The Northern Lights Music Festival de Febrero is excited to introduce Colombian opera star Amalia Avilán to Ajijic in a performance of the “Married to the Job” festival series, Wednesday, February 28 at the Auditorio de la Ribera.
The lyric soprano was a member of the 2016 edition Masterclasses of Joyce DiDonato at Carnegie Hall that was successfully broadcast by medici.tv, which can be seen on line on YouTube. Well known for her warm and round timbre, Avilán’s personality, years of dedication and perseverance have led her to perform in great venues in South America and Europe.
Said Opera Wire of her recent performance in “Eurydice” with the Opera of Colombia: “The vocal star of the night was soprano Amalia Avilán as Eurydice. From her first vocal entrance, her voice was a radiant beam of sound … Her scenes of torment were among the most powerfully rendered of the evening, each phrase growing in strength and desperation.”
Avilán has also appeared as Mimi in La Bohème, Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto, Manuela in Romeo and Juliette, Desdemona in Otello and Liu in Turandot.
Sharing the Auditorio stage with Avilán and returning to the Festival de Febrero this year for the second time is countertenor Daniel Moody. Those who experienced his voice last year will be interested to hear him with Avilán and alongside outstanding concert pianist David Fung.
Moody has a vocal resonance which leaves a profoundly startling impression and is equally known for his “sweet and melancholy” sound. The voice of a countertenor like this is a rare and truly unusual experience. His voice will pierce your heart with its amazingly beautiful tones. Moody is a proponent of early music and has performed at the Boston, Indianapolis and Washington Early Music festivals. Besides being a graduate of the prestigious Yale Voxtet – resident at Yale’s Institute of Sacred Music – he has performed as a soloist at such venues as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, London’s St. John’s Smith Square and Cambridge’s Trinity College. A resident of New York City, he is on tour much of the season.
Pianist Fung has been described in the New York Times as “stylish and articulate” and having “superstar qualities” in Le Libre. Originally from Australia, he now resides in New York City and is in constant demand as a soloist.
Fung garnered international attention as a winner in two of the “top five” international piano competitions (the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Brussels and the Arthur Rubinstein Piano International Masters Competition in Tel Aviv). In Tel Aviv, he was further distinguished by the Chamber Music and Mozart prizes, awarded in areas in which Fung has a particularly passionate interest. He is the first piano graduate of the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles and is a Steinway Artist.