On the Wings of Winter - Word and Melody


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YULIA PETRACHUK - Sopano


“Yulia is a special and unique artist, able to hold her own on any stage in the world”

Daniel Rigazzi, Stage Director at Metropolitan Opera in NYC


“I have rarely had a chance to work with an artist as wonderful as Yulia. She is emotive on stage, she is incredibly hard working, she is driven and on top of it all, she has an absolutely beautiful voice” - Giovanni Reggioli, Conductor at Washington DC National Opera
















In November 2015, Ms. Petrachuk successfully performed the World Premiere of “Yulia” (a song cycle for soprano and strings dedicated to her by composer E. Dubois) at the Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center in New York City, in collaboration with the renowned Italian pianist Carlo Pari. Her future engagements include various operatic and concert series performances in Washington DC, New York, Russia and France.




CARLO PARI – Pianist


“An applause gentlemen, a pianist who breath with the singer and paint him the musical landscape with his finger” -  Luciano Pavarotti

















He runs master classes and specialization courses at the most important Universities and Conservatories of the world: Bejing, Tianjin, Stockholm, New York City, Glasgow, Cleveland, Sydney, Melbourne, London, Guam – and among the most important institutions: Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Manhattan School of Music, Tianjin University of music, Tianjin Conservatory of Music, Changsa University of music, Yuè Yang Shi University of music, Cleveland Insitute of Music, Estonian Academy of music & Kultuuri-ja-Humanitaarhariduse Institut, Guam University Figueroa Opera Academy, Moscow Conservatory of Music and at the Corelli Music Institute.

He is principal piano teacher at the Conservatory of music of Venice and a Steinway Artist.




GRIGORY SOLOVIOV - Bass


The Russian bass Grigory Soloviov possesses the voice and all the characteristics of the blind fallen king. His timber is exemplary and his acting skills are remarkable. - ResMusica, Jaques Hétu, Opéra de Montréal, "Turandot"


The Polypheme of the Russian Bass Grigory Soloviov is constantly moving with a sonorous voice and strong dramatic presence... He draws with great style and emotion, but never forcing the voice in this role of a villain.

www.classiqueinfo.com, Emmanuel Andrieu, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, "Acis and Galatea"












His concert work includes appearances with such orchestras as the Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco.

Between appearances on Russian stages, Mr. Soloviov is also in great demand as a judge for vocal competitions held across the nation. 



MICHAEL FENNELLY - Pianist

Praised as a pianist with “flair and energy” (The New York Times)

Michael Fennelly was the United States winner of the Horowitz Competition, and made his Carnegie Hall solo recital debut as winner of the Artist International Competition.  He was a prize-winner of the Young Artist Peninsula Music Festival, and the Young Keyboard Artist Association.  He has performed in Moscow Conservatory’s International Chopin Symposium, New York’s Schoenberg Music Festival, and Italy’s Wilhelm Kempff Beethoven Seminar, and in master classes under John O’Connor, Richard Goode, and Abbey Simon.

Dr. Fennelly was a staff pianist and coach for several years with The Juilliard School. He instituted a chamber music program and worked with Lorin Maazel at the Castleton Festival, and has performed recitals with members of the New York Philharmonic and soloists from the Metropolitan Opera.  Michael Fennelly has performed for the Aristotle Onassis Foundation, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Kosciuszko Foundation, the Opera Index Foundation, Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, Allied Tours, Joy in Singing, and the Metropolitan Opera Guild. 

Last season Michael Fennelly established the Athena Music Foundation and toured China, Macau, and Hong Kong with several rising opera stars of the Metropolitan Opera. He performed in Bora Bora, French Polynesia, and throughout the US in concert, and was the soloist and premiered his choral arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue with the New Jersey Festival Orchestra.

This season he is the soloist with the National Chorale in his own arrangement of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue for solo piano, orchestra, and symphonic chorus at Lincoln Center. He conducts a new opera From My Mother's Mother by Jeeyoung Kim for the Korean Cultural Center, NYC, and performs in concert with Renée Fleming and Emmy nominee Tituss Burgess.




AARON BLANKFIELD - Tenor

A Tennesse native, Aaron Blankfield was most recently an apprentice artist for Sarasota Opera’s winter season where he performed in multiple shows including the cover for Judge Danforth in The Crucible. In 2009, Mr. Blankfield was a studio artist with the Florentine Opera where he performed Borsa in Rigoletto, Bully and Dr. Binch in Elmer Gantry and the Tenor soloist in Handel's Messiah with the Milwaukee Symphony. He was also a participant in the Caramoor Music Festival, performing the role of Trabuco in La Forza del Destino and covering Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He has appeared with Boheme Opera New Jersey as Gastone in La Traviata.

Mr. Blankfield studied opera at the University of Tennessee and Westminster Choir College. During these years, he performed Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Flute in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Alessandro in Mozart’s Il Re Pastore.




JACQUELINE POLLAUF - Harp

Jacqueline Pollauf, harpist, praised for playing with “transcendent ability” (The Sybaritic Singer), and a “steady and most satisfying elegance” (The Toledo Blade), explores a varitey of sounds and styles on the harp through her own transcriptions. Jacqueline made her solo debut at age sixteen with the Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra and has since given solo performances throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

Recording credits include Music from Three Continents with the Scottish Voices ensemble of Glasgow, Scotland; a solo recording, Bouquet, and an upcoming 2017 release with Trio  Sirènes on the ANALOG Arts label.  Jacqueline has been honored with awards from the Maryland State Arts Council and Chamber Music America. In addition to being the founder and director of the Baltimore Harp Camp, Jacqueline is on faculty of American University, the Baltimore School for the Arts, Blue Lake Fine Arts CampGoucher College, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory.





EMMANUEL M. DUBOIS – Composer

Award winning and commissioned American composer, Emmanuel Dubois, born in Brussels, studied music at Western Michigan University, at the age of 46.
He received the Irving S. Gilmore Emerging Artist Award for the Suite for large Brass and Timpani (1996), the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo Arts Outreach Grant for the second piano sonata (1998), and the Pharmacia and Upjohn Foundation Grant for the third piano sonata (1999). In 2014, he was commissioned by Michigan State University (College of Music) to write “Come Ye Who Love” for soprano, horn and piano, which was warmly reviewed in the “Horn Call” (Feb. 2015).

A prolific composer, he has written for numerous instruments, alone or in combination: for piano - five sonatas and numerous pieces, for brass – several chamber works, for church organ – a large suite commemorating the September 11, 2001 tragedy, for chromatic carillon – a suite. His orchestral music comprises three concertos (piano, clarinet, trumpet) with orchestra, and a fantasy for piano and large brass ensemble.
The vocal works include several song cycles for soprano. ”Yulia”, for soprano and string quartet, premiered at Merkin Hall (2015) and is dedicated to the soprano Yulia Petrachuk for whom he is presently writing an opera.
The Russian language song cycle “Russian Winter” for soprano and harp which premiers this December at Carnegie Hall his also dedicated to Yulia Petrachuk. Dubois’ works have been performed at more than forty venues in the USA and France.
Before immersing himself in music, he studied chemistry (graduate from the University of Brussels) and business (MBA from UNC, Chapel Hill, NC). He worked several years in the oil industry and ten years in international finance for a major New York bank.

 

Soprano Yulia Petrachuk performs an evening of spellbinding art songs by Rachmaninoff, Debussy and Duparc;

WORLD PREMIERE of Russian song cycle “Russian Winter” for soprano and virtuoso harp by American composer Emmanuel M. Dubois


Operatic arias by Cilea, Bellini, Donizetti, Flotow, Gounod, Mozart, Lehar, Rachmaninoff and breathtaking duets from operas Romeo et Juliette by Charles Gounod and Aleko by Sergey Rachmaninoff.


Piano works by Bach-Busoni and Scriabin performed by renown Italian virtuoso pianist Carlo Pari

 



PERFORMERS:


Yulia Petrachuk, Soprano
Grigory Soloviov, Bass
Aaron Blankfield, Tenor
Carlo Pari, Piano

Michael Fennelly, Piano
Jacqueline Pollauf, Harp


        

CONCERT PROGRAM


I PART


CLAUDE DEBUSSY:

  1. -Romance, L.79

  2. -Apparition, L.53 (from Quatre chansons de jeunesse, n.4)

HENRI DUPARC: Phidylé


BACH-BUSONI: Chaconne in D minor, BWV 1004


EMMANUEL M. DUBOIS: Song cycle for soprano and harp “Russian Winter”, op.49 (World premiere)


ALEXANDER SCRIABIN: Sonata №2, Op.19


SERGEY RACHMANINOFF:

- Christ is risen (Христос воскрес), Op.26, №6

- How Fair this Spot (Здесь хорошо), Op. 21, №7

- In the Silence of the Secret Night (В молчаньи ночи тайной), Op. 4, №3

  1. -The Sleep (Сон), Op. 38, №5

- Spring Waters (Весенние воды), Op.14, №11

PYOTR TCHAIKOVSKY: Does the Day Reign? (День ли царит), Op.47, №6


II PART


FRANCESCO CILEA: “Io son l’umile ancella”, Adriana’s aria from the opera Adriana Lecouvreur

VINCENZO BELLINI: Il mulino... Vi ravviso, o luoghi”, Rodolfo’s aria from the opera “La Sonnambula”

GAETANO DONIZETTI: “Spirito gentil...”, Fernando’s aria from the opera La Favorita

CHARLES GOUNOD:

  1. -“Jewelry Song” from the opera Faust

  2. -“Va! Je t’ai pardonne!”, Duet of Romeo et Juliette from the opera Romeo et Juliette

WOLFGANG MOZART: “Madamina, il catalogo e’ questo”, Leporello’s aria from the opera Don Giovanni

FRIDERICH VON FLOTOW: “Ach so fromm”, Lyonel’s aria from the opera Martha

SERGEY RACHMANINOFF: Scene of Aleko and Zemphira and Aleko’s cavatina “All the gipsy camp is sleeping” from the opera Aleko

FRANZ LEHAR: “Meine Lippen, sie kussen so heiss” from the operetta Giuditta



 

Born in Russia, Ms. Petrachuk studied at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and is a graduate of Bern Opera Studio in Bern, Switzerland.

Her debut as a professional opera singer was with the State Theater Bern, Switzerland in 2010. She has also performed with Theater Biel (Switzerland), Ash Lawn Opera Festival, Opera Ischia (Italy), Dicapo Opera Theater NYC, Great Moscow Hall, Vocal Productions NYC and Opera Camerata. Some of her main roles performed include Fiordiligi, Mimi, Violetta, Nedda, Iolanta, Tatiana, Euridice, Flaminio, Lauretta, Adina.

In 2014, she made her debut at the Carnegie Hall with Steven Crawford, pianist and assistant conductor of Metropolitan Opera.

In 2012, Ms. Petrachuk received a grant by The Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridge and in 2015 she was one of the Finalists in the Vocal Arts DC Discovery Series Competition in Washington DC. 

In 2015, she won the Montpelier Art Center’s Classical Recital Series Competition.

Carlo carried out his musical studies at the G.Rossini Conservatory in Pesaro, conferring a Diploma in Piano and Composition with full marks and with honors. After specializing subsequently at numerous and authoritative Academies of Music and Masters of Piano interpretations, he devoted himself to an intense concert activity which took him, as a solo pianist and accompanist to play in the most prestigious European end not European concert halls and festivals, as well as, Carnegie Hall (New York), Teatro Bonci (Italy), Teatro Rossini (Italy), Beijing Concert Art, Centre of performing art, Tianjin Concert Hall, Handan Concert Hall (China), Rachmaninoff Concert Hall, Great Hall (Russia) etc.

As an eclectic musician, he has focused on various disciplines and music types collaborating with world-famous artists such as: Tullio de Piscopo, Luciano Pavarotti, Mirella Freni, Katia Ricciarelli, Giuseppe Taddei, Rolando Panerai, Michele Placido, Federico Mondelci, and orchestra such as Symphonic Orchestra G.Verdi of Milan, Rossini Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Moscow, S.Petersburg Philharmonic, Mav Symphony Orchestra etc.

Before completing his studies with the Washington National Opera's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist's program in 2009, Russian-American bass Grigory Soloviov attended the prestigious Moscow State Conservatory. Mr. Soloviov has won or been placed as a finalist in many prestigious vocal competitions globally, including the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions in Washington, DC, the XIII International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition, and the Giulio Gari Foundation Competition.

Mr. Soloviov performed on numerous stages across the world, among which are the Metropolitan Opera, Gran Teatro La Fenice, the Washington National Opera, Bolshoi Academic State Theatre, Helikon-Opera, the Dallas Opera, Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Opéra National de Lyon, Opéra de Tours, Opéra De Montréal, the Palm Beach Opera, Connecticut Grand Opera, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence. 

“Russian winters are known for their beauty and severity, and their celebration in poetry, literature, music and films is legendary. The beautiful legend of Snow-maiden – Snegurochka – sublimely put in opera by Rimsky-Korsakov, evokes the renewal of life in springtime and the end of life in winter without violence, without sense of loss. It is quite remarkable in comparison with the thirst of violence in so much of the world literature.

It is this consideration and Yulia’s extraordinary soprano voice that decided me to write Russian Winter Op. 49, a song cycle for soprano and harp. Yulia’s late father was a poet, and it is my great pleasure to dedicate “Russian Winter” Op. 49 to her and to her family.”

Emmanuel M. Dubois, October 2016