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Tara Erraught

A star is born. It started with an unexpected debut, replacing an ailing colleague and scoring great acclaim as Romeo in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi. The rest is history. Tara Erraught is now slated to make her sparkling debuts with the Vienna State Opera (Rosina), Hamburg State Opera (Cenerentola), and, as Octavian in a new production of Der Rosenkavalier at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival.

Not to be missed.

Program

Johannes Brahms

Gypsy Songs

Ottorino Respighi

O falce di luna

Nebbie

Notte

Antonin Dvorak

Four Songs op. 82

“Na to bych se podivala” from The stubborn lovers op. 17

Hugo Wolf

From Mörick Songs

Er ist’s

Das verlassene Mägdlein

Begegnung

Lied eines Verliebten

Verborgenheit

Nixe Binsefuß

Georg Friedrich Händel

‘Dopo notte’ from Ariodante

‘Lascia chi’io pianga” from Rinaldo

Rossini

“Una voce poco fa” from Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Links

Watch Tara Erraught on the Vancouver Recital Society YouTube Channel.

 Biography

Born in Dundalk, Ireland, Tara Erraught graduated from the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. She was a member of the opera studio at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich from 2008 to 2010. From the 2010-11 season she became an ensemble member of the Bavarian State Opera where in early 2011, she scored great acclaim the title role in a new production of L’Enfant et les Sortilèges conducted by Maestro Kent Nagano. A month later, she made her unexpected debut as Romeo in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi replacing an ailing colleague and garnering brilliant national attention.

The 2011-12 season began with a sparkling debut at the Hamburg State Opera in La Cenerentola. Thereafter, she returned to the Bavarian State Opera – her home company – to sing Il Barbiere di Siviglia, L’enfant et les Sortilèges and Così fan tutte (an opera which she will also perform with the Company on tour in Hong Kong). Her early-season success with Hamburg State Opera led to a subsequent invitation from the company; this time as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia.  In her native land, she takes part in two gala concerts: the first of which celebrates the 30th anniversary of Dublin’s National Concert Hall while the second rings in the New Year with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Come springtime, she appears in concert at the Rudolfinum in Prague with the Prague Philharmonia conducted by Marco Armiliato.

Ms. Erraught’s makes her Vienna State Opera debut as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and performs in the world premiere of Iain Bell’s The Harlot’s Progress at the Theater an der Wien; and the title role of a new production of Der Rosenkavalier at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival.

In May of 2008, Ms. Erraught won First Prize in the Jackub Pustine International Singing Competition along with the Zdar nad Sazavou Audience Prize in the Czech Republic. That same year she was awarded both the Houston Grand Opera Prize and Washington National Opera Prize at the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna. In 2010 she was named Dublin’s National Concert Hall’s Rising Star Prize.

Simon Trpčeski

Simon Trpčeski’s playing is something to be savoured—it lingers in the memory long after the performance. Whether playing at a finger-blurring speed, or caressing tender, lyrical phrases, Trpčeski infuses his music with a spellbinding quality of musicianship that transcends mere bedazzlement. Simply put, Simon Trpčeski makes music.

“At a time when a new virtuoso of the decade seems to emerge every season, Trpčeski is a genuinely unusual talent. His tone at the keyboard is uniquely his own, assured and articulate, yet with a velvety touch that takes on the most difficult, rapid flights of virtuosity without a trace of brittleness. His technique was top-notch, effortless yet without the feeling of detachment that comes from some performers who have mastered their instrument.” South Florida Classical Review

Program

Liszt
Prelude and Fugue in A Minor (after J.S. Bach)
Soirees de Vienna, Valses caprices d’après Schubert, S. 427
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C-sharp Minor

Schubert
16 German Dances, D.783
Fantasy in C Major, D.760 “Wanderer Fantasy”

Links

Watch Simon Trpčeski on Vancouver Recital Society’s YouTube Channel.
Visit Simon Trpčeski’s website.

Biography

Macedonian pianist Simon Trpčeski has established himself as one of the most remarkable young musicians to have emerged in recent years, performing with many of the world’s greatest orchestras and captivating audiences worldwide. Mr. Trpčeski is praised not only for his impeccable technique and delicate expression, but also for his warm personality and commitment to strengthening Macedonia’s cultural image. The New York Times’ Anthony Tommasini praises Trpčeski’s dazzling musicianship, saying “He tore through the double-octave outbursts with arm-blurring speed and no sense of strain. Yet in tenderly lyrical moments he caressed the phrases, playing with naturalness, never milking anything.”

Mr. Trpčeski has appeared with many of the world’s finest orchestras. He is a frequent soloist with the London Symphony and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras, the Philharmonia and Halle Orchestras and the London Philharmonic.  Other engagements with major European ensembles include the Royal Concertgebouw, Russian National and Bolshoi Theatre Orchestras, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and the Rotterdam, Strasbourg, Royal Stockholm, Royal Flanders and St. Petersburg Philharmonics. In North America, he has performed with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, The Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras and the Symphony Orchestras of Boston, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Toronto and Baltimore, among others. Elsewhere he has performed with the New Japan, Seoul and Hong Kong Philharmonic, Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, and has toured with the New Zealand Symphony. Mr. Trpčeski has worked with a prominent list of conductors, including Marin Alsop, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Lionel Bringuier, Andrew Davis, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Vladimir Jurowski, Lorin Maazel, Antonio Pappano, Vasily Petrenko, Robin Ticciati, Yan Pascal Tortelier and David Zinman.

Mr. Trpčeski’s 2011-2012 season features a robust schedule of orchestral and recital performances. Worldwide orchestral highlights include engagements with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Barcelona Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Bamberg Symphony and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras as well as the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C., the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, and the Philharmonia Orchestra.  He will complete a Rachmaninov Piano Concerto cycle with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and make his debut with the China Philharmonic and Guangzhou Philharmonic Orchestras.  Mr. Trpčeski will also make his Carnegie Hall recital debut, and gives recitals in Paris, Hong Kong, London, Milan and Florence.

March 2010 saw Mr. Trpčeski’s concerto recording debut on the Avie label, showcasing Rachmaninov’s notoriously challenging Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3 with Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. The album was positioned in the Top 10 of both the Billboard Classical Chart and the UK’s specialist classical chart, and additionally won Diapason d’Or de l’année and Classic FM’s “Editor’s Choice” Awards. In June 2011, the Avie label released the second concerto album from Trpčeski, Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; the completion of Rachmaninov piano concerti, Nos. 1 and 4 alongside Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Geoffrey Norris, for Gramophone Magazine remarked, “This is a riveting disc, another major landmark for Trpčeski and one on which Rachmaninov finds interpreters thoroughly attuned to his emotional world. It was clear that Trpčeski was put on this earth to play this music and Petrenko to conduct it.” The second disc has been recognized with Classic FM, Gramophone “Editor’s Choice” and Diapason d’Or distinctions.

In December 2009, the President of Macedonia H.E. Gjorge Ivanov honored Simon Trpčeski with the Presidential Order of Merit for Macedonia. This decoration is given to foreign and domestic dignitaries responsible for the affirmation of Macedonia abroad.  Upon awarding Mr. Trpčeski with this honor, The President stated “By bringing his artistic talent to classical music halls around the world, Simon Trpčeski is among the greatest ambassadors of the Republic of Macedonia, demonstrating to the world that Macedonia is a land of exceptional artists. Through his subtle mission he has confirmed that, although the Republic of Macedonia is geographically small, it is a spiritually and artistically great country, with inexhaustible creativity to offer the cultures of the world.” Mr. Trpčeski is the youngest recipient of a medal of any kind in Macedonian history. Most recently in September 2011 he was awarded the first-ever title “National Artist of the Republic of Macedonia”.

A superb recitalist, Simon Trpčeski has given solo performances in such cultural capitals as New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., London, Paris, Amsterdam, Milan, Munich, Prague, Hamburg, Bilbao, Dublin and Tokyo. He has performed on the main stage of the Concertgebouw, as well as at the United Nations headquarters on the occasion of the closing of the sixty-second session of the U.N. General Assembly, at the invitation of the session’s President, H.E. Srgjan Kerim. Simon also performs chamber music as often as he can, having performed at such festivals as Aspen, Verbier and Risor, and in Summer 2011, Simon Trpčeski and cellist Nina Kotova preformed works by Chopin for a theatrical event based on the life of Frédéric Chopin featuring renowned actors Jeremy Irons and Sinead Cusack at the Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona, Italy. With the special support of KulturOp—Macedonia’s leading cultural and arts organization—and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia, Mr. Trpčeski works regularly with young musicians in Macedonia in order to cultivate the talent of the country’s next generation of artists.

Simon has received widespread acclaim for his recital recordings on the EMI label.  His first recording, released in 2002, featured works by Tchaikovsky, Scriabin, Stravinsky and Prokofiev, and received both the “Editor’s Choice” and “Debut Album” awards at the Gramophone Awards. His 2005 Rachmaninoff and 2007 Chopin discs both received extensive praise from critics. In 2008, he released an all-Debussy disc entitled Debussy: Images, which was equally applauded.  London’s Independent on Sunday described Trpčeski’s interpretations as “subtle, clever, imaginative pianism of the very highest quality.”

Born in the Republic of Macedonia in 1979, Simon Trpčeski has won prizes in international piano competitions in the United Kingdom, Italy and the Czech Republic.  From 2001 to 2003, he was a member of the BBC New Generation Scheme, and in May 2003, he was honored with the Young Artist Award by the Royal Philharmonic Society.  Mr. Trpčeski is a graduate of the School of Music at the University of St. Cyril and St. Methodius in Skopje, where he studied with Professor Boris Romanov. In addition to his international engagements, he currently teaches as a faculty member at his alma mater. Simon Trpčeski makes him home in Skopje with his family.

 

Anthony Roth Costanzo

Some artists show promise, and some are stars in the making. Such is the case with the powerful and stunning countertenor, Anthony Roth Costanzo. Seen around the world in the Met Opera broadcast of The Enchanted Island, this powerfully alluring male alto won instant recognition for his assured musicality and dramatic sense. Such is his destiny.

“This was not just perfectly place vocalism, it was edge-of-your-seat drama, the kind of high-voltage, high-register male singing that comes once in a generation.” Musical America

“The star of the evening, however, was Anthony Roth Costanzo. The gifted countertenor brought the sold-out house down with his extraordinary colors, and literally had audience members in tears, including this writer. The glaringly bright reviews this young man is gathering everywhere he sings are well deserved. His instrument produces sounds so unbelievably beautiful, that they cause shivers and goosebumps throughout the public, resulting in the unusual event of *standing* ovation after each number, not only at the end. His infectious smile during the uplifting duos and his poignant facial expression in the dramatic moments bear witness to his acting abilities. This is a major artist with a brilliant career ahead of him, and seeing him on stage a few yards from us was a joy and a privilege.” OperaLively.com

Program

Henri Duparc
Chanson triste
L’invitation au voyage
Phidylé

Benjamin Britten
The Plough Boy
The Ash Grove
The Foggy, Foggy Dew

Franz Liszt
Im Rhein, im schöen Strome, S. 272
In Liebeslust, S. 318
Über allen Gipflen is Ruh, S. 306
Hohe Liebe, S. 307
Ihr Glocken von Marling, S. 328

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
“Venga pur minacci e frema” (Mitridate)

Georg Friedrich Handel
“Aure deh per pietà” (Guilio Cesare)
“Rompo i lacci” (Flavio)
“Pena tiranna” (Amadigi di Gaula)

George Gershwin
I Got Rhythm
Embraceable You
Sam and Delilah
Summertime

Links

Visit Anthony Roth Costanzo’s website.
Hear Anthony Roth Costanzo on the VRS YouTube Channel.
Watch a video interview with Opera News.
Read Opera News feature article on Anthony Roth Costanzo.
Read an interview with Anthony Roth Costanzo on OperaLively.com

Biography

Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo continues to build his reputation as one of the rising stars of the next generation of singers.

This season, Mr. Costanzo made his debuts at the Metropolitan Opera  in Rodelinda and in the company’s new Baroque opera pastiche, The Enchanted Island and at the Canadian Opera Company in Semele.  This summer he makes his debut at the Mostly Mozart Festival, and next season he makes his debut at the Michigan Opera Theater, appears in concert with the National Symphony Orchestra, and makes his recital debut in Vancouver at the Chan Center. He recently made his debuts at the Boston Lyric Opera as Ottone in Agrippina, the Palm Beach Opera as the title role in Orfeo ed Euridice, and  the Opera Company of Philadelphia in the US premiere of Henze’s Phaedre.

Mr. Constanzo’s other opera engagements have included the title role in Tolomeo, the Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aenea  and Nireno in Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto at the Glimmerglass Opera, Armindo in Partenope at the New York City Opera, a guest appearance as Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Seattle Opera’s Young Artists Program, the First Witch and the Second Woman in  Dido and Aeneas at the Spoleto Festival USA, Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with the Santa Barbara Opera Company, and the title role in Manhattan School of Music’s main stage production of Lucas Foss’ Griffelkin. In 1994, he performed in Amahl and the Night Visitors at Lincoln Center and with the Opera Company of North Carolina, made a critically acclaimed debut with the New Jersey Opera Festival as Miles in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, and appeared with Luciano Pavarotti in Philadelphia at the Academy of Music’s Opera Extravaganza.

On the concert and recital platforms, Mr. Costanzo most recently appeared as Prince Go-Go in Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre with the New York Philharmonic, and sang Handel’s Messiah with the Cleveland Orchestra and in Carnegie Hall. He has been a featured soloist with the orchestras of Indianapolis, Alabama, Detroit, Denver, Seattle, and was the soloist in the premiere of John Corigliano’s A Dylan Thomas Trilogy with the National Symphony Orchestra at both the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. He has sung Debussy’s Ariettes Oubliées in a theater piece at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, performed Stefan Weisman’s From Frankenstein at Merkin Concert Hall, and premiered composer Gregory Spears’s hour-long piece 6 Owen Songs. Additional New York City appearances include Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall, performances at the Asia Society, Simon Hammerstein’s The Box and at prominent art gallery Deitch Projects. Internationally, Mr. Costanzo has performed the title role in Balletto Teatro di Torino’s ballet Caravaggio with original music by Giovanni Solima and toured Italy as the Master of Ceremonies in Karole Armitage’s Casanova.

Mr. Costanzo began performing professionally at the age of 11 when he appeared in the Broadway touring production of Falsettos. He continued to work for several years in musical theater, touring in The Sound of Music and appearing on Broadway in the Paramount Theater production of A Christmas Carol. He made his film debut in the role of Francis in the Merchant Ivory film, A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries, earning international critical acclaim as well as a nomination for Best Debut Performance from the Independent Spirit Awards. He also appeared as Simon in Brice Cauvin’s film De Particulier à Particulier and can be heard singing in M Blash’s film Lying, and James Ivory’s film The City of Your Final Destination.

While studying at Princeton University, Mr. Costanzo co-wrote, produced and starred in a narrative pasticcio about the life of a fictional 18th-Century Castrato entitled The Double Life of Zefirino. The work was directed by Karole Armitage, with costumes by James Ivory and sets by Andrea Branzi. A documentary about the creation of the piece was directed by filmmaker Gerardo Puglia and was subsequently selected for the Cannes Film Festival and qualified for an Academy Award. It will air on PBS in the near future.

Mr. Costanzo recently won 1st Prize at the 2012 Operalia competition. He is also the winner of a 2010 George London Foundation Award, a 2010 Richard Tucker Career Grant, and First Place and Audience Choice winner of the 2010 Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers. In 2009 he was of the winners of the Grand Finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Other awards include the Sullivan Foundation Award , a grant from the GiulioGari Foundation, encouragement awards the George London Foundation Competition, the Jensen Foundation, and the Mario Lanza Foundation, and First Place winner in the National Opera Association Vocal Competition, Vocal Division. He also has the honor of being the first countertenor ever to win First Place in the Opera Index Competition.

Mr. Costanzo graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University where he was awarded the Lewis Sudler Prize for extraordinary achievement in the arts. He received his Masters of Music at Manhattan School of Music and was awarded the Hugh Ross Award for a singer of unusual promise.

Paul Lewis

 

Delving into music with passionate spontaneity and heart-wrenching intimacy, Paul Lewis has scaled the heights to sit among the legendary interpreters of Beethoven and Schubert. With luminosity, clarity and poetic insight, Lewis reveals Schubert’s heart-stopping emotional world, where the simplest things seem most profound.

From the New York Times: “ ‘When Schubert wants to tell you something important,” Paul Lewis says, “he will usually lower his voice rather than raise it — he draws you into the message, rather than projects it out to you.’ “

“Mr. Lewis similarly drew in the audience with the intimacy of his interpretations, the resigned melodies unfolding with a sorrowful glow. Mr. Lewis played with a warm, inviting sound and heartfelt commitment throughout…”

Program

Franz Schubert: three last piano sonatas
Sonata in C minor D.958
Sonata in A major D.959
Sonata in Bb major D.960

Links

Hear Paul Lewis on Vancouver Recital Society’s YouTube Channel
Visit Paul Lewis’ website

Biography

Paul Lewis is internationally recognised as one of the leading pianists of his generation. His many awards have included the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year Award, the South Bank Show Classical Music Award, the Diapason d’or de l’annee, two successive Edison awards, the 25th Premio Internazionale Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, the “Preis Der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik”, a Limelight Award in Australia, and three Gramophone awards, including Record of the Year in 2008. In 2009 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Southampton. His concert performances and Harmonia Mundi recordings of the complete Beethoven Sonatas, Concertos and the Diabelli Variations have earned him unanimous acclaim from all over the world, culminating in 2010 with the honour of becoming the first pianist in the history of the BBC Proms to perform all five Beethoven Concertos in a single Proms season.

Paul Lewis is a guest at many prestigious venues and festivals including the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Lucerne Piano Festival, La Roque d’Antheron, Rheingau, and London’s Wigmore Hall where he has appeared on more than fifty occasions. He has performed with many of the world’s leading conductors including Sir Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Sir Mark Elder, Sir Charles Mackerras, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Daniel Harding, Sir Andrew Davis, Andris Nelsons, Emmanuel Krivine, and Armin Jordan.

Recent and forthcoming highlights include concerto performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, London Philharmonic, Phiharmonia, New Japan Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Boston Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Tonhalle Orchestra, and Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Solo recitals have taken him to such major venues as London’s Royal Festival Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna Konzerthaus, Toppan Hall Tokyo, Orchestra Hall Chicago, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, KKL Luzern, Tonhalle Zurich, Festspielhaus Baden Baden, and the Auditorio Nacional Madrid.

At the beginning of 2011, Paul Lewis embarked upon a two year project to perform all the mature piano works from the last six years of Schubert’s life. This series is being presented in London, New York, Chicago, Tokyo, Melbourne, Rotterdam, Bologna, Florence, the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, and at other major venues worldwide. Future recording plans for Harmonia Mundi include two double CDs of Schubert solo works, Mozart concertos with Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Daniel Harding, and solo works by Schumann and Mussorgsky.

Paul Lewis studied with Ryszard Bakst at Chethams School of Music and Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, before going on to study privately with Alfred Brendel. Along with his wife the Norwegian cellist Bjørg Lewis, he is artistic director of Midsummer Music, an annual chamber music festival held in Buckinghamshire, UK.

Khatia Buniatishvili

2008 Prizewinner in the Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, 2009 BBC New Generation Artist, and 2010 Borletti Buitoni Award Winner, 23 year old Georgian-born pianist, Khatia Buniatishvili is on her way to international fame. She has recently signed an exclusive recording contract with Sony.

“Khatia is a young pianist of extraordinary talent. I was impressed by her exceptional pianistic gift, natural musicality, imagination and her brilliant virtuosity.” –Martha Argerich

Vancouver (VRS) debut

Program

Haydn: Sonata in C minor

Liszt: Sonata in B minor

Prokofiev: Sonata No. 7 in B flat major

Stravinsky: Three movements from Petrushka

Simon Keenlyside

Simon Keenlyside is one of Britain’s most sought after and charismatic singers, noted for his versatility and highly charged performances on stage.

“With his robust, warm voice, he brought a blend of yearning and reticence to his singing without a trace of overwrought emotion….he received a tumultuous ovation.” –New York Times

Vancouver (VRS) debut

Program

Mahler, Butterworth, Strauss, Duparc & Debussy

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