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Legendary soprano Barbara Hendricks returns to her childhood’s American landscapes. This concert of big emotions will include blues and gospel music, Martin Luther King’s texts, and stories about Ms. Hendricks’s work as goodwill ambassador for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
Barbara Hendricks made her operatic debut at the San Francisco Opera and the Glyndebourne Festival as well as her recital debut in New York City’s Town Hall In 1974. Since that moment, Barbara Hendricks’ career and artistry has never ceased to grow and she has become one of the world’s most loved and admired musicians. She has sung on all the major opera stages in the world including the Paris Opera, the MET in New York, Covent Garden in London and La Scala in Milano. She has sung under the direction of the greatest conductors of our time such as Daniel Barenboim, Leonard Bernstein, Karl Böhm, Sir Colin Davis, Carlo Maria Giulini, Bernard Haitink, Herbert von Karajan, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Wolfgang Sawallisch and Sir Georg Solti.
Barbara Hendricks made her jazz debut at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1994 and has since then performed regularly in renowned jazz festivals throughout the world with the Magnus Lindgren Quartet and with her Blues Band. She is still very active, performing orchestra, chamber music, recitals and jazz concerts. She starred as Mimi in the film La Bohème, directed by Luigi Comencini and Anne Truelove in 1994 in an international prize-winning film production of The Rake’s Progress conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. She was a member of the jury at the International Film Festival in Cannes 1999, presided by David Cronenberg.
Barbara Hendricks is one of today’s best-selling recording artists and has made more than 100 recordings for Sony, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Philips, Erato and EMI. From 1983 to 2004 she made nearly 50 recordings exclusively for EMI Classics. In 2006, she launched her own record label, Arte Verum, for which she is now recording exclusively.
Barbara Hendricks – soprano
Mathias Algotsson – piano & Hammond organ
Max Schultz – guitar
Ulf Englund – guitar & light conception
There is no intermission in the concert.
Duration of the concert is about 90 min.
Production Tampere-talo and Fazer Konserttitoimisto