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José Cura - the concert of opera arias at Union Hall
On 4 February the famous Argentine tenor José Cura, a multiple award winner who is known for his remarkable concert performances and intense interpretations of operatic roles, particularly those of Verdi, will appear with the SNG Maribor Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Simon Krečič. His voice is a distinctive bold and bright tenor with tints of dark baritone that has brought him international fame. He says that for him to choose an operatic role it must be believable and he has to be able to relate it to everyday life. He likes characters with passions and worries, characters with flaws. After studying composition and conducting in his hometown, Rosario, he moved to Buenos Aires and honed his skills at the Teatro Colón. In 2007 he designed and directed La Commedia è finita, a re-imagining of Leoncavallo's opera Pagliacci, in his first creative experience of this kind. In 2015 he was appointed artist in residence of the Prague Symphony Orchestra. That same year he received the Sarmiento Prize for artistic achievements in his native Argentina. He will be joined on the concert platform by two internationally acclaimed female soloists. Elvira Hasanagić, one of the finest sopranos in Slovenia and indeed Europe, has won prizes at numerous international competitions. In 2017 the city of Dresden, in conjunction with a German association created to support opera singers, proclaimed her Young Artist of the Year. Since the very start of her professional singing career, she has been hailed by critics as one of the most promising new voices on the opera scene. The outstanding Slovene mezzo-soprano Monika Bohinec, currently a soloist at the Wiener Staatsoper, has appeared in major concert halls around the world, including the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Royal Albert Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Philharmonie of the Gasteig in Munich, among many others.