Susanne Elmark & Christian Westergaard

Cyprus : Susanne Elmark & Christian Westergaard

The 17th International Pharos Chamber Music Festival opens on Friday 2 June 2017, at The Shoe Factory in Nicosia, with a voice and piano recital by the renowned Danish coloratura soprano Susanne Elmark. In great demand around the world for the last twenty years, Elmark has been engaged in houses like Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Teatro Real Madrid, Opera Oslo, Oper Frankfurt, Oper Cologne, Opernhaus Zürich, and Royal Opera Copenhagen. For her recital in Cyprus, Susanne Elmark will join forces with the international repetiteur Christian Westergaard, winner of the 2015 International Lied Duo Competition, in a programme of songs by Debussy, Berg, R. Strauss, Prokofiev and Grieg.


Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Quatre chansons de Jeunesse (1881-4)

Alban Berg (1885-1935)
Sieben frühe Lieder (1905-8)

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
Homesickness, Op.57, No.6 (1890)
Remembrances, Op.71, No.7 (1901)

R. Strauss (1864-1949)
Selected Songs

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
The ugly Duckling (1914)

The Danish native, in Copenhagen educated coloratura soprano Susanne Elmark has been in great demand in the opera and concert houses around the world for the last twenty years. With the roles of Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Queen of the Night (Zauberflöte), Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Lulu (Lulu), Fiakermilli (Arabella) and Marie (Die Soldaten) Susanne Elmark has been engaged in houses like Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Teatro Real Madrid, Opera Oslo, Oper Frankfurt, Oper Cologne, Opernhaus Zürich, and Royal Opera Copenhagen under the baton of such conductors as Gary Bertini, Sir Colin Davis, Marcello Viotti, Peter Schneider. Also an advocate of contemporary music, Susanne Elmark has given numerous first performances and several pieces are dedicated to her. She has appeared in major festivals all over Europe and she has collaborated with ensembles such as Ensemble Modern in alte Oper Frankfurt and Ensemble Intercontemporain of Pierre Boulez at The Lucerne Festival. Recent highlights include the leading part of Claudia (a role written for her) in the world premiere of Toshio Hosokawa’s opera Stilles Meer at Staatsoper Hamburg under the baton of Kent Nagano, concerts at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, the Suntory Hall in Tokyo and the Luxembourg Philharmonie with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Kazushi Ono, her debut in South America at Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires as Marie in a new production of Zimmermann’s opera Die Soldaten.

Christian Westergaard is a Copenhagen based collaborative pianist who works with leading Danish and Scandinavian singers, including Mari Eriksmoen, Inger Dam Jensen, Bo Skovhus and many more. He has performed in venues such as Wigmore Hall, Musikhalle, Hamborg and is a recording artist for Dacapo Records. His upcoming projects include recording series The Danish Art Song Edition for Dacapo Records, recitals with Inger Dam Jensen and Bo Skovhus and the publication of the collected songs of Herman D. Koppel on Edition S. In 2015, Westergaard was the winner of the International Lied Duo Competition together with Dutch mezzo soprano Francine Vis. He also has a keen interest in the Danish piano repertoire and has released the critically acclaimed CD Tangos, Waltzes and Cinema Music with piano music by Jacob Gade (Dacapo Records). He currently holds teaching positions at The Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen, The Royal Danish Opera Academy, Copenhagen and The Danish National Academy of Music, Odense.

Tickets: €10
Box Office: Directly from the Foundation’s website or Tel. 9666-9003 (Monday - Friday 10:00am-3:00pm)


Friday, June 2nd, 2017
Time: Starts at 20:30


304 Ermou Street
Nicosia, Nicosia Cyprus




Pharos Arts Foundation
Phone: 22663871

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