2.00pm on Saturday 9thMay, 2015
Venue: Hinde Street Methodist Church, 19 Thayer Street, London W1U 2JQ
We are extremely fortunate to have an opportunity to hear Natalia Dopwell sing in London, immediately following two
performances in Poland, as a specially invited guest of the ReFermata Festival! This invitationwas made to Natalia after being awarded her special prize at the 2012 Concurso y Festival de Canto Lirico, held in Trujillo, Peru.
Several other prizes awarded to Natalia includeher prize at Carnegie Hall’sAccadia Competition, and several Championship Trophies,including,on a recent occasion, “the Most Outstanding Festival Performer”, at the annual Trinidad & Tobago Annual Music Festival held at Queen’s Hall.
Since her training at the Manhattan School of Music, NYC, Natalia has become a renowned singer of both Lieder and Opera, in the Caribbean and the Americas, after being trained at the Manhattan School of Music, NYC.
Natalia always performs to rave reviews on stage, in Operas such as Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus” and Mozart’s “The Impresario”. One excellent review stated that “Natalia’s live wire presence could wield her diamante high soprano as Serse’s ‘Atalanta’ or Alcina’s ‘Morgana’ ”!
Her repertoire of songs and lieder, which includes Negro Spirituals and songs from Musicals, is about to be enhanced, at this recital, with the premiere of 2 songs specially written for her by London-based Trinidadian composer, Dominique Le Gendre, with words by Derek Walcott, highly renowned poet from the Caribbean.
Natalia has recently worked with Dominique on a larger dramatic work in Trinidad, “JAB MOLASSIE”, with music also composed by Dominique. She had also with another Trinidadian international singer, Tenor, Ronald Samm, with whom she will be performing again this Summer 2015 at the T&T Operatic Music Festival.
Natalia’s first London recital is a certainly a treat not to be missed!Her most recent CD will be available for sale at this recital on 9th May 2015.
An exceptional pianist in her own right, Dominika has welcomed the opportunity to accompany Natalia on this occasion, as well as to perform Piano pieces by her Polish fellow-countryman, Frederic Chopin.
She last gave a solo piano recital in London, in March 2015, as part of the Devona Concert Series, under the patronage of the Polish Cultural Institute in London, in collaboration with the Polish Embassy.
Dominikais the recipient of several awards, in Solo Piano and Chamber Music competitions, both at home in Poland, and abroad, since studying at the Gdansk Music Academy, and later, for her postgraduate studies, at the Anton Rubinstein International Academy in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Dominika has recently performed in Switzerland, Russia, Sweden,Belgium, Italy, Spain and Trinidad & Tobago.
Her most recent CD will be available for sale at this recital on 9th May 2015.
Dominique Le Gendre
Composer Dominique Le Gendre was born and brought up in Trinidad and Tobago.
Her mixed heritage from Martinique, France, Poland and Trinidad continues to inform her musical language. She trained as a classical guitarist in Paris France with Ramon De Herrera and has lived in London for the past 28 years composing extensively for theatre, film and television, dance, art installations and radio drama.
She composed and produced the music for all 38 Shakespeare plays in the audio recordings, The Complete Arkangel Shakespeare, directed by Clive Brill.
She is a former Associate artist of the Royal Opera House who commissioned her opera Bird Of Night directed by Irina Brown and premiered at the Linbury Theatre in 2006. Her works have been commissioned and performed by the Royal Opera House Soloists, Philharmonia Orchestra, Manning Camerata, Lontano Orchestra, Irie Dance, Tête-a-tête, Ensemble du Monde, Ingrid Pollard, Ibis Ensemble, Calabash Foundation for the Arts, Tony Woollard and Natalia Dopwell amongst others.
She is currently co-artistic director of StrongBack Productions with colleagues Pat Cumper and Pauline Walker; a company that produces performance work in Modern Britain from the Caribbean tradition of forging one culture from many histories.