Soprano Berna Perles debuts at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in the role of Angustias de La Casa de Bernarda Alba by Miquel Ortega, conducted by the composer himself, together with Rubén Fernández-Aguirre and directed by Bárbara Lluch, which will be performed on the 10th, 11th, 13th, 15th, 17th, 18th, 20th and 22nd of November. She shares the limelight with Nancy Fabiola Herrera (Bernarda Alba), Carmen Romeu (Adela), Luis Cansino (Poncia), Carol García (Martirio), Marifé Nogales (Amelia), Belén Elvira (Magdalena), Milagros Martín (Maid) and the recent Premio Nacional de Teatro prizewiner Julieta Serrano as María Josefa.
The best of the night was Berna Perles, a delicate, lyrical and emotional Micaela, with an impeccable singing voice and great expressive sensitivity (Andrés Moreno, Diario de Sevilla)
The best voice of the night was the Micaela of the Malagueña Berna Perles: delicate, emotional, expressive and with clean projection (José Luis López, ABC de Sevilla)
Berna Perles was born in Malaga, where she obtained a Título Superior de Canto en el Conservatorio Superior de Música de Málaga con Matrícula de Honor y Premio Extraordinario Fin de Carrera – the highest awards. She studied a postgraduate course at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome and completed her training at the “Santa Cecilia” Opera Studio of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. She then studied in Vienna with Glenys Linos, a disciple of Elvira Hidalgo. She has received master classes from Renata Scotto, Mirella Freni, Mariella Devia, Teresa Berganza, Monserrat Caballé, Isabel Rey and Carlos Álvarez.
Berna has been awarded prizes in numerous singing competitions (First Prize, “Muestra de Jóvenes Intérpretes de Málaga”, First Prize, “Juventudes Musicales de España”, First Prize “Nuevas Voces Ciudad de Sevilla”, First Prize “Concurso Internacional Mozart de Granada”, First Prize “Concurso Internacional de Canto de Logroño”) and finalist in many others (“Concurso Internacional de Canto de Toulouse”, “Concorso Lirico Internazionale Umberto Giordano“ “Concurso Internacional de Canto Manuel Ausensi”, “Concurso Internacional de Canto Villa de Colmenar Viejo”, “Concorso Lirico Internazionale di Portofino”). In 2016 she received the award for Best Musical Work of the Year in her hometown of Malaga.
His professional career has led him to perform, both in opera and zarzuela productions and in lyrical recitals, in theatres such as Teatro dell´opera (Rome), Auditorio Santa Cecilia (Rome), Konzerthaus (Vienna), Teatro Comunale (Bologna), Teatro Garibaldi (Lucera), Royal Opera (Versailles), Théâtre du Capitole (Toulouse), Opera de Massy, Le pin galant (Mérignac), Théâtre de Sète, Teatro Avenida (Buenos Aires), Le pin galant (Mérignac), Théâtre de Sète, Teatro Avenida (Buenos Aires).
He has sung under the baton of John Axelrod, Andrea Marcon, Giarcarlo Andretta, Dominique Rouis, Martin Mázik, Lorenzo Mariani, Edmon Colomer, Santiago Serrate, Pablo González, Mario Menicagli or Manuel Hernández-Silva and under the stage direction of Lindsay Kemp, Emilio Sagi, William Orlandi or Riccardo Canessa. Berna has played, among others, the roles of First Lady and Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Contessa and Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro), Bastienne (Bastien und Bastienne), Donna Anna and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Gilda (Rigoletto), Anna Bolena (Anna Bolena), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Musetta y Mimì (La Bohème), Liù (Turandot), Juliette (Roméo et Juliette), Micaela (Carmen), Costanza (L’isola disabitata), Sandrina (Un avvertimento ai gelosi).
In zarzuela Berna has also played the roles of Ascensión (La del manojo de rosas), Carolina (Luisa Fernanda), Katiuska (Katiuska) and Marola (La tabernera del puerto). In the field of symphonic and oratorio, she has performed, among others, The Messiah (Handel), Stabat Mater (Pergolesi), Requiem (Fauré), Requiem (Mozart), Requiem (Verdi), Elijah (Mendelssohn), Ninth Symphony (Beethoven), Coronation Mass (Mozart), Miserere (Ocón) and Carmina Burana (Orff). Among her recent commitments are: Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte, Teatro Cervantes de Málaga), several recitals with the ROSS, OCG, RFG, OSN and OFM, and interesting debuts at the Teatro de la Zarzuela (Madrid) in La casa de Bernarda Alba by Miquel Ortega, at the Teatro Campoamor, Teatro del Liceu and Teatro Real. She has participated in the recording of a CD of duets, together with baritone Carlos Álvarez, on the DNRecords label. (Translation: John Eastham)
The Orquesta de Córdoba has designated Maestro Carlos Domínguez-Nieto as its new Music and Artistic Director since the season 2018/19. Domínguez-Nieto is also Music Director of the Concierto München Chamber Orchestra in Germany since its creation in 1997, was Assistant Conductor of the Spanish National Youth Orchestra and of the Münchner Jugendorchester, Assistant Conductor of Ivan Fischer in the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Music Director at the Münchner Kammeroper and General Musik Direktor of the Landestheater Eisenach.
Debuted at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires conducting the Buenos Aires Philharmonic in 1995. In the season 1997/98 he was assistant conductor of the Spanish National Youth Orchestra and of the Münchner Jugendorchester, working with Mstislav Rostropovich and András Ligeti between others. In 1999 he won the position of Assistant Conductor of Ivan Fischer in the Budapest Festival Orchestra. In 2001 won the First Prize in the International Conducting Competition of the Fundación Oriente de Lisboa.
In 2000 Domínguez-Nieto debuted as opera conductor in Salzburg with C. M. von Weber’s Der Freischütz. Since that year till 2005 he is Music Director at the Münchner Kammeroper, where he conducted 13 new productions. From 2009 to 2015 he was General Musik Direktor of the Landestheater Eisenach where he conducted more than 50 titles of opera as well as ballet. Domínguez-Nieto works regularly in the Stadtstheater Klagenfurt, Südostbayerisches Städtetheater, Staatsphilharmonie Halle and Staatskapelle Halle, Münchner Symphonieorchester, Münchner Rundfunk Orchester and Münchner Philharmoniker, Nürnberger Symphoniker, Hofer Symphoniker, WDR Symphonieorchester Köln, Bayerische Kammerorchester, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Brucknerorchester Linz, Württembergische Philharmonie, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, etc.
Furthermore he has conducted the Orquesta de Radiotelevisión Española, Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canari, Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga, Real Filharmonía de Galicia, Warsaw Philharmonic, Hungarian Symphony, the Orchestra of the Hungarian National Opera, Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires and Sinfónica de Rosario in Argentina, Orquesta de la Universidad Nacional en México and the Aragua, Falcón, Guárico and Mérida Symphonies in Venezuela.
He recorded Sony-BMG and the Radio of Baviera, with the Münchner Rundfunk Orchester, the WDR Symphonieorchester Köln and the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, with soloists as Francisco Araiza, Olga Scheps, Wen-Sinn Yang or Ingolf Turban. Carlos was born in Madrid 1972 where he studied piano, violoncello and composition, and moves to Vienna to study composition and orchestra conducting at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien with Leopold Hager and Uros Lajovic; and at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg with Dennis-Russell Davis and Jorge Rotter.
Trumpet player Pacho Flores and conductor Manuel Hernández-Silva will premiere Pacho Flores’ new composition, Cantos y revueltas, with the Real Filharmonía de Galicia in Santiago, Vigo and Coruña on next January the 11th, 12th and 13th, 2018. The piece, for solo trumpet, strings and ‘Venezuelan cuatro’, is based on folk tunes and work chants of the reach Venezuelan folklore. They will be supported by cuatro player Leo Rondón. Besides the premier, Pacho will also play Neruda’s Concerto for corno da caccia, and Villalobos’ Aria, from the Brazilian Bachiana nº 5.
After Santiago, Pacho will play again Efraín Oscher’s Concierto Mestizo and Christian Lindberg’s Akban Bunka, with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Alondra de la Parra. Pacho premiered the Concierto Mestizo in 2010 in Caracas with Domingo García Hindoyan and the Simón Bolívar Orchestra, and since then he played it more than 25 times all along the world, as in the opening concert of the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra season on past October under Perry So. In February the 23rd, Pacho will play another world premiere, the new Trumpet Concerto by Giancarlo Castro, dedicated to him, with Rafael Payare and the Ulster Orchestra.
Deeply committed with the expansion of solo trumpet repertoire, Pacho is developing an ambitious project of shared commissions for new trumpet concertos to outstanding composer such as Arturo Márquez, Roberto Sierra, Paquito D’Rivera, Efraín Oscher and Christian Lindberg, to be premiered all around the world along the season 18/19 and following. First of these commissions, Arturo Márquez’s one, will be played eight times between October 2018 and August 2019 in Mexico, USA, Japan and Spain.
Spanish-Venezuelan Maestro Manuel Hernández-Silva has been designated Musical and Artistic Director of the Navarra Symphony Orchestra since season 2018/19. Contract will have a duration of three seasons and will begin on September the 1st of 2018. Hernández-Silva is a well known conductor in Navarra as he conducted the orchestra four times before, two of them on the past 2016/17 season: a series concert with music by Shostakovich; and Haendel’s Messiah to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the prestigious Pamplona Chamber Choir.
Hernández-Silva is current Musical and Artistic Director of the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra and held the same position formerly in Murcia Symphony Orchestra and Cordoba Orchestra, as well as Music Director of the Andalusia Youth Orchestra, all in Spain, and he was also Principal Guest Conductor of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra. Manuel studied at the Vienna Superior Conservatory, where he earned his degree with honours, under the direction of Reinchard Schwarz and Georg Mark. From then, his career has brought him to all Europe, North and Latin America and Asia. Resident in Spain since 2005, he is also guest often to the most important Spanish orchestras. Between his recent and next engagements, stand out his debuts with the Spanish National Orchestra and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, his return to the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra and Medellin Philharmonic, or, back in Spain, the Royal Galicia Filharmonia or Extremadura Orchestra, as well as his debut in both theatres Cervantes in Malaga and Villamarta in Jerez conducting Mozart’s Cosí fan tutte.
Deeply committed with pedagogy, he has worked with the Spanish National Youth Orchestra, the Barcelona Youth Orchestra, the Orchestral Practice Workshop of the Baremboim-Said Foundation and, in a more straight way as he was its Musical Director, with the Andalusia Youth Orchestra. He is also often guest to lectures and master classes, and he uses to organise and teach courses of orchestra conducting.
Hernández-Silva will conduct the Spanish National Orchestra next Saturday, October, the 14th, in the opening concert of Auditorio de Alicante’s Symphonic Season, that will host other conductors such Valery Gergiev or Fabio Luisi, and orchestras like Philharmonia Zürich and Mariinski Theatre Orchestra. Program: Gershwin’s Cuban overture, Philip Glass’ Concerto Fantasy for two timpanists, with soloists Xavier Eguillor and Julien Bourgeois; and Shostakovich’s 12th Symphony.
Manuel Hernández-Silva conducted in several great international festivals, and he is a frequent guest of Spanish and foreign orchestras. He has been principal conductor of the Córdoba Orchestra; principal guest conductor of the Simón Bolívar Orchestra of Caracas, with which he worked intensively for over five years; and musical director of the Youth Orchestra of Andalucía. He is currently chief conductor and artist director of the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra. He has worked with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Israel Symphony Orchestra, Prague Radio, Mulhouse Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, Nord Czech Philharmonic, Olomouc Philharmonic, National of Mexico,Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, Chile National Orchestra, Venezuela Symphony Orchestra, Caracas Symphony Orchestra, Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra, Janacek Philharmonic, Rheinische Philharmonie, and the major orchestras in Spain.
Maestro Hernández Silva has undertaken an intense teaching activity, teaching internationally on conducting and performing, as well as numerous conferences. All this has earned him the recognition of the musicians with whom he has worked, as well as that of the audience and specialized critics. Manuel Hernández-Silva earned his degree from Vienna’s Superior Conservatory (Konservatorium der Stadt Wien) with honors, under Professors Reinhard Schwarz and Georg Mark. In his senior year he won the Forum Jünger Künstler Conducting Competition, convened by the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, which he conducted in the Austrian capital’s Konzerthaus.