Total Immersion – Rachmaninov’s Complete Songs - celebrates the 145th anniversary of the composer’s birth and presents a unique opportunity to hear all of his songs over two afternoons - the 4th and 11th November. Many of Rachmaninov’s songs are rarely performed live and are brought to you by musicians and singers from over twelve countries, hand-picked students of UK’s leading conservatoires: the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Trinity Laban Conservatoire, the Royal Northern College of Music and the Wales International Academy of Voice.
This project is curated by Maya Soltan who has overseen auditions, casting, programming, Russian singing and translation. A total number of 52 musicians will take part in this stunning line up! Songs will be presented by Dr Alexander Karpeyev.
SERGEY RACHMANINOV (1873-1943)
Oh stay, my love, forsake me not, Op. 4 no.1
In the silent night, Op. 4 no.3
Harvest of Sorrow, Op. 4 no.5
So many hours, so many fancies, Op. 4 no.6
The Water Lily, Op. 8 no.1
Like blossom dew freshen’d to gladness, Op. 8 no.2
Brooding, Op. 8 no.3
The Soldier’s Wife, Op. 8 no.4
A Dream, Op. 8 no.5
I wait for thee, Op. 14 no.1
How few the joys, Op. 14 no.3
Midsummer nights, Op. 14 no.5
Twilight, Op. 21 no.3
Loneliness, Op. 21 no.6
How fair this spot, Op. 21 no.7
Melody, Op.21 No.9
All once I gladly owned, Op. 26 no.2
Come, let us rest, Op. 26 no.3
Before my Window, Op. 26 no.10
Night is mournful, Op. 26 no.12
All things depart, Op. 26 no.15
The Muse, Op. 34 no.1
The Storm, Op. 34 no.3
Music, Op. 34 no.8
With holy banner firmly held, Op. 34 no.11
What wealth of rapture, Op.34 No.12
Vocalise, Op. 34 no.14
From the Gospel of John (1915
Natasha Agarwal, Emilie Cavallo, Marcella Di Garbo, Natasha Day, Sofia Celenza, Mariya Irel, Nina Kanter, Hazel Neighbour, Milana Sarukhanyan, Yuliya Shkvarko, soprano
Bethany Horak-Hallett, Julia Portela Pinon, Malvina Maysuradze, Ema Nikolovska, mezzo-soprano
Rachel Falaise, contralto
Gary Beecher, Lucy Colquhoun, Giulia Grassi, David Malusa, Harry Rylance, Roxanna Shini Merhzabzadeh, Maya Soltan, Amiran Zenaishvili, piano
Jakob Bettinelli, Darwin Leonard, Luke Scott, Daniel d’Souza, baritone
Natasha is a postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Music, studying with Nuccia Focile and Chad Vindin. She is part of the prestigious RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series and Academy Song Circle, and has sung in masterclasses with Helmut Deutsch, Caitlin Hulcup and Jonathan Dove. She is a recipient of the Rhoda Jones Roberts Scholarship, Amery Scholarship and is supported by the Mario Lanza Educational Foundation. She has performed roles with Opera Warwick and the Royal Opera House Mumbai. Natasha has recently been commissioned by Jeffrey Benton to record his original English translation of Schumman’s Frauenliebe und -leben.
Jacob Bettinelli is currently undertaking his Masters in Performance at the Royal College of Music. He is a Sussex Scholar supported by the Tiong Kiu King Award, his studies are also supported by the K. Wah International Vocal Scholarship and Talent Unlimited. He is an alumnus of Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme. Recent highlights include performances at Verbier Festival, Montenegro, in Lucca under Bruno Nicoli (La Scala), and a recording for a BBC2 documentary 'The story of China'. Jacob has participated in numerous masterclasses, most notably with Christa Ludwig, Sumi Jo, Susan Bullock and Thomas Quasthoff at the Aldeburgh Festival.
French soprano Emilie Cavallo is in her second year with Royal Academy Opera. At the Opéra de Toulon, she sang the soprano solo in Myriams Siegesgesang, Blanche in Les Mousquetaires au Couvent and Mozart's Bella mia Fiamma. Emilie performed the roles of Agathe in Véronique and Diane in Orphée aux Enfers with the Troupe Lyrique Méditerranéenne. Roles with the Royal Academy Opera was include Donna Elvira and Micaëla. Emilie was recently engaged to perform Ravel and Debussy in Budapest with the Zugló Philharmonic Orchestra, and also performed the role of Clizia in Teseo during the London Handel Festival 2018.
Sofia Celenza began her musical training at the Conservatorio G.Verdi of Milan as a violinist. This professional and international environment allowed her to perform with various orchestras conducted by remarkable artists, such as Ennio Morricone. In 2013 Sofia moved to Paris where she started her training as a classical singer. Sofia is currently in her fourth year of undergraduate course at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, studying classical singing under the tutelage of Linda Hirst and Sarah Pring. Passionate about different vocal music styles, she also enjoys exploring contemporary, musical theatre and jazz repertoire. Keen to experiment with other genres Sofia has worked with composers, dancers and actors in modern collaborative projects. Recent opera roles include 2nd Woman in the Blackheath Halls production of Dido and Aeneas, and Damigella in the Trinity Laban summer opera production of L’incoronazione di Poppea. Sofia was also awarded a place in the final of the 2018 Lilian Ash French song competition. She regularly performs at recitals in South-East London and has been engaged in various choral projects with ETO, ORNCC, Trinity Laban, and the Philharmonia Chorus. In the future Sofia hopes to earn a place on the Opera and theatre stage and become a household name among music lovers.
Scottish-Polish soprano Natasha Day previously trained at The English National Opera ‘Opera Works’ programme and the Royal College of Music's International Opera School. Natasha won First Prize at the Złote Głosy Competition in Warsaw, Second Prize at The Filharmonia Czestochowska Competition also in Poland and The Most Promising Singer Award at the Emmy Destinn Competition in Prague. She is a 2017 Britten-Pears Young Artist, a Finalist in the 2016 Concorso Lirico di Ferrara, Italy and is proud to be a Concordia Artist. 2018 performances’ highlights are Violetta La Traviata (ROH Reimagined, Royal Opera House) and Berg’s Bruchstucke from Wozzeck (Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra).
London-born Mezzo-Contralto Rachel Falaise graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music with a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance. Roles include Delilah Samson and Delilah by Saint-Saens (Genesis Chorale), Hata The Bartered Bride by Smetana (Guildford Opera), Hansel Hansel and Gretel and Mercedes Carmen (Opera’r Ddraig), Soloist Paul Bunyan (British Youth Opera), L’enfant L’enfant et les sortilèges (Bute Park Opera), Jennie Down in the Valley by Kurt Weill and Susanna Susanna’s Secret by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari (Kenneth More Theatre Production). Solo concert engagements include Beethoven Mass in C, Haydn Nelson Mass, Vivaldi Gloria, Handel Messiah, Mozart Requiem, Vesperae solennes de Confessore.
MARCELLA DI GARBO
Italian soprano, started singing at eight in the choir ‘Minipolifonici della città di Milano’ directed the former Children’s Choir Director of La Scala Nicola Conci. In the last years she gave numerous concerts throughout Italy and she won the second prize at the ‘Giovanna Mutti’ competition for chamber music. In August 2016 and July 2018 debuted as Pamina in the Die Zauberflöte and as Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus at the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar. Other roles she sang were Drusilla in L’incoronazione di Poppea of Monteverdi and Adina in L’Elisir d’amore of Donizetti. She is currently studying at the Royal College of Music, London for a Master of Performance with Sally Burgess, where she is an RCM scholarship Holder supported by the Alice Templeton.
Mezzo soprano Bethany Horak-Hallett has recently completed with distinction a Masters in Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire with the generous support of the Noble Award. She is now taught by John Evans and coached by David Gowland. Recent performance highlights are her debut as soloist at Southbank Sinfonia’s Anghiari Festival, Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte with the London Young Sinfonia. Bethany being selected as an Iford Arts New Generation Arist. She joined the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus for their summer season, and looks forward to an extensive European tour with Collegium Vocale Gent.
Nina Kanter graduated with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music, where she was awarded the Grabowsky Connell Prize, was a prize-winner in the Joan Chissell Schumann Lieder Competition and was a Josephine Baker Trust Artist. Nina is a Britten-Pears Young Artist, Opera Prelude Artist, and was an ENOA artist at Polish National Opera, following training with ENO and Glyndebourne. Opera highlights include Norma (RAM Opera Scenes); Santuzza Cavalleria Rusticana (Hampstead Garden Opera); Clorinda La Cenerentola & Erste Dame Die Zauberflöte (Lyric Opera Studio Weimar); Tatiana Eugene Onegin (Cambridge University Opera Society); Giulietta Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Southgate Opera). Concert highlights include appearances at the Aldeburgh Festival and the Oxford Lieder Festival.
Alexander Karpeyev is gaining an international profile as a Russian music specialist and champion of lesser known piano and chamber repertoire. His 2014 doctoral thesis explicated an important primary source of Medtner performance practice and has already become an essential reference tool for pianists. His debut recording (Claudia is devoted to the piano music by ‘Russian Émigré Composers’ just over a century ago. Karpeyev and the soprano Sofia Fomina have recently recorded a CD of Medtner songs that will appear in 2019.
Malvina Maysuradze is a Russian Mezzo-Soprano and a current MMus student at the Royal Academy of Music, where she studies with Catherine Wyn-Rogers and Ingrid Surgenor. She graduated with honours in Music from Goldsmiths, University of London and studied with Nan Christie. Her previous involvements include 2nd Lady in Mozart’s Magic flute, La Zia Principessa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica and the Witch in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.She also has performed in numerous opera scenes throughout her studies including Maria Mnishek Boris Godunov, Mercedes Carmen and Baba The Medium by Menotti. Upcoming projects include several recitals in the UK and Russia exploring 20th century compositions from the different regions of the USSR.
JULIA PORTELA PIÑÓN
Julia Portela Piñón is a young Spanish mezzo-soprano, currently studying a Master of Arts at the Royal Academy of Music under the guidance of Caitlin Hulcup, Yvonne Howard and Iain Ledingham. She has recently performed Mozart’s Requiem with the Lymington Choral Society, Falla’s The Three Cornered Hat with the Anstieg Symphony Orchestra and Bach’s Cantatas 24, 44 and 134 with the Academy Baroque Orchestra. Julia is honoured to be supported by the Josephine Baker Trust, through which she has obtained engagements such as a coming concert of Elgar’s Sea Pictures with the City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Hodge and a performance of Bach’s St John Passion conducted by Jonathan Willcocks at the Leith Hill Music Festival.
Milana Sarukhanyan statrted studying at the age of eight at the Roman Serduk Art School, (Kerch-Ukraine) under the guidance of Honored Teacher of Academic Singing in the Crimean Republic Svetlana Lednichenko and Mariya Jarkova. In 2010, she won the Grand Prix at the 7th Blue Bird International Singing Competition. Her Bachelor’s Degree of Music she received in 2018 with first distinction at The Royal Academy of Music. In 2017 Milana appeared as Najad in ‘Ariadna auf Naxos’ by Richard Strauss in Berlin Opera Academy and as Lauretta in “Gianni Schicchi” by Giacomo Puccini from the RAM. In 2018, she won First prize in Fiestalonia Milenio International Art Contest, Spain.
Luke Scott hails from Carluke, Scotland. He is a Baritone who has recently graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music where he studied under the tutelage of Thomas Schulze. Luke will continue his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he will study for his Master’s degree under the tutelage of Gary Coward. Luke has recently performed at Buxton International Festival in their productions of Alzira and Idomeneo as part of their Young Artist Programme. For British Youth Opera, Luke performed as part of the chorus for their production of The Enchanted Island by Jeremy Sams. Other roles performed are Ben The Telephone (RNCM Spotlight), City Marshall Henry Street Scene (RNCM). In RNCM Opera Scenes Luke has performed the roles of Sid Albert Herring, Nardo La Finta Giardiniera and Frank Trulove The Rake’s Progress.
Yuliya Shkvarko is Belarusian-Australian soprano, a recipient of Peter Heath scholarship and Helen Rachael Mackaness Charitable Trust Grant. Recently, Yuliya performed in International Leeds Lieder Festival, Stoller Hall and received Alion Baltic International Music Festival Scholarship. Yuliya is a recipient of the Presidential Award for Young Talents - Belarus, prize-holder of the International Vocal Competitions ‘Little Opera’ - Estonia (2008) and ‘I sing for you, Russia’ (2009). Yuliya was awarded Brisbane City Council Junior Championship Trophy (2011) and Società Dante Alighieri Grant. Yuliya is a member of Songsters and a regular participant of Opera North residency. In December she will sing Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi (RNCM).
Russian Accompanist and Repetiteur Maya Soltan trained at the Moscow State conservatory and the Royal Academy of Music. She studied with Michael Dussek and Andrew West. Maya is a former trainee at the National Opera Studio, where she was supported by the Nelly Groner Bursary. Engagements include 'La Serva Padrona' and 'Eugene Onegin' both at the Royal Academy of Music, 'Bastienne und Bastien' at the Grove Park Festival, 'Traviata' and 'Don Giovanni' with Winslow Hall Opera and 'Fidelio' with Longborough Festival Opera. Maya was awarded the Elena Gerhardt Accompanist’s prize and Bach Fund Award at the Royal Academy of Music and First prize at the North London Piano festival. She accompanied singers in prestigious masterclasses with Kiri Te Kanawa, Simon Keenlyside and the director of the Royal Opera House Kasper Holten. Recent highlights include collaborations with British Library, the Royal Academy of Music, National Opera Studio and Philarmonia Voices.
Dan D’Souza was educated at Tiffin Boys School, the University of Cambridge, and the Royal College of Music. He is the winner of the 2018 Dame Patricia Routledge English National Song Competition and the 2018 RCM Lieder Competition. His recent opera roles include Conte Perrucchetto in La Fedeltà Premiata at the Royal Opera House Mumbai and Starveling in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Royal College of Music International Opera School. For more details please see www.dandsouza.com.
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