Audience’s favorite of this year’s edition of the contest Eurovision, Laura Bretan, is one of the special guests of the event Placido Domingo jr. & friends to be held on April 17 at the Palace Hall in Bucharest. Along with Domingo Jr., both international artists and beloved national artists will be on stage – soprano Irina Polivanovna, artist Aydar Gaynullin, tenor Alin Stoica, who participated at Eurovision with the band Trooper, and the Moldovan singer Valentin Boghean.
Laura Bretan was born in 2002 in Chicago, Illinois, in a Romanian family. When she was only 13, she amazed America at the show America’s Got Talent, where she was ranked the sixth. In 2016, she raised the audience and the jury at the auditions of Romanii au Talent (Romania’s Got Talent – e.n.), a contest where Laura won the big prize. The Romanian girl was one of the finalists of this year’s Eurovision edition, where she participated with the song “Dear Father”. Although she was ranked the second, Laura won the most important vote, the audience’s vote.
Soprano Irina Polivanovna, the winner of the Virginia Zeani Award, was born in Lviv, Ukraine. She followed the classes of the Moscow Conservatory starting with 2014, being Professor Yuriy Grigorev’s student. During her bachelor studies she interpreted three main roles at the Moscow Conservatory Theater: Ionta, in Tchaikovsky’s homonymous opera, Mimi in Puccini’s “La Boheme”, and Tatiana Larina in Tchaikovsky’s “Evgeni Onegin”.
Aydar Gaynullin is known all over the world for his skills in handling the bayan (a similar instrument to accordion, but it has buttons instead of a keyboard). Aydar is also vocalist, composer, member of the Cinematographic Art Academy, an emeritus artist of the Republic of Tatarstan, winner of the Russian film contest Nika, winner of the White Elephant Award for his music from the movie “Euphoria” directed by Ivan Vyrypaev and winner of not less that 18 awards in international bayan and accordion contests, including World Cup (London, 2001).
Winner of the prestigious award Luciano Pavarotti, tenor Alin Stoica is a collaborator of the National Opera of Bucharest. Alin was born in 1987 in Bucharest and graduated from the Conservatory in 2011. He participated in numerous contests and won, among others, the big prize at the Paul Constantinescu Contest and the special prize of the Romanian Broadcasting Company at Competition Grand Prix de l’Opéra.
Valentin Boghean is one of the most talented musicians in the Republic of Moldova, acclaimed by the audience that fills the auditoriums to the brim. In addition to his unmistakable voice, Vali is known as a master of aerophone instruments, including trumpet, saxophone, flute, telenka, kaval, duduk, bagpipe and clarinet, but he doesn’t miss the chance to conquer his audience with classical guitar and bass performances.
The event Plácido Domingo Jr. & friends will take place in Bucharest on April 17. The show will be held at the Palace Hall and the artist will be accompanied by the Bucharest Metropolitan Orchestra, under the baton of Conductor Daniel Jinga, in a mix of classical music and rhythms reminding of the swing age, combined with a solid jazz basis and a fluent orchestral arrangement, taking the classical crossover into a totally new direction.
Tickets can be purchased on the eventim.ro website and in the partner stores: Carrefour, Germanos, Orange, Vodafone, OMV, Muzica Store, Humanitas and Carturesti Bookstores, as well as from Cinema Pro.
photo credit: Florin Ghioca