Royal Christmas Gala Giveaway
Today I have a special giveaway for you guys; by commenting on this post, all of you will have the possibility to win two tickets for the Royal Christmas Gala, on the 23 of December at Vienna Stadthalle.
Sarah Brightman, Gregorian, Narcis, Fernando Valera and Mario Frangoulis will perform in this special evening and you cannot miss it.
Sarah Brightman is one of the world’s renowned voices of our time and remains among the world’s most prominent performers, and I cannot wait to be there with two lucky winners.
The ingenious concept of GREGORIAN developed when Hamburg-based producer Frank Peterson visited the royal monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial in Spain in 1989. While walking through the medieval monastery and castle complex and listening to current music on his walkman player, he came up with the idea of combining ancient Gregorian chants with modern pop music.
Initially, he implemented this idea with Michael Cretu and the worldwide music phenomenon Enigma. Enigma’s debut album MCMXC a.D. became a global success shortly after its release in 1990. MCMXC a.D. peaked #1 in 41 different countries, earned 57 platinum awards, 45 gold awards and is considered to be the most successful album to come out of Germany of all time.
Fernando Varela sings.
It’s just that simple. He does not sing just because he has a beautiful, expressive voice. He does not sing just because it brings him success and acclaim. Fernando Varela sings because that is who he is. He sings what he loves, whether it is a pop standard, an original song he wrote, or Puccini’s noblest tenor aria “Nessun dorma.” The underlying truth – who he is and what he does, in everything he dreams and achieves – is what brings Fernando Varela to the center of a worldwide stage with the release of Vivere, his first recording for Universal Music.
The high wire act of this powerhouse voice can wow all kinds of audiences, from the opera house to the nightclub. If most tenors live in one sphere and like to dabble in another, Fernando Varela wants to embrace them all and reinvent the possibilities. He puts that dream on the line with Vivere.
“I belong to a new generation of tenors,” he says. “We have to work hard to remain creative and make classical music exciting for young listeners. I want to create something completely new, something magical.”
He is the new star on the horizon of classical music. At the tender age of 22, Narcis, the “Wunderkind” of the high register, has been captivating audiences around the world with his extraordinary voice and vocal technique, which lends his voice a unique clarity.
For a very long time, no young crossover artist has been received with such enthusiasm from the classical music scene. The Frankfurter Rundschau recently referred to him as ”a countertenor, as bright as Callas”.
The Kieler Nachrichten wrote that “Narcis’ voice unfolds such dizzying magnificence that as a listener one feels transported into real heaven.”
Having already toured in more than 40 countries with Sarah Brightman and Gregorian, he has been received with frenetic applause and standing ovations everywhere.
Mario Frangoulis is an international Classical Crossover artist and tenor known the world over for his powerhouse vocals and charismatic live performances. Billboard calls him, “daring and inspiring!” while CNN.com says, “his world is distilled to pure sound, all voice.”
Born in Africa and raised in Greece, he attended London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he was discovered by producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh who cast him in the role of Marius in Les Misérablesin London’s West End after which he was invited by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber to play the role of Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera. He also won the role of Tony in the only production of West Side Story ever presented at Teatro a la Scala in Milan, Italy. He is the winner of the Maria Callas Prize, the Pavarotti Competition, and was mentored by the late Carlo Bergonzi and Marilyn Horne. The most influential figure in his life, however, was the acclaimed tenor Alfredo Kraus who accepted Frangoulis as his only private student. After traveling the world and studying with Kraus, he attended the Juilliard School of Music in New York, solidifying his vocal skill.
You cannot miss the Royal Christmas Gala Concert! To participate and win two tickets just leave us a comment in this post; the winner will be announced on the 17th of December, and it will be informed via email.
Congratulations to Angelika Geosev and Alexandra Ki! See you on Saturday!