Carnevale di Venezia
Antonio Vivaldi

Carnevale di Venezia

Cappella dell'Ospedale della Pietà

Label: Ëvoe Music
Format: CD
Barcode: 5905279916036
Catalog number: EVOE 003
Releasedate: 25-11-16
- carnevale di venezia is dedicated to the operatic works by antonio vivaldi

- great performances by Cappela della Pietà Orchestra and two young stars of Baroque singing: mezzo Natalia Kawalek and countertenor Jakub Jozef Orlinski

Carnival in Venice, the event people are talking about throughout Europe, is indeed the accumulation of the numbers of games, which were allowed to be played only in that season, unless there are other special reasons for celebration. In this sort of entertainment, we can enumerate comedies, operas, casino games, ballet, parades, bull fights, tightrope dances, puppet shows, and jugglers' performances. At that point in the celebration, everyone is allowed to wear masks all day long. In the old days, the carnival would start on the second day of Christmas and go throughout the beginning of the new year. The reason this was eventually postponed by officials was concern for public safety and the fact that many people were using masks as disguise to commit crimes. This release is to celebrate not only the carnival but also the works of Antonio Vivaldi. The form of Venetian opera was evoked by the baroqu eaesthetics: it demanded richness of impressions, diversity, contrasts, su

NATALIA KAWALEK - mezzosoprano An opera singer, born in 1987 in Poland. She graduated at the Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw (class of Professor Izabella Kłosinska) and in Rome at Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia (with Rebecca Berg and Sara Mingardo) as part of the Erasmus exchange programme. Afterwards she continued studies at the University of Music in Vienna under Professor Claudia Visca. In 2012 she won 3rd price and the Audience Price at the International Baroque Opera Competition Pietro Antonio Cesti in Innsbruck (Austria). She is also the winner of 2nd price and many special awards on Internationaler Hilde Zadek Gesangswettbewerb 2013 in Vienna. From saison 2014/2015 she was a member of Junges Ensemble at Theater an der Wien. Her repertoire is very wide, from the music of late renaissance, through baroque operas and chamber music, to contemporary and experimental projects. Her greatest passion however is opera. The most significant recent stage appearences were Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro at Glyndebourne Festival, Carmen in Kammeroper Wien, Virtu in L'incoronazione di Poppea of C. Monteverdi in Theater an der Wien. During last couple of seasons she had chance to colaborate with prominent conductors like Alessandro de Marchi, Andreas Spering, Jean Christoph Spinosi, Mikhail Tatarnikov, Jan T. Adamus and excellent stage directors like Christoph Loy, Klaus Guth, Christiane Lutz, Thorstein Fisher, Jean Renshaw. Next seasons include engagements in Theater an der Wien and Teatr Wielki in Warsaw. Natalia is cooperating regularily with ensembles Il Giardino d’Amore, Cappella Cracoviensis and Ensemble Matheus.

MIRIAM ALBANO - mezzosoprano Miriam Albano was born in 1991 in Venice. In her early youth, Miriam began studying violin at the Conservatory of Venice. In 2011, she graduated from that institute in the field of Voice (Belcanto) with the highest honours and cum laude, under the guidance of Stella Silva. Shortly afterwards, she sang for the “Festival Galuppi” at the Apollinee Rooms of Teatro La Fenice. In the same year she performed with La Fenice’s Orchestra as a soloist. Later on, she collaborated with the ensemble “Il Gene Barocco” in Switzerland for the New Year Music Festival of Gstaad, singing songs by Monteverdi, Caldara and Vivaldi. In 2012 she portrayed the role of Amor in C.W.Gluck’s “Orpheus and Eurydice” at the Teatro Malibran. At la Fenice, she performed for the Festival Monteverdi Vivaldi. In 2013 she gave her first Lieder Recital for the Artistic Circle of Ducal Palace’s prisons, in Venice. She made her debut as Cherubino in “Le Nozze di Figaro” at the Schlosstheater Schönbrunn in Vienna. She sang for the Beethoven Center in Vienna. In 2014 she won the second prize in the international singing competition “Ferruccio Tagliavini”, and was a finalist in the International Osaka Competition 2014. She sang Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in the Scuola Grande of San Marco in Venice with the Vivaldi Orchestra. In Vienna’s Radio Kultur Haus she presented, under the musical direction of Leopold Hager, Les nuits d ́ete Op.7 by Hector Berlioz. Miriam Albano received the prize of the Centre de Music baroque de Versailles in the 5th International Baroque Singing Competition Pietro Antonio Cesti in Innsbruck. Since 2012, she has been perfecting her craft under the guidance of Prof. Claudia Visca at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Recently in 2015 she won the most important international vocal competition in Germany - Neue Stimmen. Since 2016 she is the youngest soloist of the Staatsoper Wien.

JAKUB JOZEF ORLINSKI – counter-tenor Jakub Jozef Orlinski is a native Polish counter-tenor. He graduated from The F. Chopin University of Music in 2014 earning his Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance. During his studies he performed vocal recitals and concerts in Poland as well as around the world. His debut was in Warsaw in Collegium Nobillium Theatre during his freshmen year at the university. In August 2015 he started studies in The Juilliard School on Graduate Diploma programme with Edith Wiens. Jakub participated in several competitions: Sacred Music Competition/Rome; Neue Stimmen/Germany; Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition/Ireland; the 1st and the 2nd International Early Music Vocal Competition/Poland, where he have got The Special Mention and The Special Prize; Rudolf Petrák's Singing Competition/Slovakia, where he placed The First Prize; Debut 2012 Singing Competition/Germany, where he have got The Special Prize and the next edition of Debut 2014, where he placed The Third Prize, The 8th Mazovian Golden Voices Competition/Poland, where he has got The 1st Special Mention; Le Grand Prix de l'Opera in Bucharest/Romania, where he placed The Third Prize and the Special Prize. In 2016 he won First price at MET OPERA Competiton in NYC, as well as First price at Oratorio Competition in Carnegie Hall NYC, and second price at Moniuszko Competition in Warsaw.

STEFAN PLEWNIAK violin & musical leader Stefan Plewniak received his initial violin training in is hometown, Krakow, where he studied with professor Barbara Śliwicka-Wysocka at the Krakow Academy of Music. He continued his studies under professor R. Szreder at Maastricht Conservatory in the Netherlands and professor F. Fernandez at Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris. His interest in playing the baroque violin was sparked during collaboration with Les Gôuts Reunis ensemble. Subsequently, he has performed in many significant ensembles and orchestras, such as Cappella Cracoviensis, Warsaw Polish Radio Orchestra, Krakow Philharmonic, Kammeroper Köln and Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra. He collaborates with many renowned ensembles as a concertmaster, including Contrasto Armonico in the Hague, Marguerite Louise Ensemble in Paris and Orchestra 1756 in Salzburg. He also performs in other leading orchestras in Europe such as William Christie's Les Arts Florissants in Paris and Jordi Savall's Le Concert des Nations in Barcelona. He performed as a soloist and leader in many important festivals in Europe and USA, among others the Bach Festival (Cracow), Oude Muzik Festival (Utrecht), Bach Festival (Vienna), Tartini Festival (Pirano), Styriarte Festival (Graz), Early Music Celebration (New York), Mozarteum Salzburg and making his Carnegie Hall Debut in November 2014 with Il Giardino d'Amore. Stefan Plewniak regularly presents Masterclasses in Oslo, Norway as well as at the University of South California in L.A. and San Diego. Recently he is specializing in the operas from baroque era to moder repertoire.

Cappella dell’Ospedale della Pietà Cappella dell’ Ospedale della Pietà is a baroque orchestra based on the model of the famous Antonio Vivaldi orchestra in Venice. Cappella dell’Ospedale della Pietà is no ordinary orchestra, but the only orchestra in the world comprising young talented women. It is based on the model of the orchestra from the 18th century, founded at a shelter for orphaned girls in Venice. The prestigious orchestra was promoted and developed by Antonio Vivaldi - "Maestro di Violino e di Coro" himself. Vivaldi's extraordinary compositions as well as the exceptional artistic level contributed to Cappella dell’Ospedale della Pietà fame throughout Europe as well as being recognized as one of the best orchestras worldwide. Stefan Plewniak a graduate from Conservatories in Krakow, Maastricht and Paris initiated the revival of Cappella dell’Ospedale della Pietà in 2013. Capella dell’Ospedale della Pietà comprises young, passionate, international musicians from Italy, Poland, Austria, France and Belarus, specialized in playing on period instruments. Cappella dell’Ospedale della Pietà's goal is to perform music by Antonio Vivaldi and Venetian masters. During the past two years the orchestra has been invited to perform in Germany, Austria, Slovenia. In the near future performances are planned in other European countries as well as the USA. Concerts by Cappella dell’Ospedale della Pietà are characterized by an unique atmosphere, high artistic level, a particular sound idiom and an incredible energy.