About LIBERAinCANTO 6 – 10 July 2020
About LIBERAinCANTO 6 – 10 July 2020
Donna Brown, Soprano
Wikipedia: Donna Brown
›Ms. Brown has sung with the leading orchestras and opera houses of the world under such conductors as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Bernard Haitink, Kent Nagano, Daniel Barenboim, Kurt Mazur, Carlo Maria Giulini, Jeffrey Tate.
›Ms. Brown has been hailed as a remarkable interpreter of Art Song and has sung in over 150 recitals.
›Mrs Brown was a visiting professor at the Yonsei University in Seoul, the Fondacion Scola Cantorum, in Caracas, the Bachakademie in Santiago de Compostela.
› She currently teaches voice at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, and continues to sing in recitals and concerts throughout the world.
“When I first watched Nicola teach a masterclass at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, I was struck by her facility in working with each singer. She was able to intuitively give each singer what she or he needed at that given moment. She worked physically with each one, loosening up their inhibitions and freeing up their inner voices. Seeing as I had three of my singers following her summer course in Italy that summer, and seeing as I totally agreed with her approach to opening up a singer’s inner voice, I too followed the summer course as a listener. Every minute of each and every day was fascinating! In the beginning of my career, I had had the unbelievable luck of working for a year with the famous director Peter Brook, (singing in “La Tragédie de Carmen” )who based his teachings and directing on Stanislavski’s method of acting. He taught us singers, through various techniques, how get away from the typical singers’ exaggerated movements and how to get into the core of the text, the core of the emotions, so that we could become a conduit of the music’s meaning. I told Nicola how I found her method of teaching so similar to Peter Brook’s, and how her results were the same. What Nicola is able to give to the singers is precious indeed and something that will stay with the singer for the rest of his/her life.”
Paul Curran, stage director and invited teacher at LIBERAinCANTO 2020
›Born in Colombia
›Studies: B.M. (Music Education), Universidad del Valle, Colombia
M.M (Voice Performance Masters) Brooklyn Collegue, New York
›Engagements to date: Lucia di Lammermoor and Violeta Valery (Teatro Municipal Cali), Adina (Teatro Materón,Palmira), Princesa Sofia (Teatro Colón, Bogotá), Königin der Nacht (Teatro Cafam, Bogotá)
›Upcoming: Ciclo de jóvenes cantantes, April 20 (Escuela superior de Canto de Madrid)
Adina and Musetta (Teatro Municipal Cali), Fiordiligi, Nanetta
› Born: Quebec in Canada
› Studies: Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal – Master degree
› Recent experiences: Adele in Die Fledermaus, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, masterclasses, competitions, concerts
› Upcoming: Fée in Cendrillon (Massenet) 2020
› Also: Visual artist: #charlottevigneaultartiste – instagram
› Born in Caracas, Venezuela
› Studies: Bachelor at ESCM, Master of Music in Voice Performance at Jacobs School of Music-Indiana University (USA). Doctor in medicine.
› Engagements to date: Title role of Bizet´s Carmen at Musical Art Center (USA), Teatro N. Alcalá (Spain) and Musica Riva Festival (Italy). Paloma´s El Barberillo de Lavapiés (Barbieri) and Gerturd´s Hänsel und Gretel (Humperdinck) at ESCM. Vivaldi´s Gloria (National Music Auditorium of Span), Händel´s Messiah (CEU), Mozart´s C Minor Mass (Auer Hall, IU).
› Upcoming : Bach´s Weihnachtsoratorium (CEU). Opera gala (Teatro Infanta Isabel).
› Born in Madrid, Spain
› Studies: Universität der Künste Berlin
› Engagements to date: Teatro Municipale di Piacenza (Oscar, Rosina), Teatro Coumunale di Ferrara (Oscar), Teatro Alighieri di Ravenna (Oscar), Teatro de la Maestranza (Nannetta, Bubikopf, Charlotte), Teatro Real Madrid (Tebaldo), Opera Garage (Lucia di Lammermoor)
Recitals in Lied Festivals such as LIFE Victoria Barcelona and Schubertiada a Vilabertran
› Upcoming: Teatro de la Maestranza (Despina)
› Born in Sevilla, Spain
› Studies: highdegree in lyric theater specialty opera and Zarzuela
› Engagments to date: Gran Teatro Falla Cadiz, Teatro Villamarta Jerez, Teatro de la Maestranza Sevilla
› Upcoming: Adina (“Elisir d’amore”) Paraninfo Granada
› Québec, Canada
› Studies: Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, Canada
› Engagements to date: Opéra de Montréal (Nada – Svadba, Soeur Jeanne – Dialogue des Carmélites, Die Schleppenträgerin – Elektra ),
Opéra de Québec (Mercédès – Carmen, Flora – La Traviata ), Société d’art Lyrique du Royaume (Siebel – Faust), Dorabella (Highlands Opera Studio)
› Upcoming: Société d’art Lyrique du Royaume (Nicklausse – Les contes d’Hoffmann)
›American, in Germany since 2013, currently a member of the International Opera Studio at Oper Frankfurt
›Studies: Theaterakademie August Everding/Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, Amherst College
›Upcoming: Phylo in Fauré’s “Pénélope” (new production at Oper Frankfurt), Micaëla in Bizet’s “Carmen” at Oper Frankfurt