The spinto soprano Amalia Avilán, is native of Colombia, she has grow as a solid artist in her motherland and in Belgium. The roundness and sound rich of deepness, clarity in the whole register and her personality have been appealing factors that have led her perform in magnificent music halls, masterclass, festivals and Operas such as the Julio Mario Santodomingo Theater in Colombia, Teatro Colón of Bogotá La Monnaie, Flagey, Bozar Palais des Beaux Arts in Belgium and The Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Greece. The 2016 edition of the Masterclass by Joyce DiDonato at Carnegie Hall in New York, by José Van Dam in the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapelle in Waterloo.
Likewise has debuted as The Governess in The Turn of the Screw by B. Britten, Euridice in Orphée by C.W. Gluck and H. Berlioz, Mimì in La Bohème by G. Puccini, Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto by G. Verdi, Manuela in Romeo and Juliet by C. Gounod and A young Lady and Spirit in Cendrillon by J. Massenet.
Passionate about languages, literature and poetry, Amalia has shown great interest in the repertoire of the Mélodie Française , Lieder , Spanish and Latin American Art Song, she has co founded de Duo Dacnis with the pianist Caterina Roberti.
In the chamber music world, he has participated twice consecutively in the Northen Lights, Festival de Febrero in Mexico, along with artists such as Susan Hoeppner, David Fung, Gryphon Trio and Julian Rachlin and she currently works in Duo with Caterina Roberti.
In Europe and Latin America has performed in concerts and recitals such as: Requiem K626 of WA Mozart in Colombia, Requiem de Bottesini in Belgium, Bachianas Brasileiras nº 5 by H.Villa-Lobos in Poland, Vier Lezte Lieder by R. Strauss, Sieben Frühe Lieder by A.Berg in Vienna, Poems in the Form of Songs by E. Granados in Spain, Two songs about Poemas de Ronsard by A.Roussel in Mexico to name a few.
Supported by the European Opera Network (Enoa), she has had the opportunity to work with Tom Krause, Anita Garanca, Nelly Miricioiu, June Anderson, among other great artists such as Cheryl Studer and Sara Mingardo.
He has obtained the title of Bachelor of Music in the Pedagogic National University of Colombia and singing studies with baritone Ramón Calzadilla. Subsequently she has done superior studies at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent with Gidon Saks to then enter la Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Belgium under the tutelage of the baritone José van Dam, Jocelyne Dienst, Philippe Riga. She has equally trained with the mezzosoprano Rosa Dominguez and the tenor Miguel Sanchez.
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.