the Hilton Hotel, New York.
She spent much of her early career working onstage. Her theatre credits include the title role of Lakme, in Delibes' renowned opera (University of the Philippines), Johanna in Repertory Philippines' Sweeney Todd, the lead role of Mary in the musical "Song of Joseph" during its American tour; Maria Clara in Tanghalang Pilipino's Noli Me Tangere, and numerous productions for the Musical Theatre Foundation of the Philippines and the Philippine Opera Company.
Lena moved on from the theatre to become a member of Asia's premiere classical-crossover trio, the Opera Belles. The group appeared in numerous television shows, print publications and movies in the Philippines. With the Opera Belles, Lena performed in showcases for Canadian Prime Minister Harper, Philippine President Aquino, the World Economic Forum, and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).
In her early twenties, Lena dabbled in radio DJ-ing, video and event hosting. She longed to spend time away by the sea and took a position as resident performer at the exclusive private leisure getaway, Balesin Island, where she regaled international celebrities and dignitaries.
From 2016-2019, she traveled the world as the featured soprano in Princess Cruise Lines' acclaimed production show "Bravo". She simultaneously developed her one woman diva show, tackling "unsingable" arias with dazzling ease then thrilling audiences with her own take on the greatest rock, pop and jazz hits. Her life on the high seas took her around the world and then some.
She moved to Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada at the onset of 2020, trading in her hectic touring career for the quiet northern island life. Lena has spent the pandemic reinventing her musical style and writing about her life through her music.