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Vocal Recital during the Tuesday Night Season

Wednesday, 10 November 2010 , ora 9.17

On the evening of November 9th 2010, at the Small Hall from the Romanian Athenaeum, took place a vocal recital held by soprano singer Iulia Maria Dan and bass singer Leonard Bernad, who were accompanied on piano by Alexandru Petrovici.

The repertoire comprised Amina's Aria from the opera La Sonnambula by Vincenzo Bellini, Oh, quand je dors by Franz Liszt, Lied der Mignon by Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky, Manon's Aria from the opera Manon by Jules Massenet, Musette's Aria from the opera La Boheme by Giaccomo Puccini, Hör'ich das Liedchen klingen by Robert Schumann, Ludmila's Aria from the opera Ruslan and Ludmila by Mikhail Glinka, Les filles de Cadixby Léo Delibes, Aleko's Cavatina from the opera Aleko by Sergei Rachmaninov and The Norina-Don Pasquale Duet from the opera Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti.

The two young graduates of the Voice Performance Department of The National University of Music Bucharest managed to make the evening an extremely interesting one for the audience. It was not only the pleasant tonality of the two voices that impressed the public, but also the interpretative manner, which lived up to the beauty of the voices. The audience was enchanted by the clarity and precision with which the musicians built every phrase, by the very well conducted nuances, as well as by the stage game. Iulia Maria Dan and Leonard Bernad approached the chosen repertoire in all earnestness, proving respect towards this art, which can only be performed with passion. And another thing which is not to be neglected: the two young musicians are also full of charisma, which successfully completes their stage pose.

Surely, we will hear beautiful things about these two talented young musicians for whom the roads ahead are open, as we like to believe.

Iulia Maria Dan, born in 1987, has graduated from The National University of Music Bucharest, and presently she is an MA student. The soprano singer was awarded prizes at the following contests: Haricleea Darclée (Brăila), Ionel Perlea (Slobozia), Arta Florescu (Bucharest), Magda Ianculescu (Bucharest), Mihail Jora - Dinu Lipatti, Marțian Negrea, Paul Constantinescu, The Orange Prizes for Young Musicians, The National Festival and Contest of Romanian Lied from Brasov. In 2009, she went to ISA Sommerakademie Wien.

Bass singer Leonard Bernad, born in 1987, graduated from The National University of Music Bucharest, The Voice Performance Department, in Maria Slatinaru-Nistor's class, and currently he is an MA student at the same institution. In 2009, he went to ISA Sommerakademie Wien and this year he was awarded The Special Prize in the Haricleea Darclée International Voice Competition and held a recital at the The National Festival of Romanian Lied from Brasov.

Alexandru Petrovici studied at The Piano and The Voice Performance Departments at The National University of Music Bucharest, and then has post-university studies on voice performance and orchestra conducting. He was awarded numerous prizes in solo interpretation contests, as well as in accompaniment contests. He has held numerous recitals, both around the country and abroad and has had an intense activity as accompanier. He worked together with great artists such as Franco Zeffirelli, Alberto Zedda, Roberto Alagna, Denyce Graves, Mariana Nicolesco, Ludovic Spiess, Eduard Tumagian, Pompeiu Hărășteanu, Pierre Yves Pruvot, Laurence Janot, Ludovic Bacs, and many others.

Adriana Nitu
Translated by Madalina-Ioana Borcau and Andreea Velicu
MA students, MTTLC, Bucharest University