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Christmas with jazz tunes

After last year’s successful Christmas concert with Katerina Mina and Jazz Trio, the artists return to Rialto Theatre in a new Christmas Jazz Show: a festive concert presenting all-time Christmas jazz and blues classics, under the artistic direction of soprano Katerina Mina.

Jazz Trio, consisting of Yiannis Hadjiloizou (piano), Yiorgos Krasides (saxophone) and Ireneos Koulouras (double bass), orchestrates and presents – together with Mina – some of the most famous Christmas songs by Cole Porter, Kurt Weill, George Gershwin and Bart Howard, as well as traditional Greek carols.

That said, it hasn’t always been a jolly good time for the London-based opera singer. Several years ago, while pursuing a career as a British spinto soprano (she won prizes in two international singing competitions in her mid-20s), Katerina was diagnosed with a rare type of blood cancer. She took a hiatus to fully recover from the treatment – but music was still part of her life, as in 2013 she began directing two choirs at the St. George’s Roman Catholic Secondary School with several hugely successful musical productions.

Katerina’s resilience, passion and determination has allowed her to develop her voice into the sound required for the heavier roles of the spinto soprano. She has also recorded a new CD with the title Angel of Fire with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Grzegorz Nowak, featuring operatic arias by Verdi, Giordano, Beethoven, Wagner, Cilea and Puccini; Andromache’s Farewell by Samuel Barber; as well as two world-premiere pieces by Swiss composer Stephan Hodel, based on Katerina’s poetry.

Putting her troubled past behind, the soprano continues to develop in the music world and has even performed in recent years with well-known orchestras at renowned venues around the world. A versatile artist, Katerina appeared as a special guest at Rick Wakeman’s symphonic concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with Orion Symphony Orchestra.

Booking one performance after another, the Cyprus-born singer also had an official invitation by UNESCO to perform at the opening and closing sessions of the inauguration ceremony of the International Day of Light in Paris.

To witness her craft and indulge in the sounds of Jazz Trio band putting on a festive show, mark your calendars for December 16.

Christmas Jazz Show | Katerina Mina
Festive concert presenting all-time Christmas jazz and blues classics, under the artistic direction of soprano Katerina Mina. Jazz trio performing as well. December 16. Rialto Theare, Limassol. 6pm. €15 /10. Tel: 25-343902