Laetitia Grimaldi, Soprano and Ammiel Bushakevitz, Piano at The Rockefeller University
Wednesday April 3, 2024, 7:30 pm
Laetitia Grimaldi made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2013 and has since sung in many renowned halls, opera stages, and international festivals worldwide, including the Kennedy Center, Shanghai and Forbidden City Concert Halls, Festival Pitic, Festival Musica Classica, Verbier Festival, Ravinia Festival, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and Melbourne Festival. In 2017, she was awarded the First Prize in three international competitions: at the Concours International de Mélodies Françaises in Montreal, Canada, at the Concours International Robert Massard in Bordeaux, France, as well as the Concours International Pro Musicis in Paris.
She has appeared in many opera productions internationally, performing the role of Nancy in Albert Herring in Tampa, Florida, Dorothée in Massenet’s Cendrillon in Belgium, Lucilla in La Scala di Seta in New York, and the American premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Kommilitonen in New York. She made her debut at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland with the role of Marcelina in Le Nozze di Figaro. She sang the title role of Rameau’s Les Fêtes de l’Hymen et de l’Amour at the Kennedy Center of Washington, DC. Once again, Ms. Grimaldi was invited to the Verbier Festival to perform the role of Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème. Recently, she sang the title role of Proserpina in the modern revival of J.Jommelli’s opera Cerere Placata.
Born in Jerusalem, Israel, Ammiel Bushakevitz performs regularly across Europe, North America, Africa, Asia, and Australia in venues including New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Philharmonie de Paris, Shanghai’s Concert Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and Berlin’s Konzerthaus. He appears at the festivals of Aix-en-Provence, Salzburg, Bayreuth, Lucerne, Cape Town, Heidelberg, Melbourne, and Montreal, as well as the Festival Pontino di Latina in Rome, the Casals Festival in Spain, and the Schubertiades of Schwarzenberg, Hohenems, Vilabertran, and Jerusalem.
One of the last private students of the late Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Mr. Bushakevitz is recognized as a leading song pianist of his generation, performing with such singers as Dame Felicity Lott, Christian Gerhaher, and Thomas Hampson. He also received notable mentorship from Brigitte Fassbaender, Barbara Bonney, Thomas Quasthoff, and Matthias Goerne.