FREE Lunchtime Concert St Martin’s Embassy and Cultural Series: Viktor Korotich (Baritone) and Alice Turner (Piano)
St Martin’s Embassy and Cultural Institute Series
Supported by the Russian Embassy
Prokofiev – Andrey Bolkonsky’s Aria from War and Peace
Tchaikovsky – Onegin’s arioso from Eugene Onegin
Tchaikovsky – ‘Ballad of Tomsky’ from Queen of Spades
Tchaikovsky – ‘Song of Tomsky’ from Queen of Spades
Russian romance songs
Cesar Cui – Tsarskoselskaya statue
Dargomyzhsky – The Night Zephyr
Glinka – Tailwind song
Gretchaninov – I’m going Steppe dull
Glier – Oh, if only my sadness
Rechkunov – Spanish Serenade
Tchaikovsky – Mad nights
Tchaikovsky – Serenade of Don Juan
Rachmaninoff – Oh, no, I beg, do not go
Sviridov – As apple blush
Russian folk song – Oh, Nastasia
Viktor Korotich Baritone
Alice Turner Piano
Viktor Korotich is one of the most exciting young baritones of today; he has worked extensively with such eminent music personalities as Valery Gergiev, James Gaffigan, Yury Bashmet, Yannis Kokkos, Yustus Frantz, Isabella Bywater, Alain Maratrat, Giorgio Corsetti, Michael Sturminger, Alice Farnxam and Tugan Sokhiev.
The singer’s impressive voice characteristics combined with the mastery of vocal art give Viktor an opportunity to perform easily and gracefully roles from the repertoire of a bass-baritone to a lyric baritone. Coupled with a masterful interpretation and a convincing and daring play, this allowed him to sing more than 20 leading baritone roles at his home stage at the Mariinsky theatre in St. Petersburg, among which are Rodrigo (Don Carlo), Ford (Falstaff), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Gianni Schicchi (Gianni Schicchi), Escamillo (Carmen), Conte di Luna (Il Trovatore), Tarquinius (The Rape of Lucretia).
This season Viktor’s performances and premières at Mariinsky include: Chorèbe (Les Troyens), Valentin (Faust), Count Tomsky (The Queen of Spades), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Belcore (L’elisir d’amore)
One of Viktor’s best hits is Figaro in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia – the baritone has taken part in 6 different productions; the recent two on the Mariinsky stage in 2015 and following his winning of the 2015 International opera contest of Clermont-Ferrand.
He is a regular participant of international festivals: the Moscow Easter Festival (2008-2012), the Music Festival Stars of the White Nights (2009-2016) just to name a few. Viktor toured to the Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Germany, France and Switzerland. He sang Lord Enrico Ashton in Lucia di Lammermoor at the 2012 Riga Opera Festival and took part in live broadcast of Dvorak’s Rusalka at Royal Сoncertgebouw in 2014.
Viktor holds prizes and diplomas of various international vocal competitions; he also took part in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia contest. He was born in Nizhnevartovsk and upon graduating from the Prokofiev Academy of Music in Donetsk, was a soloist at the Donetsk opera and ballet theatre before joining the Mariinsky theatre in 2007.
Alice Turner is a song accompanist, vocal coach and repetiteur, specialising in art song and German, Italian and French language training. She lives in London, where she has worked on the music staff of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama since 2007.
As a repetiteur she has worked for English National Opera – Midsummer Night’s Dream (Britten), La Boheme (Puccini), Lucrezia Borgia (Donizetti), Simon Boccanegra (Verdi), The Mikado (Gilbert and Sullivan), premiere of Two Boys (Nico Muhly) – and Longborough Festival Opera – Katya Kabanova (Janacek) and La Boheme (2013 season). As a music director, she directed the UK premiere of Jake Heggie’s For a Look or a Touch (London, 2011).
A student of Rudolf Jansen in Amsterdam, she has won numerous awards for piano accompaniment, and is a Samling Scholar and resident staff accompanist at Oxenfoord International Summer School.
She performs regularly across the UK, including recent concerts at: Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Sage in Gateshead, St James, Piccadilly, St Martin in the Fields and Christ Church, Spitalfields, in London and recitals with principal singers of Welsh National Opera at the Welsh Millennium Centre, Cardiff, and in Doha, Qatar.