Season 2018-2019: Auditions

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Tenor Roger Krebs, mezzo-soprano Natasha Novitskaia, soprano Dilara Unsal, manager Matthew Laifer

One of the most challenging phases in artists’ calendars is the audition season. Matthew Laifer’s artists are auditioning for several opera companies and theaters in NYC this Fall. Auditioning is stressful, from one hand, but it’s also a very productive time because you can show your artistry and technique to the top professionals. Artists do not get always hired. But rejection does not mean one has to stop. Take seriously the feedbacks you get, keep on working on your repertoire, technique, artistic skills, and move on.

We hope you will enjoy the following excerpts performed by new artists on the roster and those who’ve been with the company for a few years.

A new spinto soprano on the roster, Dilara Unsal, showing her Aida:

 

O patria mia (excerpt), AuditionMy artist Dilara Unsal is singing O Patria mia in audition

Posted by Matthew Laifer Artists Management on Thursday, November 1, 2018

Natasha Novitskaia, our dramatic mezzo, singing Amneris:

 

The Judgement scene (excerpt )My artists Natasha Novitskaia is perfroming The Judgement scene in audition.

Posted by Matthew Laifer Artists Management on Friday, November 2, 2018

Our youngest artist, soprano Katie Procell, is performing one of the most difficult arias, Cunegonde from Bernstein’s Candide:

 

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National Opera Center, Manhattan, NYC

Posted by Katie Procell Soprano on Thursday, November 1, 2018

 

Anastassiya Kozhukharova: La Traviata in Fondi, Italy

Fondi, Italy – August 5, 2018: soprano Anastassiya Kozhukharova* is singing in La Traviata in front of 2,000 spectators. That was part of the Mythos Opera Festival program where Anastassiya took part in Summer 2018, on an array of levels: from masterclasses to performances.

“I’m very happy to have performed my Violetta in Italy! It is a big honor to work with Mythos Opera Festival and my wonderful colleagues¬†Roberto Cresca¬†and¬†Milo Buson¬†under conduction of¬†Gabriele Pezone¬†and direction of¬†Frederik Boni. Thank you all for your support and joint creation!” – Anastassiya Kozhukharova says.

 

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In addition to her Traviata performance, Kozhukharova is performing in the Gala on September 1, 2018 along with her fellow artist from Matthew Laifer’s roster, Natasha Novitskaia. The Gala is conducted by Everett McCorvey, the Artistic Director of the¬†National Chorale.

*Anastassiya Kozhukharova is a member of the Artists Development & Management Program // Matthew Laifer Artists Management

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Everett McCorvey conducts the performance on September 1, 2018 // Matthew Laifer Artists Management

Mythos Opera Festival in the Beautiful Taormina, Italy

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Taormina, Italy. Image courtesy: TravelTaormina.com

Three days of great music is scheduled to be performed at the Ancient Theater in Taormina, Italy. Matthew Laifer’s roster artist, Natasha Novitskaia, is singing Amneris at the Aida Gala Concert on August 24 and in the concert on September 1, conducted by the one and only Everett McCorvey.

Several months of brainstorming and rehearsals led to three wonderful nights at the incredibly beautiful place in Italy.

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Mezzo-soprano Natasha Novitskaia’s rehearsal with the orchestra

There were also a few meetings with officials as well as interviews to promote opera and music events that gather artists and spectators from all around the globe.

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Matthew Laifer being interviewed about the current Aida production

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The Taormina officials and the Aida production cast including Matthew Laifer and Natasha Novitskaia who’s singing Amneris at the Aida Gala on August 24, 2018

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Giuseppe Giacomini Gala on April 4th will have several honored guests….

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On April 4th, at Carnegie (Zankel) Hall, the Giuseppe Giacomini Gala will have several honored guests including Sherrill Milnes who will present Beppi with a Lifetime Achievement Award, Neil Shicoff, Lucine Amara¬†and¬†Barry Tucker and one or two others who are still trying to organize schedules to be there! ¬†These honored guests performed during the time that¬†Beppi performed¬†in New York,¬†and Barry Tucker was responsible for Beppi’s Carnegie Hall debut at the Tucker Gala in those great years in the 80s!

We are all very excited to have Beppi and his family back in New York now and look forward to this great evening.

Soprano Sharon Azrieli will sing at the Giacomini Gala at Carnegie (Zankel) Hall on April 4th

Soprano Sharon Azrieli has performed leading roles in operas and orchestral works with many companies throughout the world including the Canadian Opera Co., the New Israeli Opera, L’opera de Bastille in Paris, ¬†The Israeli Symphony, Haifa Symphony, The Montreal Symphony, Czech National Symphony, Montreal Chamber Music Festival and has performed concerts and recitals throughout her native Canada, Israel and Europe. ¬†She received her Advanced Certificate of performance from Juilliard and Masters and Doctorate degrees in Music from the University of Montreal.

This spring she appears in Cassanova at the Montreal Chanber Music Festival and the summer will take her to Sicily where she will sing her Nedda with Marcello Giordani as her Canio. ¬†Early in her career she was Juliette to Marcello Giordani’s Romeo with the Canadian Opera Company and continues to do concerts with Marcello. ¬†We are very proud to present Sharon¬†at the Giacomini gala and she¬†is honored to perform on this special night honoring one of her favorite opera stars. ¬†She had joined my roster as an emerging star when Beppi was¬†also on the roster and in his prime! ¬†Welcome Sharon!

Soprano Eglise Gutiérrez will sing in the Giacomini Gala on April 4th at Carnegie (Zankel) Hall

Eglise Guttierez¬†has sung in some of the most prestigious venues of the world, including Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Wexford Festival, Rome, Zurich, Trieste, Florence, Cagliari, Carnegie Hall, Savonlinna, Berlin, Bellas Artes (Mexico), Tel Aviv, Hamburg, Athens, La Monnaie, Brussels, the Santa Fe Festival, Cincinnati Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Washington Concert Opera, Caramoor Festival, L’Op√©ra Comique and the Seattle Opera in roles such as Lucia, Gilda, Elvira in I Puritani, Violetta, Amina, Lakme, Maria di Rohan, and Elvire in La muette de Portici.

She made her debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden at the 2009-2010 season as Linda di Chamonix, which was also recorded and distributed by Opera Rara under the baton of Sir Mark Elder and has subsequently sung La f√©e in Massenet’s Cendrillon under the baton of Bertand de Billy (just out on DVD).

She made her Berlin Deutsche Oper Debut as Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor (with tenor Roberto Alagna). She made also her debuts at the Teatro Real in Madrid as Elvira in I Puritani (in a Concert version with tenor Juan Diego Florez), Dresden as Gilda in Rigoletto, followed by Rigoletto in Zurich, La Traviata in Seattle, Lucia di Lammermoor in Florida, I Puritani in Cagliari.

She returned to Covent Garden as Amina in La Sonnambula under the baton of Daniel Oren. In 2008-2009 Miss Guti√©rrez made her debut at Teatro Lirico di Cagliari as Amina in¬†La sonnambula (DVD), her Maggio Musicale Fiorentino debut as Lucia, and her Hamburg debut as Gilda. Other engagements have included¬†I Puritani¬†in Athens,¬†Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut as Gilda with James Conlon at the Ravinia Festival, the Savonlinna Opera Festival as Lucia where she was also the “Artist of the Year”.

Miss Guti√©rrez has also appeared in concert in Prague, Cannes, Finland, Miami, and tour in the Unites States with Andrea Bocelli. In 2008 Miss Guti√©rrez sang the title role of La sonnambula at Carnegie Hall with the Opera Orchestra of New York under the baton of Eve Queller, and made her Seattle Opera debut as Elvira in I Puritani, returned to Detroit as La sonnambula (under the baton of Richard Bonynge), and made her debut at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City in Lucia di Lammermoor under the baton of Edoardo M√ľller.

A three-time recipient of the Gerda Lissner Foundation Grant and grant recipient of the Singers Development Foundation, Eglise Gutiérrez has collected top prizes including First Prize in the  International Mirjam Helin Competition in Helsinki, the West Palm Beach Opera Competition, the New Jersey State Opera Competition, and the Connecticut Opera Competition. Miss Gutiérrez’s long list of awards and honors also includes Winner of the Montserrat Caballé International Opera Competition, First Place in the Marian Anderson Opera Competition. She won First Place in the Giargirai Bel Canto Opera Competition.

Miss Guti√©rrez graduated from The Institute Superior of Art in Cuba (Suma Cum Laude) and from The Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. She made her Carnegie Hall d√©but as soprano soloist in Mozart‚Äôs Requiem and John Rutter‚Äôs Requiem under the baton of John Rutter in May 2004, after completing her final year at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. During her studies there, she performed several leading roles; among them the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, Amina in Bellini‚Äôs La sonnambula, Nanetta inFalstaff, and Adina in L‚Äôelisir d‚Äôamore. Additional roles in her repertoire include Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow, and the title roles in Roig‚Äôs Cecilia Vald√©s and Vives‚Äô Do√Īa Francisquita with Pro Arte Gratelli.

We are honored to have her with us tonight to celebrate the Giacomini Gala!

Soprano Olga Zhuravel Maselli will sing at the Giacomini Gala on April 4th at Carnegie Hall

Soprano Olga Zhuravel Maselli is an exciting recent addition to the Laifer Artists Roster.¬† Born in the Ukraine and now a resident of the United States, Olga has been performing until recently almost exclusively in Italy, appearing as Tosca with the Rome Opera, Turandot (‚Äú‚Ķ[she has] the physical appearance of an irresistible femme fatal‚Ķ [and her] voice is ravishing.‚ÄĚ) at the Arena Sferisterio in Macerata, and The Duchess of Argyll in Thomas Ades‚Äô Powder Her Face at La Fenice in Venice and at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna.¬† Last May, Olga brought her Duchess to the Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao, Spain, in a production presented in association with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.¬† In October, she performed contemporary American songs in a very well received recital at Carnegie Hall.

Olga has performed a varied repertoire including Tatiana, Manon Lescaut, both Verdi Amelia’s (Ballo and Boccanegro), and the Contessa (Figaro), and Elsa in Lohengrin to name but a few.  Additionally, she has demonstrated great command of contemporary opera in English, singing principle roles in Henze’s Elegy for Young Lovers, and Maselli’s Draculette as well as Ades’ Powder Her Face.

Among Olga‚Äôs successes are performances with M¬ļ Callegari and director Pier Luigi Pizzi as Lady Macbeth in Macerata; with M¬ļ Daniel Oren/dir Gilbert Deflo as Manon Lescaut in Genova; and under Gianluigi Gelmetti at the Rome Opera as Sak√Ļntala in the opera La leggenda di Sak√Ļntala by Alfano.

Olga is active on the concert stage as well where her performances have included Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder, and Richard Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder.  She continues to do recitals in NY and in Europe and in varied repertoire including works by William Maselli.  Her performance of Lady Macbeth in Macerata was released on DVD by Naxos and on CD.   In March, she sang a duo concert at Scorca Hall at Opera America in NYC with mezzo Natasha Novitskaia. Recently she has been active in the recording studio where she has completed CDs of the JFK Requiem, Draculette, and Fall Songs by composer William Maselli, who also happens to be her husband and father of her two adorable children.   She is presently working on Aida and Il Trovatore.