Opera singers Ramon Vargas, Kele Brigitta and George Petean at The Viva Vox International Opera Festival. 5 to 11 of May 2014. Opening Gala at Cluj-Napoca.
We have the pleasure of announcing one of this spring’s finest cultural events: the EXTRAORDINARY CONCERT that brings together three international lyric voices: RAMON VARGAS, the world’s third tenor, soprano KELE BRIGITTA, and baritone GEORGE PETEAN. The highly awaited operistic concert will take place on the 5th of May, as a Premiere at the National Romanian Opera in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and will be guided by Italian conductor Giuliano Carella. The concert represents the Opening Gala of the IVth edition of The VIVA VOX International Opera Festival, that will take place at Cluj-Napoca, during the 5th-11th of May 2014. The Extraordinary Opening Concert, a pure apogee of the entire festival, will bring together for the first time in our country, the world’s third best tenor, Ramon Vargas, baritone George Petean, an artist formed in Cluj, appreciated worldwide and a permanent soloist of the Opera in Hamburg, and soprano Kele Brigitta, another fine local voice, applauded in Europe’s greatest lyric theatres. The Opening Gala Concert follows the pattern of a Viennese ball, rich in glamour, elegance and style, with a red carpet welcoming, an impressive and elevating concert and a closing cocktail party, with special guests of the opera domain, from around the world. The VIVA VOX Festival, a project debuted in 2009, is based on an international lyric concept, that intends to bring together artists and academic music figures from around the world, in a common intercultural artistic initiative. This year’s edition will present, during the 6-11th of May, a series of 11 opera concerts, 4 musical courses, a Doctor Honoris Cause festivity, a scientific international symposium and a workshop, reuniting Music Academies from Bucharest, Cluj, Debrecen (Hungary), Iași (Romania), Jerusalim, Timișoara, Salzburg and Szeged. They also have the pleasure of hosting other remarcable personalities of the lyric domain: Peter Mario Katona – casting director of Covent Garden Royal Opera House, Luisa Petrov – one of the most important european opera agents, Sissy Thammer – director of the Young Artists Festival in Bayreuth, Germany, Maria Temesi – founder and director of the International Canto Contest ”Simandy József” in Hungary, Hermann Keckeis – stage manager of Mozarteum Music and Dramatic Arts University in Salzburg, Anna Maria Ferrante and Louis Rafael Salomon of Santa Cecilia University in Rome, prof. Mohos Nagy Eva- Debrecen Conservatoire University, Gyödry Sándor-conductor and general director of Szeged Opera, Kerek Ferenc- dean of Szeged Music University, opera artists Lucia Stănescu and Viorica Cortez, conductors Petre Sbârcea and Gheorghe Victor Dumănescu, lyric theatre journalists Luminița Constantinescu and Costin Popa, and, never the least, honorary president of the Viva Vox 2014 edition, bass-baritone Ionel Pantea.