Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle for having a voice of “extraordinary passion and power” and her “grand but emotionally transparent” characterizations, Susanna Poretsky is continuing her brilliant career in the US and around the world.
Following a triumph at Plácido Domingo’s Operalia competition in 1998, she was invited to sing a gala concert in Japan and subsequently, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with Los Angeles Opera. Among the mezzo-soprano’s other recent engagements are Pauline in The Queen of Spades with both Los Angeles Opera and Washington National Opera, the title role in Carmen with the Fort Worth Opera; Fenena in Nabucco, Margret in Wozzeck and Anna in Maria Stuarda with San Diego Opera; and concert performances of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mlada with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony. In previous seasons, she has been heard on the Metropolitan Opera stage as Maddalena in Rigoletto, Dryade in Ariadne auf Naxos, as well as in productions of Otello, Die Ägyptische Helena, and Eugene Onegin. She has also been a frequent guest of the Opera Orchestra of New York since her American debut with the organization, having sung with Eve Queler in five different concert opera productions at Carnegie Hall.
In Europe, Ms. Poretsky was recently heard in performances of Francesca Zambello's production of Prokofiev’s War and Peace at the Opéra de Paris (released on DVD), as Adalgisa in Norma and Charlotte in Massenet’s Werther at the Royal Opera in Stockholm, Fenena in Nabucco at the Arena di Verona, and the title role in Bizet’s Carmen with Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels under the baton of Antonio Pappano, after already having sung the same role in Japan and in South Africa. She made her La Scala debut in Ariadne auf Naxos under Giuseppe Sinopoli’s baton and at the Mannheim National Theater as Marina Mnishek in Boris Godunov. Her additional operatic credits include Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro at Italy’s Liguria Summer Festival in Italy, Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Wagner’s Götterdämmerung with the Rome Opera, and Adalgisa in Norma with the New Israeli Opera. She has also sung further performances of Pauline in Pique Dame at the Saito Kinen Festival under the baton of Seiji Ozawa.
Also active on the concert stage, she has appeared with every major orchestra in Israel, performing most frequently with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Zubin Mehta. She was invited to sing Leonard Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony for the composer and conductor’s 75th Anniversary and sang the same piece for her New York Philharmonic debut under the baton of Kurt Masur as well as L'Orchestre de Paris. She also recently sang Mozart's Requiem at the Teatro San Carlo in Napoli and Reno Philharmonic, Mozart's Mass in c-minor, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova and Pacific Symphony, Verdi's Requiem with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Washington Chorus, and at the Liguria Festival, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis at the Golda Meir Performing Center in Tel-Aviv. She has also joined the Pacific Symphony for performances of Tchaikovsky’s Lullaby in a Storm and Ravel’s Chansons madécasses. Additionally, she premiered Leonid Desyatnikov’s Russian Seasons as part of Alexei Ratmansky’s Diamond Project as a guest soloist with the New York City Ballet and has sung the piece with the San Francisco Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, and Het Nationale Ballet in the Netherlands.
An Award Winning Classical Vocalist Veronica Bell (born Yulia Ronskaya) has gained international acclaim for her beautiful tone and distinct style of performing well know music in uniquely charismatic and personal way.
She began her professional career while still a student at the Moscow State Gnesin Conservatory. The talented young soprano made her debut with the Moscow State Opera as Tatiana in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, and, after the graduation. continued performing with the same company in leading roles of the classical repertoire
However, Veronica’s all-embracing interests in the most varied branches of great music have always ranged far afield from operatic repertoire, that is why, after moving to the US, she made a decision to become exclusively a concert soloist that allowed her to explore a lot of different kinds of music including art song, oratorio, Broadway, and even jazz while always keeping operatic arias in her repertoire.
Ms. Bell has performed Recital Series throughout the United States as well as in Europe and Asia. She collaborated with vocal and dance groups, recorded a soundtrack for the motion picture Little Odessa (available on Amazon.com) and traveled to Thailand by personal invitation of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit to perform a Recital Series at the Royal Palace in Bangkok on the occasion of the Queen’s 60th birthday.
Veronica returned to Moscow multiple times to packed concert halls for concerts with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra to perform Soprano Solo in Oratorio, and solo recitals.
In 2009 Ms. Bell relocated from San Francisco Bay Area to Los Angeles.
Following her passion for pushing the envelope and taking her art well outside its conventional scope, in 2013 she recorded a controversial cross-gender operatic album Les Frissons D'Amour for which she received a Hollywood Music in Media Award as Best Female Vocalist and also, among fellow musicians, an unofficial title Antichrist of Opera.
Veronica continues to perform solo recitals, coach private voice student, and is working on her Classical Crossover CD to be released in early 2017.
For more information, please visit Artist's website at www.veronicabellsoprano.com
Russian born pianist Alla Konviser, while still in Russia, after receiving her Masters in Piano Performance, held a position of a concertmaster and a piano coach with Minsk State Musical and Pedagogical Academy.
After moving to Los Angeles in late 1980s, she continued her full time music career. In the last over 20 years Alla has become an accompanist to many Los Angeles musicians such as international pop superstar Aida Vedisheva, soloist of Bulgarian Royal Opera Marina Popzlateva, Rumanian pop star Carina Cheriach, Russian opera singer Gregory Rusanovsky and many others. For the last 10 year, Ms. Konviser has also been working with legendary violinist-virtuoso Daniel Shindarov. She has appeared in many musical festivals, concerts, and TV programs. Alla's diverse interests in wide variety of music and exceptional technical skills allow her to seamlessly morph into many different musical styles, from classical to pop to jazz which makes her irreplaceable to any musician she works with.
In addition to her busy performing schedule, Ms. Konviser is holding a position of faculty member of music and ballet departments at Santa Monica College, Joeffrey Ballet Company, and Idyllwild International School of Arts.
She also teaches and coaches private piano students.