June 14th, 2019 - 19:00
Concert with INECC's Choir & Luxembourg Military Band | Fête de la Musique
Place Guillaume - Luxembourg, Luxembourg
June 6th, 2019 - 19:00
Performance "Drawing on Steve Reich" | Music for 18 musicians
Rotondes - Luxembourg, Luxembourg
June 5th, 2019 - 19:00
Rotondes - Luxembourg, Luxembourg
May 29th, 2019 - 20:00
DUO ROSA | "Return: a journey from Europe to Latin America!"
Cercle Cité - Luxembourg
May 21st, 2019 - 19:30
DUO ROSA | Showcase "American Soul : from Broadway to Paris"
Institut Français - London, UK
April 27th, 2019 - 16:30
DUO ROSA | "American Soul : from Broadway to Paris" | Festivals de Wallonie en tournée
Au Coeur de la Gaume - Ethe, Belgium
"...Ms. Ortega is an extremely gifted coloratura soprano with a warm, powerful, and flexible sound, vey true intonation with seemingly little effort, and an immediacy of expressiveness that engaged the listener every moment." New York Concert Review at Carnegie Hall (Duo Rosa, 2017).
Stephany Ortega, coloratura soprano, was born in the Dominican Republic and has also obtained Luxembourg citizenship by naturalization. Her repertoire ranges from Baroque to contemporary including opera, Lied, musical theatre and world music. Quite active as a solo and chamber music performer on the international scene, she has made appearances throughout China, Europe, the United States and the Caribbean, in venues like the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Philharmonie in Luxembourg, L'Arsenal in Metz, El Ateneo in Madrid and the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. As a soloist she sang with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gast Waltzing, the Symphonic Orchestra of Santo Domingo conducted by José Antonio Molina, the ensemble for contemporary music United Instruments of Lucilin, the Royal Symphonic Band of the Belgian Guides and with the Luxembourg Military Band in the presence of the Hereditary Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, among others.
Furthermore, she has been involved in several operistic productions, like in "Rinaldo" by Haendel, singing the role of Almirena; "Die Zauberflöte" by Mozart as Papagena or "Cavalleria Rusticana" by Mascagni, as one of the Three ladies, the latest production being "The Hogboon" by Davies, performed with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Karina Canellakis. She also shared the stage with the Oscar-winner actor Maximilian Schell at the Ruhrfestspiele in Recklinghausen and at the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg.
She has been granted several awards such as the Silver Prize at the Manhattan International Music Competition in New York; a nomination as an 'Artist who excels abroad' by the Dominican award Premios Soberano; the Prize Servais from the Belgian Ministry of Culture; the Prizes Vindelinck and Lerminiaux from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels; the Baskin Robbins Excellence Prize, as well as a Bronze Medal at the Jeunes Solistes competition. Recently, she has been also distinguished as a 'Cultural Ambassador of Luxembourg' by Maison Moderne.
Since 2014, she forms together with pianist Léna Kollmeier the DUO ROSA. In 2016, they launched their first album "Return", under the label Etcetera Records, at the Philharmonie Luxembourg. The duo just finished a promotional tour - Return World Tour - around 18 cities in Europe, the US and the Caribbean.
Stephany Ortega graduated with honours and holds a Master of Arts in voice from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. She has obtained various diplomas in singing, piano and jazz dance at the Luxembourg Conservatory as well as a Bachelor in Music from the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo where she graduated magna cum laude. During many years she was professor at the Conservatory of the North and at the European Institute of Choral Singing in Luxembourg. Currently, she's living in China while preparing the release of DUO ROSA's second album "American Soul: from Broadway to Paris!" featuring art songs, Broadway melodies and cabaret tunes by American composers, as well as a new world tour in 2019.
Languages: Spanish, English, French, Italian, German and Luxembourgish.
"Fantastic, excellent performance...
You really feel the same when you play together" Composer Wolfgang Rihm, "Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie", 2015
DUO ROSA emerged in 2014 thanks to a wonderful friendship and meeting of musical minds between soprano Stephany Ortega and pianist Léna Kollmeier when they were studying at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. Thanks to their comprehensive training in classical and modern music, they are able to approach traditional repertoire with ease, while tackling the challenges of contemporary music and exploring several world music styles.
In 2014, the duo performed in numerous occasions in Belgium, Luxembourg and Spain. One year later, they had the opportunity to work together with renowned composer Wolfgang Rihm and performed several of his works at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels with great success.
In 2016, Duo Rosa released their first album "Return" (Et'cetera Records), an imaginary journey from Europe to Latin America: the disc was hailed by the international press. They followed up on their release with a promotional tour - Return World Tour - across 18 cities in Europe, the US and the Caribbean, including appearances at Carnegie Hall in New York, La Monnaie in Brussels, El Ateneo in Madrid, the Philharmonie Luxembourg, the Fondation Biermans-Lapôtre in Paris and the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Santo Domingo. During the tour, Duo Rosa received recognition from the Dominican Consulate in Valencia for their “exemplary work at the service of art and culture around the world”.
Currently, the duo is preparing the release of their second album "American Soul : from Broadway to Paris!" (Hänssler Classic) featuring art songs, Broadway melodies and cabaret tunes by American composers, as well as a new world tour in 2019.
Art songs from Europe & Latin America | Stephany Ortega - soprano & Léna Kollmeier - piano
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