iPalpiti Artists: Soprano Disella Lárusdóttir & Countertenor Daniel Bubeck

Sunday, July 20, 2014 | 6 pm

iPalpiti Artists Soprano Disella Lárusdóttir and counter-tenor Daniel Bubeck perform songs by Pergolesi, Purcell, Grieg, Faure, and Rachmaninoff.

Described by the New York Times as "reliably breathtaking" and Opera News as having a voice of "bewitching beauty and presence," Icelandic soprano Disella Lárusdóttir is quickly gaining international attention for her talents. Following her critically acclaimed performance in the Metropolitan Opera’s 2007 National Council Auditions, Lárusdóttir began an important relationship with the company. During the 2012–13 season, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Garsenda in Riccardo Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini and, in the 2014 season, she returned to the Metropolitan Opera for its productions of Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard Strauss's Die Frau Ohne Schatten, and other works. The winner of the vocal division of the Philadephia Orchestra’s 2007 Albert M. Greenfield Competition, Lárusdóttir subsequently debuted with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach at the Orchestra’s 151st Academy Concert and Ball. In 2009 she was nominated as singer of the year by the prestigious Griman awards of the Icelandic Theatre Awards for her debut with the Iceland National Opera as Adina in Gaetano Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore. Lárusdóttir was also a semifinalist in Plácido Domingo’s World Opera Competition and was the recipient of awards and honors from the Loren L. Zachary Society National Vocal Competition for Young Opera Singers, Astral Artists National Auditions, and New Jersey’s National Association of Teachers of Singing competition. She completed her undergraduate studies at the British Royal School of Music’s Singing School of Reykjavik and holds a master of music degree in voice performance and pedagogy from Westminster Choir College of Rider University.

Acclaimed American countertenor Daniel Bubeck has emerged as a singer of international distinction in opera and oratorio in repertoire spanning from baroque to contemporary works. Bubeck made his professional debut to critical acclaim in the world premiere of John Adam’s El Niño, conducted by Kent Nagano at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. He has since performed with esteemed orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester-Berlin, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Holland, Adelaide Festival, St. Louis Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Estonian National Philharmonic Orchestra, and Royal Flemish Philharmonic. Bubeck has also collaborated with renowned conductors, including Esa Pekka Salonen, Gustavo Dudamel, Robert Spano, Kent Nagano, and David Robertson. In February 2013 he performed Arsamene in George Frideric Handel’s Serse with Indiana University Opera Theater. Bubeck holds music degrees from Indiana University, the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Delaware. He also studied at the Britten–Pears Young Artist Program in Aldeburgh in the United Kingdom and at the Salzburg Mozarteum in Austria.

iPalpiti’s annual Festival of International Laureates in Los Angeles has become one of the nation’s most significant music festivals and the subject of international accolades. Since its inception, iPalpiti Artists International, founded by Eduard and Laura Schmieder as Young Artists International, continues to fulfill its mission to advance the careers of young professional talented classical musicians and to promote peace and understanding through music. Since 1998 iPalpiti Artists International has given awards and scholarships to 232 outstanding young musicians from 42 countries and hosted more than 400 private and public concerts promoting exceptional emerging musicians.

Presented as part of LACMA's Sundays Live, a weekly chamber music series. Check out the full schedule of upcoming concerts.

LACMA, Bing Theater
Free and open to the public

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