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’Opéra 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 fée 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 Gutiérrez 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 Gutiérrez has also appeared in concert in Prague, Cannes, Finland, Miami, and tour in the Unites States with Andrea Bocelli. In 2008 Miss Gutiérrez 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 Müller.

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 Gutiérrez 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 début as soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem and John Rutter’s 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’s La sonnambula, Nanetta inFalstaff, and Adina in L’elisir d’amore. Additional roles in her repertoire include Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow, and the title roles in Roig’s Cecilia Valdés and Vives’ Doña 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 (“…[she has] the physical appearance of an irresistible femme fatal… [and her] voice is ravishing.”) at the Arena Sferisterio in Macerata, and The Duchess of Argyll in Thomas Ades’ 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’s successes are performances with Mº Callegari and director Pier Luigi Pizzi as Lady Macbeth in Macerata; with Mº Daniel Oren/dir Gilbert Deflo as Manon Lescaut in Genova; and under Gianluigi Gelmetti at the Rome Opera as Sakùntala in the opera La leggenda di Sakùntala 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.

Dramatic Mezzo soprano Natasha Novitskaia will perform Amneris (act 4) at the Giacomini Gala in 2 weeks

Russian-born Natasha Novitskaia is a mezzo-soprano on her way to an important career as a true dramatic Verdi mezzo, excelling in repertoire such as Dalila, Santuzza, Azucena, Amneris, some Wagner and many of the important Russian roles for mezzo.  She is an exceptionally exciting recent addition to the Laifer Artists Roster..Receiving early training in singing and classical piano, she holds Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Marylhurst University and a Master’s degree in Russian Literature from St. Petersburg University.  Her first teacher in the United States was Ellen Faull, former Professor of Voice at the Juilliard School in NYC.  She presently works with Bill Schuman.

Natasha is a prizewinner of the 2011 Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition. Though she began her career as a liricospinto soprano, her true voice was mezzo and she began singing mezzo roles about four years ago.

She has performed Amneris, Fricka and Carmen with New York Opera Forum.  In 2015 she sang the Principessa in Suor Angelica in the Tuscia Opera Festival in Cordona, Italy.  She also sang in a gala concert in New York City, “Opera Night”, where she performed arias and duets from Aida, Trovatore, and Carmen.

In 2015 she made her European solo recital debut singing Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Sviridov with pianist Sergey Neller, and in 2016 she sang a solo recital at the Russian Embassy in Berlin, performing arias from Samson et Dalila, Carmen, and Kashchie the Immortal by Rachmaninoff in addition to songs by Rachmaninoff.

She has worked with Martina Arroyo, Jonathan Kelly, Grace Bumbry, Sherrill Milnes, Marcello Giordani.

This past summer she performed with the Mercury Orchestra as the vocal soloist in Prokofiev’s cantata Alexander Nevsky, composed for mezzo-soprano, chorus, and orchestra (“in the heart wrenching ΄The Field of the Dead΄… her oboe-like voice reached out“).  In October, Natasha sang Azucena in a concert performance of Il Trovatore at the Liederkranz Society in New York.  Most recently this winter she sang in a duo recital with soprano Olga Zhuravel Maselli at Scorca Hall at Opera America in NYC.

After her performing the Amneris/Radames duet from Act 4 in the Giacomini Gala concert at Carnegie Hall Natasha is then is off to Italia coaching and presenting a masterclass in Russian at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze in conjunction with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.  Next season she will be making her Tokyo concert debut with orchestra in an all-Russian program and she will also debut with the Russian Chamber Arts Society in Washington at the Maison Francais.

We are very much looking forward to Natasha’s performing at the Giacomini gala and welcome her to Carnegie Hall.  An exciting performer on her way!!

Tenor Dongwon Shin will sing at the Giacomini Gala on April 4th

Dongwon shin will fly in from his home in Korea to sing at the Giacomini Gala in 2 weeks!

Korean born tenor Dongwon Shin has been singing some of the dramatic operatic repertoire the last several years including Tabarro with Opera Carolina, Manrico in Dresden, the Arizona Opera, Ft. Worth Opera and Opera de Montreal, Radames at Covent Garden and at the Vienna Staatsoper, to glowing reviews. He also performed the Verdi Requiem and Samson at the teatro Verdi, Trieste in this time period and debuted with San Francisco Opera as Radames. Other recent appearances include his signature role Calaf again with Dayton Opera and Montreal, a “thrilling” Radames in theSavonlinna Festival‘s Aida, Calaf to glowing reviews with Ft. Worth Opera: “Tenor Dongwon Shin met the challenge on Saturday. His Nessun dorma was the highlight of an incredible evening for him and for the Fort Worth Opera”Calaf inTurandot with Palm Beach Opera having just performed this role with Opera New Zealand as“a superb Calaf with a wonderfully strong, fully italianate voice, and brought the house down in Nessun Dorma”. He made his professional operatic debut in 2005 as Radames in Aida with Opera Company of Philadelphia. In 2007 he made a dramatic debut with Opera Australia as Calaf in Turandot, arriving the day before the opening and receiving both public and critical acclaim-and has been reengaged to return in 2009. He appeared as a guest artist at the 20th Anniversary Sergio Franchi Gala.

In 2016 he performed his first Cavaradossi and he has concerts in Seoul and throughout Korea in 2017. In April he appears in the Giacomini gala in Carnegie Hall singing di quella pira and a duet from Aida!  He returns to the U.S. in 2017-18 as Radames Knoxville’s new Aida. New roles coming up include Don Jose in Carmen.

An exciting performer, we welcome him back to NY and look forward to his singing at the Giacomini gala [and his di quella pira is in the original key 🙂 ]

Bass-baritone Grigory Soloviov, my newest artist, will sing at the Giacomini Gala at Carnegie Hall on April 4th.

Russian-American bass-baritone Grigory Soloviov attended the prestigious Moscow State Conservatory and in 2009, was a member of the Washington Opera Youg Artists Program. Mr. Soloviov has won or been placed as a finalist in many prestigious vocal competitions globally, including the XIII International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition, and the Giulio Gari Foundation Competition.

Mr. Soloviov has performed on numerous stages across the world, among which are the Metropolitan Opera, Gran Teatro La Fenice, the Washington National Opera, Bolshoi Opera, Moscow, Helikon-Opera, the Dallas Opera, Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Opéra National de Lyon, Opéra de Tours, Opéra De Montréal, the Palm Beach Opera, Connecticut Grand Opera,  and Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.

His concert work includes appearances with such orchestras as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, and Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco.

I had met him again this past winter in NY in a concert after hearing him in Palm Beach as Lodovico in Otello about 7 years ago  and realized that he had “grown up” from the 28 year old that I heard back then.  He came to Berlin to sing and consult with me this past January and I decided then that he was a bass-baritone rather than bass and that I wanted to guide his career…and such are the fates!!!  :))   Enjoy his appearance at the gala!!!