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“Loose, Wet, Perforated” by Nicholas Vines Available on Navona Records

December 9, 2017


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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


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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.

More information available and stream for free at Nova Records and Spotify. Purchase on iTunes or Amazon

Nominated as Best Lead Actress in a Musical or Opera

January 24, 2015


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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.

Center for Contemporary Opera Debut

July 26, 2013

De la Guardia makes her NYC debut in the world premiere of “Oration” by Line Tjørnhøj, during New Opera Week with the Center for Contemporary Opera.

Line Tjørnhøj describes her chamber opera “Oration” as “a speech for humanity. Oration gives a unique description of the human experience and the love and hate, hope and despair, suffering and joy we see in our lifetimes.”

Cast: Aliana de la Guardia, Marshall Coid, Leanne Gonzalez Singer, Barbara Le May, Gabriel Munro, and Kate Oberjat.

Stage Director: Jeremy Bloom
Music Director: Lidiya Yankovskaya
Scenic Director: Brian Rady
Stage Manager: Mackenzie Meeks
Lighting Designer: Christopher Weston

Following the premiere, you are invited to a wine reception at which time you will be able to meet the participants and discuss this fine opera.

“Oration” is made possible with the generous support from Danish Composers’ Society / KODA’s Fund for Social and Cultural Purposes and the Consulate General of Denmark, New York. Thank you!

Kafka Fragments by György Kurtág

January 19, 2013

Aliana de la Guardia and Gabriela Diaz perform this extraordinary work of contemporary chamber music.

Sat. Feb. 23, 2013 at 2:00pm – FREE CONCERT
The Haverhill Public Library Johnson Auditorium
99 Main Street, Haverhill, MA
Visit www.DirtyPaloma.com for information on how to reserve seating.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Haverhill Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, through the generosity of Timothy and Jane Gillette and the Haverhill Public Library.

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