Nelida Nassar 01.17.2014
Lebanon Philharmonic Orchestra launches its 2014 season with “Vienna to Beirut” under the baton of maestro Robert Lehrbaumer with the much awaited appearance of soprano Caroline Solage. Recently hailed at the amphitheatre of the opera Bastille, Paris for her role in Terezin requiem based on the novel of Joseph Bor and the Giuseppi Verdi’s requiem music, Solage is a singer who deftly combines opera harmony and odd time signatures with singable melodies that instantly catch the listener’s ear. Solage had a very early music training since age 5 followed by a European opera traditional singing. She studied classical music at the National Conservatory of Beirut University of Music and the Antonine University then lyrical art at the Ecole Normale in Paris and did voice training with Denis Dubois, the chef de chant at Paris Opera developing her clean, pure timber with unique skills.
Besides her work as an opera singer, Solage is also a musicologist studying at the University of Paris VIII and continuing her training as an exchange student at the University of Vienna in Austria. She is conducting research on one of her favorite composer none other than Richard Strauss’s operas. She sang in Sicily, Pietro Mascagni’s Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana that she will perform again in Lebanon with the Philharmonic in February 2014. Solage’s background with classical music and composition led her to have the perfect understanding of harmony structure, and makes her singing incomparable. Heavily influenced by the German music repertoire, her refined voice has clear musical direction and taste. With a Strauss, Kálmán and Behar program, Solage’s promises a vocally textured and technically flawless performance blending with solid stage acting. Indeed, an evening of dazzling singing not to be missed.
Johann Strauss: “Wiener Blut”
Emmerich Kálmán: “Czardasfurstin”
Franz Lehar: “Vilja” from “The Merry Widow”
Franz Lehar: “Meine Lippen” Aria from “Giuditta”
Johann Strauss: “Roses from the South”
George Gershwin: “Rhapsody in Blue”, for solo piano and orchestra. Lebanese version World Premiere
For those who cannot attend the Beirut concert, an additional one will take place on Saturday, 18th January, 2014 at 18:30 at Rawdah al Fayhaa secondary school auditorium. The concerts are sponsored by the Austrian Embassy in Beirut. For the Tripoli
concert it is supported by the mayor of this city Dr. Nadel Ghazal and the chamber of commerce, industry and agriculture in the North of Lebanon.