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Posted: Friday Feb 10, 2012

February 10, 2012

Brazilian tenor Atalla Ayan will stand in for the previously-announced Leonardo Capalbo for the sixth presentation in the Saint Vincent College Concert Series stage at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 18 in the Robert S. Carey Student Center Performing Arts Center.

Mr. Ayan, from Staatsoper Stuttgart in Germany, steps in to replace scheduled operatic tenor, Leonardo Capalbo, who has been unexpectedly called to play the role of Alfredo in a Welsh National Opera production of La Traviata. It is anticipated that this new production of the Verdi opera will receive world-wide attention, as will Mr. Capalbo for stepping into the role at the last minute.

Mr. Ayan will perform a program of operatic arias.

He is a 2009-2011 Lindemann Young Artist with the Metropolitan Opera, and has performed the role of Rodolfo in La Bohème with the Glyndebourne Touring Opera, and Staatsoper Stuttgart. He has also sung the roles of Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, and Alfred in Die Fledermaus, among others at Staatsoper Stuttgart. He has sung Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi for Tetatro Giuseppe Verdi, and Joaquino in Fidelio for Theatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro where he returned in the same season to appear in concerts of Kurt Weil’s The Seven Deadly Sins.

Mr. Ayan was born in Belem (Para) where he began his vocal studies in 2002 at the Conservatorio Carlos Gomes under the guidance of Professor Malna Mineva. He is the second place Zarzuela prize winner and Cia Opera Sao Paulo prize winner of the 2010 Francisco Vinas Competition.

In the 2010-2011 season Mr. Ayan made his debut at the Tetatro Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi. He appeared in July 2010 in a gala concert at the Theatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro opposite soprano Nino Machaidze and returned to Rio in September of 2010 appearing as Romeo in Romeo et Juliette opposite the Juliette of Sumi Jo. In the 2011-2012 season he made his debut with the Glyndebourne Touring Opera as Rodolfo in La Bohème and joined the Staatsoper Stuttgart as an ensemble member singing in the roles of Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Alfred in Die Fledermaus and Rodolfo in La Bohème, among others.

During the 2009-2010 season Mr. Ayan was a member of the Lindemann Young Artists Development Program with the Metropolitan Opera. Later in the season, he appeared in concert with the RAI Orchestra of Turin in a concert titled “Nuove Voci” and appeared in a gala concert in New York for the Richard Tucker Music Foundation appearing on the same program with Bryn Terfel.

Last season Mr. Ayan was a member of the Scuola dell’Opera Italiana with the Theatro Comunale di Bologna where he made his Italian stage debut as Ruggero in La rondine conducted by Jose Cura. He debuted the role of Rodolfo in La Bohème in Belem in August of 2008 and made his European debut in October 2008 in the same role with the Greek National Opera in Athens in a production staged by Graham Vick. He also appeared with OSESP Orchestra of Sao Paulo as the Italian Tenor in Des Rosenkavalier opposite Anne Schwanewilms and Kristine Jepson and in the summer of 2009, he debuted the role of Romeo in Romeo et Juliette in Belem.

In 2006, he won second place in the 10th Concurso Nacional Maracanto in the tenor category. That same year he appeared in concerts of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Symphony Orchestra of the Theatro da Paz in his native Belem under the direction of Mateus Araujo.

In 2007, he won the first prize of the jury and audience in the first Concurso Internacional de Canto Maria Helena Cardoso Coelho in Belem. He then appeared that year at the Theatro da Paz in two roles: Don Alvaro in Il Guarany and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi. He also appeared there as tenor soloist in Rossini’s Stabat Mater.

Admission is $25 and tickets can be ordered online at http://concertseries.stvincent.edu/ or by calling 724 805-2565. They will also be available at the door.

Single tickets, flex passes, group rates and student discounts are also available.

A dinner/concert package, A Classic Evening at Saint Vincent, is offered for $50 with advance reservations.

This performance is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Upcoming concerts in the series include Duo Orfeo, guitar duo, Saturday, March 17; and Lark Quartet, string quartet, Saturday, April 14.

Further details are available by contacting the Concert Series Box Office, 724 805-2565 or http://concertseries.stvincent.edu/.


Photo: Tenor Atalla Ayan 


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