Barocco Foundation will be running a series of lunchtime concerts at St. Augustines Monastery in Bakery Street Valletta to fundraise for its restoration project. The first concert will be held on Tuesday the 9th of January 2018 at noon. Soprano Hannah Bonnici and pianist Julia Miller will be delighting the audience with a repertoire of Italian songs by Bellini and Tosti, two 19th century Italian composers.
The programme will include a number of Bellinis popular bel canto songs: Il fervido desiderio, Vaga luna, che inargenti ,Vanne, o rosa fortunate, Malinconia, Ninfa gentile, Ma rendi pur content and Per pieta, bellidol mio. Hannah will also sing Tosis following songs: Ideale, Lultimo bacio, Malia, La Serenata and Aprile.The concert will end with a rendition of bel canto songs by Rossini (La Pastorella delle alpi) and Donizettis Me voglio fa na casa.
Hannah Bonnici studied classical voice at the Johann Strauss School of Music in Malta from 2009 - 2016 under the direction of mezzo-soprano Clare Massa and Latvian opera singer Karmen Radovska. She studied classical piano and music theory for eight years, obtaining ABRSM qualifications during this time. In 2013 Hannah became a member of the Manoel Theatre Youth Opera and took part in several concerts with aspiring Maltese opera singers. She made her debut at the Manoel Theatre in 2015 as Belinda in Henry Purcells Dido and Aeneas directed by Johnathan Cocker and conducted by Alice Farnham. Hannah graduated from the Johann Strauss School of Music with her Diploma in 2016 and continues vocal training with Karmen Radovska and soprano Alice Horn, whilst regularly performing in public recitals and concerts.
Julia Miller hails from Lodz in Poland and began to study piano at the age of 6, gaining her Masters Degree in Piano performance and Chamber Music after completing her studies at the Lodz Academy of Music. She is a piano soloist, accompanist and teacher as well as a vocalist coach. She formed part of a classical trio and, as a soloist performed in the luxury cruise line industry. She has taught at the renowned Castleknock School of Music in Dublin and is a voice accompanist at the Johann Strauss School of Music and piano teacher at the School of Performing Arts in Malta. Julia was a finalist in several piano competitions and performed in Dublin Feis CEoil in 2011. She also mentored a fully staged musical in Coleraine, Northern Ireland. In 2013 she was one of 4 piano-collaborator interns at Music Theatre Bavaria in Oberaudorf, Germany. In 2014 she was a repetiteur at Teatru Manoel Youth Opera and in 2015 in Mozarts Cosi fan tutte under the direction of Dr Hand Nagel and soprano Andriana Yordanova. She regularly performs at concerts, masterclasses and competitions as a piano accompanist and can be heard in various venues in Malta and abroad.
Visitors have the opportunity to visit the interesting chambers of the monastery which are adorned with beautiful and historical sacred ornaments after the concert for free. Proceeds from the event will go to the restoration project of the Augustinian Monastery. Tickets, costing 8 euro, can be obtained from the venue itself half an hour before the concert begins. For more details phone 7968 0952 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.