Cypriot baritone Markos Kleovoulou will perform his first Lieder Recital in Cyprus on Saturday, together with Japanese pianist Yuri Tsunekawa.
The recital is part of the Cyprus Artists Series, presented by the Pharos Arts Foundation.
Kleovoulou studied at the Milan Conservatory (Conservatorio di musica Giuseppe Verdi)with Vitalba Mosca, from where he received a Bachelors Degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Lyrical Singing and Music Theatre. He has actively participated in a number of master-classes by renowned professors, including Mihail Lanskoj, Heinrich Steinhöfel and Leonardo de Lisi.
The baritone is equally at ease on the operatic stage, having tackled roles such as Dandini in La Cenerentola and Don Profondo in Il viaggio a Reims by Rossini, Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen, Dr. Malatesta in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, and on the Lieder platform, having performed all of Schubert’s Winterreise extensively.
Recent highlights include his performance in the 2014 Venice Biennale in two contemporary operas: Magen Zeit by Gabrielle Cosmi (role of Dottor Barbaculo) and Tre cose a caso sull’amore by Claudio Gay (roles of Cristiano, Otello and Dante).
Most recently, he has appeared in Milan’s Auditorium singing the role of Duke Bluebeard in Bartok’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle with the Orchestra La Verdi, under the direction of Marco Alibrando. The opera was made into a film, directed by Gianmaria Sortino featuring Markos singing the title role, which is expected to be released later in 2015.
Tsunekawa, from Nagoya, Japan, studied the piano with Yumi Sekiya in Germany and then went back to Japan to study musicology at the Kunitachi College of Music.
Upon graduation, she started collaborating with a number of opera singers, opera groups, choir ensembles and conductors. She has also collaborated with numerous composers, working as the official repetiteur for the world premiere productions of several new Japanese operas.
Since 2014, the pianist has been living in Italy, where she furthers her studies in piano accompaniment of Italian operas at the Milan Conservatory.
On Saturday the two musicians will perform selected songs by Schubert, Liszt and Brahms, all dealing with matters of life and love, death and redemption. From the frantically impassioned Schubert songs on Goethe’s settings through the transcendental sensuality of Liszt to Brahms’ Four Serious Songs, compiled from Martin Luther’s translation of passages from the Old Testament and composed during the composer’s final year shortly after Clara Schumann’s death, the programme reveals the three composers in their rawest, most intimate and introspective form.
The Pharos Arts Foundation presents baritone Markos Kleovoulou in his first Lieder Recital in Cyprus, together with pianist Yuri Tsunekawa. October 31. The Shoe Factory, Nicosia. €15/10. Tel: 22-663871