Germany’s Oper Frankfurt will host a Liederabend with a Soprano by Edita Gruberova conducted by Peter Valentovic.
The tradition of Liederabend song recital — dating back to the 1800s — was a practice where musicians and music lovers would get together at someone’s home, and one or more singers would perform the songs of composers of the day. In the field of classical music, Liederaband songs are referred to as “art songs, and the typical German art songs are called “Lieder.” The great age of song came In Germany in the 19th century. Austrian and German composers had written music for voice with keyboard before, but it was with the blossoming of German literature during the Classical and Romantic eras, that composers found huge inspiration in poetry that gave birth to the genre known as the “Lied.”
Born in Bratislava, Edita Gruberova— an Austrian and Bavarian chamber singer — studied music at the Conservatory of her hometown. She started her international career in 1970 from the Vienna State Opera. Gruberova sings at leading opera houses in London, New York, Milan and Paris, and also the Bregenz and Salzburg Festivals. Her work profile includes roles such as Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute ), Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos ), Alaide ( La straniera ) as well as title roles in Anna Bolena and Norma, Lucia di Lammermoor. In addition to a slew of awards, in 2014 Gruberova received the Austrian Music Theater Award "Goldener Schikaneder" for her life’s work. She celebrates her 50th anniversary on the stage this year.
Conductor Peter Valentovic studied with Leopold Hager at Vienna’s University of Music and Performing Arts and then at Paris with Zsolt Nagy at the Conservatoire National Superieur. As a repetiteur, Valentovic was actively engaged at the Paris Opera Bastille and the Theatre du Chatelet. At Ostrava’s Festival of Contemporary Music in Czech Republic, he conducted the Janaček Philharmonic Orchestra serving as assistant to Zsolt Nagy. Valentovic also worked as choral director and conductor at South Africa’s Cape Town Opera; he then went on to work as principal conductor at the Opera in Istanbul and as conductor and study director at the Tyrolean Festival. The conductor has performed at the Slovak National Opera, the Vienna State Opera and the Theater an der Wien.
The concert is on April 23, 2019 at Oper Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany.
For details, visit https://oper-frankfurt.de/
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