Spain's Superstar Tenor, Israel Lozano for LinderThe Famous Idea Trading Company
Israel Lozano, one of the most talked-about Spanish tenor superstars will be performing for one concert only on Sunday 9 September 2012 at the Linder Auditorium at 15:30.
The Stonehage Charitable Trust will be hosting this Spring Opera Gala in aid of the Chevrah Kadisha and Lozano will be joined on stage with South Africa’s Given Nkosi (tenor) and Stonehage’s very own Colin Schachat (baritone).
Richard Cock will conduct the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra and brings together a fabulous mix of performers. With his usual flair, he engages the audience to give an entertaining afternoon’s programme that will include favourite classical arias and popular contemporary hits.
Tickets are going fast so book now through Computicket on 0861 915 8000 or online at www.computicket.co.za. All tickets for the Spring Opera Gala are on sale for R180, R270 and R360 each respectively.
Note to Editors
Israel Lozano made his operatic debut at the age of 22 as a soloist tenor at the National Symphony Auditorium of Madrid. He sang in a televised Concert Gala with tenor Plácido Domingo (Operalia Concert Winners) in the Isle of Mainau, Germany, after receiving an unprecedented three prizes in the Plácido Domingo International Operalia Competition 2003. His repertoire includes La Traviata, Manon of Massenet, Elisir d’Amore, The Magic Flute, Lucia di Lammermoor, Die Fledermaus, Don Giovanni, La Bohème and Rigoletto. In the United States he sang principal roles at the Baltimore Opera, Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Carnegie Hall in New York City, and with the National Symphony Orchestra of the US. In Europe, in 2004 he made his debut at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Teatro Liceu in Barcelona, and the Ludwigsburg Festival in Germany, Theater an der Wien (Vienna). Recently, he has recorded a film version of the opera "La Boheme".
One of South Africa’s favourite tenors Given Nkosi, was born in Witbank, Mpumalanga. He won several national awards before enrolling at the SA College of Music (UCT) for a Performers Diploma in Opera. His repertoire includes Ferrando in Mozart’s opera Cosi fan tutte, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Solemn Vespers, Vivaldi’s Magnificat and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. He was invited to Bulgaria to attend a master class with Raina Kabaivanzka. Many other principal roles followed with the Cape Town Opera and UCT. In November 2010 he joined the Israeli Opera Studio in Tel Aviv, Israel, for three months as the 2010 Graham Beck Opera Ambassador.
Stonehage’s own Colin Schachat (baritone) has established an international reputation as a classical baritone and Cantor. He has performed with major international orchestras including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. Career highlights include a performance at Buckingham Palace in 2007 as well as performances with some of the leading tenors of our generation including Jose Carreras and Neil Shicoff. He performs internationally and records diverse repertoire from various genres, including operatic, cantorial, as well as musical theatre material.
After completing his studies abroad in 1980, Richard Cock returned to South Africa and breathed new life into the National Symphony Orchestra as Music Director from 1991. He was organist and director of music at St Mary’s Cathedral for 12 years and was elected a Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music for his services to Church music in South Africa. He founded the Symphony Choir of Johannesburg and the internationally recognized Chanticleer Singers 30 years ago. As a conductor, he is in much demand countrywide. In May 2000, he received an Honorary Doctorate in music from Rhodes University. He is Chairman of the Apollo Music Trust. He also serves as a Board member of Business Arts South Africa, the Ingoma Trust, the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra and he is on the Music Committee of the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown.
The Johannesburg Festival Orchestra (JFO) made its debut in concert with Julian Lloyd-Webber at the Johannesburg Civic Theatre in 1998. The management and musicians are totally committed to bringing music to as wide an audience as possible. They believe sincerely that the youth in South Africa will be the audiences and performers of the future, and are doing as much as they can to educate and touch the lives of as many South Africans as possible through live performances, television and radio.
About the Stonehage Charitable Trust: The Stonehage Charitable Trust was established in recognition of a moral and social responsibility to reinvest resources into the communities that Stonehage serves. The Trust’s purpose is to create a tangible legacy, supporting innovative projects in the fields of education and healthcare. In addition, the Trust also supports the arts, culture, sport and other initiatives aligned with Stonehage’s Group values. www.stonehage.co.za.
About Chevrah Kadisha: The Chevrah Kadisha is the oldest Jewish organisation in Johannesburg and the largest Jewish welfare organisation on the African continent.
Established in 1888, during Johannesburg’s pioneer gold rush years, the Chev has been taking care of the welfare and burial needs of the community for 124 years. From inception it provided a paternal, protective and unifying influence and accepted the leadership role in developing the community.
Over the years the Chev has been called upon to broaden the scope of its responsibilities beyond welfare and burial to incorporate caring for aged, handicapped, vulnerable and helpless people. This means providing food, accommodation, health care, counselling, protected employment and educational support to those who lack means and/or are unable to care for themselves.
Nowadays the Chev runs at an annual budget in excess of R200 million and is dependent upon the generosity of donors both locally and internationally for more than two thirds of that figure.
It incorporates four major organisations and provides services under nine banners:
- Sandringham Gardens
- Our Parents Home
- Arcadia Children’s Home
- Selwyn Segal
- Financial Assistance Services
- Residential Services
- Education Support Services
- Protected Employment Services
- Social Services
- Emergency Services
- Bridal Services
- Health Care Services
- Burial Services
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Linder Auditorium, 27 St Andrews Road Parktown Johannesburg Gauteng South Africa