Matthew Kraemer, conductor
Camille Zamora, soprano
Hector Del Curto, bandoneon
Friday April 27 at 7:30 pm
Tickets: $25, $30, $46, $57
Student tickets: $10
Call 231.726.3231 for season ticket info.
Be transported by the seductive sounds of the dance of romance… the tango! Star soprano Camille Zamora joins the WMS, together with four stellar Argentinian dancers and internationally acclaimed bandoneon artist Hector Del Curto, for a night of fiery tango classics including La Cumparsita, Oblivión, El Choclo, Volver, Por Una Cabeza by Ástor Piazzolla, Carlos Gardel and others. Fall in love with the seductive heart of tango. ¡Caliente!
In repertoire ranging from Mozart to tango, and in collaboration with artists ranging from Plácido Domingo to Sting, Camille has garnered a passionate following for her “magnificent voice and impeccable technique” (Diario Dan Luis).
The 2014/15 season was a busy one for Camille, featuring her performance debut at the US Capitol with Yo-Yo Ma; her Kennedy Center debut; and five new opera productions, including Hindemith’s The Long Christmas Dinner at Lincoln Center with American Symphony Orchestra, for which she was heralded for her “dignity and glowing sound” (New York Times), and a tour de force double-bill of La Voix Humaine and I Pagliacci with Opera Columbus and Columbus Symphony.
Recent highlights include Twin Spirits: Clara & Robert Schumann with Sting and Joshua Bell at Lincoln Center and LA’s Music Center; Ilia in Idomeneo at Boston Lyric Opera; Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni at Anchorage Opera; Despina in Così fan tutte at Glimmerglass Opera and Virginia Opera; Elle in La Voix Humaine at Auckland Opera, the Phoenicia International Festival, and Bay Chamber Festival; The Countess in Die Verschworenen and Europa in Die Liebe der Danae at Bard Summerscape; and Amore/Valetto in L’incoronazione di Poppea at Houston Grand Opera. Signature roles include Blanche (Dialogues des Carmélites), The Governess (The Turn of the Screw), The Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro), as well as the title roles in Susannah, Alcina, and, most recently, Anna Bolena, of which the Houston Chronicle wrote, “Camille Zamora digs deep into Anna Bolena with the richness of her colorful and unwaveringly powerful soprano instrument… a consummate actress whose ability to get inside her character is phenomenal.”
In concert, Camille has appeared with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, London Symphony Orchestra, Guadalajara Symphony, Aberdeen Festival Orchestra, Boston Festival Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, and in live recital broadcasts on NPR, BBC Radio, Deutsche Radio, and Sirius XM. Highlights on the concert stage include Brahms’ Liebeslieder with Leon Fleisher at Aspen Music Festival, Beethoven’s Mass in C at Alice Tully Hall, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 “The Resurrection” with Chattanooga Symphony, and Schubert Lieder for the opening night of American Ballet Theater in a performance The New York Post called “one of the best received moments of the evening… quiet, monumentally serene Schubert art songs, beautifully rendered by soprano Camille Zamora.” Camille has sung Bach’s Magnificat at Carnegie Hall, and, also at Carnegie Hall, the premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’ Song of Elos, a performance she repeated at the American Academy in Rome. She made her Lincoln Center Festival debut in Bright Sheng’s Poems from the Sung Dynasty for Soprano and Orchestra in a performance praised by The New York Times as “dramatic and nuanced,” and premiered Grammy-winner Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein’s Away but Not Far Away as part of The AIDS Quilt Songbook @ 20 at Cooper Union’s Great Hall. A champion of contemporary music, Camille performed Aaron Jay Kernis’ Simple Songs for Soprano and Orchestra at the Bowdoin Festival under the baton of the composer, and works of Ricky Ian Gordon with the composer at the piano at Lincoln Center, as well as premieres of works by Franghiz Ali- Zadeh, Bernd Franke, Roberto Sierra, Henry Brant, and Richard Wargo with companies including Spoleto Festival USA, New York Festival of Song, Continuum, and American Opera Projects. Camille’s recordings of twentieth and twenty-first century works include Hindemith’s The Long Christmas Dinner (Bridge Records), The Music of Chris Theofanidis (Albany Records), Strauss’ Die Liebe der Danae (ASO), and the world premiere recording of Scott Gendel’s At Last with Yo-Yo Ma on An AIDS Quilt Songbook: Sing for Hope (Naxos/GPR).
Hailed as a leading interpreter of classical Spanish song by NBC Latino and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Camille has performed and recorded principal roles in zarzuelas including La Verbena de la Paloma, La Revoltosa, Luisa Fernanda, and La Tabernera del Puerto, and sang Rosita to Plácido Domingo’s Don Vidal in Luisa Fernanda at LA Opera. Her performances of classical Spanish repertoire have been heard on five continents, in series ranging from Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections and Sarasota Artists Series in the US, to Turkey’s Izmir Sanat and Zimbabwe’s Harare International Festival abroad.
A graduate of The Juilliard School, Camille is the Co-Founder of Sing for Hope, a leading “arts peace corps” non-profit that mobilizes artists in volunteer service and presents projects – such as NYC’s summertime street pianos – that make the arts accessible to all. A regular arts and culture contributor to The Huffington Post, she has presented and performed at The Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, The Skoll World Forum, Opera America, Aspen Ideas Festival, and The United Nations. Camille has been honored with a World Harmony Torch-Bearer Award, a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Recognition, a 100 Hispanic Women Community Pride Award, and named one of the Top 50 Americans in Philanthropy by Town & Country, NY1’s New Yorker of the Week, and one of CNN’s Most Intriguing People.
Hector Del Curto
Praised by The New York Times as a "splendid player," Argentinean bandoneonist Héctor Del Curto's career, spanning for more than twenty–five years, has encompassed the traditional Tango, New Tango, Jazz, Classical and World music. As one of the most sought–after bandoneonist, he has performed with luminaries across many musical genres including the Tango legends, Astor Piazzolla and Osvaldo Pugliese, latin jazz giant Paquito D'Rivera, jazz violinst Regina Carter, saxophonist Joe Lovano, violinist Cho–Liang Lin and appeared with prestigious orchestras such as Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, St Louis Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Mobile Symphony and Buenos Aires Symphony Orchestra.
Born into a family of bandoneon players, Mr. Del Curto was introduced to the world of Tango and bandoneon by his grandfather, Héctor Cristobal. By the age of 17, he had won the title "Best Bandoneon Player Under 25" in Argentina, and was invited to join the orchestra of the legendary Osvaldo Pugliese, the "Last Giant of Tango." In 1999, Mr. Del Curto received the Golden Note Award from the Italian–American Network in recognition of his artistic achievements. As a music director, he directed the spectacular show Forever Tango on Broadway and founded the Eternal Tango Orchestra, a ten piece ensemble. Since the Lincoln Center début in 2003, the Eternal Tango Orchestra (now the Hector Del Curto Tango Orchestra) returned to Lincoln Center for three more engagements and performed at other various venues including the Skirball Center for Performing Arts.
His celebrated quintet has appeared in venues and festivals such as Lincoln Center, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Eastman School of Music, Bay Chambers Concerts, National Folk Festival, Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, Fiesta Iberoamericano de las Artes in Puerto Rico, Festival Internacional da Safona and Copa Fest in Brazil among many others.
A musician who is dedicated to the education, outreach and preservation of tango music, Mr. Del Curto founded the Stowe Tango Music Festival, the premier tango music festival in the United States, noted both for its unique series of performances and its high level of musical training. As the festival's Artistic Director, he directs the Stowe Tango Music Festival Orchestra, a 20 plus piece tango orchestra comprised of an extraordinary group of selected students from all over the globe and world-class artists including guest tango legends from Argentina.
Mr. Del Curto recently produced and released his second album Eternal Piazzolla featuring his quintet with a sold out CD release concert at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. He was featured along with his first CD Eternal Tango on BBC News which was televised nationally and internationally and on Public Radio International's The World.
He appears in numerous recordings with artists such as Osvaldo Pugliese and Astor Piazzolla on Finally Together (Lucho), Pablo Ziegler on the albums Asphalto, Quintet for the New Tango (BMG), and Tango & All That Jazz, Paquito D'Rivera on Funk Tango, Jazz Clazz and Panamericana Suite Tito Puente and Eddie Palmieri on Masterpiece, Plácido Domingo's Encanto del Mar (Sony Classical), Erwin Schrott on Rojotango (Sony Classical), Denyce Graves' The Lost Days (BMG), Absolute Ensemble on Bach Reinvented (Sony Classical), Fernando Otero on Plan, Vital and Pagina de Buenos Aires, Ricardo Arjona's Quién Dijo Ayer and Santo Pecado (Sony International), and Shakira's Laundry Service.