Archive For The “Artists” Category

Rafal LEWANDOWSKI combines in his playing the Polish and French piano traditions.

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Rafal LEWANDOWSKI combines in his playing the Polish and French piano traditions. He has performed on concert stages across Europe (France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Croatia, Poland, Denmark, Austria), and frequently plays in the USA. Rafael Lewandowski graduated from the Academy of Music in Gdansk, Poland. In 1995 he won a scholarship to attend a master-class…

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Steven Fredericks, bass-baritone

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Steven Fredericks, bass-baritone ​represents the complete package of an artistically satisfying performer. Hailed for his “robust” singing with “great emotional depth” he has made his mark with some of opera’s most celebrated roles. Fredericks’ impressive repertory spans all styles and represents his versatility as a performer. From favorite Puccini roles, Colline and Timur, to the…

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Galina Ivannikova, contralto

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Galina Ivannikova is critically acclaimed for her rich, lustrous voice as much as passionate dramatic portrayals. Bruce Michael Gelbert of the NY Art Review raved about her “ her timbre ruby in color, her chest register aptly gusty and her emotional pitch perfect”, “big, glorious Verdi voice in the Golden Age tradition.” Her signature role…

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Bass Stefan Szkafarowsky returns to CLO

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Bass Stefan Szkafarowsky has been praised for the beautiful quality of his bass voice as well as for his impeccable technique. Here in the 2017 -2018 season Stefan will make his debut with the Virginia Opera Company singing the role of The Old Hebrew in their production of Samson and Delilah. Stefan returns to the…

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Jurate Svedaite, soprano from Lithuania

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Possessing a vocal artistry and stage presence capable of “transfixing audiences with moments of opera magic,” Lithuanian soprano, Jūratė Švedaitė, has performed throughout Europe and the United States with the Lithuanian National Chamber Orchestra, the European Baroque Festival Opera, Connecticut Lyric Opera, Kaunas Chamber Orchestra, Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, the Lithuanian National Ensemble “Lietuva,” and…

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Belgian‐Israeli soprano Frederique Bosz

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The Belgian‐Israeli soprano FREDERIQUE BOSZ first studied piano for 5 years at the conservatory of Antwerp. She began her singing and opera education at the conservatory of Maastricht (the Netherlands) and interrupted this study to work with the Hungarian mezzo‐soprano Ibolya Palatinus in Germany and with Iris Adami‐Corradetti in Padova, Italy. Next she studied for…

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James Forgey, principal clarinetist of the Virtuosi

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A native of Jackson, Michigan, Jim Forgey has been an active performer and teacher in Connecticut since 1992. His musical training includes degrees from Michigan State University and the University of Michigan, and studies with renowned woodwind teacher Kalmen Opperman in New York City. In addition to his work with the Connecticut Virtuosi, Mr. Forgey performs…

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Daniel Juarez, tenor

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Tenor Daniel Juárez is becoming well known to New England opera audiences, having appeared in the past few seasons with Connecticut Lyric Opera, MetroWest Opera, Western Connecticut State University Opera Studio, and in various recital and concert venues throughout the region. The Day of New London, CT said of his performance of Erik in The…

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Brunilda Myftaraj, our concertmaster

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Albanian American violinist Brunilda Myftaraj has drawn enthusiastic accolades from audiences as well as critical acclaim for her masterful musicianship in her native Albania, as well as Italy, Greece, France, Marocco, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Israel and in the United States. She has been praised by the New London Day critic as an “especially fine and…

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