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Soprano Amaia Arberas performs this Saturday at New York’s Eusko Etxea Basque Center

06/09/2011

Amaia Arberas last year singing at Ellis Island at the inauguration of the Basque exhibit (photo: EuskalKultura.com)
Amaia Arberas last year singing at Ellis Island at the inauguration of the Basque exhibit (photo: EuskalKultura.com)

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New York’s Basque club will enjoy a musical evening, thanks to Amaia Arberas, soprano from Gipuzkoa. The singer has a close relationship with the local Basque community since she visits there frequently, as well as resides in the Big Apple intermittently in order to take singing lessons from masters in the city. This time though, Arberas, will perform a special concert especially for the Basque club performing traditional Basque songs like “Ameriketara Joan Nintzan,” “Hara nun diran,” and “Ume eder bat,” to name a few.

New York, NY.  New York’s Basque club has announced a recital by Donostia’s soprano this Saturday, June 11, and invites all of its members and interested friends to attend.  Arberas will perform accompanied by pianist David Shenton and cellist Ana Bermudez.  The group will perform a concert in two parts; the first will feature traditional Basque songs, (“Donostiako Hiru Damatxo,” “Oinazez” and “Ilunabarra”), while the second will include an international repertoire. 

Amaya Arberas keeps in close touch with New York City, where she travels often to take singing lessons.  Arberas was trained at Donostia’s Music Conservatory by Jose Ramon Arteta and has taken classes from Joan Dornemann, Diana Soviero and Beth Roberts in New York City.  Her repertoire includes opera, operetta, oratorio and concert arias.  She has performed works such as Handel’s “Messiah,” Mozart’s “Requiem,” Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater,” and Rossini’s “Petitte Messe Solennelle.”  In opera she has sung the role of Barbarina in “The Wedding of Figaro,” as well as Adina in “L’Eelisir d’amore,” among others.

Last year she debuted at Carnegie Hall in New York with a special performance during the inauguration at Ellis Island of the Basque exhibit “Basques: Hidden in Plain Sight.”  That same summer she participated in Jaialdi in Boise where she also performed various Basque tunes.  More information about Amaya is available on her website: www.amaiaarberas.com.

Saturday’s concert at the Eusko Etxea will begin at 7:30pm, which will be followed by a dinner at the Basque Center.  Admission to the concert is $20.00 and the dinner costs $25.00 per person.  Anyone wishing to attend one, or both events, should RSVP by emailing baraxilb@yahoo.es.

Video of Amaia Arberas’s performance last summer at Ellis Island singing “Ameriketara joan nintzan:”

 

 



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