Veronica Amarres

Veronica Amarres

Lirico Spinto Soprano

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«Veronica Amarres is a singer with a voice of magical beauty… An economy of gesture with powerful persuasiveness of manner. A voice strong, fresh, but especially wing-bourne, flying, a unique timbre - all fantastically calling by the singing tones of violin.»
“St.Petersburg Evening News” (2016)
«Dramatic talent… Great coloratura and richness of timbre.»
“La libre belgique”, Brussels (2016)
«World class voice.»
“Neuburger Rundschau”, Germany (2016)
2015Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame or Pikovaya Dama)Lisa
2014Rossini: Il Barbiere di SivigliaRosina
2013Lehár: Die Lustige WitweHanna Glawari
2012Tchaikovsky: Eugene OneginTatyana
2012Puccini: Suor AngelicaAngelica
2008Mozart: Cosi fan tutteDorabella
2007Rossini: La CenerentolaAngelina (Cenerentola)
2005Mozart: La Finta SempliceGiacinta
2005Berlioz: La Damnation de FaustMarguerite
2004Mascagni: Cavalleria RusticanaSantuzza
2000Mozart: La Clemenza di TitoVitellia
2000Mozart: La Clemenza di TitoSextus (Sesto)
1999Bizet: CarmenCarmen
1998Massenet: WertherCharlotte

Bio


Veronica Amarres, the daughter of two well-known St.Petersburg musicians, made her debut as a pianist at the age of 12 on stage of the Great Hall of the St.Petersburg Philarmonic Society. She graduated from St.Petersburg Conservatory with distinction in two specialities - piano and singing. While she was still a student, she won a number of prestigious international piano competitions, including I.Prize of Senigallia Competition (Italy) and the III.Prize of UNISA Competition in Pretoria (South Africa).

As a young artist Veronica perfected her vocal technique in London with a two years postgraduate diploma and Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She quickly gained international recognition in this field also: her prizes at international competitions include Grand Prix of s’Hertogenbosch Competition (Netherlands), I. Prize of “Maria Callas Grand Prix” Competition in Athens, I. Prize of “Premio Valentino Bucchi” Competition in Rom and the Honour Medaille by the President of Italy (2007) and prestigious prizes of such competitions as “Alfredo Kraus”, “Montserrat Caballe” and “Giuseppe Di Stefano”.

Veronica is unique as a performer in combining two such different musical spheres as such a high level. She has recorded 6 CDs (solo and with orchestras), sang in the UK premiere of the opera by American composer Dominick Argento and participated in numerous international festivals, f.e. Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, “Rossini in Wildbad”, Ferenc Liszt-Festival (Germany), “Brazil 500 Anniversary Festival” (Rio de Janeiro), Opera Festival “Katia Popova” (Bulgaria), Ravinia Music Festival in Chicago (USA) etc. She worked with many wellknown conductors and orchestras - Claudio Scimone and “I Solisti Veneti”, Peter Maag, Alberto Zedda, Saulius Sondeckis and Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach, Dmitry Kitajenko, Paul Goodwin, Marc Soustrot, Zoltan Pesko etc.

Veronica Amarres considers her most important teachers the Kammersängerin Christa Ludwig, the famous American mezzo Grace Bumbry, Antonietta Stella and Professor Rudolf Piernay of the Guildhall School; as a pianist she owes much to the Estonian Professor Bruno Lukk, the virtuoso St.Petersburg pianist Valery Vassiliev and the pianist and conductor Christoph Eschenbach. Vocal mastercourses with Renato Bruson, Fiorenza Cossotto, Gianni Raimondi, Evgeny Nesterenko.

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Carriere highlights:

1996          „Werther“ with Alfredo Kraus (Las Palmas)

1996/1997   Mozart’s Requiem and Bizet’s „Carmen“ at the Barbican Center (London)

2000          Tournée in Brazil dedicated to the festival”Brazil 500 anniversary”

2004          Santuzza in “Cavalleria rusticana” by Mascagni (tournée with Bruno Aprea in Campania, Italy)

2005          Recitals at the Gasteig Philarmony (Munich) and Münchner Biennale Festival           

                Mozart’s “La finta semplice” and Requiem in Memoriam Marcello Viotti (“Teatro La Fenice“, Venice)           

                Vivaldi “Juditha triumphans” in Rome (Vatican), concert in Rome in the presence of the Italian President Carlo Ciampi

2006          Concert with Prague Chamber Orchestra (Beethoven Piano Concerto n.3 and Lieder by Mahler)

2006/2007   Tournée in Italy as Rosina (“Barbiere di Siviglia”) and Maddalena (“Rigoletto)                   

                “La Cenerentola” (Angelina) and “Cosi fan tutte” (Dorabella), Milan

2007           Concert dedicated to Farinelli and Malibran with the first esecution of the arias by Broschi, Donizetti and Mendelssohn in Russian Recitals at the St.Petersburg Philarmonic Hall

2005/2010   Gala-Conzert of Christiane Herzog-Stiftung in Munich together with Francisco Araiza, Vesselina Kasarova, Edita Gruberova, Michèle Crider etc.

2008          Alto-solo in the 9.Symphony by Beethoven (Basel), Christmas-Oratorio and Mass in B-Minor by Bach (Bern, J.-S.Bach-Society)

2009/2010  “Viva Italia”, Gala-tournée in Germany with St.Petersburg Chamber Orchestra

2010           Opening concert at the Festival “Eclats de voix” (Auch, France)                   

                Verdi “Requiem”, Cathedral of Pirmasens (Germany)                  

                numerous recitals in Italy, Germany, Russia

2011           Piano recital at the International Festival “Maggio della Musica” in Naples, Italy                   

                Concert tour with Jenaer Philarmony Orchestra (Germany)

2012          CD recording and concert performance of “Eugeny Onegin” with Christoph Eschenbach and Ferruccio  Furlanetto in Budapest                   

                numerous concerts in Italy (Milan, Rome etc)                    

               Debut as Suor Angelica in Parma and as Hanna Glawari in Bologna

2013           Summer Verdi-Festival in Parma                  

                Christmas-Gala-Concerts in Dresden with Dresden Chamber Orchestra

2014           Rosina in “Barbiere di Siviglia” (Grosseto, Italy)

2014/15     Open-air Galas at the courtyard of Museum of Zwinger with Dresden Residence Orchestra (Dresden)

2007           Medaille of Honor by the President of Italian Republic-

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Dass eine Musikerin ebenso gut singt wie Klavier spielt: darf das sein? Veronica Amarres belehrt die Zweifler eines besseren. Nicht nur die Beherrschung beider Metiers, die bis in die kraftvollste Bravour reicht, sondern auch die Qualität ihrer Stimme und ihres Klaviertons sowie ihre künstlerische Wandlungsfähigkeit zeugen von einer seltenen Parallelität der Talente. Keine Zirkusnummer, sondern hochbegabtes Musikertum, dem ich den verdienten Erfolg wünsche. 

                                                      Alfred Brendel

Veronica Amarres zeichnet sich durch eine außergewöhnliche künstlerische Begabung aus, die mit großer Ausdruckskraft und hoher Musikalität gepaart ist. Ich kann Frau Amarres nur wärmstens für alle passenden Aufgaben empfehlen. Für die weitere künstlerische Laufbahn wünsche ich Frau Amarres viel Erfolg.

                                                     Kammersängerin Christa Ludwig

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THE PRESS:

Mezzo-soprano, Veronica Amarres, is a real find.                            

                                           “The Chronicle”, London

Dramatic talent… Great coloratura and richness of timbre.                

                                          “La libre belgique”, Brussels

Veronica Amarres - an incredible artist!.. The intonation and articulation of her coloratura was so precise that se felt that she had a hidden keyboard in her chest. What a fantastic effect! Lithuania has never heard such a performance of Rossini before. All of this was ideally combined with a relaxed beautiful sound and softness of voice.                                                                                                         

                                         “Lietuvos rydas”,Vilnius (Lithuania)

Veronica Amarres is one of the best Rossini contraltos of the contemporary scene.                                                                                                              

                                         “La Libertà”, Italy

Golden throat for Rossini's coloratura.                      

                                       „Il Giornale d’Italia“

A world-classe voice.                                          

                                       „Neuburger Rundschau“, Germany

Veronica Amarres is a singer with a mezzo-soprano of magical beauty… An economy of gesture with powerful persuasiveness of manner. A voice strong, fresh, but especially wing-bourne, flying, a unique timbre - all fantastically calling by the singing tones of violin.                                                                                                        

                                      “St.Petersburg Evening News”, Russia

Veronica Amarres captured audience with her ​​beautiful dark toned mezzo-soprano with a brilliant and souveraine top and aroused Callas associations by many listeners... Whether passionate feelings or roguish temperament - Amarres had everything under control.                                                                                                         

                                      “Badische Zeitung“, Germany

Veronica Amarres (mezzo-soprano) was like the “incarnation”of the vocal ideal of this part. She brought the unusually large vocal range that requires the mezzo-soprano part of the Verdi Requiem. Her voice has both on the top-notes and in the alto-tessiture a warm beautiful timbre. Her interpretation of Lux Aeterna, which she gave almost celestial radiance, became a "Höhepunkt" of the evening.                                                                                                           

                                       “Rheinpfalz”, Germany

Veronica Amarres - dramatic talent coupled with the great beauty of the voice and a richness of timbre.                                                                                                         

                                       “Corriere Romagna”, Italy
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame or Pikovaya Dama) Lisa 1 week 2015
Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia Rosina Jump In ready Italy Germany Russia Spain Finland 2014
Lehár: Die Lustige Witwe Hanna Glawari 1 week Bologna, semistaged performance (in Italian) 2013
Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin Tatyana 1 week Budapest 2012
Puccini: Suor Angelica Angelica Immediately Festival Pucciniano Parma 2012

Awards

I. Prize of the International competition „Valentino Bucchi“ for the music of XX/XXI centuries
2016
International singing competition "Montserrat Caballe" (andorra), III. prize
2016
Grand prix of the s'hertogenbosch international singing competition (netherlands)
2016
i.prize of the "Maria Callas grand prix" (Athens, Greece)
2016
international competition "Alfredo Kraus" (las palmas, spain), iii. prize
2016
i.prize of the international competition for vocal coaches and accompanists "rolando nicolosi" (rome, italy)
2016
Honour Medaille by the President of Italy
2016