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Opera Passione – Accademia Teatro alla Scala (Italy)



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29 June 2012 (Fri) 8pm
Theatre, Hong Kong City Hall
$180, 120

Soprano Shi Young Jung and baritone Filippo Fontana have unfortunately withdrawn from the performance for personal reason.  Baritone Piero Terranova would participate in the performance with the originally scheduled Francesca Ruospo, Jaeheui Kwon and Antonella Poli.  The programme is revised with details as below.

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Performers

Shi Young Jung (Soprano)
Francesca Ruospo (Soprano)
Jaeheui Kwon (Tenor)
Filippo Fontana (Baritone)
Antonella Poli (Piano)

 
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Programme

Puccini

Donde lieta usci (from La Bohème)

 

(Francesca Ruospo, Soprano)

 

 

Bellini

Ah, per sempre io ti perdei (from I Puritani)

 

(Piero Terranova, Baritone)

 

 

Cilea

È la solita storia (from L’Arlesiana)

 

(Jaeheui Kwon, Tenor)

 

 

Verdi

Solenne in quest’ora (from La Forza del Destino)

 

(Jaeheui Kwon, Tenor; Piero Terranova, Baritone)

 

 

Verdi

Ritorna vincitor! (from Aïda)

 

(Francesca Ruospo, Soprano)

 

 

Donizetti

O Lisbona, alfin ti miro (from Don Sebastiano)

 

(Piero Terranova, Baritone)

 

 

Verdi

Ah, la paterna mano (from Macbeth)

 

(Jaeheui Kwon, Tenor)

 

 

Verdi

Dinne, perché in quest‘eremo (from Simon Boccanegra)

 

(Francesca Ruospo, Soprano; Piero Terranova, Baritone)

 

 

Puccini

E lucevan le stelle (from Tosca)

 

(Jaeheui Kwon, Tenor)

 

 

Cilea

Io son l’umile ancella (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

 

(Francesca Ruospo, Soprano)

 

 

Verdi

E‘ sogno? O realtà... (from Falstaff)

 

(Piero Terranova, Baritone)

 

 

Verdi

Parigi o cara (from La Traviata)

 

(Francesca Ruospo, Soprano; Jaeheui Kwon, Tenor)

 

 

 
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Details of Performers

Accademia Teatro alla Scala (Italy)

 

La Scala’s dedication to nurturing new talents began in 1813 when the Theatre opened the School of Ballet, an institution that is today internationally recognised as one of the best of its kind. The Theatre’s calling to encourage the growth of new talent was further strengthened in the 1950s with the founding of the Scala Cadets in order to provide historic continuity for the traditional Italian lyrical opera. In 2001 the Accademia Teatro alla Scala became a private foundation, taking on the structure it has today which covers a multitude of professions tied to the performing arts and a wide offering of courses for training, specialisation and workshops.

Francesca Ruospo

Soprano

Born in Conversano, Francesca Ruospo graduated in lyric (summa cum laude) at the Conservatory N. Piccinni in Bari under the direction of Luigi De Corato in 2001.  She won various prizes in the competitions including the 5th competition Premio Nazionale di Canto Lirico, the International Singing Competition ‘Mario Lanza’, etc.  She performed as Mimì in La Bohème in the 7th Lyric Festival at the Abbey of Casamari; the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Teatro alla Scala under the direction of Giovanni Antonini and Giorgio Strehler; in Tosca at the Teatro Comunale of Potenza under the direction of Pasquale Menchise and Luigi Travaglio.

Jaeheui Kwon

Tenor

Born in Andong in South Korea, Jaeheui Kwon received his diploma in 2007 from the Kyungpook National University of Taegu.  In 2007, he obtained his diploma at the International Academy of Music in Rome on scholarship.  He placed third in the ‘Inge Contest’ in 2004.  In 2009, he received the Special Award at the Francesco Albanese International Contest in Naples.  He has performed in Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s Faust with the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Pinchas Steinberg.  In 2009 to 2011, he studied at the Accademia Teatro alla Scala.  In 2010, he sang the role of Don Eusebio in Rossini’s L’Occasione fa il Ladro conducted by Daniele Rustioni at the Teatro alla Scala.

Piero Terranova

Baritone

Piero Terranova made his Teatro alla Scala debut in 2000 as Marcello in La Bohème and returned as Silvano in Un Ballo in Maschera directed by Muti.  He performs in Ariadne auf Naxos directed by Sinopoli, La Traviata directed by Muti, etc.  He made his debut in Erfurt in 2011 as Nabucco, his Concertgebouw debut in 2010 as Vincenzo Gellner in La Wally directed by Carella, his Finnish National Opera debut in 2009 as Ford in Falstaff directed by Pietro Rizzo and his Deutsche Oper debut in 2008 as Germont in La Traviata

Antonella Poli

Piano

After graduating in piano with full honours at the Conservatory of Trieste, Antonella Poli began to work as a pianist for the course of conducting held by Romolo Gessi at the European Academy.  She was the Harpsichord Master in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Cinderella at the Experimental Lyric Theatre of Spoleto.  She took part in two productions organized in collaboration with the Teatro alla Scala and its Academy, including Donizetti’s Le Convenienze e Inconvenienze Teatrali directed by Antonio Albanese in 2009 and Rossini’s L’Occasione fa il Ladro directed by Ponnelle in 2010.  From January 2011 onwards, she worked as Assistant Teacher at the Accademia Teatro alla Scala.

 
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Programme Length

Running time of the concert is about 1 hour and 30 minutes with an intermission of 15 minutes.

Audience are strongly advised to arrive punctually.  No latecomers will be admitted until a suitable break or the interval in the programme.
 
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Ticket and Concession

Tickets available from 29 May onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and credit card telephone booking.

Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis).
 
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Enquiries

Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999
Programme Enquiries: 2268 7321
Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009
Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk

The presenter reserves the right to change the programme and substitute artists should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.

 
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