December 9, 2019

“Opera with a dash of Christmas in Canberra”, All Saints Church, December 8

ITALIAN pianist, director and composer Alessio Nelli joined soprano Susannah Lawergren and mezzo-soprano Hannah Fraser in an intimate recital of operatic favourites and more at All Saints Church...

First there was Comfort – the cantata Süßer Trost BWV 151, by J S Bach, followed by his Orchestral Suite No 2 in B minor BWV 1067. Then the heavens opened in an outpouring of Joy with the second part of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 and the cantata Gloria...

October 8, 2019

"The young Fanelli and Fraser, extremely smooth voices of excellent performance, controlled with superb craftsmanship, did not holdback on "operatic" moments, like when they looked at each other singing, as if to support each other, in the face of the tragedy of a moth...

August 14, 2019

The winners of the first ex-aequo prize of the XIII ancient Fatima Terzo music competition were announced: the soprano Cristina Fanelli and the mezzo soprano Hannah Fraser. We can't wait to hear them in the program of Spazio & Musica and Grandezze & Meraviglie!

January 4, 2019

“I love singing in Armidale,” mezzo-soprano Hannah Fraser said. “It’s so nice to come back, and have the support from where I grew up.”

The Armidale-raised singer, and two other talented young musicians – soprano Michelle Ryan, and Italian pianist, conductor, and compos...

November 14, 2018

DESCRIBED as a vocal symphony, “One-Equal-Music” is something of a requiem to the World War I fallen. It’s in five movements:

no noise nor silence, but one equal music …

no fears nor hopes, but one equal possession …

no foes nor friends, but an equal communion and identit...

The evocative Spanish cadence of the castanets recently faded on the production of The Barber of Seville in which former Armidale mezzo soprano, Hannah Fraser, sang the maid, Berta. She then began final rehearsal ahead of an even greater challenge. Her current role is...

July 25, 2018

L’Italia si proclama a gran voce, spesso un po’ cialtronescamente, “Patria dell’Opera” ma, alla prova dei fatti l’Educazione Musicale è materia scolastica reietta tra le reiette, ridotta nella maggior parte dei casi all’orrida pratica del piffero di plastica, più utile...

July 25, 2018

PIZZICHI D’AMORE

Il morso della tarantola infondeva tra i nostri antenati quell’“infinita voglia di amare” (secondo le parole dello stesso Aliverta), era quel dionisiaco “pizzicu d’amore” che implicava la perdita delle buone maniere a vantaggio di un approccio più carna...

July 21, 2018

Un carnevale di note e contaminazioni per “Figaro su, Figaro giù…! Rossini e il Barbiere: tutta un’altra storia”, una libera rivisitazione del “Barbiere di Siviglia” di Gioachino Rossini e di Paisiello, andato in scena con successo al Festival della Valle d’Itria di Ma...

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