On Saturday, February 4, 2012, Music at the Institute presented a concert An Evening of Ukrainian Romances. Works by Silvestrov, Yashchenko, Revutsky, Liatoshynsky, Kosarenko, Dychko, Ishchenko, Skoryk and Kolodub performed by Victoria Loukianetz, soprano, and Marianna Humetska, piano.

VICTORIA LOUKIANETZVictoria 30.08.11 was born in Kyiv and started her musical education at the early age of five with piano lessons. She began to study voice at the age of 14 and went on to complete her degree in vocal performance at the Kyiv Conservatory of Music in 1989. That same year she launched her professional career as Marfa in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride at the Kyiv National Opera. She made her debut in the same role at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater in 1993. In 1990 she won first prize in the Min-On international competition in Tokyo and at the international Mozart Competition in Vienna. In 1991 she was awarded first prize at the international Maria Callas competition in Athens. Debuts in Italy, France, Portugal, Japan, and Greece followed.

In 1993 Ms. Loukianetz made her debut at the Vienna State Opera as Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute and became a favorite of Viennese audiences, remaining a member of the company until 2000. Her roles included Gilda (Rigoletto), Violetta (La Traviata), Oscar (Un ballo in maschera), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Linda di Chamounix, Lucia di Lammermoor, Elvira (I Puritani), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Ophélie (Hamlet), Olympia (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Musetta (La Bohème), and Berthe in a new production of Meyerbeer’s Le Prophète with Placido Domingo and Agnes Baltsa.

Victoria Loukianetz gained international recognition for her performance at the Salzburg Festival of Violetta in La Traviata with Riccardo Muti in 1995. Since then she is known as the leading singer of this role and also of the whole bel canto repertoire. She is a regular guest at such major opera houses and international festivals as New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Milan’s La Scala, London’s Covent Garden, Opéra Bastille Paris, Salzburg Festival, Tokyo, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Aalto-Musiktheater Essen, Grand Théâtre de Genève, New Israeli Opera, Trieste, and Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liège among others.

Among her recent engagements have been the Mozart cantata, Davidde penitente, under Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Vienna Musikverein, as Rosaura in Wolf-Ferrari’s La vedova scaltra at the Opera of Nice, Bèrthe in Meyerbeer’s Le Prophète in Essen, Violetta in La Traviata in Buenos Aires, Elettra in Mozart’s Idomeneo at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Marie in Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten at the Tokyo National Opera.

Victoria Loukianetz can be heard on several CDs – Mozart’s Mass in C Minor and Haydn’s Nelson Mass (Naxos), Mysliveček’s Abramo ed Isacco (Supraphone), a recital of Russian Opera Arias (Chant du Monde) and on DVD – L’elisir d’amore in Tokyo.

m.humetska photo (2)A native of Ukraine, pianist MARIANNA HUMETSKA first attracted attention when she won top prizes at the Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Moscow and the “Virtuosos of the Year 2000” competition in St. Petersburg. She has appeared at such prestigious music festivals as Rheingau (Germany), Kuhmo (Finland), Tibor Varga (Switzerland), Music Bienale (Zagreb, Croatia), and has performed as soloist with the London Soloists Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, State Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Royal Conservatory and Banff Festival Orchestras in Canada, and Geminiani Orchestra in Italy among others. Her concert venues have included the National Philharmonic Hall in Kyiv, the Great Hall and the Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Tchaikovsky Hall and Rachmaninov Hall in Moscow, Steinway Hall and St.Martin-in-the-Fields Church in London, Herzog-Friedrich-August-Saal in Wiesbaden, Kolarac Hall in Belgrade, George Enescu Hall in Bucharest, Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, and the Ukrainian Institute of America in New York.

Ms. Humetska is active as a soloist, chamber musician, and collaborative artist. She has collaborated with such world famous ensembles as the Aviv String Quartet, the Tokai String Quartet, and the Penderecki Quartet, as well as with such distinguished musicians as Jeffrey Solow, Victoria Loukianetz, Jovan and Nada Kolundjia, Oleg Poliansky, Volodymyr Sirenko, Thomas Sanderling, Shauna Rolston, Solomiya Ivakhiv, Gary Kulesha, Simon Streatfield, Lynn Kuo, Rachel Mercer, Lori Friedman, Joseph Macerollo, Miriam Konzen, and Joaquin Valdepenas.

Marianna Humetska holds a Diploma with Honor from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School of Music in Toronto. She was a winner of the “Galaxie” Rising Stars award from the CBC, the “Debut” Young Artist Auditions and Marusia Yaworska award from the University of Ottawa. In addition, she has appeared on CBC’s “Music Around Us” concerts and broadcasts and the Great Artists Series at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

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