Puccini's "Donde lieta" from La Bohème. Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano, Adam Nielsen, Piano
MClass Carnegie Hall
The Colombian Lyric Soprano Amalia Avilán was a member of the 2016 edition Masterclasses of Joyce DiDonato at Carnegie Hall that has successfully broadcasted by medici.tv.
Her warm and round timber, years of dedication and perseverance have led her to perform in great venues such as: Julio Mario Santodomingo’s Theater in Colombia, La Monnaie, Flagey and Bozar in Belgium, The Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Greece to name a few. She debuted in 2017 Eurydice (Orphée, Gluck/Berlioz) Colombia’s opera, Mimì (La Bohème, Puccini), Countess Ceprano (Rigoletto, Verdi), Manuela (Romeo and Juliette, Gounod), A Young lady and Spirit (Cendrillon, Massenet) and projects in her repertory roles as Desdemona (Otello,Verdi) and Liu (Turandot, Puccini).
She speaks fluently Spanish, English and French, studied musical pedagogy at the Pedagogy National University of Colombia, singing with the Cuban baryton Ramón Calzadilla before going on to a 4 years opera studio program in Belgium at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in the class of José van Dam. Supported by the European Opera Network (Enoa) she has been given the opportunity to work with Tom Krause, Anita Garanča, Cheryl Studer and June Anderson among other great artists.
She performs throughout Europe, Colombia, and Chile concerts and recitals, and recently debuted Mozart’s Requiem with the Bogota’s Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Patrick Fournillier and with the Opera of Colombia, Euridice (Orfeo, Gluck/Berlioz) next to the Cali’s Philharmonic Orchestra, musical direction of Adrián Chamorro and stage direction of Alejandro Chacón.
Upper Side West is a UFO in the world of music, performed by soprano Amalia Avilan, written and composed by contemporary art artist San Damon.
Amalia Avilan’s voice for opera lovers will not be a discovery, for others you will know what singing and interpreting means. She masters her subject perfectly, her voice multiplies colors and variants.
Music is a kind of lullaby that bewitches you and takes you where you wouldn’t want to go.
It is modern and full of surprises. Upper Side West, voluntarily written in this way, is the second movement of the San Damon Oniroscopic Symphony.
The poetic-literary text is an ode to melancholy, death and suicide, as is often the case in operas, but here we cross an abandoned New York, emptied of its inhabitants.
The text is beyond that, it takes us with characters who lived there, a long time ago, and who died there under strange conditions.
The clip is not a clip, but a film, an art film full of traps. It is impossible to understand at first reading, everything is allusions, allegories, suggestions and metaphors. Scenes are not scenes, what you think you are is not, etc…etc.
There are already about 20 rumours on the net about Upper Side West.
More about San Damon: Grand Duché D’Oniroscopie
Competition New Voices of Sevilla. Award by Fundación Goñi y Rey. 15th March 2017.