Soprano Marisol Montalvo performs for the first time with the Underground Youth Orchestra.
Saturday 12 March | 20:30
Athens Concert Hall
The Underground Youth Orchestra welcomes the explosive American performer Marisol Montalvo.
The internationally renowned soprano comes to Greece for the first time and joins the Underground Youth Orchestra to perform Mozart’s concertante arias in a unique concert on Saturday, March 12 at the Athens Concert Hall. The concert programme, conducted by Kostas Eliades, is dedicated to the work of the great composer W.A. Mozart.
As a singing actress, the American soprano Marisol Montalvo is widely acclaimed for her“unstinting” identification with her characters.
Hailing from Long Island, NY, Montalvo has been privileged to perform with the world’s most renowned conductors and orchestras. She has also worked closely with many of today’s leading composers, including Matthias Pintscher, Kaija Saariaho, George Benjamin, Unsuk Chin, Jörg Widmann, and Wolfgang Rihm. Several have written roles, especially for her, including Peter Eötvos(Sierve Maria in “Love and Other Demons”), Pascal Dusapin (Prothoe in “Penthesilea”) and Marco Stroppa(Olbia in “Il Re Orso”).
Her passionate commitment to contemporary music has led to regular engagements with ensembles including Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Intercontemporain, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Ensemble Remix, and Ensemble Modern.
In addition to her great successes in various operatic roles, Montalvo has made a name for herself in particular in the title role of Alban Berg’s “Lulu.” Following her debut in the part at the Opéra National de Paris, Le Monde described her performance as a true revelation: “The American soprano possesses real stage and vocal presence, and executes the exhausting role with incredible intensity.“
The role of Lulu became the centerpiece of Montalvo‘s stage work and is now an important part of her repertoire. She has performed it at houses including Deutsche Oper Berlin, Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse, Teatro de la Maestranza, Theater an der Wien, Komische Oper Berlin, and at Theater Basel in the acclaimed production by Calixto Bieto.
As a soloist in orchestral concerts, Montalvo enjoys a particularly close working relationship with Maestro Christoph Eschenbach. He has been both mentor and a regular concert partner throughout her career. Since conducting her Carnegie Hall debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra, he has invited her to work with him alongside orchestras including the Vienna Philharmonic, the Houston Symphony, the London Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic, the National Symphony, and Orchestre de Paris. Most recently, she performed under Eschenbach‘s baton with the Konzerthaus Orchestra, Berlin, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo, and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.
Montalvo has worked with conductors, including Daniel Harding, Vladimir Jurowski, Kent Nagano, Christopher Hogwood, Yuri Temirkanov, Bernhard Kontarsky, Cornelius Meister, Sylvain Camberling, Susana Mälkki, James Conlon, Dennis Russell Davies, Lothar Zagrosek, Marin Alsop, and Sir Neville Marriner and with orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, hr-Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, DSO Berlin, SWR Sinfonie-Orchestra, RSO Wien, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Bamberger Symphoniker.
She has also performed at internationally renowned houses and major festivals: Opernhaus Zürich, Theater an der Wien, Gran Teatro del Liceu, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Teatro Real de Madrid, Glyndebourne Festival, Theatre du Chatelet, Grand Théâtre de Genève, La Monnaie de Munt, Opéra de Monte-Carlo, the Lithaunian National Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Ruhrtriennale Music Festival, Ravinia Music Festival, Swiss Alps Classics Music Festival, Spoleto Music Fesival, Polish National Opera, Opera Comique, Wien Modern, Bregenzer Festspiele und Osterfestspiele Salzburg.
Athens Concert Hall: 210 72 82 333 https://www.megaron.gr/event/underground-youth-orchestra/