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Baroque Festival 2017: The Rival Queens
Baroque Festival 2017: The Rival Queens


Producer: Teatru Manoel
Admission Age: Strictly 6+
Venue: Teatru Manoel
Date: 18 January 2017
Time: 7.30pm
Price: Premium: €50 Prices: €30 - €25 - €10 Discounted seats: €25 - €20 - €10


The Rival Queens

Performed by Vivica Genaux (mezzosoprano) and Simone Kermes (soprano) with Cappella Gabetta

-        Carlo Francesco Pollarolo (1653 - 1723) Ouverture from Ariodante
·         Georg Friedrich Händel (1685 - 1759) Duet "Fermati" aus Rinaldo
·         Georg Friedrich Händel (1685 - 1759) Arie: "Piangero la sorte mia" aus Giulio Cesare
·         Johann Adolph Hasse (1699 - 1783) Arie «Priva del caro bene» from the opera Dalisa
·         Georg Friedrich Händel (1685 - 1759) Duet "Io t'abbraccio" aus Rodelinda
·         Georg Friedrich Händel (1685 - 1759) Arie "Scoglio d'immota fronte" aus der Oper Scipione
·         Attilio Ariosti (1666 - 1729) «Vorreste o mie pupille» from Lucio Verro
·         Johann Adolph Hasse (1699 - 1783) Duet "Se mai più saro geloso" aus Cleofide
·         Nicola Antonio Porpora (1686 - 1768) Ouverture from Orfeo
·         Georg Friedrich Händel (1685 - 1759) Duet " Vivo in te" aus Tamerlano
·         Johann Adolph Hasse (1699 - 1783) Arie "Impallidisce in campo" aus Issipile
·         Geminiano Giacomelli (1692 - 1740) Aria "Villanella nube estiva" aus Scipione in Cartagine Nuova
·         Pietro Torri (1650 - 1737) Duett: "Ferma crudel...Son costretta esser crudele" aus Amadis
·         Johann Adolph Hasse (1699 - 1783) Aria "Padre ingiusto" from Cajo Fabricio
·         Nicola Antonio Porpora (1686 - 1768) Arie "Nobile Onda" aus Elisa
·         Georg Friedrich Händel (1685 - 1759) Duet "Caro Bella" aus Giulio Cesare
Simone Kermes
Simone Kermes studied under Professor Helga Forner at the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy University of Music and Theatre in Leipzig, her home town. She completed her studies and two additional courses of study with distinction. She is the holder of many prizes awarded at international singing competitions.
Opera performances have taken her as Konstanze, the Queen of the Night, Fiordiligi, Donna Anna, Giunia, Rosalinde, Lucia, Gilda, Ann Truelove, Alcina and Laodice, among other roles, to New York, Paris, Lisbon, Copenhagen, Moscow, Beijing and German state opera houses. She has given solo concerts and lieder evenings all over Europe, as well as in the USA, Australia, the Sultanate of Oman,  China, Russia, Mexico and Japan.
In addition to many radio and television productions, she has recorded numerous CDs. For her solo albums she has received a number of international awards, such as the annual award of the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik, the Diapason d`Or, Midem Award, Choc Le Monde de la Musique and Gramophone magazine’s Recording of the Month. For her album entitled Colori d`amore she was the winner of the Echo Klassik in the highest category, Female Singer of the Year, in 2011. In 2012 the Munich Abendzeitung awarded Simone Kermes its Star of the Year Award, and in April 2013 she received one of Russia’s highest cultural awards, the Golden Mask, for her performances as Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte at the Tchaikovsky State Academic Theatre in Perm.
Simone Kermes received the Echo Klassik 2014 award for the opera of the year.
Vivica Genaux
Hailing from Fairbanks, Alaska, mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux brings the pioneering spirit of America's last frontier to concert halls and opera houses around the globe. Lauded for her beautiful, immediately-identifiable timbre, remarkable technique, and prowess as a singing actress, she exhilarates audiences and wins critical praise for performances of a repertoire spanning five centuries of music. Having garnered prestigious prizes including Pittsburgh Opera's Maecenas Award in 2008, New York City Opera's 2007 Christopher Keene Award, and a 1997 ARIA Award, Vivica now enjoys sharing her experience, knowledge, and passion for music with younger singers via masterclasses and teaching opportunities.
In the course of her extraordinary career to date, Vivica has collaborated with many of the world's most respected artists, ensembles, and conductors and has appeared on the greatest stages. Only three years into her international career, she débuted at The Metropolitan Opera in 1997 in her most-performed rôle, Rosina in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia. Adding to the Baroque and bel canto parts for which she is renowned, she first portrayed the eponymous gypsy in Georges Bizet's Carmen in the 2012 – 2013 Season in an acclaimed production by Opéra de Rouen Haute-Normandie. Her triumphant 2014 début with the Chicago Symphony under Nicholas McGegan's baton highlighted her appeal as a concert artist. Vivica's work in both opera and concert repertory is extensively documented by CD, DVD, and Blu-ray recordings on a variety of labels. Among her performances on DVD are two of which Vivica is most proud, appearances in gala concerts benefiting the German AIDS Foundation.
Cappella Gabetta
Andres Gabetta (Concertmaster)
The Cappella Gabetta has enabled Sol Gabetta to make one of her musical dreams come true: she, her brother – concertmaster Andrés Gabetta – and a hand-picked team of highly qualified musicians from the same musical background devise repertoires of baroque and early classical music which they perform on original instruments at concerts and in the studio.
The ensemble was established in December 2010, and has already made very successful guest appearances in Paris (Salle Gaveau, Théatre des Champs Elysées), Hamburg (Musikhalle), Vienna (Theater an der Wien), Baden Baden (Festspielhaus) Munich (Prinzregententheater), Zurich (Tonhalle), Berlin (Philharmonie) and elsewhere, as well as at illustrious festivals such as the Bremen Music Festival, Lyon Baroque Music Festival, Rheingau Music Festival and others.
Since 2011, the Cappella Gabetta has not only made several recordings with Sol Gabetta for Sony Music with its Italian baroque repertoire (which includes several world premiere recordings), but also recorded music by Handel and Hasse with Vivica Genaux. The plaudits received by the orchestra for these CDs have included being selected as the ‘Recording of the Month’ by Gramophone magazine, and as the ‘CD of the week’ on the NDRKultur, BR-Klassik and RBB (Berlin) radio stations. Furthermore the CD “Tromba Veneziana” with the trumpet virtuoso Gàbor Boldoczki was released with Sony Music in 2013. The cooperation with Simone Kermes and Vivica Genaux led to the release of the CD “Rival Queens”.
The Cappella Gabetta has, to an increasing extent, been inviting other distinguished instrumentalists and vocalists to participate in joint concerts and recording projects in the area of baroque and early classical music, including the soprano Nuria Rial, the trumpet virtuoso Sergei Nakariakov, the violinist Giuliano Carmignola and the baroque cellist Christophe Coin.
The future planning of Cappella Gabetta contains tours with Baiba Skride and Patricia Kopatchinskaja as well as with the recorder virtuoso Maurice Steger. Together with the singers Vivica Genaux and Olena Tokar Cappella Gabetta is also going to undertake the musical settings of “Orpheus”. Concertmaster Andrés Gabetta is recognised as a brilliant baroque violinist. He is one of the closest musical associates of the prominent cellist and conductor Christoph Coin, in whose orchestra, the Orchestre Baroque de Limoges, Gabetta is the concertmaster. He was nominated for a Grammy in 2008 for his recording of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos (Naxos) featuring his own ensemble, the Swiss Baroque Soloists.

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