Cantando's 25th Anniversary Concert
Saturday 10th August, 2013, 7.30pm
A blast from the past with a medley of Cantando's most popular pieces.
About our soprano soloist Elaine Wogan:
Elaine is well known to Waikato audiences for her work with local choirs and orchestras, including: soloist in "The Creation", "Messiah", “Elijah”, Vivaldi's "Gloria", and concert work with Cantando; Haydn's "Theresa Mass", Bononcini's "Stabat Mater", Vivaldi's "Dixit dominus", Haydn’s “Mass in time of war”, Karl Jenkins’ “The armed man”, Saint-saens "Petit masse", and recently Mozart’s “Requiem” with Hamilton Civic choir; and both the Pergolesi and Bononcini Stabat Maters with the Hamilton Renaissance singers. She has also appeared in concert with Opus Chamber Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, and has performed several times with the Auckland Philharmonia.
Elaines opera performances include the roles of Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana), and Madame Butterfly for Garden Opera, Amaryllis (Acis and Galatea), and Countess Ceprano (Rigoletto) for NBR New Zealand Opera; Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Pamina (Magic Flute), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), and Micaela (Carmen) for Opera Waikato; Madame Herz (The Impresario) for Opera Factory; and First Chiefly sister (Ahua) for Christchurch City Choir. More recently Elaine has appeared with Opera Unleashed, singing opera highlights in the Hamilton Gardens summer festival.
Elaine has also recorded several original songs, for the CD “Te Takoha/ReGenesis” by Hamilton composer Marian Mare, which have been regularly played on National Radio, and recently appeared as a special guest for the "One night of Queen" concerts, touring around New Zealand from Whangarei to Invercargill, singing the 'Barcelona" duet (recorded by Freddie Mercury and soprano Montserrat Caballe) to great acclaim. Elaine is currently performing as a core member of the newly established group "Opera Brava", who are performing regularly around the greater Waikato, and is a committee member for the Dame Malvina Major Foundation in the Waikato.
Career highlights include performing on “This is your life Dame Malvina Major”, and singing in the concert for the launch of the Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation in 2004.
Our amazing pianist Melanie Lina:
American pianist Melanie Lina moved to New Zealand in late 2010 to marry her husband, who is a New Zealander. Praised for her ‘lyrical sound, refined nuances, and poetic depth of performance’, she has appeared as recitalist, orchestral soloist and chamber musician across the United States as well as in Russia, Germany, Eastern Europe, and Portugal. She was awarded the Presidential Scholars Medal for Achievement in the Arts by President Clinton and has been a prizewinner in numerous competitions. Ms. Lina recently gave her NZ concerto debut, performing the well-known Rachmaninoff 3rd Piano Concerto in the Wellington area, followed by a performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra. Her multi-faceted career sees her working as a soloist and collaborative pianist, as well as teaching at St. Paul’s Collegiate School and at her private studio in Cambridge, where she resides. Her most recent recording, ‘A New View’, is available after concerts and on her website, http://www.melanielina.com.
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