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Operatic arias from Slovakia

The Pharos Arts Foundation, with the support of the Slovak Embassy and the Cyprus-Slovakia Business Association, will present a concert by two of Slovakia’s most celebrated opera singers – bass Stefan Kocan and soprano Bozena Ferancova.

Kocan’s phenomenal artistry was evidenced from an early age and it has taken him, in leading roles, to the world’s greatest opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Milan’s La Scala.

He made his US debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 2009, as Il Re in Verdi’s Aida, under the baton of Daniele Gatti. Soon, he made his debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Banco in a new production of Macbeth, and subsequently the role of Ramfis in Aida. Since his debut, Stefan Kocan has returned to the MET every season to perform leading roles, and many of his performances have been broadcast live to much critical and audience acclaim.

A Laureate of a number of international competitions, including the Antonin Dvorak International Singing Competition, Mozart’s Prague and Voci Verdiani, soprano Ferancova is a regular guest soloist at the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava, the State Opera in Prague and the Janacek National Theatre in Brno.

Besides the operatic field, Ferancova is a dedicated concert and chamber musician and she has repeatedly collaborated with orchestras such as the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, the Virtuosi di Praga, and the Prague Symphony Orchestra and has appeared on stage all over the world.

For their concert on Friday at the Shoe Factory in Nicosia the two singers will be accompanied on the piano by Robert Pechanec in a programme of art-songs and operatic arias by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Handel, Dvorak, Boito, Puccini, Rossini and Gershwin as well as song-cycles by the Slovak composers Mikulas Schneider-Trnavsky and Eugen Suchon.

An Evening of Art, Songs and Operatic Arias
The Pharos Arts Foundation presents a concert with Stefan Kocan, Bozena Ferancova and Robert Pechanec. December 2. The Shoe Factory, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €15/10. Tel: 22-663871

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