[29 March 2011 – Hong Kong] Austrian soprano Mara Mastalir is joined by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of famed Dutch conductor Jan Willem de Vriend in a pair of “Sing Mozart Sing” performances that showcase some fine vocal works by her compatriot. Mozart +: “Sing Mozart Sing” will be held on 8 & 9 April 2011 (Fri & Sat), 8pm at the Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall.
Mozart’s special relationship with the soprano voice is highlighted here with a selection of magnificent arias, from two of his most entertaining operas, Cosi fan tutte and The Marriage of Figaro, as well as in Exsultate Jubilate, sung by Mastalir who can be seen gracing the stages of many of the world’s great concert halls. Maestro de Vriend, a specialist in music of the time, frames Mozart’s glorious vocal music with instrumental music written immediately before and after Mozart’s time. Rameau’s opera, based on Greek mythology, is full of enchanting dances, while Beethoven’s Second Symphony mixes humor and wit with some great tunes.
Mara Mastalir, Soprano
Award-winning Austrian soprano, Mara Mastalir, sang in many of Vienna’s great concert halls at a young age, including the Musikverein, the Wiener Konzerthaus, the Volkscoper Vienna and the Burgtheater. A student of Manfred Equiluz, she completed her Master’s degree at the Vienna Conservatory Private University in 2008, where she also studied Opera, Lied and Oratorio. She was a winner in the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg (Germany) in 2008 and won prizes at the Fidelio-Wettbewerb (Vienna) and Oper Schloss Laubach (Germany). Her latest operatic roles include Contessa de Ceprano in Verdi’s Rigoletto.
She is currently an ensemble member of the Volkscoper Vienna and has performend throughout Austria, as well as in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Russia and Poland.
Jan Willem de Vriend, Conductor
“The music-making is winningly fresh and vigorous.”
Dutch maestro Jan Villem de Vriend is Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra and the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, which was established by him in 1982. The orchestra focuses on the performance of 17th and 19th-century music from both standard repertoire and programs featuring remarkable and little known works, some of which are only available in manuscript. The band has made successful tours in the United States, Japan and South America.
He is also Principal Guest Conductor of the Brabant Orchestra for baroque and classical repertoire. He regularly conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and the Hague Residency Orchestra.
Apart from regular conductorship in opera productions such as Mozart’s The Magic Flute with Opera National du Rhin in Strassbourg and Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo at the Luzern Opera, de Vriend has made a number of critically acclaimed recordings including the rarely performed Hamburg 1893 version of Mahler’s 1st Symphony with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra. His highlights of the current season include St John’s Passion with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Mozart +: Sing Mozart Sing
8&9 | 4 | 2011
fri & sat 8pm
HK City Hall Concert Hall
HK$280 $200 $140 $100
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|Jan Willem de Vriend||conductor|
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|RAMEAU||Suite from Dardanus|
|MOZART||Così fan tutte: Una donna a quindici anni|
|MOZART||Le nozze di Figaro: Giunse alfin il momento…Deh vieni non tardar|
|MOZART||Così fan tutte: Come scoglio|
|BEETHOVEN||Symphony No. 2|
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HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Edo de Waart
Artistic Director and Chief Conductor
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) is one of Asia’s leading orchestras. Enriching Hong Kong’s cultural life for over a century, the Orchestra has grown into a formidable ensemble of Chinese and international talents, attracting world-class artists to collaborate on its stage. HKPO annually touches the lives of over 200,000 music lovers through more than 150 performances including its extensive education activities for children and adults alike, and free concerts such as the popular Swire Symphony under the Stars, and regular broadcasts and telecasts. Outside of Hong Kong, HKPO has made a number of critically acclaimed tours in Asia and Europe. In the 2010/11 season, the Orchestra undertakes a China tour of Shanghai, Xi’an and Beijing under the leadership of Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Maestro Edo de Waart. The first of which is an Expo 2010 programme.
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is financially supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
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