Archive For The “soloists” Category

When in Rome, do NOT do as these Romans do! Interview with Steve Frederiks

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By LARRY KELLUM Puccini’s 3rd most popular opera, the violent but gorgeous “TOSCA” returns to Connecticut in May when the CT Lyric Opera and the CT Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra present a new production of the masterpiece in its usual four venues throughout the state. Composed in 1900 and based on the famous French Sardou play…

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Violinist Luca Rinaldi joins CT Virtuosi Orchestra for Concert of Italian Masterworks

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By Ethan Sadoian Italian violinist Luca Rinaldi will join the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra for two concerts on December 9th and 10th, featuring Italian masterworks by Arcangelo Corelli and Ottorino Respighi. Luca Rinaldi’s acclaimed career has seen him perform as a soloist and violinist throughout Europe, and win international competitions and receive awards as a…

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Jorge Antonio Pita (March 11 & 13)

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Hailed as one of the leading exponents of the bel canto and lyric styles among today’s singers, Jorge Antonio Pita has performed the lyric tenor repertoire to great praise in opera houses throughout the world. Mr. Pita’s voice has now naturally blossomed into the spinto verismo repertoire. Mr. Pitas appearances have taken him to the…

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James Forgey, principal clarinet

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James Forgey, Clarinet 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,…

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Daniel Juarez, tenor (Faust Feb. / March)

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A leading resident tenor of the CT Lyric Opera, Daniel Juárez’s operatic credits include Erik in Wagner’s Der Fligende Hollander, Don José in Bizet’s Carmen, Casio in Verdi’s Otello, Rodolfo and Parpignol in Puccini’s La Bohème, Ferrando in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, Ralph Rackstraw in HMS Pinafore, Jaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, and…

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Christopher Browner

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This production of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” marks the full-length opera directing debut for the young actor and director Christopher Browner. A native of Waterbury, CT, Browner is a graduate of the Taft School and is currently pursuing a degree in music at Columbia University in the City of New York. He recently directed a 2012…

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Maksim Ivanov, baritone

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Russian-born baritone Maksim Ivanov has been praised for his portrayal of many operatic roles including Figaro in The Barber of Seville, Marcello and Schaunard in La Bohème, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, Dandini in La Cenerentola, Onegin in Eugene Onegin, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Robert in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, and Ford in Falstaff….

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Aleksandra Kaminska, mezzo-soprano

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Born in 1981 in Poland,  she graduated with honors from the master class of solo singing in 2007 at the Academy of Music in Poznań (Poland). In 2006/2007, she won a scholarship of Conservatorio di Musica di Santa Cecilia in Rome. Still a student, she has made a debut in Opera Theater in Szczecin (Poland)…

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Daniel Juarez – tenor

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A leading resident tenor of the CT Lyric  Opera, Daniel Juárez’s operatic credits include Erik in Wagner’s Der Fligende  Hollander, Don José in Bizet’s Carmen, Casio in Verdi’s Otello, Rodolfo and Parpignol in Puccini’s La Bohème, Ferrando in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, Ralph Rackstraw in HMS Pinafore, Jaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, and other leading…

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