Al menos cantos - Laura Virella
Al menos cantos - Laura Virella
SONGS OF JACK DÉLANO
Laura Virella, mezzo-soprano
Alla Milchtein, piano
featuring Kate Dillingham
Highly modal and harmonically deceptive, his meandering vocal lines feel like an unexpected stroll through the twists and turns of a surrealist painting, a book of magical realism, set in a luscious, exuberant tropical forest that lies right at the edge where consciousness becomes soul.
That is my voyage with this album. It is a celebration of Puerto Ricanness and its essence of adoption. We come from everywhere, and we become who we are, by choice -- in the decision to witness each other and build with each other.
Release date: 6/17/2022
Executive Producer: Gillian Riesen
Producer/Mixer: Jonathan Estabrooks
Mastering Engineer: Luis Herrera
Artwork: Emitha LLC
Recorded: Big Orange Sheep, Brooklyn, NY
Mezzo-soprano sanjuanera Laura Virella was hailed by the LA Times as “a capable singer and actor, compelling on stage,” and has been described by critics as having a "bright, luminescent mezzo," "silky tone," and "rich, attractive, plush sound." In opera, she's performed internationally on stages including Carnegie Hall, Long Beach Opera, Festival de Santa Fiorentina, Theater Rudolstadt, Wolf Trap Opera, Teatro de la Ópera, and the New York Opera Fest. An avid storyteller and champion of obscure, contemporary and chamber repertoire, she's also appeared with ArtsAhimsa, the Queens New Music Festival, and the Steinway Society of Puerto Rico, with recital programming that often weaves in Puerto Rican repertoire. American soprano Joanna Bruno remarked after an operatic gala, “Laura has a gift that cannot be taught. Beyond the magnificent colors she gifts us with her voice, her mastery of language and skill of communication, painting each word, each phrase, with its unique shape and emphasis… It is a gift that must be shared with the world. An exquisite artist.” After a performance of Frauenliebe und -leben, soprano Susan Mardinly agreed, "Laura has a wonderfully trained voice, a beautiful presence, superb musicianship, and really good diction. But it was her soulful interpretation that was so stunning it made me hang on every word, every nuance." This album marks her debut in the recording world.
Alla Milchtein is a collaborative pianist based in New York City, maintaining an active performing career with vocal and instrumental partners and chamber ensembles while also performing at festivals throughout Europe, Mexico and the United States. Currently, Ms. Milchtein is a staff pianist at both The Juilliard School and Mannes School of Music, and an Adjunct Professor at William Paterson University. She received both a bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance and master’s degree in Piano Performance and Chamber Music from Rotterdam Conservatory (Netherlands), where she studied with Mila Baslawskaja. Ms. Milchtein also pursued her Professional Studies Diploma in Collaborative Piano at Mannes School of Music in the studio of Cristina Stanescu, where she was awarded a scholarship as well as the “excellence in accompanying” award. Ms. Milchtein has been granted a fellowship from COJECO BluePrint to record an album of solo piano music by Jewish composers from around the world titled "Musical Journeys through the Jewish Diaspora."
Please note this title will ship on its official release date (June 17th, 2022)