Pristina, May 5, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Elton Tota
The “bravo” chants coming from the public encouraged him to continue the performance. On one of the most prestigious stages of classical music in the world, the emotions were twice as much.
For the Kosovar tenor, Riad Ymeri, the performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City, USA, will be one of the best memories of his career. Ymeri stepped on the prestigious stage to give a concert this weekend. Hosted by the opera house “Suor Angelica”, the concert where the Kosovar tenor has performed is known as the “showcase of opera” which aims to introduce to the public the youngest talents of opera music. Ymeri has received the invitation to perform on this stage after he was selected through an audition hosted by opera company “New York Lyric Opera”.
Under the conduction of Richard Cordova, Ymeri has performed several fragments from the opera “Romeo and Juliet” in one of the most famous stages in the world. Designed by architect William Burnet Tuthill and built with funds from the philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie in 1891, this hall has 4 thousand seats and within a season it hosts 200 musical concerts.
For the Kosovar tenor, Riad Ymeri, the performance on this stage has been of a special importance.
“The reaction of the public was significant. I know that they liked the performance, because during the whole time, they chanted ‘bravo’. I have also received the best feedback from the music conductors”, said Ymeri after his performance at Carnegie.
Ymeri has offered details on his performance in front of the American public.
“They were fragments from the opera ‘Rome and Juliet’. I have interpreted Madrigal and the Ange Adorable duo”, said he.
The first performance for Ymeri in this hall remains a good memory.
“It’s one of the most important and prestigious halls here in America and the whole world. This is why I feel honored to have performed there”, said Ymeri.
Ymeri’s performance in front of the American public will continue. On May 7, he will receive the third award in the ceremony of awards in the International Competition of Lyrical Singers in America. Three days later, he will perform in the “Symphony Space Hall”. Riad Ymeri has been graduated in the Faculty of Arts in Pristina and he was taught by the Albanian mezzo soprano, Merita Juniku. He has given concerts all around Europe and has participated in some of the most famous opera competitions. He’s a member of the Philharmonic Choir-Opera of Kosovo. /ibna/