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Pamela Kucenic - The Artist
Regarded as one of the most exciting dramatic sopranos of the day,
as recently as 2005, Pamela Kucenic was engaged by the Tokyo Opera
Nomori for a concert and selections from Elektra
conducted by Seiji Ozawa in Tokyo, Japan. Considered Maestro Ozawa's 'new
' she was asked back to cover Christine Brewer for the Gurrelieder
by Schoenberg for the Saito Kinen Festival in
Matsumoto, Japan. She most recently returned with rave notices for her performances as Turandot
with the Fresno Grand
Opera. Ms. Kucenic was under contract by the Metropolitan Opera in the 02-03 season for the roles of Elektra
Strauss' opera which was conducted by James Levine and that of Kundry in Wagner's Parsifal
which featured Placido Domingo
in the tiltle role and conducted by Valery Gergiev. She has captivated audiences throughout the United States, Europe,
Asia and South America. She appeared in a new production of Richard Strauss' Elektra
for 8 performances in 19 days with
standing ovations for the Virginia Opera to rave notices for both her dramatic and singing ability. The soprano returned
to the Palm Beach Opera company in the 2002 season, for both roles of Venus and Elizabeth in Wagner's Tannhauser
having had great success there in Turandot. She was again lauded for her performances with standing ovations. The soprano
was asked to return to Palm Beach Opera for Madame Lidoine in The Dialogues of the Carmelites
conducted by Julius Rudel
for the 2003-2004 season,. her perfomance being hailed as 'spellbinding'
by the Palm Beach Post.
After a concert performance of Verdi's Nabucco,
the Carnegie Hall public gave her a standing ovation and Opera Monthly
Magazine wrote, "Pamela Kucenic challenged the gods ... singing fearlessly over an unusually wide tessitura that exploits
all of any soprano's vocal resources, she emerged triumphant.
" And following a performance of Aida, The Honolulu
Advertiser said, "Pamela Kucenic in the title role of the Ethiopian slave is magnificent.
Born and raised in Pennsylvania. Early in her career, Pamela Kucenic
placed first in a field of 500 singers at The
American Opera auditions and was chosen
to perform in Cincinnati, singing Spontini's rarely heard opera La Vestale. After
winning numerous awards and honors (including an appearance on European television as "a new star on the horizon" at the
International Recontre Competition in Belgium), she made her European debut at the Arena di Verona as Musetta in La
She returned to Malta for Amelia
in Ballo in Maschera and the Verdi Requiem
in the fall of 2002. after having had
previously great successes with the title role of Aida
and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth
, becoming a favorite with the Maltese
With leading roles in her repertoire
such as Turandot, Lady Macbeth, Tosca, Aida, Santuzza, Leonora, La Gioconda,
Abigaille, Donna Eivira, Senta, Salome and Elektra, Pamela Kucenic's performances are eagerly awaited.
In the United
States, besides recently being engaged by the Metropolitan Opera, she has been engaged by the New York City Opera, the
Opera Company of Boston, the Baltimore Opera, the Atlanta Opera, the New Jersey State Opera, the Buffalo Opera, Fresno
Opera and the companies of Palm Beach, Toledo, Arizona, Utah, Mississippi, Hawaii and Virginia.
As Abigaille in Nabucco,
Ms. Kucenic made her debut in both Oviedo, Spain for the Asociacon Asturiana de Amigos de la
Opera as well as at Belgium's Royal Opera de Wallonie. In Madrid, she has sung with the Orquesta Sinfonica conducted by
Sergiu Comissiona in a live broadcast of Richard Strauss' Four Last Songs
and Wagner's Immolation Scene from
. As an audience favorite, Pamela Kucenic has been heard at Taiwan's National Theater in Taipei singing
Leonora in Il Trovatore
, and the title roles of both Aida
. In concert, she has been a guest soloist with the
Taipei City Symphony Orchestra for Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and Mahler's Symphony No. 2. Pamela Kucenic has been honored
by President Lee Teng-hui for her many contributions to Taipei's cultural scene.
In the Wagnerian repertoire,
Ms. Kucenic has sung the role of Sieglinde in Die Walkure
at the Teatro Municipale in Rio de
Janeiro. In Caracas, Venezuela her appearances include a performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 8 for the inauguration of
President Peres. For her debut at Santiago, Chile's Teatro Municipal she sang the role of Elena in Boito's Mefistofele; in
Cairo, Egypt, at the National Theater, she sang Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera
.This soprano has also toured extensively
throughout the Middle East and Asia in performances with the Ambassadors of Opera and Artists International.
The orchestral repertoire
is also an important part of Ms. Kucenic's performing schedule including such works as the Verdi
Requiem, the Brahms Requiem, Symphony No. 9, Berlioz's La Mort de Cleopatre, Strauss' Four Last Songs, Wagner's Wesendonck
Songs and the Immolation Scene from G6tterdammerung. She has been a soloist with the Hartford Symphony, the Kansas City
Symphony, the San Diego Symphony, the Westmoreland Symphony, the Corpus Christi Symphony, the Savannah Symphony, the
Kalamazoo Symphony and Opera Orchestra of New York.