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Elena Kokka

Piano and Soprano

Repertoire

Scarlatti
Keyboard Sonatas K. 466, K. 159, K. 455
Bellini
Ah non credea mirarti from La Sonnambula
Mozart
Porgi, amor from Le nozze di Figaro
Chopin
Ballade Op. 23 in G minor
Verdi
Pace, Pace from La forza del destino
Verdi
Ritorna vincitor from Aida
Rachmaninov
Prelude Op. 32 No. 5, Op. 32 No. 10
Puccini
Senza Mamma from Suor Angelica
Cilea
Io son l’umile ancella from Adriana Lecouvreur
Rachmaninov
Prelude Op. 32 No. 12, Op. 23 No. 5
Catalani
Ebben ne andro lontana from La Wally

Performers

Elena Kokka
soprano/piano

Elena Kokka, a unique classical artist, is the only pianist and singer on the world stage today who tackles the most demanding repertoire for both piano and voice.

‘I am so excited to be presenting this marvelous recital consisting of true gems of the piano and vocal literature by Scarlatti, Mozart, Bellini and Chopin as well as Verdi, Catalani, Puccini, Cilea and Rachmaninov. Many of these composers lived close to each other in time and influenced one another. Chopin adored Bellini and it was not by chance that he was well known for the bel canto element in his piano works.

I begin the programme with Domenico Scarlatti’s Keyboard Sonatas and then the Aria Ah non credea mirarti by Bellini from La Sonnambula. Bellini studied Mozart’s music extensively, so I follow this with a well known Mozart aria Porgi, amor from Le nozze di Figaro. Bellini was also the favourite composer of Chopin so I include one of his finest Ballades, Op. 23. I’ll finish the first half with Verdi’s aria Pace, Pace from La forza del destino.

Continuing with Verdi in the second half, I begin with the powerful Ritorna vincitor! from Aida and then move into the song-like melodies of Rachmaninov; the idyllic peace and purity of his Prelude Op. 32 No. 5 in G minor and the bell-like Op 32 No. 10. Puccini follows with the aria Senza Mamma from his Suor Angelica, and then Cilea’s Io son l’umile ancella from his opera Adriana Lecouvreur. Two contrasting preludes follow again by Rachmaninov, one of his finest the Op. 32 No. 12 followed by the military-style G minor Op. 23 No. 5. I will end the programme with the lovely Ebben ne andro lontana from Catalani’s opera La Wally.

The piano pieces, with their technical demands and emotional intensity, have been carefully chosen to complement this program of highly taxing operatic arias. I hope you will enjoy the richness of it all.’ – Elena Kokka

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