Platonov festival continues to present the Art of Opera in terms of its Music Program. Concerts with participation of Habla Gerzmava, Iwona Sobotka , opera singers from USA and CIS were already held at the festival. Each of these events gained spectators’ appeal. In this year we would like to present one of the most eminent tenors of the world Mark Heller and a young star Christina Poulitsi.
Christina Poulitsi rapidly establishing herself as one of the most thrilling vocal talents to have emerged in recent years, Greek soprano Christina Poulitsi has drawn praise for her “crystal clear intonation” and “warm lyric colour”.
Christina’s 2017/18 season opens with her Royal Opera debut in London, performing as Queen of the Night under the baton of Julia Jones. Christina continues to perform this role with Opéra-Comique in Paris, on tour across Japan with Komische Oper, and Hamburg Staatsoper with Mo. Jean-Christophe Spinosi.
In concert she will perform at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées with Orchestre de Chambre de Paris conducted by Yvan Cassar, in an all-Mozart programme which will feature on France 3 TV, and will join Mo. Gianandrea Noseda on a tour throughout Spain with Orquestra de Cadaqués, performing Mozart’s Requiem.
Last season, Christina sang the title role in Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol with Filarmonica Teatro Regio Torino at Stresa Festival, conducted by Mo. Jean-Christophe Spinosi. She also returned to Deutsche Oper am Rhein as Gilda in their production of Rigoletto. Her expanding international profile led to debuts last season with Bolshoi Theatre Moscow and Seattle Opera.
The success of her debut at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in December 2015 singing Gilda in Rigoletto, led to further performances with Mo. Zubin Mehta in a series of concerts with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, performing arias by Mozart (Donna Anna), Verdi (Violetta) and Donizetti (Lucia).
Other past performance highlights include, the Italian Singer alongside Renée Fleming in Strauss’s Capriccio, conducted by Mo. Christian Thielemann at the Dresden Semperoper and appearances with Komische Oper Berlin, Teatro Regio in Torino, Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Teatro Lirico in Cagliari and Greek National Opera singing roles such as, Gilda, Musetta, Contessa di Folleville in Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims and Soeur Constancein Poulenc’s Les Dialogues des Carmelites.
Christina was named Best New Artist by the Union of Greek Critics of Drama and Music for her performance as Gilda in Rigoletto at the Greek National Opera in 2014. In the same year, she was a finalist in Placido Domingo’s “Operalia” competition, and had previously won 1st Prize at the International “Nico Dostal” Competition in Vienna.
American tenor Marc Heller has appeared in principal tenor roles at such theaters as the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Theatre Capitole - Toulouse, Dutch National Opera, Barcelona’s Liceu, the Bolshoi Opera - Moscow, Royal Swedish Opera - Stockholm, and others in such roles as Verdi’s Otello, Radames in Aida, Calaf inTurandot, Don José in Carmen and others.
Marc made his Metropolitan Opera debut opposite Plácido Domingo as the opera’s antagonist Gao Jian Li in Tan Dun’s new work The First Emperor, returning the following season as Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette with Anna Netrebko and Roberto Alagna, appearing in that season’s Met HD movie series, and internationally re-broadcast regularly.
Mr. Heller sang the role of Radames in Aida at the Pyramids, with Cairo Opera simulcast on RAI Television, and in performances of a new production at London’s Royal Albert Hall, accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
He also appeared as Enrico the Bellmaker in Respighi’s rarity La Campana Sommersa at New York City Opera, as the eponymous Le Prophète by Meyerbeer at the Badisches Staatstheater - Karlsruhe.
In concert, Mr. Heller has performed as the tenor soloist in Verdi’s, Mozart’s and Webber’s Messe di Requiem, in Beethoven’s 9th and Chorale Fantasy Symphonies, in Mendelssohn’s Lobegesang, Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten, Mahler’s 8th Symphony, and others, in such venues as Avery Fisher and Carnegie Hall, MainStage - New York City, Boston’s Symphony Hall, and in Beijing and Shang-Hai, and others. As a recording artist, his work includes the role of Chairman Mao for Naxos’ recording of Adams’ Nixon in China, an album Grammy-nominated for production.
In this season Mark Heller is performing roles, including Cavaradossi in Tosca at Prague National Theatre and also debuting as Florestan in Beethoven’s «Fidelio» at The Deutsche Nationaltheater and Staatskapelle Weimar.