This evening was the first concert in public for the students of the Cardiff International Academy of Voice who are here in Barga for a series of masterclasses for budding professional singers with the potential to embark on a career in opera. An intensive programme of events has been co-ordinated, designed to showcase the students’ world-leading potential.
The programme includes an operatic gala, a sacred music concert and the highlight of the residency, two performances of Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto, a light hearted operatic farce considered one of the finest operas of the 18th century. Directed by Robin Tebbutt and conducted by Phillip Thomas the opera will be presented on two nights during the visit and has been double-cast so that all students get the opportunity to perform. The students will be joined for their performances by an exciting young Italian orchestra Lo Spartito, based in the nearby town of Lucca.
Il matrimonio segreto this will take place later on this month but for this evening it the turn of a Gala Concert with music from Verdi, Rossini and Donizetti.
On the stage at the Teatro Dei Differenti were Claire Egan, Sally Li, Catrin Aur Davies, Courtney A. Mills, Mary-Jean O’Doherty, Claire Egan, Ione Cumming, Renee Martin, Noel Hernandez, Carlos Osuna, Rhys Jenkins, Philip Rhodes, Bulani Madikizela, Julia Lezhneva, Hyun Tae Kim – Pianisti – Sharon Richards and Jane Samuel