A Viennese New Year - Hong Kong Cultural Centre

2012-12-30 20:00 - 2012-12-31 21:30

A Viennese New Year - Hong Kong Cultural Centre

When: 30-31 Dec 2012 Sun-Mon 20:00
Where: Hong Kong Cultural Centre-Concert Hall

A Viennese New Year


As the champagne corks pop and the tumblers fill with the finest malts, what better way to celebrate 2012 and welcome 2013 than with the Hong Kong Phil's sparkling programme of traditional Viennese waltzes and elegant polkas. Conductor David Angus will be joined on stage by soprano Lee Bisset and mezzo-soprano Aurhelia Varak to add glitter to the occasion with choice selections from some of the most popular Viennese operettas.

David Angus

Conductor: David Angus
David Angus was brought up in Belfast and he was a chorister at King's College, Cambridge, where his affinity with the music of Benjamin Britten started when he sang for the composer as a boy at Aldeburgh. He has had a continuing association with Aldeburgh since then, conducting, for example, Albert Herring for the Aldeburgh Festival at the Jubilee Hall and recording Britten's Curlew River on CD. Early in his career, he was chorus master and staff conductor for Glyndebourne Festival Opera where he conducted performances of Die Zauberflöte, Eugene Onegin and Sir Michael Tippett's New Year and, for Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Così fan tutte and Kát'a Kabanová.

David Angus is Music Director of Boston Lyric Opera, following a very successful period as Music Director of Glimmerglass Opera in the USA. He is Honorary Conductor of the Flanders Symphony Orchestra and regularly conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Some recent débuts include the Utah Symphony Orchestra and San Antonio Symphony Orchestra. A natural empathy with young people has seen him being Associate Conductor at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama in both concert and opera, and for many years he was Vocal Consultant to the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh.

Lee Bisset

Soprano: Lee Bisset
Born and raised in the western Scotland, Lee Bisset studied in Italy, then at the Royal Northern College of Music and at the National Opera Studio, where she was sponsored by English National Opera. She has won the Joyce and Michael Kennedy Strauss Prize, the Webster Booth Award, the Dame Eva Turner Award for Dramatic Sopranos, and a Susan Chilcott Scholarship. In 2005 she represented Scotland at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.

As a member of the Young Singers' Programme at English National Opera she sang Karolka in Jenůfa, Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte and Mimi in La bohème. Her concert repertoire includes Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, Dvořak's Stabat Mater and Requiem, Handel's Samson and Messiah, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Mozart's Requiem, Verdi's Requiem, Strauss' The Four Last Songs, and Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder.

Aurhelia Varak

Mezzo-soprano: Aurhelia Varak
With her beautiful voice, innate musical sensitivity, and charismatic stage presence, the French mezzo-soprano Aurhelia Varak is increasingly in demand on the operatic stages of Europe, America, Asia and now South America. Her wide repertoire stretches from the baroque right through to contemporary music, whether singing opera, oratorio or in recital, and her fluency in a number of languages adds to her interpretative skills. Varak won 2nd Prize at the 2011 Leoncavallo International Singing Competition in Italy. She is the recipient of a 2005 grant from the Wagner Foundation in Venice, won the Special Jury Prize in the 2000 International Maîtres du Chant Français Competition.
In addition to the title role of Carmen in Hong Kong (with Opera Hong Kong at the Le French May festival), upcoming performances include Rossini's L'occasione fa il ladro at La Fenice in Venice, Italy; Carmen in Brazil; and the Mozart Requiem in Florence.Aurhelia Varak's performances in oratorio range from recent performances at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste, Italy, to starring in a gala concert with the Armenian Philharmonic. In recital, Varak has performed in France, Italy and Holland her diverse repertoire ranges from Italian 16th century to 21st century song.


Strauss II Die Fledermaus (The Bat): Overture
Strauss II Die Fledermaus (The Bat): Chacun à son Goût (Everyone to his taste)
Strauss II Die Fledermaus (The Bat): Czardas
Suppe Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna
Stolz Der Favorit: Du sollst der Kaiser meiner Seele sein (You are the King of my heart)
Lumbye Copenhagen Railway Steam Gallop
Lehar Giuditta: Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiss (My lips kiss with such fire)
Brahms Hungarian Dance No.5
Strauss II Voices of Spring
Kalman Gräfin Mariza: Höre ich Zigeunergeigen (I hear Gypsy violins)
Strauss II Thunder and Lightning Polka
Offenbach La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein: Ah! Que j'aime les Militaires (Ah! I love soldiers)
Dvorak Slavonic Dances, Op.46, No.3
Offenbach Tales of Hoffmann: Barcarolle
Strauss II The Blue Danube


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Tickets: $420/320/220/160 (Full-time Students, Citizens aged 60 or above, People with Disability and CSSA recipients: 50% off)
Tel: 852-27342009
Add: 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

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