Wagnerian Soprano to perform and conduct Masterclass in Manila

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.  


In celebration of German composer’s Richard Wagner’s birth bicentennial, the Manila Symphony Orchestra in partnership with the Australian Embassy, 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 at 8:00 p.m. at the PhilamlifeTheater, United Nations Ave., Manila.


A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, 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 including Anthony Legge, Bradley Moore and Thomas Lausmann.  She has sung on many opera stages around the world with some of the world’s finest conductors including Sir Richard Armstrong, Mario Bernardi, Carlo Felice Cilario, Jonathan Darlington, Ivan Fischer, Olivier Knudsen, Jorge Mester, Marc Minkowski, Donato Renzetti, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Sir Jeffrey Tate, Shao-Chia Lu.


Acclaimed for her portrayal of Strauss’s Elektra, The Wall Street Journal said “Claire Primrose, an Australian dramatic soprano with a spine-tingling voice, in the title role. The orchestra handled the music’s hairpin key changes with aplomb. At the opera’s climax, as Elektra dances herself to death, the music jolts between creeping unease and heart-stopping horror.Thunderous applause, a standing ovation, and an amazing five curtain calls later, the audience drifted out of the hall.”      She made her debut as Leonora in Beethoven’s Fidelio with Kent Opera in a Jonathan Miller’s highly acclaimed production under the baton of Mo. Ivan Fischer.  Since then, she was invited to perform all over the world such as Puccini’s Turandot in Athen and Austin Lyric Opera,  Puccini’s Tosca in the National Lyric Opera tour, Cio Cio San in Puccini’s Butterfly at the Bromsgrove Festival, Cherubini’s Medea and Handel’s Teseo with the Sadler Wells and in Athen, Gluck’s Alceste at Champs Elysees, Monte Carlo and Covent Garden, Elettra in Mozart’s Idomeneo in Tel Aviv, Helsinki and Valencia,  Senta in Wagner’s Der Flegende Hollander in Russia and with Opera Ireland. Sieglinde in Wagner’s Die Walkure in Adelaide Ring with Sir Jeffrey Tates and at Braunschweig Staatstheater, recital in Wigmore Hall, Strauss’s Feuersnot at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West with Opera Orchestra of New York and Gala Opera at the Barbican Hall, London and in Cologne, Germany to name  few.

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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