Ris­ing Stars

Three to look out for…

BBC Music Magazine - - The Full Score -

Yar­itza Véliz so­prano

Born: Co­quimbo, Chile Ca­reer high­light: Ei­ther be­ing ac­cepted onto the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House or singing the role of Musetta in

La bo­hème with the Mu­nic­i­pal de San­ti­ago Opera.

Mu­si­cal hero: I have two hero­ines: so­prano Mirella Freni, who has been an in­spi­ra­tion of mine since I was 17, and mezzo Joyce Didonato, from whom I have also learnt so much thanks to her Youtube mas­ter­classes. Dream con­cert: Singing in ei­ther Mozart’s Re­quiem or Haydn’s Cre­ation with John Eliot Gar­diner. The venue wouldn’t mat­ter – just to sing those works would be a dream come true.

Stephen Waarts vi­o­lin­ist

Born: Fre­mont, Cal­i­for­nia Ca­reer high­light: Every time I’ve been given the op­por­tu­nity to play with some­one I’ve ad­mired for years and we’ve hit it off mu­si­cally and per­son­ally. Those ex­pe­ri­ences are among my most cher­ished re­hearsal and per­for­mance mem­o­ries.

Mu­si­cal hero: The artists who have the ut­most re­spect for the com­poser, and have be­come more open-minded and are con­stantly reeval­u­at­ing their ap­proach to the mu­sic they know well. Cel­list Steven Isserlis is one such artist.

Dream con­cert: A con­cert se­ries or fes­ti­val where I could in­vite the mu­si­cians I love and put to­gether an over­ar­ch­ing programme – I wouldn’t want to limit it to one con­cert!

El­gan Ll r Thomas tenor

Born: Llan­dudno, Wales Ca­reer high­light:

My de­but as an ENO Hare­wood Artist play­ing Quint in Brit­ten’s The Turn of the Screw at the Re­gent’s Park Open Air Theatre this sum­mer.

Mu­si­cal hero: Dur­ing my train­ing I was for­tu­nate to have the sup­port of Bryn Ter­fel – I won a schol­ar­ship in his name and was awarded a grant from his foun­da­tion. I’ve gone on to per­form along­side him sev­eral times, which is al­ways an hon­our but also a true test of nerves.

Dream con­cert: Play­ing To­nio in Donizetti’s La fille du rég­i­ment, be­cause I love come­dies. Hav­ing an au­di­ence laugh­ing with you is an amaz­ing feel­ing and the chal­lenge of that aria with nine top Cs is too much to re­sist!

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