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Olivia Camerata comes back after a holiday break with a new concert!

Holiday is a beautiful time of relaxation, freeness, joy of freedom and possibility to come in contact with nature, space and original places in our close and further environment.

It is also the time of unique meetings with culture and deriving from its immeasurable resources. We want to extend this holiday atmosphere and invite you to a concert focusing on meetings with music and culture of Italy, which is one of the most popular destination among Poles.

When we think of Italy, we first imagine beautiful cars, then our thoughts float around painting masterpieces and miracles in the kitchen.

But it is a place, where vocal music developed; opera was born here – pieces, in which music coexists with dramatic story. Neapolitan canto very quickly became the synonym of Italy in the whole world. Well-known Italian tenor, Enrico Caruso, came from Naples and in America, apart from traditional opera repertoire, he also recorded many Neapolitan songs (for RCA record company); he sang them very often as encores after his performance at Metropolitan Opera in New York. Also another well-known tenor Luciano Pavarotti had a similar habit.

Furthermore, the fact that top American singers, such as Elvis Presley (for example “It’s Now or Never” – an English version of “’O sole mio”) had Neapolitan songs in their repertoires, also contributed to the popularisation of these pieces.

The programme of “Bella Italia” concert includes the most beautiful Neapolitan songs, arias and Italian duos performed by Katarzyna Syguła – soprano, Rafał Kucharski – baritone, accompanied by Anna Mikolon playing the piano.

We invite you to the meetings with emotions and extraordinary Italian music culture!

Bella Italia concert programme

  • Gaetano Donizetti – Norina Aria from Don Pasquale opera
  • Gaetano Donizetti – Belcore Aria from L’elisir d’amore opera
  • Giacomo Puccini – Musetta’s Waltz from La Bohème opera
  • Ruggiero Leoncavallo – Nedda’s Aria from I Pagliacci opera
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Figaro Aria (Non piandrai) from The Marriage of Figaro opera
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Zerlina and Don Giovanni duo from Don Giovanni opera
  • Ernesto de Curtis – Non ti scordar di me
  • Ernesto de Curtis – Torna a suriento
  • Paolo Tosti – Ideale
  • Paolo Tosti – Oh my angel
  • Paolo Tosti – Marechiare
  • Vincenzo di Chiara – La Spagnola

Biographical notes about the artists:

Katarzyna Małgorzata Syguła – soprano. She graduated with honours from the Faculty of Singing and Acting at the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk in the class of prof. dr hab. Bożena Harasimowicz. She also finished post-graduate Song Studies at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. She is a laureate of national competitions and auditions for example the 2nd prize in 1st National Bella Voce Singing Contest, 2nd prize in International Singing Contest, which was a part of 7th Summer Singing Academy and a special OperaLight award. She participated in many concerts and festivals for example in Royal Concert conducted by Ruben Silva, International Festival “Maria Fołtyn Festival of Kaleidoscope Musical Forms”, Wratislavia Cantans conducted by Benjamin Bayl. She gained stage experience singing the title part of Sandrina from La finta Giardiniera opera of W. A. Mozart, as well as title part of Alcina from G. F. Händel directed by Cezary Morawski. She developed her music passion during many courses, for example under the guidance of: Kaludi Kaludov, Marcel Boone, Margreet Honig, Charlotte Lehmann, Paul Esswood, Claudio Desderi, Christina Kluge PhD, Prof. Urszula Kryger, Prof. Izabella Kłosińska. Katarzyna Syguła cooperated with “Cappella Gedanensis” Group of Early Music and in 2014 with “Chorakademie Lübeck” conducted by Rolf Beck, with whom she gave performances in Germany, China, South Korea, Brazil.

Rafał Kucharski began his music education when he joined Cantores Minores Archcatherdral Boy’s and Male Choir, where for 15 years he was creating both solo and group parts. He graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw in the class of Robert Gierlach PhD and Post-Graduate Song Studies at the same university. He started his solo performances in 2009 in Szczecin Philharmonic Hall with a Christmas Hodie cantata by R. V. Williams. In the meantime, he participated in many masterclasses conducted, for example, by Paul Esswood and Helena Łazarska, Kaludi Kaludov, or Marcel Boone. In 2013 he performed in Baltic Philharmonic Hall in Wejherowo with the programme of Kashubian songs and in 2015 in Warsaw Philharmonic Hall with the selection of T. Baird’s songs. He was a finalist of Jakub Pustina Singing Competition in 2013. His music passion developed also in dancing direction, as he joined Folk Song and Dance Ensemble of Warsaw University. What is more, Rafał Kucharski finished biotechnological studies in Gdańsk and now he is trying to combine singing with his scientific interests.

Anna Mikolon – a pianist, scholarship holder of the Fryderyk Chopin Society in Warsaw and Child’s Art Foundation, a winner of 1st prize in Early Music Competition in Łódź. She graduated from Music Academy in Gdańsk. She completed an artistic internship in the scope of piano chamber music at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. In 2016 she obtained her second doctoral degree (doktor habilitowany) in artistic discipline – instrumentation. She is a pedagogue at Music Academy and a chartered teacher of 2nd degree Music Study in Gdańsk. She has been a pianist in many masterclasses and has been often awarded as an accompanist in many competitions. She is the author of a monograph: Język muzyczny Dymitra Szostakowicza jako forma osobistej wypowiedzi (PhD thesis 2011) and Specyfika pracy pianisty-korepetytora wokalistów. Her works also include many publications and records i.e. piano works of Z. Noskowski or 2nd piano sonata of D. Szostakowicz. She conducts a various concert activity – chamber and solo and cooperates both with vocalists and instrumentalists (1000 concerts in Poland, Austria, Denmark and Russia). She participates in artistic-scientific sessions and music festivals, such as: Gdańsk Music Summer – Chopin by Motława, Gdańsk Music Festival, International Festival of Piano Duos, Gdynia Classica Nova, Days of Vocal Art in Sopot, Sonosfera, Dobrodzień Classic Festival, Summer Chamber Meetings in Drezdenko and Krzyż Wielkopolski, Festival of Contemporary Music “Nowe Fale”, Vocal Days in Gdańsk, Music Days Drozdowo-Łomża, Kaleidoscope of Musical Forms and Festival of Sacred Music in Sopot. For 11 years she was a pianist and tutor and was teaching soloists in Baltic Opera. In 2017 she was awarded with a Cultural Scholarship of Gdańsk.


23 September 2017
16:00 - 18:00
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