March 2, 2021

Stravinsky, Handel, Bizet and Saint-Saëns in This Week’s Public Online Masterclass with World-Class Mezzo-Soprano Alice Coote!

This Friday, March 5th, an online singing masterclass with famous mezzo-soprano Alice Coote will take place with talented singers from the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music: Annija Kristiāna Ādamsone, Diāna Bistere, Jana Lute and Līga Anševica. Anyone can watch the masterclass online through the Rīga Jūrmala Academy Facebook page!

Mezzo-soprano Alice Coote is regarded as one of the great artists of our day. Equally famed on the great operatic stages as in concert and recital she has been named the ‘superlative British Mezzo’ (San Francisco Chronicle). Her performances have been described as ‘breathtaking in [its] sheer conviction and subtlety of perception’ (The Times and The Sunday Times).

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The recital platform is central to her musical life, and she performs throughout the U.K., Europe and the U.S., at the Wigmore Hall (where she has been a resident artist), the BBC Proms, Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wiener Konzerthaus, Lincoln Center NY and Carnegie Hall, among many other prestigious venues.

The Telegraph writes: “[Her voice is] beautiful, to be sure, but, more importantly, it thrills you to the marrow.”

Online participants include Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music students Annija Kristiāna Ādamsone (doc. A. Jankava’s class / accompanist J. Žvikovs) performing Anne’s aria from Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress and Almirena’s aria from Handel’s Rinaldo, and Diāna Bistere (doc. A. Rūrāne’s class / accompanist V. Rinkule) performing Charlotte’s Letter Scene “Werther, Werther!” from Massenet’s Werther and Dalila’s aria “Printemps qui commence…” from Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila.

Annija Kristiāna Ādamsone, JVLMA, doc.A.Jankava class

Diāna Bistere, JVLMA, doc.A.Rūrāne class

Also taking part are Jana Lute (doc. K. Norvelis’ class / accompanist L. Tīrele) performing Sophie’s aria “Du gai soleil” from Massenet’s Werther and Norina’s cavatina “Quel guardo, il cavaliere” from Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, and to conclude Līga Anševica (doc. K. Gailīte’s class / accompanist E. Tomševics) performing  Leila’s aria “Me voilà seule” from Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers, and Widmung, Op. 25 No. 1 by Schumann.

Jana Lute, JVLMA, doc.K.Norvelis class

Līga Anševica, JVLMA, doc.K.Gailīte class

Previous masterclasses this season have been given by leading musicians from the Concertgebouworkest Omar Tomasoni (trumpet), Dominic Seldis (double bass) and Gregor Horsch (cello), as well as Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra musician Lionel Cottet (cello), French violinist Renaud Capuçon and baritone Benjamin Appl.