One of the most in-demand recitalists today and a mainstay at most leading
opera houses worldwide, including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the
Paris Opera and the Bayerische Staatsoper, Ms. Gerzmava is by right considered
a vocal phenomenon.
While the soprano’s unusually vast vocal range makes her one of the most
diverse classical singers today (over the past decade her repertoire has
broadened from Baroque to verismo to classical crossover), it is the rare
quality of her voice that turns each of her performances into an event to
remember. Filled with sensual energy and haunting beauty, Ms. Gerzmava’s
voice pierces the listener’s heart and captivates it with the power of
Following her 2015 Metropolitan Opera triumph as the doomed Antonia in
Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, the artist will mark her North American
solo recital debut with “An Evening with Hibla Gerzmava”, a dramatically
intense recital program that will take place on the main stage of Carnegie Hall
on October 8, 2015.
Accompanied on the piano by internationally acclaimed concertmaster and
long-term recording partner Ekaterina Ganelina, Ms. Gerzmava will unveil the
rich and mysterious world of arias and romances of the late 18th –
early 20th centuries.
On the heels of her 2014 album “Vocal Cycles and Romances by Russian
Composers” (also with Ms. Ganelina at the piano), the soprano will open the
evening with a selection of idyllic and slightly nostalgic romances by
Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff set to the lyrics of Russian and European poetry
luminaries. In the second part of the program the artist will turn to a more
dramatic repertoire and explore the depths of a woman’s soul through the
arias of ill-fated opera heroines – from Handel’s grief-stricken Almira to
Bellini’s enigmatic Norma, whose cavatina Casta Diva is known to be among Ms.
Gerzmava’s signature pieces.
“An Evening with Hibla Gerzmava” will no doubt conquer many hearts in
Carnegie Hall, not only as a beautiful vocal recital, but also as a deeply
moving musical journey. For more information about this recital,
presented by XIV Music Festival “Hibla Gerzmava Invites…”, and to purchase
your tickets, visit Carnegie Hall’s website www.carnegiehall.org
Raisa Massuda is an opera and recital reviewer, writing articles for
Mandolin Vision, Bachtrack.com and Delos Productions.
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