Javier Camarena

Guest: Adriana Kučerová

11. 04. 2017 - Concert hall of the Slovak Philharmonic, Bratislava

Javier Camarena

Javier Camarena was born in Veracruz (Mexico) and studied voice at the Guanajuato University. In 2004, he won the first prize at the Carlo Morelli Singing Competition in Mexico and the Juan Oncinas award at the Francisco Viñas Competition in Barcelona in 2005.

Camarena made his debut in 2004 in Mexico at the Palacio de Bellas Artes singing Tonio in La Fille du Régiment. In Mexico, he subsequently performed Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Nemorino (L’Elisir d’amore), Ernesto (Don Pasquale) and Dorvil (La Scala di Seta).
Javier Camarena most recently became the talk of the opera world, when he joined the ranks of Luciano Pavarotti and Juan Diego Flórez to become the third singer in 70 years to perform an encore at the Metropolitan Opera House when he stopped the house during a performance of Rossini’s “la Cenerentola” singing Ramiro’s aria “Si ritrovarla io giuro”. Later at Madrid’s Teatro Real, he repeated the same historic feat, with the encore of “Ah! Mes amis quelle jour de fête, from Donizetti’s “La fille du régiment”. Camarena is the only tenor in the history of both opera houses to sing encores in two consecutive performances.

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Anticipating his return to the MET in March 2016, Opera News Magazine dedicated its 80th anniversary edition’s cover to him. “Tenor sensation”, as presented by Scott Barnes, he published in the feature story entitled CAMARENA GOLD that reads: “His good-sized voice is of uncommon beauty from bottom to top; the middle of the voice in particular is virile and darkish in color, but with a burnished glow… recitatives, subito pianos, long diminuendos on high notes, tasteful rubatos, cadenzas and variations that are born out of the drama…A layman might call him “natural,” but there is certainly nothing natural about the theatrical tightrope-walking he does so well. “Truthful” is a better term.”

From early years in his career his ravishing voice earned him leading roles in the belcanto repertoire, under the batons of some of the most outstanding conductors such as Claudio Abbado or Zubin Metha, Javier Camarena has performed in some of Europe’s and the United States’ most prominent opera houses, concert halls and festivals as well as in Chile, Colombia and his native Mexico.

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Adriana Kučerová

Despite her relative youth Adriana has already had tremendous success singing at internationally renowned venues and Festivals such as the Teatro alla Scala, Munich State Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper and Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin, Opera de Bastille Paris, Santa Cecilia Rome, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro Carlo Felice Genova, New Israeli Opera Tel Aviv, Theater an der Wien, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera Theatre du Capitole Toulouse, Theater an der Wien, Glyndebourne Festival & Touring Opera, Salzburg Mozart Wochen, Salzburg Festival, Ravenna Festival, Spoleto Festival, Røros Festival in Norway, Launen Festival Gstaad and the BBC Proms, London.

In 2014-2015 and beyond, Adriana’s projects include the title role in the Cunning Little Vixen at the Staatsoper Hamburg, further performances at Vienna Staatsoper as Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore (opposite Juan Diego Florez) and Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore at the Teatro Colon of Buenos Aires, and various concerts across Europe with JC Spinosi and Ensemble Mattheus.

She has worked with world renowned conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Ivor Bolton, Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel, Christoph Eschenbach, Vladimir Jurowski, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Kent Nagano, Jean-Christophe Spinosi and Kazushi Ono.


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Guest: Adriana Kučerová

The Slovak Philharmonics
Conductor: Jaroslav Kyzlink

April 11, 2017 at 7.30 p.m.
The Concert Hall af the Slovak Philharmonics

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The Slovak soprano Adriana Kučerová  © Petra Lajdova


Gaetano Donizetti:
Don Pasquale

Vincenzo Bellini
I Capuleti e i Montecchi
È serbato a questo acciaroL’amo tanto

Gioachino Rossini
La Cenerentola
Si, ritrovarla io giuro

Gaetano Donizetti
La fille du régiment

Gaetano Donizetti
Lucia di Lammermoor
Tombe degli avi miei…fra poco a me ricovero

Vincenzo Bellini
La Sonnambula
Ah! non credea mirarti… Ah! non giunge uman pensiero

Vincenzo Bellini
I Puritani
A te o cara

Vieni fra queste braccia


Camille Saint-Saëns
Samson et Dalila

Charles Gounod
Roméo et Juliette
Je veux vivre

Georges Bizet
Les pêcheurs de perles
Je crois entendre encore

Giuseppe Verdi
La forza del destino

Giuseppe Verdi
Signor ne principe… E il sol dell’anima

Ella mi fu rapita… parmi veder le lagrime

Gualtier Maldé!… Caro nome

Gaetano Donizetti
La fille du régiment
Ah! mes amis, quel jour de fête!