The second in the series of Bel Canto Concerts will be given in the Auditorium Pedrotti on Wednesday 19th August at 5.00 p.m. by Olga Peretyako, accompanied by the pianist Giulio Zappa.
The programme includes pieces by Michail Glinka (Ludmilla’s Cavatina “Grustno mne, roditel dorogoj” from Ruslan e Ludmilla), Nikolaj Rimsky-Korsakov (The Queen of Schemakhan’s Hymn to the Sun from Zolotoj petushok; the song ‘Zvonce zhavoronka pjen’je; the Oriental Romance Plenivshis’ rozoj, solovej; Snegurochka’s Aria “S produzhkami po jagody chodit” from Snegurochka), Sergei Rachmaninov (Siren’; Vocalise; Zdes’ chorosho; Ne po krasavica) and Gioachino Rossini (Corinna’s improvised verses “All’ombra amena del Giglio d’Or” from Il viaggio a Reims and Semiramide’s Aria “Bel raggio lusinghier” from Semiramide.
The soprano was born in St. Petersburg, studied in her native city and in Berlin; she won international attention in Rossini’s Otello at the 2007 Rossini Opera Festival, and then with Le Rossignol at Aix-en-Provence and on tour. Between 2012 and 2014 a series of important first appearances confirmed her artistic fame: The Vienna Staatsoper, the Verona Arena, Zürich, the Mozart Weeks, the Salzburg Festival, the Metropolitan, New York, Lyons, Paris, the Staatsoper and the Deutsche Oper, Berlin, La Scala, Amsterdam, Munich and Aix-en-Provence.
2015 has seen her first appearances in Lausanne, Baden-Baden, Turin, Copenhagen, Brussels and Madrid, and return visits to Vienna, Milan and New York. Debuts follow in Paris, London, Tokyo and San Francisco. A CD dedicated to Rossini has just been issued.
At the Rossini Opera Festival she has been heard in: 2006 Il viaggio a Reims – Accademia Rossiniana (as both the Contessa di Folleville and Corinna); 2007 Otello (Desdemona); 2009 La scala di seta (Giulia) and a concert; 2010 Sigismondo (Aldimira), La morte di Didone (Didone) – Le nozze di Teti, e di Peleo (Cerere); 2012 Matilde di Shabran (title rôle).