Thursday, 9 April 2015

An intimate evening with a dramatic diva

Nelly Miricioiu
Nelly Miricioiu
The British/Romanian soprano Nelly Miriciouiu's most recent London performances have generally been to large halls in full scale Italian operas (including Verdi's Stiffelio in 2014 with Chelsea Opera Group, see my review). On Tuesday 21 April 2015 she will be in more intimate mode when, at St John's Smith Square she will be accompanied by pianist David Gowland in a programme of songs and operatic arias.

In the first half she will be performing Ravel's Cinq Mélodies Populaire Grecques and songs by Chausson, Respighi and Chopin plus folksongs from her native Romania. Then in the second half we will be treated to arias from operas by four of the composers most associated with Nelly, Puccini, Bellini, Rossini and Verdi. There will be arias from Puccini's La Rondine, and Suor Angelica, Bellini's Il pirata, Rossini's Semiramide and Verdi's I due Foscari.

Nelly Miricioiu was born and studied in Romania and fled the country in 1981, making her debut at Scottish Opera and in 1982 she made her Covent Garden debut. David Gowland is the Artistic Director for the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, Royal Opera House Covent Garden.

Further information and tickets from the St John's Smith Square website. You can read my interview with Nelly on this blog (with the second part here).

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