Marc Scorca Hall at National Opera Center
A soiree of two different stiles of Arts Songs from 20th century, composed almost at the same time but yet so different. Soprano Yulia Petrachuk and baritone Christiaan Smith present to you an alluring evening of art songs by Sergey Rachmaninoff and Jazz songs from repertoire of Frank Sinatra composed by by Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn, David Mann, Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits, which will captivate your senses in an evening of charm, love, and passion.
All Tickets include the Music Concert following with post concert reception with wine and homemade pastries
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Free admission for children 12 years old or younger
CHRISTIAAN SMITH - BARITONE
Christiaan was lrecently seen on stage starring as Gaston in Disney's Beauty and the Beast National Tour. Nick Vadala, at Philly.com says,"Christiaan Smith... stole the show as the eminently hateable Gaston, perfectly executing that mixture of arrogant and delusional that defines the character."
Christiaan Smith has sung on concerts which also featured six-time Grammy Award Nominee Frederica von Stade as well as Tony Award Winners Alice Ripley and Randy Graff. He has performed with NEA Jazz Master Richard Davis. Christiaan's songwriting was featured when he opened for one of President Obama's campaign speeches, and he has sung opera across the US and in Italy.
Christiaan recently played Schaunard in La Bohème with Kentucky Opera and Townsend Opera, Joseph DeRocher in Dead Man Walking with the Modern American Music Project, and Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with Cinnabar Opera. He also sang Dancaïre in Carmen in his second summer at Music Academy of the West, where he worked closely with Marilyn Horne. While there, he also sang Jule Styne's "Time After Time" for Carol Burnett at the Music Academy's Cabaret night, which prompted the quote you see at the top of this page. Christiaan recently sang cabaret in the Kansas City Lyric Opera's World War I cabaret night Over There! directed by Francis Cullinan at the National WWI Museum.
Christiaan has worked closely with the composer Jake Heggie, who invited him to sing on his Composer Salon at Opera America in New York as well as in his Noe Valley Chamber Music concert which also featured Frederica von Stade. Mr. Heggie also asked Christiaan to sing two roles in the workshop of his newest opera, Great Scott, in collaboration with the Dallas Opera. With Madison Opera, Christiaan played Christiano in Un Ballo in Maschera and Mr. Jenks in The Tender Land. He spent two summers as an Ash Lawn Opera Young Artist, singing Papageno in Mozart's Magic Piccolo, Tommy in The Music Man, and Un Ufficiale in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He has been a Music Academy of the West Vocal Fellow, a Kentucky Opera Resident Artist, an Ash Lawn Opera Young Artist, a Des Moines Metro Opera Apprentice Artist, and a soloist with the Madison Early Music Festival. He has toured Northeastern Italy singing Marco in Gianni Schicchi with La Musica Lirica.
Christiaan graduated from three world renowned institutions: Indiana University-Bloomington (IU), Boston University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He holds a Master's degree from IU where he played an agile Papageno in Die Zauberflöte directed by Tomer Zvulun. At IU he studied voice with Timothy Noble and acting with Carol Vaness. With a full-ride scholarship to Boston University's Opera Institute, he was seen as John Wilkes Booth in Sondheim's Assassins, Count Robinson in Il matrimonio segreto, Frank in The Postman Always Rings Twice, Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette, and Charlie in Three Decembers. He holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, where he played Antonio in Le Nozze di Figaro and Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas. He is the 2010 recipient of the Orpheus Vocal Competition Nora Sands Award, and was a Phyllis Curtin Artist at Boston University.
YULIA PETRACHUK - SOPRANO
"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.
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, Smetana Hall in Praue, Carnegie Hall in NYC and many others. Some of her main roles performed include Fiordiligi, Mimi, Violetta, Nedda, Iolanta, Tatiana, Euridice, Flaminio, Lauretta, Adina, Lauretta, Marguerite, and Donna Anna.
In 2014, she made her debut at the Carnegie Hall with Steven Crawford, pianist and assistant conductor of Metropolitan Opera.
In November 2015, Ms. Petrachuk successfully performed the World Premiere of “Yulia” (a song cycle 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.
In December 2016, she had a recital at the Carnegie Weill Recital Hall with American pianist Michael Fennelly.
In June 2017, she performed the role of Donna Anna in Mozart's opera Don Giovanni with the Vienna Music Festival in Vienna, Austria.
In January 2018, Yulia performed at Smetana Hall in Prague, Czech Republic with conductor Alfredo Sorichetti and New World Symphony Orchestra.
In April 2018, Yulia performed soprano solo in Brahm’s German Requiem with Easton Choral Society in Easton.
In June 2018, Yulia successfully performed World Premier of the Oratorio for the Fallen by E. Dubois in Saint-Clair in France. And in July 2018, Yulia performed at the Rossini Festival “Case Sonore” in Monteleone, Italy with renown Rossini bass Bruno Pratico and pianist Carlo Pari.
Recently, in December 2018, Ms. Petrachuk performed Soprano Solo in Christmas Oratorio by Saint-Saëns with Easton Choral Arts Society in Easton, MD, and had her debut at Teatro Annibal Caro in Civitanova Alta, Italy with maestro Alfredo Sorichetti and Orchestra Sinfonica Puccini.
Some of her future performances include US-premiere of the mono-opera by Gubarenko “The Love Letters” at Carnegie Hall in New York (July 2019) with maestro Yuriy Yanko, “Ah, perfido” by Beethoven at Vienna Konzerthous and Classical Music Concert at Vienna Musikverein in Austria (May 2019), Elekta's role in Strauss' opera Elektra at the Salzburg Great Hall of Mozarteum in Austria (May 2020) with conductor Ernest Hoetzl and Thueringen Philharmonic Orchestra, and many other various operatic and concert series performances in USA, Italy, Austria, Russia and France.
CARLO PARI - PIANO
Carlo Pari, 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 concert halls and festivals, including Carnegie Hall (New York), Teatro Bonci (Italy), Teatro Rossini (Italy), Beijing Concert Art, Center of Performing Arts, Tianjin Concert Hall, Handan Concert Hall (China), Rachmaninoff Concert Hall, Great Hall (Russia) etc.
Being an artistic director of the program for Opera Singers at the Enarmonica Opera Academy in Italy, he organized and assisted on many occasions at the masterclasses of the world-famous opera singers - Luciano Pavarotti, Mirella Freni, Katia Ricciarelli, Giuseppe Taddei, Rolando Panerai, Bruno Pratico, Robleto Merolla, Giuseppe Taddei and others. He also assists at the summer courses organised by the academy with maestro Gianluca Pasolini, a keeper the famous Melocchi secrets, that he inherited from his teacher Robleto Merolla, a student of the Great Maestro Arturo Melocchi. His work with orchestras includes Symphonic Orchestra G.Verdi of Milan, Rossini Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Moscow, S.Petersburg Philharmonic, Mav Symphony Orchestra etc.
CHRISTIAN NOURIJANIAN - PIANO
Christian Nourijanian is a pianist, keyboardist & md based in New York City. He has worked with several artists in an array of styles, his background of jazz, in combination with his love of pop music gives him the versatility of a skilled musician who understands many idiomatic zones to cross genres. This stylistic versatility, along with his musicianship, leadership, and collaborative ability has helped him become a highly sought session musician.
He has performed/toured with Raye Zaragoza, Justin Jesso, Gavin Turek, Sarah Solovay, and Mree among many others at major venues across the United States. Some venues he has performed at include The Apollo Theater, Irving Plaza, Paradise Rock Club, DC 9, Le Poisson Rouge, Rockwood, Brooklyn Bowl, SOBs, Webster Hall, Joe's Pub, World Cafe Live, TLA, Blue Note Jazz Club, The Norva, & Bowery Ballroom.