Saturday 15th August, 6-7pm (AEST)
Eva Kong / Soprano
Alex Raineri / Piano
Francis Poulenc: C from Deux poems de Louis Aragon
Claude Debussy: Apparition
Jules Massenet: Obeissons quand leur voix appelle from Manon
Youngsub Choi: Memory
Woon Young Na: Psalm 23
Heitor Villa-Lobos (arr. Raineri): Aria from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Vocalise from 14 Romances, Op. 34
Karol Szymanowski: Roxana’s Lullaby from King Roger
John Adams: China Gates
John Adams: I am the wife of Mao Tse-Tung from Nixon in China
With a versatile portfolio of operatic roles traversing Mozart, Wagner and John Adams, Korean soprano Eva Kong is one of Australia’s most in-demand artists. Joined in recital by Brisbane Music Festival Artistic Director Alex Raineri at the piano, this program is a thrilling collection of colorful works.
Commencing with the perfumed harmonies of Poulenc’s C and Debussy’s exquisite Apparition, the program traverses selections from the operatic and art song canons, including two gorgeous Korean folk songs.
The recital concludes with an extract from John Adams’ opera Nixon in China. Here, Kong reprises her Green Room Award winning and Helpmann Award nominated performance of Madam Mao for Victorian Opera in 2017, a performance praised for its “spectacular coloratura” (Sydney Morning Herald).