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Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka makes a welcome return to the UK to give her first London recital, following her acclaimed Covent Garden debut when she stepped in for Angela Gheorghiu as Violetta in La traviata in 2010. She joins us fresh from her much awaited Metropolitan Opera debut, starring as Donna Anna in a new production of Don Giovanni.
Her debut at the Salzburg Festival in a new production of Rossini’s Moïse et Pharaon (Anaï), under the baton of Riccardo Muti, staged by Jürgen Flimm, in August 2009, has established Marina Rebeka as one among the most interesting singers of the new generation, on the international scene.
Her acclaimed debuts at Covent Garden as Violetta in La traviata (July 2010), and at Deutsche Oper Berlin as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (October 2010) came after a rich 2009/10 season, during which she also performed Britten’s War Requiem with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Stéphane Denève, and two productions of Carmen (Micaela): at the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden, with Theodor Currentzis, and at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, with Zubin Mehta.
In Fall 2011 she will make her much awaited debut at the Metropolitan in a new production of Don Giovanni (Donna Anna), under the baton of James Levine, staged by Michael Grandage. She will also perform as Donna Anna at the Opernhaus in Zürich, at the Wiener Staatsoper, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and she will be back at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, next time as Violetta in La traviata.
Her future engagements include as well Moïse et Pharaon (Anaï), upon her Carnegie Hall debut, Guillaume Tell at the Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam, La traviata at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and at the Metropolitan, Les Pécheurs de perles, Così fan tutte, L’elisir d’amore, La traviata and Lucia di Lammermoor at the Opernhaus in Zürich and Les contes d’Hoffmann at the Wiener Staatsoper. The role of Violetta in La traviata will also mark her debuts at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Festival and at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. Her concert activity will include her debut with Orchestra Sinfonica dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, in Roma, with a performance of the orchestral version of Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, under Antonio Pappano, with the recording of a cd for EMI.
In 2013 she will be back to La Scala, to sing a Händel/Mozart concert program with the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, under Ottavio Dantone. After a recital at the Rossini Opera Festival 2011, her London recital debut will take place at St. John's Smith Square, in Spring 2012 as well as two recitals with the Latvian National Symphonic Orchestra and Latvian National Opera Orchestra.
Among other conductors with whom she has worked and will work are Alberto Zedda, Yves Abel, Mikhail Jurowski, Kirill Karabits, Alessandro De Marchi, Roberto Abbado, Gustav Kuhn, Michele Mariotti, etc.
Celebrated as the revelation in the summer 2007 when she sang the roles of Contessa di Folleville and Madama Cortese in Il viaggio a Reims at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, she was immediately reinvited to Pesaro to sing the role of Anna in Maometto II in August 2008, where she had a remarkable success, imposing herself on the international scene. During season 2008/09 she made her Teatro alla Scala debut, singing Il viaggio a Reims (Contessa di Folleville), and her role-debut as Adina in L’elisir d’amore at the Latvian National Opera in Riga.
During the most recent seasons she performed as well La traviata at the Hamburgische Staatsoper, at the Volksoper in Wien, at the Latvian National Opera in Riga and at the Theater Erfurt, Maometto II during a Japan tour with the Rossini Opera Festival. She also made several important debuts: at the Komische Oper in Berlin in Teseo (Agilea) by Händel, and her Mozartian debut, as Elettra in Idomeneo at the Opéra National de Lorraine in Nancy. In Riga, with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, she has sung Ein Deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms. In Altenberg, Koeln and Liverpool she has sung War Requiem by Britten with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
Born in Riga (Latvia), Marina Rebeka began her musical studies at the “Ridze” Music School, and she graduated at the “Jazeps Medins” Music College, under the guidance of Natalia Kozlova. A winner of several vocal competitions, in June 2006 she graduated at the Accademia Internazionale delle Arti in Rome, and in June 2007 she graduated at the “Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia” in Rome. She also attended the “Internationale Sommerakademie Universität Mozarteum“ in Salzburg where she studied with Grace Bumbry, and the “Accademia Rossiniana” in Pesaro, under the guidance of Alberto Zedda.
She was the winner of various vocal competitions, among which the renowned competition “Neue Stimmen” of the Bertelsmann Foundation in Gütersloh in October 2007.
Giulio Zappa was born in Monza in 1971. He studied under the guidance of Oleg Marshev and obtained his piano degree with honours at the Conservatory of Novara. At the same time he graduated with honours in foreign languages and literature at the Statale University of Milan, having written his thesis about Russian opera. Giulio started as a piano accompanist for the opera repertoire in the class of Bianca Maria Casoni in Milan and eventually continued his studies with Aldo Ciccolini and Irwin Gage, including the vocal chamber music repertoire with the latter.
Since 1996 Giulio has had an intense international career and he is regularly invited to perform as opera vocal coach in many theaters and festivals in Europe and Asia such as the Opera National Bordeaux, Seoul Art Center, Teatro Real Madrid, Teatro de la Maestranza Seville, Festival Mozart La Coruna, Biwako Hall and Saint Petersburg Philarmonie. He has also been vocal coach and continuo player at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro for the productions of La Gazzetta, Torvaldo e Dorliska, La Gazza ladra and Sigismondo, all of these performances being recorded for the label Dynamic.
He has worked as vocal coach at the WNO in Cardiff and for the three editions of the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition. As a teacher of both singers and accompanists he has worked in different schools and theaters such as the Scuola dell’Opera of Bologna, the Teatro Real of Madrid and the Escuela Superior de Canto de Madrid. Recent engagements included recitals in San Sebastian, Berlin, Malaga, Venice, Pesaro and opera productions of I Puritani (Auditorio of Murcia, Spain), Tosca (Tenerife Festival), Macbeth (Bordeaux National Opera) and Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Santiago de Compostela, Spain).