MIRIAM GAUCI AND MICHAEL LAUS IN CONCERT
On Friday, 16th December 2016 at 8pm internationally-renowned soprano, Miriam Gauci, and pianist Michael Laus, Resident Conductor of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, come together for a recital, at Teatru Manoel.
The recital will start with a selection from Rossini’s Serate Musicali, written when the composer, still in his early forties, decided to retire from writing operas, after the Parisian success of Guillaume Tell. Liszt’s settings of three of Petrarch’s sonnets are incredible in the way that the composer managed to capture the meaning and colours of Petrarch’s words with his then avant-garde harmonies and melodic lines. Wagner wrote the five songs based on poems by Matilde Wesendonk, the wife of one of his patrons, while he was working on Tristan und Isolde. In fact, Wagner himself described two of the songs as studies for Tristan. Together with Siegfried Idyll, the so-called Wesendonk Lieder are his most frequently-performed non-operatic compositions. The recital will finish exuberantly with Manuel de Falla’s Siete Canciones Populares Españolas, seven songs which are based on colourful and traditional Spanish tunes.
Miriam Gauci started her vocal education with her aunt, soprano Hilda Tabone. At an early age, she obtained a scholarship to study in Milan, where she made her home. She obtained her diploma in singing from the Conservatorio ‘Giuseppe Verdi’ and the diploma from the Centro di Perfezionamento Artisti Lirici from the Teatro alla Scala. During this period her professors for singing were Lia Guarini and the world famous mezzo-soprano Giulietta Simionato. She also studied staging techniques with Marisa Flask at La Scala and Renato Zanella and Vladimir Delman at the Teatro Studio in Bologna.
Michael Laus graduated in piano, harpsichord, composition, and conducting at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi of Milan in 1982. He later participated in master classes in conducting given by George Manahan in the United States and Vladimir Delman in Bologna. Principal Conductor of Malta’s national orchestra for twenty-five years and now its Resident Conductor, he has conducted the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra in symphonic concerts both in Malta’s main concert venues and on tour in Belgium and Italy.
This recital on Friday 16th December 2016 at 8pm, includes works by Rossini, Liszt, Wagner and Falla.
There will be a pre-concert talk at 7.30pm.
Tickets from www.teatrumanoel.com.mt