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Date:Fri 23 Feb 2018Time:19:30
Venue Cathedral Museum, Mdina

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Historic Piano Concerts

presents

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An Evening with Soprano Kateriana Fenech

accompaniedand pianist Ramona Zammit-Formosa

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Kateriana Fenech is a highly-reputed British soprano with an extensive and successful international career in the world of song and opera. In this concert, she will showcase her remarkable versatility as she sings a variety of songs and song cycles in various languages from latter part of the 19th century into the 20th. A wonderful programme (see below) has been tailored for this concert to include music by Brahms, Strauss, Dvorák, Britten, Poulenc u Weill, together with more contemporary works by Bernstein, Porter and others.

Historic Piano Concerts offers a unique classical music experience through the combination of top musicians; one of the most inspiring and authentic-sounding pianos on the island - a historic A.D. 1890 Blüthner piano; and a stunning venue - the Cathedral Museum, in the heart of Malta's medieval city of Mdina.

The main halls of the museum will be open throughout the evening and patrons will be welcome to walk around and enjoy the Art.

Wine will be served after the concert with compliments of Emmanuel Delicata Winemaker Ltd.

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Programme

 

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Vergebliches Ständchen (Futile Serenade)

Sapphische Ode (Sapphic Ode)

Von ewiger Liebe (Of eternal love)    

Die Mainacht (The May Night) 

 

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)

Wer hat dies Leidlein erdacht? (Who thought up this song?)

 

Richard Strauss (1864-1949)

Morgen (Tomorrow)

Zueignung (Dedication)  

Die Nacht (The Night)

 

Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)

Cigánské melodie (Gypsy melodies) Op. 55 No. 4        

 

Interval

 

Roger Quilter (1877-1953)

Music When Soft Voices Die

 

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

On This Island (song cycle) - Op. 11

Let the florid music praise!

Now the leaves are falling fast

Seascape

Nocturne

As It Is Plenty

 

Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)

Fiançailles pour rire (song cycle) FP101

La Dame d'André

Dans l'herbe

Il vole

Mon cadavre est doux comme un gant

Violon

Fleurs

 

Cole Porter (1891-1964)

Night and Day (from the musical Gay Divorce)

 

Kurt Weill (1900-1950)

The Saga of Jenny (from the musical Lady in the Dark)

 

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)

Who am I? (from the musical Peter Pan)

 

Stephen Sondheim (b.1930)

No one is Alone (from the musical Into the Woods)

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After performing the role of the baker's wife in a school production of Into the Woods at Prior Park College, Kateriana was encouraged by the famous director, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, to pursue a career in singing. Kateriana entered the school of vocal studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and gained an honours music degree and, subsequently, the College's prestigious Professional Performance Diploma. Kateriana has been awared several prizes among which the Ricordi Opera Prize, the Doherty Recital Prize and many more. Her professional opera début was with the Buxton Festival Opera when she sang Emma in Schubert’s opera Fierrabras opposite Tom Randle. In 2000, Kateriana recorded the rôle of Marie-Curie in the UK premiere of Andriessen’s De Materie for BBC Radio 3. She has sung in many operatic productions which include the rôle of Papagena in Mozart's opera The Magic Flute and the rôle of Suzi for Moniousku’s opera Verbum Nobile. She also sang as Barbarina in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro on tour in the UK and subsequently at the Edinburgh Festival with Palace Opera. She was invited to sing Musetta in Puccini’s La Boheme for Clonter Opera; a rôle for which she received much critical acclaim. As a soloist, Kateriana performs throughout Europe in both secular and oratorio repertoire, most notably Mater Gloriosa in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem and Verdi’s Requiem under the baton of Sir David Wilcocks.

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Sponsors

Offset Press Ltd.
Emmanuel Delicata Winemaker Ltd.
Nikolai Vukovic Piano/Harpsichord Concert Tuner & Technician

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