Tue 12/5              `               SOUNDS OF SPAIN

19.15hrs                               LAURA ALONSO PADÍN (Soprano), ALBA DÍAZ TABOADO (Piano) – (Spain)

Ministry for Gozo Hall, Victoria

Wed 13/5            `               FROM LISZT TO MAHLER: ROMANTIC SONG

19.15hrs                               LAURA ALONSO PADÍN (Soprano), ALBA DÍAZ TABOADO (Piano) – (Spain)

Ministry for Gozo Hall, Victoria

Laura Alonso Padin and Alba Diaz Taboado presented a double-bill in this year’s Gaulitana Festival. The first concert was dedicated completely to Spanish Music featuring various songs typical of this country penned by native composers. In the second concert, the focus shifted to Romantic music, with vocal works by Liszt, Mahler and Schumann being performed.

ALONSO PADÍN LAURA

Laura was born in Villagarcí a de Arosa (Galicia), where she gained her professional qualifications both in singing and violin. Later on she furthered her studies at the world-renowned Musikhochschule in Karlsruhe (Germany) where she studied for five years with Aldo Baldin, Anna Reynolds and Jean Cox. She also studied the art of lied singing with Hartmut Höll, among others, thanks to a scholarship from the prestigious Alexander von Humbolt Foundation.

At 23 years of age she joined the operatic company of the Aalto Theatre in Essen (Germany) where she sang Mimí in La Bohème, Gilda in Rigoletto, Susanna in Figaro, Zdenka in Arabella, Pamina in The Magic Flute and Blanche in Carmelites, amongst other roles, besides giving numerous concerts. At the aforementioned theatre, she received the Best Artist Award by popular acclaim and performed in the Annals of Ruhr 2010 European City of Culture in Essen during a lyric gala.

She now sings regularly at internationally renowned auditoriums and theatres which include the Auditorium in Rishon Le Zion (Israel), Lincoln Center in New York, Teatro Bellas Artes in Mexico, Philharmonie de Cologne, Berlin and Essen, Laeiszhallealle in Hamburg, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Karsruhe and Dortmund, Kuppel Saal in Hannover, Maestranza de Sevilla, Herodes Aticus in Athens, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Utrecht Auditorium, Komische Oper Berlin, Los Angeles Auditorium (USA), Palau de Valencia and Barcelona.

Alonso has won several singing awards at international competitions, among which one can highlight her first prize in the last Alfredo Kraus Competition as well as the Franco Corelli, Verviers and Jaume Aragall competitions.

She has performed with conductors of international acclaim such as Stefan Soltesz, Ion Marin, Philipp Jordan, Zoltan Peszko, Víctor Pablo Pérez, Heiko Matthias Förster, Antonello Allemandi, Frans Brüggen, Helmuth Rilling, Jiri Kôut, Karel Mark Chichon, E. Plasson, at leading european theatres which include the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Staatsoper Berlin, Oper Leipzig, Oper Frankfurt, Staatstheater Darmstadt, Ópera National de Lorraine, Liceu in Barcelona, Staatstheater Braunschweig, Théâtre de Poissy, Komische Oper Berlin, Theater Freiburg, Theater Lübeck, and Brno in the Czech Republic.

DÍAZ TABOADO ALBA

Alba was born in Santiago de Compostela, where she started her piano studies with Marina Shamajián, among other teachers. She later completed her degree in Piano Performance and Musicology at Vigo’s College of Music with José Manuel Fernández and Patricia Rejas, as well as her present piano teacher, Nicasio Gradaille. Her music training was complemented with organ studies under the direction of Bruno Forst and Lucía Riaño.

She performed as concert pianist and organist at various auditoriums in Galicia including University of Santiago’s Auditorium, Caixa Galicia Auditorium, Circle of Craftsmen Auditorium in Lugo, San Miguel dos Agros Church, Santiago Casino and Pontevedra Music School Auditorium, as well as in other regions such as Casa de Galicia in Madrid and Castelo da Mota in Medina del Campo amongst others.