Tuesday - 20:00
The Gibraltar Philharmonic Society presents “A Celebration of Opera” at the Convent Ballroom on Tuesday 16 May at 8.00 pm. The concert is sponsored and organised on behalf of the Ministry of Culture.
Following huge successes over the past seasons with its opera concerts, the Society has decided to repeat the formula which proved so effective where two voices singing popular operatic arias are accompanied by a pianist.
Russian soprano Elena Gorshunova has won several international awards as 1st prize of the International German Competition of Anneliese Rothenberger, the Geneva International Competition (2003), the Rimsky-Korsakov International Competition (2004), 3d prize at the International Competition of Elena Obraztova (2005). Elena Gorshunova took part in the International Competition of Opera singers Operalia (final). Elena Gorshunova has worked with such conductors as Valerij Gergiev, Kent Nagano, Karel-Mark Chichon, Paolo Olmi, Luciano Acocella, Vlaidmir Jurowski, Michael Güttler, Alberto Zedda, Nicola Luisotti, Giorgio Morandi, Asher Fisch, Rani Calderon and Julia Jones.
Rudy Park (Ji Eung Park) studied voice in South Korea and moved to Italy in 2002, graduating at the Santa Cecilia Music Conservatory in singing. He won numerous awards: 10th edition of the Anemos Lyric Competition in Rome; 11th edition of the Mario Lanza International Competition in Filignano (Italy); and second edition of Luciano Neroni Lyric International Competition in Ripatransone (Italy).
In 2014 he won the Wilde Awards Best Performance for his interpretation of Calaf in Turandot performed at the Michigan Opera Theatre. In 2009 he won the voice competition at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, after which he made his debut as Calaf. The same year, he made his debut as Pollione in a new production of Norma that toured several Italian towns.
The two singers, accompanied by pianist Cristina Altamura, promise a most elegant spring concert in Gibraltar.
The programme includes arias by Rossini, Verdi, Donizetti, Leoncavallo, Gounod, Puccini and Bellini.