As Romanian National Television prepares to launch ‘Biographies to Remember‘, a series of portraits devoted to the great Romanians living abroad, we are celebrating two of the most admired figures of the Romanian community in Britain: opera star Nelly Miricioiu and violin wizard Remus Azoiței.
The event is organised in partnership with Romanian broadcaster’s International Channel (TVRI) and will also feature, along with the memorable encounter with the two amazing musicians, performing together for the first time, the premiere of the biographical documentaries that honour their achievements. With guest speakers Cristina Leorenţ, TVRI General Manager, and Marius Constantinescu, the creator of ‘Biographies to Remember’.
Hailed as a singing-actress, Nelly Miricioiu is one of the most versatile artists of today’s stage. Her repertoire extends from Mozart and bel canto to Verdi, Puccini and verismo, to modern Italian opera such as Respighi and Zandonai, and taking in French and Russian composers too. As Rodney Milnes wrote in Opera Magazine, “this extraordinary diva can sing anything and sing it well“. Since her Covent Garden debut in 1982 as Nedda in ‘I Pagliacci’ opposite John Vickers, Piero Cappuccili and Thomas Allen, and the 1983 triumphant La Scala debut as Lucia di Lammermoor, Nelly has been heard in all major opera houses of the world. She has worked with some of the most prestigious conductors and directors in leading roles that include Tosca (with Jose Carreras, Jose Cura, Neil Schicoff), Mimi (with Placido Domingo), Violetta in ‘La traviata’ (with Franco Bonisolli, Roberto Alagna, Renato Bruson, Alfredo Kraus). Nelly continues to enjoy a thriving performance schedule, as well as a flourishing reputation as one of the most respected and sought after teachers, both in the UK and internationally, being, among others, a mentor for the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House.
Described in The Strad as “an uninhibited virtuoso, with soul and fabulous technique“, the violinist Remus Azoiţeigraduated from the Juilliard School in New York in 2001, and has since been a featured soloist of prestigious European ensembles including the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra and Deutsche Kammer Orchester.
He has performed concertos under conductors such as Lawrence Foster, Dimitri Kitaenko and Gabriel Chmura. His recent engagements have taken him to great venues around the world including Carnegie Hall – WRH in New York, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Salle Cortot Paris, or London’s Wigmore Hall.
He has worked with artists such as David Geringas, Adrian Brendel and also Nigel Kennedy, with whom, in 2005, he performed Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins at the Enescu Festival. Remus Azoitei studied with Itzhak Perlman, Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki. In 2001, he became the youngest ever violin professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He is the Artistic Director of the Enescu Society in London and performs on a violin made by Niccolo Gagliano in 1735.
- When: 24 November, 7pm
- Where: The Romanian Cultural Institute in London, 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8PH
- Tickets: Entrance is free but it is required to book your ticket on Eventbrite.
- Please note that the seating is unreserved.
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