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Die Liedmakersgilde


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Die Liedmakersgilde: Van Oostenryk na Amerika met
Regina Zona (sopraan) en Kathleen Tagg (klavier)

(Program sluit musiek in van Richard Strauss, Samuel Barber en Jake Heggie)
Nassau-Sentrum, Groote Schuur Hoërskool, Palmyraweg, Nuweland
Sondag 21 Augustus: 16h00
Kaartjies: R50,00
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Regina Zona (Soprano)

Regina Zona has been described as having the "perfect voice for Strauss". Whether it is the demanding music of Mozart and Strauss or the artistry and lyricism of Bellini and Verdi, Dr. Zona finds her way comfortably. Dr. Zona has had the pleasure of working with some of the world’s best conductors on a variety of repertoire. She has sung Mozart with French conductor, Emmanuel Villaume, Welsh conductor, Grant Llewellyn and American conductors, James Meena and Carol Crawford. Under the baton of Maestra Eve Queler she has performed some of the great bel canto roles including the title role of Norma in concert and Marguerite in Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots with the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico. Dr. Zona performed the music of Richard Strauss in Yokosuka, Japan at a Gala Concert with the Tokyo Symphony under the baton of Austrian conductor, Gustav Kuhn. She sang Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with the Hawaii Opera Theatre and triumphed with the Sarasota Opera as the flirtatious Musetta in La Bohéme where she “stole the show… with her brilliant soprano and outrageously seductive characterization”. Perhaps her most critically acclaimed role at the beginning of her career was Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte. She sang the Queen in St. Louis, Toledo, Sarasota, Tulsa, and Philadelphia where she has been praised for her “brilliantly ringing sound” and “commanding presence”. Dr. Zona’s New York debut was as the soprano soloist in an Evening of Mozart at Lincoln Center with the National Chorale. In June of 1997, she was a winner of the highly distinguished Neue Stimmen International Vocal Competition in Gütersloh, Germany. Originally from Western New York, Dr. Zona has also taken first place honors in the Mario Lanza Competition, Bel Canto Competition, Liederkranz Competition and was a regional winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Equally comfortable on the concert stage as on the operatic stage, Dr. Zona was embraced by critics and the public on a concert tour with the Sarasota Opera as “nothing short of sensational”. An avid recitalist, she specializes in the performance of American art song. In the summer of 2010, she completed an American Song recital tour of South Africa commemorating Samuel Barber’s centenary year with South African pianist, Kathleen Tagg. Her extensive oratorio and concert performances include: Beethoven’s Symphony #9, Mahler’s Symphony #8, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana and Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder. In the spring of 2011, she will be the soprano soloist in Poulenc’s Gloria with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra.

With over 20 years of voice teaching experience, Dr. Zona has held teaching positions at Shorter College in Rome, GA, Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT and The Community Music School in Buffalo, NY and is currently Assistant Professor of Music/Opera Program Director at the University of Minnesota Duluth as the director of Opera and teacher of Voice. She also served as the Artistic Director of the Sieur Du Luth Opera Training Program from 2008 to 2010.

As a musical/stage director, Dr. Zona has directed several college and community productions including operas, opera scene programs, musicals and show choir performances. Her most recent directing credits include several University opera scenes programs, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. She has also directed the double bill of Suor Angelica and Pagliacci and Verdi’s Falstaff. In addition to teaching opera and classical vocal literature, she is well versed in the musical theatre genre teaching both private students in musical theatre vocal techniques and college level musical theatre literature courses.

She is currently writing a college-level textbook called The Music, The Voice and The Theatre: A Comparison: History and Appreciation of Opera and Musical Theatre. Dr. Zona received her Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University, Artist Diploma from the Academy of Vocal Arts and Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music.

Kathleen Tagg (Piano)

Since moving to New York from Cape Town in 2001, pianist Kathleen Tagg has reveled in the diversity and energy of New York's musical life. She was hailed by the New York press following her New York solo piano debut at Carnegie Weill Hall as "a superbly turned out artist, a performer broaching scant detour between conception and delivery, and a musician of such grand endowment that I can only add a complimentary hey-ho of underlining the great industry, unsparing discipline with which she honored her natural gift and therefore the music she plays and the public she plays to…"

Kathleen began piano studies at age five, followed by her first live broadcast on radio at the age of seven. Recent years have seen Kathleen performing often at New York’s Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, and venues from Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, the South Orange Performing Arts Center Opening Gala curated by Paquito D’Rivera, the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington D.C., the Goethe Institute, HERE Arts Center, Steinways, Bechsteins and Yamaha to the Gladstone Gallery, Drom and Tonic.

Kathleen has performed all over South Africa as well as in Europe, India and Zimbabwe. Concerto performances have been with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, CAPAB Orchestra and the University of Cape Town Orchestra. Her enormous repertoire spans works from Scarlatti to the twenty-first century and she has premièred numerous pieces, many written for her, including works for piano and electronics.

Kathleen’s education includes degrees from the University of Cape Town, Mannes College of Music New York and a doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music, where she garnered the Helen Cohn award as the most outstanding doctoral graduate. Kathleen’s awards include the Ernst Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Scholarship, National Arts Council Overseas Scholarship, Andrew W Mellon Award, Jules Kramer and Harry Crossley Awards, the Oude Meester Music Prize, the Oude Meester Chamber Music Prize, ATKV Forte National Competition Piano Award, and prizes at the SAMRO Overseas Competition, the Adcock Ingram Music Prize and the Hennie Joubert Piano Competition.

She taught for four years at the Manhattan School of Music, and at the Great Neck Conservatory in Long Island, the Bronx Conservatory and the Piano School of New York City, amongst others.

She was a 2010 Stern fellow for Songfest at Pepperdine where she worked with composers Jake Heggie, John Musto, Ben Moore and Tom Cipullo and was mentored by Graham Johnson, Margo Garrett and Martin Katz. The past season included performances of her and Sophie Jaff’s Orchestrated Songs at Lincoln Center, performances at Noontime at Trinity Church Wall Street, in India and New York with the Sabina Rakcheyeva Ensemble as well as the recording of the group's debut album in London, and multiple solo and collaborative concerts in South Africa. She also launched a new duo with Chicago-based violinist Maria Storm that performs and records music from Eastern Europe and Southern Africa.

As a composer, her new musical, “Erika’s Wall” co-written with Sophie Jaff, was produced in 2010 in Chicago by The Music Theatre Company as their Summer Mainstage Festival Production. She is co-founding director of the New York-based Art Song ensemble SongFusion, working in New York with some of her generation’s finest singers and pianists, and collaborating with instrumentalists, visual artists and other performing artists.