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Free Lunchtime Concert: Pauls Putnins (Bass-Baritone) & Antonina Suhanova (Piano)

Tuesday 19 November 2019

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Part of the Embassy and Cultural Institute Series,
Representing the Embassy of Latvia


Programme includes a variety of pieces by Latvian composers, including:

Emīls Dārziņš – Kaut reizi vien (‘Once Upon a Time’)
Jāzeps Vītols – Pie tava augstā, baltā loga (‘Below Your High White Window’)
Alfrēds Kalniņš – Rudens zieds (‘Autumn Flower’)
Jānis Mediņš – Glāsts (‘Embrace’)
Pauls Putnins Bass-Baritone
Antonina Suhanova Piano


Pauls Putnins’ appearances in opera include La Bohème (ENO, Opéra de Nancy); Lucia di Lammermoor (Opera Colorado, Denver and Russian National Orchestra, Moscow); Carmen (New Zealand Opera, Blackheath Opera); Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro (Latvian National Opera, Teatru Manoel, Valletta, Malta); Boulevard Solitude (Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa and Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona); The Rape of Lucretia (St Petersburg and Riga); Tannhäuser (Barcelona); and I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Moscow Philharmonic). Opera appearances in UK include Idomeneo and Die Zauberflöte (Glyndebourne Festival Opera); Idomeneo and Tosca (ENO); Fidelio (Garsington); Madama Butterfly and Aida (Royal Albert Hall); Flavio (Early Opera Company); Ariadne and La Traviata (Birmingham Opera Company).

Pauls also has an international concert career and has sung with orchestras including the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel, Moscow and Bucharest Philharmonics and Russian National Orchestra ranging in a wide repertoire including all Bach Passions, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. His audio recording include Ferrondo in Mercadante’s Maria Stuarda Regina di Scozia, Ricardo in Meyerbeer’s Margherita D’Anjou (Opera Rara); Everyman in Walford Davies’ Everyman (Duton); as well as DVDs of Jonathan Miller’s production of La Bohème at ENO (Warner Classics) and Lehnhoff’s production of Henze’s Boulevard Solitude at the Liceu, Barcelona (Euroarts).

Latvian pianist Antonina Suhanova has been performing on international stages since 2000. At the age of 5 she began piano studies at Pavuls Jurjans Riga Music School with Ludmila Kiselenko, making her concerto debut at the age of 8, continuing her professional development at Jazeps Medins Riga Secondary Music School with Gunta Boža and at Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music with Professor Juris Kalnciems. She has appeared with orchestras across Europe and Russia, collaborating with Andris Nelsons and Vladimir Spivakov. Performances of Antonina Suhanova have been broadcasted by Latvian Radio 3 “Klasika”, Russian TV Channel One, Switzerland radio Espace 2 and BBC 3. Antonina received awards from the Hattori Foundation, Help Musicians UK, and the Drake Calleja Trust, and has been awarded the Kenneth Loveland Gift and the William Brown Prize in the Scottish International Piano Competition. She debuted at the Barbican Hall in 2016 as a finalist of the Guildhall Gold Medal Prize, and at the Wigmore Hall in 2018, being broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. Antonina holds Bachelor of Music, Master of Performance with Distinction and Artist Diploma degrees from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she studied with Ronan O’Hora.

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