A sera is one of Emilio Arrieta’s compositions using texts by the poet Adela Curti. Probably composed around 1844, Arrieta was living in Milan at the time, where he was studying composition with Nicola Vaccai. The Milan Conservatory clearly favoured lyrical composition, with benchmark composers such as Rossini, Donizetti and particularly in Arrieta’s case, Bellini. The composition of this song reflects this Bel Canto influence, in the piano accompaniment, the embellishment of the typical melody in this style and the difficulty of the vocal line.
November 27 and 28 2021.
Sonia de Munck
Born in Madrid, she studied at the Superior Singing School of Madrid under Mª Dolores Travesedo and Miguel Zanetti and won the Lola Rodríguez Aragón award for excellence in academic performance. She completed her training with Jorge Rubio and Daniel Muñoz and took part in master-classes taught by great names such as Victoria de los Ángeles, Dolora Zajick, Ana María Sánchez, Istvan Czerjan, Wolfram Rieger, Enza Ferrari, Janine Reiss and Joceline Dienst. She won the City of Logroño singing competition and the 4th Pedro Lavirgen International Singing Competition.
Sonia de Munck has sung on major Spanish stages such as the Teatro Real in Madrid, Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid, Teatros del Canal in Madrid, the National Auditorium in Madrid, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Teatre Lliure in Barcelona, the Campoamor Theatre in Oviedo, the Baluarte Auditorium in Pamplona, the Gayarre Theatre in Pamplona, among many others. Apart from her wide-ranging repertoire in opera and zarzuela (light opera), including the role of Marina by Emilio Arrieta, she has diligently nurtured concert singing, accompanied by Miguel Zanetti, Fernando Turina or Aurelio Viribay, among others.
She has been conducted by the likes of José Ramón Encinar, Jesús López-Cobos, Miguel Roa, Miquel Ortega, Karel Mark Chichon, Cristóbal Soler, Pablo Heras-Casado, Antonino Fogliani, Jorge Rubio, José Miguel Pérez Sierra, Lorenzo Ramos or Santigo Serrate and directed on stage by Lluis Pasqual, Gustavo Tambascio, Emilio Sagi, Luis Olmos, Ignacio García, Curro Carreres, Ian Judge, Patrick Mailler and Tomás Muñoz, among others.
She recorded La Clementina by Boccherini, conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado.
Born in Tomelloso, he studied piano in Seattle with Maki Botkin and in Madrid with Guillermo González. He furthered his studies in Vienna, where he specialised in piano accompaniment, fortepiano and clave, and in Paris with teachers such as Noël Lee, Jeff Cohen and the composer Henri Dutilleux. He works with the Teatro Real in Madrid and teaches at Nottingham University. He has been the accompanist at master-classes given by Teresa Berganza, Raúl Giménez, Ubaldo Gardini and Paul Hamburguer..
He has accompanied recitals given by a host of artists such as Piotr Beczala, Carlos Álvarez, Joan Pons, Manuel Lanza, Aquiles Machado, Juan Antonio Sanabria, Isabel Rey, Elena Mosuc, Carmen Solis, Nancy Fabiola Herrera, Ana Ibarra, Ruth Iniesta or Diana Damrau. He has played at the National Theatre in Qatar, Teatro Real in Madrid, Teatros del Canal, Arriaga Theatre in Bilbao, Teatro de la Zarzuela, National Music Auditorium in Spain, Royal Opera Muscat (Oman), Teatro de Bellas Artes in Mexico, H. Universität in Vienna and in festivals such as MESS (Sarajevo), Fex (Granada), San Sebastián Musical Fortnight, Verano Trecastagni (Sicily), Almagro Classical Theatre Festival, Mérida International Classical Theatre Festival or the Cuenca Religious Music Week. As a pianist-actor, he has worked with many stage directors such as Ignacio García, Joan Anton Rechi, Enrique Viana, Juan Carlos Corazza and Helena Pimenta.
He has recorded for Radio France, Radio Clásica and Deutsche Grammophon. He is featured on the Prado Museum website playing several works on original instruments.