December 10, 2017
Monteverdi & Bartok
Monteverdi & Bartok will be performed on December 10, 2017 as an intimate house concert. This will be the first in a series of "Cozy Concerts" to take place this season. By invitation only.
Monteverdi & Bartok is a program of vocal and instrumental music by two composers of extraordinary genius.
Claudio Monteverdi (1567 – 1643) and Béla Bartók (1881 – 1945) lived more than three hundred years apart, and share neither language nor culture, yet this unique program weaves together their two musical worlds and reveals not only their differences but also their common ground. Each of these two composers was revolutionary in his time, deeply rooted in a tradition yet creating new musical forms.
Monteverdi & Bartok is performed by an ensemble of 4 singers, 2 violins, cello, and piano.
July 5-7, 2017
Libero Canto Annual Conference
The second international Libero Canto conference, which took place from July 5 - 9, 2017 in San Vigilio di Marebbe, Italy, was covered by the local paper, in the Ladino language!
June 18, 2017
Monteverdi & Bartok
The first performance of “Monteverdi & Bartok” took place at 5 pm on June 18, 2017 at the Anthroposophical Society auditorium at 138 West 15th Street, NYC. Further concerts are planned for early 2018.
March - June, 2017
Rosa Mystica was performed in Vienna, New York City and Long Island, March - June 2017.
La Compagnia Amarilli presented Rosa Mystica, a program of sacred music including motets by Claudio Monteverdi and Heinrich Schütz and the profoundly moving Stabat Mater by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi. The pieces were performed with a string quartet and an organ continuo.
With this program, Kinga Cserjési and Deborah Carmichael celebrated their ten-year long collaboration. Their work together as singers and teachers began in 2007, when they first performed the Pergolesi Stabat Mater in Budapest, Vienna, and New York City.
December 15, 2016
by Christoph Willibald Gluck
La Compagnia Amarilli presents a shortened version of Gluck’s, Orphée (French version).
The program includes the best known arias and ensemble pieces from this beloved opera. In Gluck’s hands, the epic Greek tragedy of Orpheus and Euridice escapes from the demons of the Underworld into the sunshine of a happy ending.
The first performance of Orphée was an intimate house concert on December 15, 2016, in New York City.
June and July 2016
In June and July 2016, Libero Canto offered three demonstration sessions taught by Kinga Cserjési. The sessions took place at Opera America in New York City.
Kinga introduced interested singers to the Libero Canto approach through individual lessons in the presence of a supportive group of auditors. Each session included an opportunity for questions and discussion.
Libero Canto will be offering demonstration classes and weekend workshops at regular intervals in the future. Interested singers are also invited to schedule one introductory private lesson at no charge.
If you would like to be notified of upcoming classes and workshops, or if you would like an introduction to our approach via a private lesson, please contact us.
Libero Canto First International Conference
Libero Canto held its first international conference in the Hague, The Netherlands, in March 2016. There were 11 participants from 9 different countries, including Hungary, Holland, Austria, Canada, the U.S., Italy, Ireland, Sweden, and the Czech Republic.
Most of the participants were teachers of the Libero Canto approach. Each of us came to this work through our own teachers – Heent Prins in Holland, Teresa Blumova in Prague, Edvin and Hedda Szamosi in Vienna. We belong to the third generation of teachers following, “the path to free singing.” We are, so to speak, cousins in this work, but until now, we had had little or no experience of each other’s work.
We were grateful to have the opportunity to meet our wider professional family. We exchanged lessons and shared our experiences and our love of the Libero Canto approach. We delved into the fundamental principles of the work and explored both our disagreements and our common ground in an atmosphere of mutual respect. We learned an enormous amount! We made music together, and we listened to recordings of the great singers we revere. It was particularly moving to listen to recordings of Cantor Ladislav Blum, the husband of Teresa Blumova, and of Astrid Hellesnes Hukvari, a student of Lajos Szamosi. Special thanks to Jana Lewitová, who gave us a taste of her amazing musical world.
This first conference was an intense, challenging, fascinating, and ultimately very moving experience for those involved. We hope that we will continue to learn from each other and to deepen our understanding of our common path at the second conference, planned for July 2017, and beyond.
Participants at the first Libero Canto conference:
Deborah Carmichael, Kinga Cserjési, Johanna Földesi, James Gray, Sybille Leder, Jana Lewitová, Marketa Malcova, Beate Mathois, Ruth Rieser, Annie Szamosi, Gabriel Szamosi
The Enchanted Pomegranate, Il Cuore Canta Young Artist Program