Violeta Urmana: diva starring the chameleonic the second round of XXIII Lied

Violeta Urmana

The cycle is a co-production between the National Broadcasting Music Center and the Teatro de la Zarzuela.

The Lithuanian singer has chosen works by Schubert and Strauss in this his third visit to Lied cycle, and it will be accompanied by Helmut Deutsch at the piano.

The next Monday 7 of November the XXIII Lied Cycle will host the Lithuanian mezzo-soprano Violeta Urmana, a great international opera diva world, accompanied by pianist Helmut Deutsch German, indispensable name within this genus. In this appointment, as usual, at the Teatro de La Zarzuela at 20 hours, the singer will perform songs by Frank Schubert and Richard Strauss, two composers who raised the lied to its highest heights. Tickets for this concert, with a general price 8 a 35 euros, and are on sale at the box office of Teatro de La Zarzuela, INAEM theaters, Y 902 22 49 49

The chameleon diva

Music critic Arturo Reverter comments on Urmana: “¿Soprano?, half? What kind of soprano or mezzo? We know that Urmana began his career within this second section, with roles like Kundry in the opera Parsifal Wagner, role for which she was acclaimed for several years from 1999 at the Bayreuth Festival. His case is that of an intermediate voice. Voices that tradition has described as falcon, and that's where encyclopedias (Wikipedia among them) and dictionaries locate it. What is the tint of the Urmana doorbell, once admitted that it is a falcon? We could qualify it as lyrical-spinto or directly spinto. Not dramatic. The smoothness of the sound - not so much in the high range, today less fragrant, as in the center and bass - the satin of the spectrum is not directly related to the usual metallic iridescence, sharp penetration, of truly dramatic instruments. On this new visit to Madrid, where the singer has acted with some frequency, is presented as mezzo-soprano and we will see how broad art, varied and iridescent of this interpreter, generous and expressive, rotunda and chameleonic, find in Schubert a perfect foothold to penetrate the heart of the most intense intimate dramas or cruel stories such as that of The dwarf, one of the Songs more extensive Schubert. Beautiful continuity is caused by the inclusion of thirteen Songs Strauss. A selection that penetrates the depths of the soul.”

Already in the beginning of his career, Violeta Urmana obtained worldwide recognition as Kundry in Parsifal and Eboli in Don Carlo. Your schedule from 2016 includes Kundry and Amneris in Aida in Vienna, Aunt Princess in Suor Angelica by Puccini in Rome, Judit in concert performances with Bluebeard's Castle by Bartók at the Vienna Musikverein, Play in Oedipus Rex at the Aix-en-Provence Festival and Azucena at The Troubadour in the arena of Verona. In 2017 will be Kundry at the Wagner Festival in Budapest, will return to New York as Amneris and will reprise this role in 2018 at the Theatre Royal. For years she has acted with great success in roles as Amelia in A masked ball, Elisabetta en Don Carlo, Leonora in The force of Destiny, Lady Macbeth en Macbeth, Odabella en Attila, the main roles of Aida, La Gioconda, Medea, Tosca, Rule, Iphigenia in Tauris Y Ariadne auf Naxos, Brünnhilde en Siegfried, Sieglinde en The Valkyrie and Isolde. She is frequently invited to the main operatic stages, like the New York Metropolitan, the Liceo de Barcelona, the Opéra National de París, la German Opera de Berlín, the Vienna State Opera, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Bayreuth festivals, Salzburg, Aix en Provence, Edinburgh and the BBC Proms. As a renowned singer of recitals and concerts, she performs in the most famous venues in Europe, United States and Japan. He has worked with directors such as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Bertrand de Billy, Pierre Boulez, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, James Conlon, James Levine, Jesus Lopez Cobos, Fabio Luisi, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Sir Simon Rattle, Donald Runnicles, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Franz Welser-Möst o Christian Thielemann. His recordings include La Gioconda, The Troubadour, Oberto count of San Bonifacio, A masked ball, Aida, The force of Destiny, Macbeth, Don Carlo, Andrea Chénier, Siegfried, Parsifal, Cavalleria rusticana, he Requiem in Verdi, The Song of the Earth and the Rückert-Lieder Mahler, the Maeterlinck Lieder de Zemlinsky, The death of Cleopatra Berlioz, Bluebeard's Castle de Bartók, The Nightingale de Stravinski y lieder de R. Strauss, Berg y Liszt. He acted as Kundry in the Tony Palmer movie The Search for the Holy Grail. Urmana has received numerous awards for his artistic career, like that of the Royal Philharmonic Society of London, the title of Österreichische Kammersängerin of Vienna and in his native Lithuania he received the highest decoration of the country, the Third Class Order of Grand Duke Gedeminas. Vilnius University of Music and Theater (Lithuania) also awarded her with an honorary title. In 2014 He was named Commander of the Order of the Star of Italy by the President of the Italian Estado Giorgio Napolitano. Violeta Urmana has participated in two previous editions of the Lied Cycle: XI (04-05) and XVII (10-11).