Born in Adjud, Romania, Nelly Miricioiu started singing at 5 and was hailed as a child prodigy. At 18 she sung in Pergolesi’s La serva padrona and joined the Conservatory in Iasi where she continued her studies with Tibi Popovici. In 1972 she was the youngest contestant in the Francisco Vinas Musical Competition in Barcelona and in 1975 she won the first prize at the very first Maria Callas Grand Prix in Athens. In 1985 she began a famous series of Vara Matinee Concerts at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and over the two decades years continued to expand her repertoire to include the great bel canto heroines. In these roles she could advance her own unique artistry in the way for which she has today become so highly acclaimed. Her Armenaide (Tancredi) at the 1992 Salzburg festival was greatly admired and she continues to sing other Rossinian roles such as Armida, Semiramide and Ermione to similar acclaim.
David Gowland is the Artistic Director for the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, Royal Opera House Covent Garden. David Gowland studied at the Royal College of Music where he won the Ruby Hope and Major van Someren Godfrey prizes for piano accompaniment. He also studied at the National Opera Studio, supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.
He joined the Glyndebourne music staff in 1987, won the 1988 Jani Strasser Award and has continued to work there as a senior coach. David was Head of Music Staff at the Grand Théâtre de Genève from 1989 – 1996, assisting conductors such as Tate, Patané, Jordan, Bartoletti, Thielemann, Plasson, Elder, de Waart, Bertini and Campanella.
Ravel - Cinq Mélodies Populaire Grecques
Chausson - Le Colibri, Les papillon, Le temps des lilas
Respighi - Deità Silvane – Five Songs
Chopin - Coquette, L'oiselet, Berceuse, La danse
Three Romanian Folk Songs - Cine m-aude cintind, Cinta puiul cucului, Dragumi mii mindro de tine
Puccini - Ore dolci e divine from La rondine
Puccini - Senza mamma from Suor Angelica (Il trittico)
Bellini - Col sorriso d'innocenza (Il pirata)
Rossini - Bel raggio lusinghier (Semiramide)
Verdi - Tu al cui sguardi (I due Foscari)