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Winnipeg-born soprano Lara Ciekiewicz is back in town to perform at the Virtuosi Concerts this weekend, and she was our guest in the studio Thursday morning.

Whether being hailed as “mesmerizing” (Classical Voice of North Carolina), “thrilling” (The New Classical 96.3 FM), or “a clear standout” (San Francisco Classical Voice), versatile soprano Lara Ciekiewicz makes her mark as a compelling, intelligent, and accomplished singing-actress. As an indication of her increasing stature in the arts world, Ms. Ciekiewicz received the Winnipeg Arts Council’s RBC ‘On the Rise Award’ for 2015. An alumna of l’Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, she has distinguished herself at San Francisco’s Merola Opera Program, the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center, Opera NUOVA and the Banff Centre.

ARTISTS OF MANITOBA
SMILES OF A SUMMER NIGHT
LaraSATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 7:30 PM
SUNDAY MATINÉE, DECEMBER 10, 3:00 PM

Lara Ciekiewicz, soprano
Madeline Hildebrand, piano
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra String Ensemble

Winnipeg soprano Lara Ciekiewicz (UWinnipeg BA Hons ‘02) is a compelling and dynamic singing-actress. Manitoba Opera and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra have been recent collaborators. Her talent and success were acknowledged locally by the 2015 Winnipeg Arts Council’s RBC “On the Rise Award”.

She is “…a versatile stage chameleon, able to crack viewers up one minute with her razor-sharp comic timing, before breaking their hearts the next with soulful characterizations.” – Holly Harris, Winnipeg Free Press

“She is intense, genuine and moving. Her singing is sublime and her acting is compelling. She possesses all the qualities of a future diva.” – Pierre Meunier, La Liberté

PROGRAMME:
Handel: L’Allegro, Il Penseroso ed Il Moderato (excerpts)
Berlioz: Les nuits d’étés (arr. Max Knigge)
Dvořák: Terzetto in C, Op. 74, B. 148
Dvořák: Rusalka’s Song to the Moon

FOR SATURDAY NIGHT, PLEASE NOTE THE EARLIER CONCERT START TIME OF 7:30 PM.

 

Here is a link to more information and tickets.

 

Here is the conversation with Lara and host Michael Wolch:

 

 

Opening the show is Virtuosi Young Artist Alexander Moroz, who joined Simeon Rusnak in the Diamond Lane! Find the video below!