The first in the series of Bel Canto Concerts, a favourite rendezvous with opera lovers, will be held at the Auditorium Pedrotti on Sunday 16th August at 5.00 p.m. The concert will be given by Chiara Amarù, now a favourite with Rossini Opera Festival audiences, accompanied at the piano by Carmen Santoro.
The programme includes numbers by Jules Massenet (Nuit d’Espagne, Chanson andalouse and Sevillana), Ambroise Thomas (Mignon’s aria “Connais-tu le pays” from Mignon), Giacomo Meyerbeer (Urbain’s aria “Non, non, non, vous n’avez jamais” from Les Huguenots) and Gioachino Rossini (Isabella’s aria “Cruda sorte” from L’Italiana in Algeri”; Malcom’s Recitative and Cavatina “Mura felici….Elena! Oh tu, che chiamo!” from La donna del lago; “L’invito” from the Soirées musicales; the Canzonetta Spagnuola).
The mezzo-soprano Chiara Amarù was born in Palermo and began her musical studies under her parents’ guidance. She studied at the Scuola dell’Opera Italiana in Bologna and in 2010 won the AsLiCo competition for young European opera singers, singing the title rôle in La Cenerentola. She made her début at the Teatro Comunale, Bologna, in Idomeneo, then sang Nino Rota’s Napoli milionaria at the Festival of the Valle d’Itria, and Offenbach’s Monsieur Choufleuri at the Comunale, Bologna. She sang Cenerentola again in Brescia, Cremona, Como, Pavia, Piacenza and Bologna, Isabella at the Comunale, Bologna and at the Petruzzelli, Bari, Fidalma at the Teatro Regio, Turin. In 2013 she won the operatic Oscar as the best mezzo-soprano. Among her recent and imminent engagements: Mozart’s Requiem in Bari, Cenerentola in Treviso, Ferrara and Lisbon, Roberto Devereux in Florence, Comte Ory at La Scala, Il barbiere in Turin, and the Petite messe solennelle in Naples.