“Loose, Wet, Perforated” by Nicholas Vines Available on Navona Records
December 9, 2017
Composer Nicholas Vines’ surreal opera Loose, Wet, Perforated comes to life in this Navona Records release. Commissioned by the Boston-based experimental opera company Guerilla Opera and premiered in 2011, this audacious, rollicking conceptual mash-up by composer Nicholas Vines puts a very modern spin on some quite ancient ideas.
Ms. de la Guardia’s second Navona Records performance was praised by Gramophone, which writes: “Aliana de la Guardia’s Loose lets loose dizzying flights of virtuosity, highlighted by screaming riffs so painful that you want them to simultaneously stop and never go away.”
The Vocal Music of Alan Beeler Available on Navona Records
July 1, 2016
The music of Alan Beeler (1939-2016) is frequently a compact, tightly focused one, presenting sharp contrasts of color and mood in the context of clear, direct compositional structures. Although noticeably influenced by artistic movements in Europe and America during the first half of the 20th century, Beeler’s musical voice is an identifiable one – crisp, bold, and pointedly quirky.
On this album pianist Karolina Rojahn and soprano Aliana de la Guardia perform THE SUTTON SONGS with poetry by Dorothy Sutton. Angular melodies and tart harmonies are effectively juxtaposed against gentle, lilting duets in this 7-movement work. Also on the album are the composer’s settings of the beloved JABBERWOCKY featuring baritone Brian Church and INHUMAN HENRY by A.E. Houseman for tenor and orchestra, featuring tenor Eric Christopher Perry.
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Nominated as Best Lead Actress in a Musical or Opera
January 24, 2015
De la Guardia has been nominated for a 2014 ArtsImpulse Theatre Award under the category of Best Leading Actress in a Musical or Opera for her performance as Mother/Shopper in Guerilla Opera’s production of “Gallo: a fable in music in one act” by Ken Ueno and stage direction by Sarah Meyers. “Gallo” is also nominated under the category of Best Opera.
See the other nominees online at http://www.artsimpulse.com/#!2014-nominees/c6p3.