PUCCINI AND VERDI, with DANIELLA SCHILLACI and ANGELOS SAMARTZIS
La forza del destino - Overture
Macbeth - Ballet Music, Act 3
Aida - Tenor aria, Act 1
Luisa Miller - Tenor aria, Act 2
Un ballo in maschera - Soprano recitativo and aria, Act 2
Un ballo in maschera - Soprano and Tenor duet, Act 2
Manon Lescaut - Intermezzo
Tosca - Soprano and Tenor duet, Act 1
Tosca - Tenor aria, act 3
Turandot - Soprano aria, Act 3
8 December 2020
It is with immense sadness that I learnt today of the death of John, one of the most influencial people in my entire career. A former trumpet player with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orche,stra I first met John in 1998 in Maastricht, where I was conducting Martinu's opera "Juliette" for Opera Zuid. This touring Production used the Limburgs Symfonieorkest, of which John was the Director. We immediately became close friends and colleagues, and I am grateful for all the marvellous and varied concerts that I did with the LSO during a period of almost 20 years, thanks to his generous guidance and support. John's wife Agnes is also a very special person, and they both remain in my heart.
As Co-Director of the elite Ensemble Artisti con Brio, Martin is pleased to announce that the musicians will present a 4 concert series in the Candid Arts Galleries (Islington) during this autumn, on the second Wednesday of each month. This cycle follows the successful pilot series between ACB and Candid Arts earlier this year, which was cut short due to the "c" word...!
My Youtube Channel "EXPLORING OPERA WITH MARTIN" is a guided tour of the background and story of each opera, with musical excerpts. 5 Episodes were filmed in my house, and are free to view.
Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen
Lehár: The Merry Widow
Puccini: Il tabarro
Here is the link to my channel: I hope you enjoy it as much as I have done filming it!