CYPRUS ARTIST SERIES
A Concert with baritone Kyros Patsalides, soprano Vivianna Yiannaki and
pianist David Aronson
Friday 30 April 2010, 8.30pm
Pallas Theatre, Nicosia
Under the Auspices of the Mayor of Nicosia, Mrs Eleni Mavrou
As part of its Cyprus Artists Series, the Pharos Arts Foundation presents a unique concert with the internationally-acclaimed baritone Kyros Patsalides, the highly-talented Cypriot soprano Vivianna Giannaki and Vienna State Opera’s pianist, David Aronson. The concert will take place on 30 April 2010, at Pallas Theatre, Nicosia, 8.30pm and will include arias and duets by Gluck, Donizetti, Rossini, Verdi, Puccini, Bizet, Kurt Weill and Manos Hadjidakis. The concert is organized under the auspices of the Mayor of Nicosia, Mrs. Eleni Mavrou.
Kyros Patsalides (baritone)
One of the most internationally-acclaimed Cypriot artists, baritone Kyros Patsalides studied music and classical singing at the Athens Conservatoire, from which he was awarded a Soloist Diploma with distinction. He continued his studies in Vienna under the guidance of the world-renowned baritones Walter Berry and Got! tfried Hornik on a scholarship by the “The Music and Fine Arts Foundation” of Cyprus. He also studied Lied and Oratorio at the Music Academy of Vienna and participated in various singing seminars given by Kostas Paschalis, Ileana Cotrubas, Janette Pilou and Luici Alva. Patsalides completed his studies in Milan studying operatic repertoire next to Adalberdo Tonini and singing technique next to Arrigo Pola and Simone Badi.
In 1995, Kyros Patsalides won first prizes in the International Song Competition of the Arena di Verona and the International Competition of Budapest Opera, with the world-renowned soprano Dame Joan Sutherland being President of the jury. Shortly after, he embarked on a highly-successful international career singing the principal roles of G. Germont (La Traviata) and Belcore (L`Elisir d´Amore) in Vienna and Verona respectively. Patsalides has appeared in a number of opera houses throughout the world, including the Vienna Stat! e Opera, Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, Teatro Comunale di Spoleto, Teatro Jovellanos di Gijon, Chemnitz Staatstheater, the National Opera of Maribor, the National Opera of Greece, as well as various concert halls such as Musikverein Wien, Konzerthaus Wien, Konzerthaus Berlin, Konzerthaus München, Athens and Thessaloniki Megarons. He has also appeared in international Festivals such as the Wiener Festwochen, Due Mondi in Spoleto, St. Margariten Opera Festival in Austria, Kuhmo International Chamber Music Festival, and Athens International Festival in Herodion Atticus. As a soloist he has collaborated with a number of orchestras including the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg KammerPhilarmonie, Orchestra Dell´Arena di Verona, Vienna Mozart Orchestra, European Union Youth Orchestra, Robert Schumann Philharmonic Orchestra, and Moscow Virtuosi under the batons of legendary conductors such as Sir Rechard Bonynge, Geza Oberfrank, Andrea Licata, Vladimir Ponkin, Adalberto Tonini, Vla! dimir Askenazy, Niels Muus, Marianno Rivas, Skip Sempe and Tsou Hui.
Patsalides’ repertoire comprises the principal baritone roles in Verdi’s Macbeth, Rigoletto, Un ballo in Maschera, and Il Trovatore, Donizetti’s L’ Elisir d’Amore and Lucia di Lammermoor, Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte and Le Nozze di Figaro, Puccini’s La Bohéme, Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Bizet’s Carmen. He has also sung the roles Donner in Wagner’s Das Reingold and Jupiter in Orpheus in the Underworld, as well as in the Greek contemporary operas Kariotakis by Mikis Theodorakis, Alexander the Great by N. Astrinides, and Konstantinos Paleologos by of M. Kalomiris, amongst others. Kyros Patsalides has sung the role of Omar in the international production of Rossini´s L´Assedio di Corinto next to Luciana Serra, at the archaeological site of Corinthos as part of the Cultural Olympiad 2004 celebration events. He also represented Cyprus in conc! erts organized for the Cyprus accession to the European Union earning the greatest and most enthusiastic praise by international critics.
Vivianna Giannaki (soprano)
Having been praised for her extraordinary vocal qualities as well as her impressive stage capacity, young Cypriot soprano Vivianna Giannaki was awarded a Diploma in Opera studies with First Prize and Honourable Mention from the National Conservatory of Athens, as well as a Certificate in Opera studies from the Greek Laboratory for Operatic studies (Dir: S. Evanghelatos). She has actively participated in master-classes by such renowned artists as Ghena Dimitrova, Franco Corelli, Margarita Lilova and Ileana Cotrubas. She has also won a sponsorship from the Onassis Foundation for master-classes and repertoire studies with N. Denize, Y. Sotin, R. Kettelsson and J. Reiss in Paris. Giannaki is winner in a number of international opera competitions including Giuseppe Di Ste! fano in Sicilia (2000) and the Eighth European Opera competition “S. e G. Giacomantonio” (2000). In addition, she studied theatrical studies at the Research Laboratory of Human Expression and has participated as a performer and principal actress in various productions of the theatrical group TOMEE, including Kafka: Human Testimonies, Euripides’ Medea, Sophocles’ Antigone, and Y. Idris’ House of Flesh.
Giannaki has appeared in opera houses and concert halls throughout Europe and in highly-acclaimed recitals in Greece, Italy and France. She has also appeared on stage with the Dutch avant-garde group Mecano and recorded for their albums Those Revolutionary Days and Luz Oscura. She performed at Salle Rossini a voice and piano transcription of Ballads by Mikis Theodorakis and M. Anagnostakis, which was presented for the first time in the French language. She has also collaborated as a soloist with the Athens Megaron, Opera di Barga, O! pera di Trapani (in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi) and the Greek National Opera in various operatic productions including Pergolesi’s La serva padrona, Weill’s Die aufstieg und fall der stadt Mahagonny, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Marangopoulos’ The mask of the Red Death, Rota’s Il Cappello di Paglia di Firenze, Offenbach’s La vie Parisienne, and Puccini’s La Bohème. Vivianna Giannaki has been trained in body theatre (J. Grotowski method), and as a Master Reiki therapist (Usui Reiki Ryoho), and worked as a trainer in motivating groups through music. She currently resides in Paris.
David Aronson (piano)
Conductor and pianist David Aronson, a native of New York, holds degrees from the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, New York and the Manhattan School of Music. He began his career as a vocal coach and accompanist in New York City, followed by engagements as assistant conductor with the opera c! ompanies of Kansas City, Lake George and Miami. He moved to Zurich in 1978, where he rapidly rose from coach at the International Opera Studio to assistant chorus-master and conductor at the Zurich Opera House. In 1982, Aronson began a nine-year appointment as Kapellmeister of the Municipal Theater of Lucerne, where he conducted over forty operas, operettas, and ballets. In addition to appearing as guest conductor in Darmstadt and Stuttgart, he assisted Herbert von Karajan in his Salzburg Festival production of Carmen.
David Aronson joined the music staff of the Vienna State Opera in 1991, and has performed at the keyboard with the Opera both at home and on tour in Tokyo, Jerusalem, and Ravenna. He has also served as guest conductor of the Schönbrunner Schlossorchester in Vienna. In November, 2000, he made his conducting debut with the Vienna State Opera. A renowned opera coach, David Aronson has collaborated with many of the world’s leading singers, including Walter Berry, Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Bryn Terfel, Renee Fleming, Neil Shicoff, Elina Garanca and Anna Netrebko, to name a few. He has assisted many of the world’s foremost conductors including Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti and Seiji Ozawa. For over five years, he was the pianist for Riccardo Muti’s acclaimed productions of the Mozart-da Ponte operas, and in this capacity participated in two Asian tours with Seiji Ozawa. An accompanist of international stature, David Aronson has performed numerous recitals throughout Europe, Israel, Canada and the United States. He also teaches opera coaching and conducting at the Vienna Conservatory Private University. He has held master-classes for over ten years at the University of Miami’s summer music program in Salzburg, as well as the Musica Mallorca Festival, the University of Michigan, Crane School of Music in Potsdam and Manhattan School of Music.
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