Paros' Classical Music Festival Great Vocal Music with Ukrainian soprano Oxana Arkaeva
Chamber music, arias and songs by Scarlatti, Mozart, Strauss, Verdi, Debussy, Massenet, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff make a delightful evening for the audience of this second concert of the 3rd Classical Music Festival of Paros. The "Great Vocal Music" series of that day features Ukrainian soprano Oxana Arkaeva, Belgian clarinetist Vlad Weverbergh and pianist Nancy Goldenberg.
Who is Oxana Arkaeva
Oxana Arkaeva took piano lessons in the Moscow Philharmonic Ensemble at the age of 6 she. She started her singing studies at the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory, where she made her operatic debut as Euridice in Gluck's "Orfeo." She also studied at New York's Manhattan School of Music, where she performed numerous recitals.
Arkaeva has won renowned internationa competitions, such as second prize at the Olga Koussevitzky competition, first prize at Placido Domingo's Operalia competition in Mexico, 1994, and the second prize at the S. Hertogenbosch International Vocal Competition in the Netherlands.
After her victory in Operalia, she was invited by the great Spanish tenor, Placido Domingo, to sing the role of Muzetta in the famous Puccini'ss opera "La Boheme" at Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
She has also performed at the Royal Opera House in Copenhagen, the Zurich Opera House, the Frankfurt Opera, the Zomeropera festival of Belgium, the Attaturk Cultural Center of Istanbul, the Steinway Hall and the YWCA in New York City.
She is currently working for the Frankfurt am Main Opera. This concert marks her debut with the Paros Summer Music Festival.
Who is Vlad Weverbergh
Despite his young age - born in 1977 - Vlad Weverbergh must be counted as one of Belgium's leading clarinetists. His phenomenal technique, masterly control, enviable musicality and stylistic versatility have won him praise from all quarters. A series of brilliant competition results at both Belgian and international venues have served to underline his talents.
He has won the Young Tenuto, Belgium, the Aurelian Octav Popa International Competition, Romania, The Concours Europeen pour Jeune Solistes, Luxemburg, and the Pro Civitate prize, Belgium.
He is a graduate of the Royal Music Conservatory, Antwerp, and has performed with numerous Philharmonic orchestras. His trio, the Trio Dor (violin, clarinet and accordion) has toured Romania, Sweden, the Netherlands, France, Austria and South Africa. The trio has released two CDs. Weverbergh has released his own CD entitled "Premiere Rhapsody."
A few words about Nancy Goldenberg
Founder and artistic director of the Paros Classical Music Festival, American-born Nancy Goldenberg, performs and lectures internationally. Trained at the Juilliard School, the Paris Conservatory and Salzburg's Mozarteum, she has been assistant conductor and coach at New York City Opera, head of the Department of Accompaniment at Florida State University and music professor at several US Universities.
She has also written two books on teaching piano to children. She lives in Frankfurt, Germany, and Paros island, Greece.
The program of the concert of Saturday, August 9, goes as follows:
- Tre aria antiche: Le Violette (Alessandro Scarlati), Pieta Signore (Alessandro Stradella) and Gia il sole dal Gange (Alessandro Scarlati)
- Voi che Sapete (W.A.Mozart)
- Paraphrase of Mozart arias for piano (W.A.Mozart-Goldenberg)
- Morgen, Standchen, Alle Seelen (Richard Strauss)
- Der Hirt auf dem Falsen (Franz Schubert)
- "A forse lui". Violetta's aria from "La Traviata" (Giueseppe Verdi)
- 9 works by Claude Debussy: The Girl with the Flaxen Hair, Romance, The Little Shepard, Le Petit Negre (transcribed for clarinet), C'est L'extase, Il pleure dans mon Coeur, L'ombre des Arbre, Chevaux de Bois and Creen
- Manon's Aria (Jules Massenet)
- Four songs (P.I. Tchaikovsky)
- Five works bySerge Rachmaninoff: Oh, never to sing to me again, How Fair this Spot, The Lilacs, the Answer, Spring Waters.