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Messiah/Mozart and Beethoven Concert Soloists

Lilia Sept 2017

Italian soprano Lilia Carpinelli has appeared with orchestras in Italy, Israel, Palestine, Austria, China and New Zealand. Operatic roles include: Lisa: La sonnambula (Auckland Opera Studio), Maria: M. Williams – The Juniper Passion (Atoll Records), Eleonora: Prima la musica poi le parole (Vienna, Orchestra Giovanile di Roma);Micaëla (cover): Carmen (Napier Festival Opera); Lulù in Viviani’s Eden Teatro (Naples, Trianon Orchestra); O Nino: El retablo de maese Pedro (Salerno, Augusteo Theatre); Dirindina: Scarlatti (Caserta, Garibaldi Theatre with Nuova Orchestra Scarlatti), Dorilla in Hasse’s La Serva Scaltra (Naples, Teatro Cilea, Discantus Ensemble); Girlfriend: Len Lye: The Opera (Auckland University).

Oratorio performances include Rossini’s Stabat Mater (Napier Civic Choir) and Petit Messe Solemnelle (Auckland Choral), Monteverdi’s Vespres 1610 (Bach Musica), Faurè’s Requiem (Avellino Conservatorium Orchestra), Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater (Nuova Orchestra Napoletana), Cimarosa’s Magnificat, Vivaldi’s Gloria, world premiers of Logroscino’s Stabat Mater, Paisiello’s Requiem and Piccinni’s Salmo ‘Da te solo in tanti affanni’ ( Salerno Conservatorium Orchestra). Lilia can be regularly heard in recitals with her husband, the pianist Matteo Napoli in both Italy and New Zealand. Lilia is a 2017 New Zealand Opera resident artist and is proudly supported by the New Zealand Freemasons foundation.

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Catherine Pierard

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Declan Cudd

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Alex Lee

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Dana Parkhill

Originally from Hawke’s Bay, Dana completed a BMus(Hons) in Flute with Dr Alexa Still at Victoria University of Wellington.  During her time in the Capital she performed regularly as a contract player with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Wellington Sinfonia (now Orchestra Wellington).

On moving to London in 1998 Dana continued to perform and have lessons privately while working for the Royal College of Music.  After 8 years in the UK she returned to Hawke’s Bay with a young family.

These days Dana is very active locally as a professional performer and teacher. She is a member of the trio Confetti, which performs throughout the North Island, and is still a contract player for the NZSO.  In addition to her busy classical music schedule Dana also plays and sings with Irish band, The Bold Deceivers, and has recently formed ConFusion, a collaborative project involving Confetti and other local jazz/rock musicians.

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Madeline Crump

Wellington based harpist, Madeleine Crump started her studies at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington in 2010 under Carolyn Mills, principal harpist of the NZSO.

Madeleine has won a number of scholarships and awards and during her university years she was a finalist in the New Zealand School of Music concerto competition, playing Ravel’s Intoduction and Allegro. Madeleine has been principal harpist of the New Zealand National Youth Orchestra in 2010, 2011 and 2014. She has also played harp for the New Zealand School of Music orchestra, and performed with various chamber groups. She has regularly performed with Orchestra Wellington, Hamilton Opus Orchestra and Hawkes Bay Orchestra performing numerous works, operas and ballets

She has had the privilege of performing for Sir Jon Trimmer of the New Zealand Ballet, Dame Malvina Major and former Prime Minister, John Key. In 2014, Madeleine was chosen by audition from a group of international young harpists to perform a selection of solo works at the International World Harp Congress in Sydney.
Madeleine has an honours degree in harp performance from the New Zealand School of Music, Victoria University, Wellington.

 

Last Night of the Proms/Ravel Concert Soloists

Lilia Sept 2017

Italian soprano Lilia Carpinelli has appeared with orchestras in Italy, Israel, Palestine, Austria, China and New Zealand. Operatic roles include: Lisa: La sonnambula (Auckland Opera Studio), Maria: M. Williams – The Juniper Passion (Atoll Records), Eleonora: Prima la musica poi le parole (Vienna, Orchestra Giovanile di Roma);Micaëla (cover): Carmen (Napier Festival Opera); Lulù in Viviani’s Eden Teatro (Naples, Trianon Orchestra); O Nino: El retablo de maese Pedro (Salerno, Augusteo Theatre); Dirindina: Scarlatti (Caserta, Garibaldi Theatre with Nuova Orchestra Scarlatti), Dorilla in Hasse’s La Serva Scaltra (Naples, Teatro Cilea, Discantus Ensemble); Girlfriend: Len Lye: The Opera (Auckland University).

Oratorio performances include Rossini’s Stabat Mater (Napier Civic Choir) and Petit Messe Solemnelle (Auckland Choral), Monteverdi’s Vespres 1610 (Bach Musica), Faurè’s Requiem (Avellino Conservatorium Orchestra), Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater (Nuova Orchestra Napoletana), Cimarosa’s Magnificat, Vivaldi’s Gloria, world premiers of Logroscino’s Stabat Mater, Paisiello’s Requiem and Piccinni’s Salmo ‘Da te solo in tanti affanni’ ( Salerno Conservatorium Orchestra). Lilia can be regularly heard in recitals with her husband, the pianist Matteo Napoli in both Italy and New Zealand. Lilia is a 2017 New Zealand Opera resident artist and is proudly supported by the New Zealand Freemasons foundation.

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Tenor Matthew Reardon makes a welcome return to Napier to sing with the Napier Civic Choir and Hawke’s Bay Orchestra after his debut in 2015 in the Puccini Gala concert. His face also may also seem familiar after he starred as ‘Don Jose’ in Carmen earlier this year with Festival Opera.

Matthew’s education includes; The Music Academy of West in Santa Barbara, California under the tutelage of Marilyn Horne, the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Perth, The Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust Program, Melbourne. And most recently, He completed a Masters of Opera from the Wales International Academy of Voice in Cardiff.

Matthew made his professional debut as ‘Young Man 1’ in Pecan Summer, the first Indigenous opera by Yorta Yorta soprano Deborah Cheetham. And has also performed the roles of ‘Ferrando’ in Mozart’s, Così fan tutte, ‘Rodolfo’ in Puccini’s La bohème and ‘Vašek’ in Bartered Bride by Smetana. He is also a member of Opera Australia Chorus.

Most recently Matthew sang the role of ‘Cavardossi’ in Tosca with the Australian Discovery Orchestra and the Tenor solo in the Beethoven 9th Symphony with The Sydney University Symphony Orchestra.

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Anna developed her career as a versatile operatic and concert mezzo soprano and following a return to New Zealand, she has made the change to soprano. Whilst studying in Europe, Anna completed the two-year course, De Nieuwe Opera Academie in Amsterdam where she performed several roles to great acclaim. Her most recent European performances include roles with KammerOper Wien, Valencia’s Palau de la Musica, Teatro Castello and the Opera National du Rhin in Strasbourg.

Now based in Hawkes Bay, Anna performs predominantly in New Zealand and appears regularly with the major companies, including Auckland Philharmonia, NZSO and NZ Opera. Upcoming performances include Mimi in Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’ for Festival Opera, 2016.

Besides her operatic roles, Anna has performed throughout the UK, Spain and New Zealand in concert and oratorio and has sung previously with the Napier Civic Choir in Messiah and Verdi’s Requiem.

Anna holds an MMus from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

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