New CD/Download from Duo Rosa – Stephany Ortega (soprano) & Léna Kollmeier (piano) – “American Soul – from Broadway to Paris”

Tracklisting & CD Information

Leonard Bernstein: I feel Pretty (West Side Story); I can cook too (On the town); Reichard Hageman: Do not go my love; William Bolcom: Cabaret Songs Vol. 1, no. 6 “Amor”; John C. Sacco: That’s life; George Gershwin: I got rhythm (An American in Paris); Kurt Weill: Je ne t’aime pas; Leonard Bernstein: Something’s coming (West Side Story); Aaron Jay Kernis: Before Sleep and Dreams no. 2 “Play before lullaby” [Piano Solo]; Samuel Barber: Sure on this shining night Op. 13 no. 3; Leonard Bernstein: Peter, Peter (Peter Pan); I hate music! A cycle of five kid songs (1. My name is Barbara; 2. Jupiter has seven moons; 3. I hate music!; 4. A big Indian and a little Indian; 5. I’m a person too); Kurt Weill: Buddy on the nightshift (Lunchtime Follies); John Corigliano: Mr Tambourine man – Seven poems of Bob Dylan – Prelude: Mr Tambourine man; William Bolcom: The Serpent’s kiss (The garden of Eden) [Piano solo]; George Gershwin: The man I love; Swanee; Leonard Bernstein: Lucky to be me (On the town); Somewhere (West Side Story)

 

Released by Hänssler Classic (UK Distribution via Select) on HC19026
Single CD/Standard Jewel-case/ Full Price
Release date 24th May 2019

Repertoire Information

How about embarking on a journey through some of the most beautiful musical works ever written – in a thrilling concert during which we enter the world of the life, streets and cabarets from Broadway to Paris? This is exactly the path proposed by Duo Rosa in their new performance: “AMERICAN SOUL: from Broadway to Paris”. Soprano Stephany and pianist Léna reveal their talent to highlight all the feelings evoked in the songs they have chosen – lively, cheerful and dazzling, as well as deep and wistful.

AMERICAN SOUL: from Broadway to Paris” is the title of Duo Rosa’s second opus, featuring art songs, Broadway melodies and cabaret tunes. In this new project, the two musicians maintain a concept that was one of the keys to the previous album’s success: a blend of classical and popular music in a varied, accessible programme that pleases audiences of all ages, regardless of whether they are classical music lovers or not.

Concertgoers were mesmerized by the energy exuded by Duo Rosa on their first tour — Return World Tour — and by the theatrical effects with which they infused classical melodies and Latin American popular songs. Thus, it is only natural that they would now turn to North American repertoire, in all its flamboyance, to present a recital brimming with emotions: happiness, nostalgia, humour, sadness…and many other surprises! To grasp the audience’s attention and hold them spellbound, the duo has selected a series of highly popular songs combined with less well-known classical melodies. They perform famous Broadway tunes such as I feel pretty and Somewhere by Bernstein from West Side Story, or Gershwin songs including The man I love and I got rhythm from An American in Paris. The cabaret genre is likewise present, with numbers by Kurt Weill (Buddy on the nightshift and Je ne t’aime pas) and William Bolcom’s humorous Amor. Léna Kollmeier also displays her skill as a solo pianist in two attractive, demanding solo pieces filled with imagery.

A stage production, costumes and a stage set make the concert dynamic and lively: just like an evening out on Broadway!

 

Artist Information

DUO ROSA emerged in 2014 thanks to a wonderful friendship and meeting of musical minds between soprano Stephany Ortega and pianist Léna Kollmeier when they were studying at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. Due to their comprehensive training in classical and modern music, they are able to approach traditional repertoire with ease, while tackling the challenges of contemporary music and exploring several world music styles. The key to their success: the magical blend between classical and popular music!

In 2016, the duo released their first album “Return” (Et’cetera Records), an imaginary journey from Europe to Latin America: the disc was hailed by the international press. They followed up on their release with a promotional tour across 18 cities in Europe, the United States and the Caribbean, notably performing at Carnegie Hall in New York, La Monnaie in Brussels, El Ateneo in Madrid, the Philharmonie Luxembourg, the Biermans­Lapôtre Foundation in Paris and the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Santo Domingo.

Stephany Ortega, coloratura soprano, was born in the Dominican Republic and has also obtained Luxembourg citizenship by naturalization. Her repertoire ranges from Baroque to contemporary music including opera, Lied, world music and musical theatre. Very active internationally, she has performed throughout China, Europe, the US and the Caribbean. She has been granted several awards such as the Silver Prize at the Manhattan International Music Competition in New York; a nomination as an “Artist who excels abroad” by the Soberano Awards; Vindelink and Lerminiaux Prizes were attributed to her by Brussels Conservatoire, as well as the Servais Prize by the Belgian Ministry of Culture. Recently, the publishing house Maison Moderne honored her with the title of “Cultural Ambassador of Luxembourg”.

Stephany Ortega graduated with honours and holds a Master of Arts in voice from Brussels Conservatoire. She has obtained various diplomas in singing, piano and jazz dance at the Luxembourg Conservatoire, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Santo Domingo.

Léna Kollmeier, Belgian pianist, mastered her instrument remarkably well at an early age. This naturally led her to being accepted as a young talent by Liège Conservatoire, at the age of 15. She obtained her Master of Arts in piano with honours from Brussels Conservatoire.

At the age of 17, she won First Prize at the Dexia Classics Competition and performed a recital in the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels which marked the beginning of her career. She soon had the pleasure of performing with various orchestras and has appeared as a soloist and chamber music specialist on the international stage – namely in Europe, the US and the Caribbean. Also a passionate defender of contemporary repertoire, Léna Kollmeier co­founded Trio O3, with which she recently won the “Supernova” competition.

http://www.duorosa.com         http://www.stephanyortega.com          http://www.lenakollmeier.com

Marketing, Promotion and Further information

This new CD will be fully serviced to UK press and media. Advertising is yet to be finalised but will likely include appropriate classical magazines both in print and online.

Interview requests can be accommodated quickly, either in person or by telephone. Please request a review copy of the CD from john@musicandmediaconsulting.com

London Concert

To mark the release of this recording, Duo Rosa will be performing at the Institut Français in South Kensington (17 Queensberry Place SW7 2DT) on Tuesday 21st May at 7.30pm.

https://www.institut-francais.org.uk/events-calendar/whats-on/music/duo-rosa-from-broadway-to-paris/

Press tickets need to be reserved via john@musicandmediaconsulting.com

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