The John Rupert Theatre Presents: The return of Laetitia Grimaldi & Ammiel Bushakevitz

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Date: Friday, 22nd November 2019
Time: 18h00 - 20h00

Tickets R100pp from the Graaff Reinet Tourism Office

LAETITIA GRIMALDI

"A SINGER WHO COULD STEP ONTO ANY PROFESSIONAL STAGE"      CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Since her Carnegie Hall debut in 2013, Laetitia Grimaldi has sung in many renowned halls, opera stages and international festivals worldwide: Kennedy Center (USA), Shanghai & Forbidden City Concert Halls (China), Festival Croisements (China) Festival Pitic (Mexico), Festival Musica Classica (Canada), Verbier�Festival (Switzerland), Ravinia Festival (USA), Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (France), Melbourne Festival (Australia).Born in France, Laetitia Grimaldi spent her childhood in Lisbon and London. After beginning her vocal studies with Teresa Berganza, she continued her education with Lorraine Nubar in New York City, first at the Manhattan School of Music, followed by a Masters degree from the Juilliard School.In 2017 Laetitia was awarded the first prize in three international�competitions: the 1st prize at the International Singing Competition of Montreal, Canada, the 1st prize at the Robert Massard International Singing in Bordeaux, France as well as the 1st Prize at the Pro Musicis International Music Competition in Paris.She has received mentorship with some of the world's leading artists, including Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Emma Kirkby, Dame Felicity Lott, Alfred Brendel, Ileana Cotrubas and Dalton Baldwin. In 2016, Ms Grimaldi changed to soprano under the mentorship of the German baritone, Matthias Goerne.Laetitia Grimaldi has had the privilege to work with conductors and artists such as William Christie, Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, Vlad Iftinka, Antoine Glatard, Jorge Parodi, Ryan Brown, Anne Manson and Carlos Miguel Prieto, Pablo Sainz Villegas and Malcolm Martineau.In October 2018 Naxos released a DVD of the opera Les Fêtes de l’Hymen et de L’amour in which Laetitia Grimaldi performed the title role at the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC and the Carnegie Hall, New York. Recent performances include extensive recital tours in China, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, South Africa, Canada, the USA and throughout Europe as well as performances with orchestras in Canada, Brazil, England and at the Château de Versailles.

AMMIEL BUSHAKEVITZ
“GLEAMING WITH WIT AND SENSUALITY – A CATALOGUE OF EMOTIONS”    GRAMOPHONE MAGAZINE
Ammiel Bushakevitz was born in Jerusalem, Israel and raised in George, South Africa. He performs regularly at notable venues across the world. He has appeared at the festivals of Salzburg, Bayreuth, Lucerne, Melbourne and Montreal, the Festival Pontino di Latina in Rome, the Pablo Casals Festival in Barcelona, the Jerusalem Schubertiade and the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, France. Upcoming performances include recitals in London’s Wigmore Hall, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, the Shanghai Concert Hall and the Salle Pleyel in Paris. His awards include the European Union Commission Award, the DAAD International Scholarship for Artists, the Prix de la Ville de Lausanne, Switzerland and the city of Leipzig's Richard Wagner Award.Passionate about education, Ammiel has been invited to present masterclasses at the University of Queensland (Australia), the University of Barcelona (Spain), the Sichuan Conservatory (China), the Victoria University National School of Music (New Zealand) and the University of Northern Colorado (USA).One of the last private students of the late Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Ammiel was invited in 2011 by Fischer-Dieskau to accompany his masterclasses at the Universität der Künste in Berlin and at the Schwarzenberg Schubertiade in Austria. Ammiel has also worked with other notable singers including Thomas Hampson, Elly Ameling, Thomas Quasthoff, Barbara Bonney, Dame Felicity Lott, Brigitte Fassbaender and Teresa Berganza.In 2013 Ammiel released his debut solo CD, recorded in the Salle Fleuret in Paris. He has since released seven commercial recordings on labels including BIS (Sweden), Hänssler Classics (Germany), SOLFA (Spain) and Gramola (Austria) to critical acclaim and five-star reviews. His recording of Schubert’s Moments musicaux was used as the soundtrack of the 2017 Austrian film, Gwendolyn.Ammiel is an alumnus of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), a member of the Société des Arts Sciences et Lettres de Paris, a member of the International Hugo Wolf Academy and an honorary member of the International Richard Wagner Society. In 2014 Ammiel was named Edison Fellow of the British Library, London. In addition to his musical activities, he is president of the International Arts Association Voices of Orpheus in Paris, France. A PARISIAN EVENING AT THEPRINCESS DE POLIGNAC

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Hector Berlioz (1803-1869                                              L’Île Inconnue 
Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)                                        Premier Ballade  
Reynaldo Hahn (1874-1947)                                            À Chloris           
Pauline Viardot (1821-1910)                                            Hai Luli 
Joseph Cantaloube (1879-1957)                                    Baïlero 
Richard Wagner/Franz Liszt                                        La mort d'Isolde 
Cécile Chaminade (1857-1944)                                      Villanelle
Kurt Weill (1900-1950)                                                    Youkali
Léo Delibes (1836-1891)                                                  Les filles de Cadix

John Rupert Theatre Graaff-Reinet Presents: The return of Laetitia Grimaldi & Ammiel Bushakevitz

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