July 27, 2019, 8 PM
Great Hall of the Dzintari Concert Hall
Performers: soloists Ian Virgo (United Kingdom), Adrian Der Gregorian (United Kingdom), Sarah Fox (United Kingdom), Jūrmala festival orchestra, conductor Robert Purvis (United Kingdom)
The musical originated in England and became a world-wide popular genre, where intense and touching stories intertwine with breathtaking dances and enthusiastic – emotionally powerful music. Composers have created the most beautiful melodies, which will be played and sung at Dzintari by world-renowned singing actors who have mastered their talents in the best British schools. They perform at the Royal Albert Hall, London’s Barbican, Salzburg festival and the West End theatre in London, which, along with New York’s Broadway, is the highest level musical theatre in the English-speaking world.
Ian Virgo graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London. He is a highly appreciated versatile singer and actor whose beautiful tenor voice feels at home both on stage and the big screen. In the famous West End theatre he participated in The Kissing Dance performances, as well as played roles in popular musicals, such as My Beautiful Lady and The Phantom of the Opera. In addition to performing and filming, he sang Leonard Bernstein’s Mesas in the prestigious Barbican Hall of London’s Symphony Orchestra. He has played roles in Steve Spielberg’s Band of brothers, the movie Before the Fall, which was nominated for the Oscarsin 2016 as the Best Foreign movie, as well as the Rise of the footsoldier – one of the most sold movies on DVD in England.
Sarah Fox is one of the most brilliant British singers of her generation who performs opera music, world music and musicals. In London’s Convent Garden Opera, she has sung Micaela in George Bizet’s “Carmen”, Zerlina in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”, and other opera parts in festivals in Salzburg, Aix-en-Provence and Glyndebourne. She has performed with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Concerto Cologne, the Oslo Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and others.
Adrian der Gregorian debuted at the West End theatre with Bombay Dreams, followed by a role in The Woman in White by Andrew Lloyd Webber at The Palace theatre and a role in Marvin Hamlisch’s Sweet Smell of Success in London’s Arcola theatre. Adrian also participated in the Off Broadway of Maxie workshop and Lord of the Rings performance at the West End theatre.
Conductor Robert Purvis studied composition at the Holy Trinity College in London, then became a concertmaster for London’s contemporary dance company. He has collaborated with many of the world’s leading choreographers of classical dance and musical theatres, such as Gillian Lynne, Bob Coban, Ron Field, Martha Graham and others. He has conducted numerous productions at the famous West End theatre in London. Robert has performed in Asia and New Zealand with Broadway’s production The Secret Garden, as well as with the London Palladium’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The conductor has also collaborated with several Italian opera houses, such as Teatro Massimo Palermo, Teatro Verdi di Trieste and Teatro Lirico di Cagliari.