L’Or et l’ombre ART-SONG RECITAL
25 November 2015, Wednesday 20:00 pm
Technopolis 20, Pafos
28 November 2015, Saturday, 19:30
Pallas Cinema-theatre, Lefkosia
Constantinos Stylianou: L’Or et l’Ombre [pancyprian premiere]
Henri Duparc: Chanson Triste, Extase, L’Invitation au Voyage
Maurice Ravel: Cinq Mélodies Populaires Grecques
Manuel de Falla: Siete Canciones Populares EspañolasZoe Nicolaidou | SOPRANO |
Nicolas Costantinou | PIANO |
The cypriot soprano Zoe Nicolaidou has been described to have “a noble sound and gifted with a radiant and moving presence.”
She was part of Paris Opera’s Young Artists Program (Atelier Lyrique) where she trained from 2009–11, and has made her debut under the baton of conductors such as Philippe Jordan (Suor Angelica), Bernhard Kontarsky (Faust by Fenelon), Dan Ettinger and Evelino Pido (Le Nozze di Figaro). She has received the Le Prix Lyrique du cercle Carpeaux in 2011 that rewards the most promising young singer of the season.
In the last few seasons she has interpreted the roles of: Amor (Orpheus und Eurydike) at Palais Garnier followed by a tour at Lincoln Center New York, Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) at the Festival Oper Klosterneuburg, Titania (The Fairy Queen) with the Ensemble de Lausanne in Switzerland, Serpetta (La Finta Giardiniera) in Bobigny MC93, Euridice (Orfeo ed Euridice) and a Flower girl (Parsifal) at Theater Aachen, Mae Jones (Street Scene), the Nymph (Euridice by Peri) at the Kammeroper Wien, Mrs. Gobineau (The Medium), Amore (L’Incoronazione di Poppea) in Schönbrunner Theater and Popelka (Veselohra na Moste) at the Festival Retz in Austria.
Equally successful in recital and concert her concert repertoire covers oratorio and symphonic works such as: Brahms’s Deutsches Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, B minor Massand Magnificat, Haydn’s Stabat Mater, and Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers, Schumann’s Der Rose Pilgefahrt (Die Rose) at venues such as Palais Garnier (Paris), Musikverein (Vienna), Rudolfinum (Prague), Villa Medicis (Rome), Montpellier Opera Corum, Festival Echternach, Amphitheatre (Bastille), Festival La Roque d’Antheron, Wratislavia Cantans Festival and Wiltz Festival. Ms Nicolaidou has also sung some World premieres including: Piotr Moss’s et après eux le silence in France as well as Kabat’s Misterium Fidei in both Luxembourg and Prague.
She is a first prize-winner of the Schlossoper Haldenstein International Singing Competition 2007 which subsequently led to the role of Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) at the Haldenstein Open-air Festival. She is also a finalist of the Hilde Zadek Singing Competition 2007 in Vienna and Laureate of the Prix Lyrique du cercle Carpeaux 2011 in France. Zoe Nicoladou has studied classical singing at the University for Music and Dramatic Arts in Vienna (Magister Artium).
Dr. Nicolas Costantinou
Dr. Nicolas Costantinou has given numerous concerts in Austria, Cyprus, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Finland, France, Portugal, Turkey, Switzerland, the UK and the USA and regularly appears in prestigious halls such as Wigmore Hall, the Brahms Saal of the Musikverein in Vienna, the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, and the grand Hall of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. He is regularly invited to perform at international festivals around Europe such as the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, the Oulunsalo Soi Music Festival (Finland), the Gödöllő Chamber Music Festival (Hungary), the Ledra Music Soloists International Chamber Music Festival and the Kypria Festival (Cyprus). His debut in London ’s prestigious Wigmore Hall was received with favourable reviews. He has performed with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Russian Chamber Philharmonic St. Petersburg, the Budapest Concert Orchestra, the Failoni Chamber Orchestra, and the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, with maestros such as Konrad von Abel, Juri Gilbo, Esa Heikkilä, Notis Georgiou, Spiros Pisinos, Maciej Zoltowski and Ayis Ioannides. In the field of chamber music, he has performed with Gustav Rivinius, Erkki Rautio, David Cohen, Péter Somodari, Vilmos Szabadi, Tytus Miecznikowski, Gábor Varga, Francesco Quaranta, Wolfgang Schroeder, Margarita Elia, Kyros Patsalides, Chloë Hanslip, Kazuhiro Tagaki, and the Meta4 and Akadémia String quartets. He regularly performs works by Cypriot composers in Cyprus and abroad including a number of world premieres. Dr Costantinou has recently performed for the first time in Cyprus Beethoven’s complete works for piano and violin with violinist Nikos Pittas.
Nicolas Costantinou graduated from the Greek Hellenic Academy of Music, the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Szeged, the Ferenc Liszt University of Music in Budapest summa cum laude and holds a Master of Music in Performance from the U.S. Cleveland Institute of Music. Recently, he has been awarded a doctorate of philosophy (PhD) from London’s Royal College of Music under the supervision of Prof. Paul Banks, Dr. Julian Jacobson and Dr. Jane Roper. His thesis is entitled The Chamber Music of Ernő Dohnányi; Tradition, Innovation and ‘Hungarianness’. He has also studied with Márta Gulyás, Dr. Daniel Shapiro, Sándor Falvai, Ferenc Kerek, Tania Economou and Wanda Economou-Constantinou and he has participated in master classes held by acknowledged pianists such as Dmitri Bashkirov, Nicolas Economou, Vadim Suchanov and Ferenc Rádos.