Three famous American countertenors in Concertgebouw

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Nadya Koopmans and Opus Event Management present “Appassionati di Musica Barocca”.

This is the first time ever that three internationally renowned countertenors Brian Asawa, Derek Lee Ragin and Robert Crowe will perform during one concert in the prestigious Concertgebouw. The baroque music concert “Appassionati di Musica barocca” will take place on 3 November 2010. The program includes arias, duets and - very rare in baroque music - trios, tripling the wonderful and fascinating aspects of the countertenor’s voices.

Three virtuoso countertenors Brian Asawa, Derek Lee Ragin and Robert Crowe will perform for the first time together. Concerto d’Amsterdam, one of the best period instrument orchestras in the Netherlands conducted by British – Australian violinist Elizabeth Wallfisch, will accompany the countertenors in a program containing masterpieces of Händel, Purcell,Vivaldi, Porpora and Graun.

The voice of a countertenor is very special, moving and mysterious.  Men, singing with a “female” voice, always fascinate the audience. Bringing three countertenors together in one amplifies this dimension and is very unique in its sort.

The three singers have an impressive track record. They all have performed star roles in several opera’s and are regularly appearing soloists in the baroque repertoire. Brian Asawa starred in 2008 with the “Nederlandse Opera” in the role of Fyodor in the "Boris Godunov" opera, and he appeared in the Dutch television program “Vrije Geluiden”.Derek Lee Ragin obtained world fame as the voice of Farinelli in the soundtrack of the much awarded film "Farinelli".Ragin has performed in the Concertgebouw a couple of years ago with “And Farewell Goes Out Sighing”, composed by the Georgian composer Kancheli. Also Robert Crowe performed earlier in the Netherlands, at the “Festival Oude Muziek” in Utrecht.

The conductor is Elizabeth Wallfisch, the world famous British-Australian virtuoso violinist, conductor, the guest-director of the world best period instrument orchestras, and the leading interpreter of music on the baroque and classical violins.

The harpsichord part will be played by David Jansen from the renowned Dutch artistic Jansen family, and is a player of the monumental Ruprecht organ’s in the Tuindorpkerk in Utrecht.

For the baroque enthusiast as well as people interested in the fascinating and moving sounds of high-pitched male voices, this concert is absolutely recommended.

The concert is organized by Opus Event Management and Trade, founded by Nadya Koopmans.

Ticket sale starts on July 1, 2010.

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