The Australian Haydn Ensemble presents soprano Celeste Lazarenko in a concert of soprano solos directed by harpsichord virtuoso Dr Erin Helyard.
Unfortunately, due to illness, soprano Taryn Fiebig can no longer perform for the AHE’s “Haydn & Hasse” tour in Canberra, Bowral and Sydney between the 24th – 27th of September. Celesete and the ensemble will present a revised program of virtuosic Haydn arias.
Australian soprano Celeste Lazarenko is a graduate of the Guildhall Opera Course, London, under vocal tuition of Rudolf Piernay and from the Sydney Conservatorium Opera School. She has a Master’s Degree in Performance from both colleges, and a Bachelor of Visual Arts majoring in Painting from University of Sydney. Celeste has been the recipient of many prizes and awards including the Australian Music Foundation Award, The Marten Bequest and was a finalist in the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Competition 2005 at the Wigmore Hall, London.
Whilst at the Guildhall, Celeste appeared in numerous roles such as the Governess from Britten’s Turn of the Screw, Barbarina in the English premiere of The Little Green Swallow by Jonathan Dove, Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Rosina (La Finta Semplice) and Nanetta (Falstaff).
While in London, Celeste worked with Glyndebourne Chorus and Opera North, the English National Opera, English Touring Opera and for East Sussex Opera Company.
Her engagements on the continent included roles with Angers Nantes Opera and Opera de Rennes, Dijon Opera and Opera de Bauge.
Since returning to Australia Celeste has performed Messiah with Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Brahms’ German Requiem and ChorusOz for Sydney Philharmonia Choir, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte for Pacific Opera, Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn’s St Paul cantata, Verdi’s Requiem and An Australian War Requiem ( Bowen) with Sydney University Graduate Choir, recitals with ArtSong NSW, as well as excerpts from Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater for the Australian Ballet.
On the opera stage, she has sung Donna Anna in Don Giovanni for Opera Australia’s Ozopera tour, Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly (Opera Australia’s Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour), and Télaïre in Castor et Pollux (Rameau) and Medea in Giasone (Cavalli), for Pinchgut Opera.
This year she returns to both Opera Australia in the roles of Pamina and Second Lady in The Magic Flute for Opera Australia’s touring production and to Pinchgut Opera as Leonore in L’amant jaloux (André Grétry).
MICHAEL HAYDN String Quartet no. 6
MOZART Schon lacht der holde Frühling
HAYDN Symphony no. 102, anon. chamber version (18th century)
HAYDN Scena di Berenice
The performers: The Australian Haydn Ensemble/ Guest Director & harpsichord: Dr Erin Helyard/Guest soloist: Celeste Lazrenko(soprano)/Artistic Director: Skye McIntosh
Tickets: Adults – $69 Concession – $59 Full time student/under 30 – $40
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