Wagnerian Soprano to perform and conduct Masterclass in Manila

In celebration of German composer’s Richard Wagner's birth bicentennial, the Manila Symphony Orchestra in partnership with the Embassy of Australia, Manila Hotel, Qantas Airlines, BusinessWorld and Lyric Piano takes great pride in presenting one of world's most sought after Wagnerian sopranos and Australia's finest dramatic soprano today--Claire Primrose with the Manila Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Russian conductor Alexander Vikulov in an all-Wagner concert on November 10, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. at the PhilamlifeTheater, United Nations Ave., Manila.

A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Ms. Claire Primrose is a protégée of Great Dame Joan Hammond, an internationally acclaimed soprano and a pedagogue. Ms. Primrose has won numerous awards including the ABC Vocal and Instrumental Competition, the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Scholarship Award, the Metropolitan Opera Audition to name but a few. She also studied in London and New York with some of the world’s most renowned coaches. She has sung on many opera stages around the world with some of the world’s finest conductors.

A Wagnerian soprano is rare type of soprano who has an exceptionally big voice which can assert itself over a large orchestra (of more than 80 or even 100 pieces). Her voice is substantial, often denser in tone, extremely powerful and, ideally, evenly balanced throughout the vocal registers according to Grove Dictionary of Music.

For her Manila debut, she will be performing excerpts from Wagner's Tannhauser, Tristan und Isolde, Die Walkure and Die Gotterdammerung. She will be assisted by the country's premiere 80-piece orchestra, The Manila Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Russian conductor Alexander Vikulov, the principal guest conductor of St. Petersburg Symphony State Orchestra and regularly conduct at the MarinskyTheater (Kirov) with special guest artist, our very own tenor Randy Gilongo.

As part of Manila Chamber Orchestra Foundation's Young Artists Development Program, Ms. Primrose will conduct a special masterclass on November 11, 2012 at the Filipinas Heritage Library at 2:00 in the afternoon. This masterclass is made possible through grant from the BPI Foundation. The masterclass will be open to the public free of charge.

Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime cultural event. For more information on the masterclass and inquiries on the tickets, please call MCO Foundation at 750-0768 or 0920-954-0053. Tickets are also available at TICKETWORLD (891-9999), CAEO (Allan) at tel. no. 782-7164 or 0918-347-3027 and MSO at 523-5712, 736-2717.
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