*Soprano Nicole Car sings Mozart and Beethoven heroines*
*Principal Violin Satu Vänskä to perform on the 1726 Belgiorno Stradivarius violin*
Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane
Nicole Car was 17 years old when she saw her first opera, Tosca, at Melbourne’s State Theatre. Fast-forward 14 years and the Australian soprano has become one of the fastest rising stars in the international opera world, having sung critically acclaimed performances with Covent Garden’s Royal Opera House, Opéra national de Paris and Opera Australia that have drawn comparisons with the great Dame Joan Sutherland.
Car will make her debut with the Australian Chamber Orchestra in April, in her only Australian orchestral appearance in 2018. She and the ACO will perform a program that that celebrates Mozart, Beethoven and Verdi’s operatic heroines, including a selection of Beethoven and Mozart’s spectacular, but rarely performed, concert arias.
“Mozart and Beethoven understood the human voice very, very well,” said Car. “I feel like in their stand-alone concert arias – because they knew that the singer wouldn’t have to sing an entire three-hour opera – they were composing to stretch the voice just as much as they could. So I’m really looking forward to the challenge involved in singing these concert arias, as well as getting into these strong female characters.”
Car grew up in the Melbourne suburb of Essenden and studied jazz singing as a teenager. However upon seeing the late Deborah Riedel performing the lead role in Puccini’s Tosca, the 17-year old Car was hooked. She immediately found herself a classical vocal teacher and three months later, after ignoring her parents’ pleas to study law, was enrolled in classical voice at the University of Melbourne.
Car has gone on to achieve the kind of success that many aspiring young opera singers only dream of. Upon completing her Bachelor of Music, Car won the 2007 Herald-Sun Aria, the 2012 ASC Opera Awards and the 2013 International Neue Stimmen competition in Germany. Her solo album of operatic arias, The Kiss, debuted at No. 1 on the Australian classical charts and in 2015 she made her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, singing Tatyana in Eugene Onegin and Micaëla in Carmen.
The ACO’s Nicole Car concerts will be the first opportunity for Australian audiences to hear the latest addition to the ACO’s exceptional collection of string instruments: the 1726 Belgiorno Stradivarius.
The custodian of this magnificent instrument, ACO Principal Violin Satu Vänskä, will perform as soloist for Beethoven’s Romance for Violin and Orchestra in F major.
HANDEL Overture and Dances from Alcina
MOZART Basta, vincesti – Ah, non lasciarmi, no
BEETHOVEN Romance for Violin and Orchestra in F major
BEETHOVEN Ah! perfido
HILDEGARD (arr. strings) Ave Maria, O auctrix vite
VERDI Ave Maria from Otello
MOZART Misera, dove son! – Ah! non son io che parlo
MOZART Symphony No.27 in G major
MOZART Chi sà, chi sà, qual sia
Richard Tognetti Director
Nicole Car Soprano
Satu Vänskä Violin
Sydney Opera House
Sun 8 Apr, 2pm
City Recital Hall
Sat 14 Apr, 7pm
Wed 18 Apr, 7pm
Fri 20 Apr, 1.30pm
Tue 24 Apr, 8pm
Arts Centre Melbourne
Mon 9 Apr, 7.30pm
Sun 22 Apr, 2.30pm
Perth Concert Hall
Wed 11 Apr, 7.30pm
QPAC Concert Hall
Mon 16 Apr, 7pm