Fragments of the first opera by Vlad Maistorovici, one of the most appreciated composers and violinists of the young generation of Romanian musicians, who was born in Ploiesti, Prahova County, have been performed in London, UK, on January 21, 2018, at the prestigious museum “Victoria & Albert”. The audition was a world premiere and consisted of parts of the opera called “Impaled”, inspired by the famous play “A treia teapa” (“The Third Stake” – e.n.) by Marin Sorescu, in which the main character is the Muntenia’s Ruler, Vlad the Impaler.
According to a release of the Romanian Cultural Institute in London, the libretto is written by Richard Crane, while the editing belongs to the film director Faynia Williams, who also worked in Romania at the end of 80s and right after 1989. The casting includes the soprano Becca Marriott, the tenor Oliver Brignall and the baritone Matt Kellett, along with the members of “The 12 Ensemble”. The project, which is part of a series of related events dedicated to the exhibition called „Opera: Passion, Power & Politics”, one of the most famous and visited exhibitions in London in 2017, is supported, besides ICR London (e.n. – Romanian Cultural Institute in London), by a consortium formed by Brighton Theatre, Victoria & Albert Museum, Covent Garden Royal Opera, Fundatia Ratiu, Nigel Pittman, Baron Michael de Styrcea and Brighton Early Music Festival.
Vlad Maistorovici decided to write his first opera as a result of the collaboration he had in 2015 with Brighton Theatre, when he wrote the original music of the show “Vlad the Impaler”, the adaptation being also made by the artistic couple Faynia Williams – Richard Crane, according to the text written by Marin Sorescu, which the two artists met thirty years ago, and edited with the support of ICR London.
Being born in Romania, in Ploiesti, in 1985, Vlad Maistorovici is deemed one of the most talented artists of his generation, succeeding to combine the violinist career with the composer one. He is also present on the international stage as a solo artist and chamber musician, his repertoire ranging from classical to modern music; his compositions are performed by world-class artists and orchestras. When he was 16, he was recommended by pianist Lory Wallfisch and got a scholarship at the famous Yehudi Menuhin School, where he studied with Natalia Boyarskaya. Between 2002 and 2009, he studied violin with Felix Andrievsky and composition with Mark-Anthony Turnage and Jonathan Cole, at Royal College of Music, in London. In 2003, he was awarded with the Grand Prix of the George Enescu International Contest, which confirmed his talent shown since he was a child. His music has been approaches and recorded by renowned performers and ensembles, such as London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Britten-Pears Orchestra, etc. In 2011, Vlad Maistorovici got the Master Solist degree at Haute Ecole de Musique Lausanne. Although he followed the master courses in Switzerland, London has become the adoptive home for the young musician. But, as he stated in many interviews, everything he is doing in the artistic field is influenced by the Romanian spirit. Being a soloist, recital performer and a chamber musician, his repertoire ranges from Bach to Turnage, through George Enescu and Freddie Mercury.
Besides, Vlad Maistorovici is one of the founders of “The Mercury” Quartet, a dynamic ensemble whose work consists of various innovative projects. The quartet was founded in 2008, consisting of violinist Vlad Maistorovici, French cellist Corentin Chassard, English clarinetist Harry Cameron-Penny, and Swiss pianist Antoine Françoise. The four artists, who were faculty colleagues at that time, performed “Quartet for the End of Time” by Olivier Messiaen.