Donna - a concert by the Metropolitan Opera Singers: Edyta Kulczak & Dísella Lárusdóttir at The KF February 24, 2018

The Kosciuszko Foundation was pleased to present a tribute concert  "DONNA" to a legendary Polish Opera Singer - Marcella Kochanska-Sembrich on her 160 Birthday Anniversary on Saturday, February 24, 2018.

The evening began when Ewa Zadworna Director of Cultura Events welcomed guests with a short introduction about Marcela Kochańska-Sembrich. The following speaker was Richard Wargo Artistic Director at The Marcella Sembrich Memorial Association recounted some interesting facts about her life.

Thereafter Metropolitan Opera Singers: Edyta Kulczak, mezzo-soprano and Dísella Làrusdóttir, soprano, performed to the accompaniment of Tadeusz Domanowski on piano, performing a specially selected repertoire for the evening:

  1. G.F. Haendel: Se bramate from Serse
  2. G.F. Haendel: Lascia ch'io pianga from Rinaldo
  3. W.A. Mozart:  Giunse alfin il momento.. Deh vieni non tardar from Le Nozze di Figaro
  4. W.A. Mozart:  Canzonetta sull'aria  from Le Nozze di Figaro
  5. W.A. Mozart:  Ah guarda sorella from Cosi fan tutte
  6. G. Donizetti:  Prendi per me sei libero...Il mio rigor dimentica from L'Elisir d'amore
  7. G. Donizetti:   Fia dunque vero from  La Favorita
  8. J. Massenet: Je suis encore from Manon
  9. C. Saint-Saens: Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix from Samson and Dalila
  10. L. Delibes: Viens Mallika -Flower duet- from Lakme'
  11. G. Bizet: Les Tringles des sistres tintaient - Chanson Bohémienne from Carmen

The program ended with Edyta Kulczak singing Chopin's "Życzenie" ("The Maiden's Wish") which was Marcella a favorite song.

The concert received very good reviews by blogger Meche Kroop who is focused and writing about opera, theatre, and ballet:

"[...]It is always a thrill to get up close and personal with international opera stars and the gorgeous room at the Kosciuszko Foundation is the perfect "stage", what with fine wood panelling, heavy velvet curtains, and a portrait of the dashing Kosciuszko. We felt transported to another time and place.[...]" ~


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