Grammy award winner to raise the roof at Derry church

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Grammy-award winning opera singer Jonathan Lemalu will lift the rafters at the First Derry Presbyterian Church next Wednesday in a special performance as part of the Walled City Music Concert Series 2013.

The world-renowned bass- baritone and Sony and EMI recording artist, who has performed all over the globe from New York to Japan, will enthrall Derry audiences with a programme of classic arias from Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Gershwin, and songs by Schubert and Aaron Copland .

A vibrant and charismatic performer, Lemalu’s leading roles - from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro and Idomeneo, Handel’s Saul, Orlando, Rinaldo, La Resurezzione, Samson, Jeptha and Belshazzar - have taken him to the Metropolitan Opera in New York and on tour to Japan, The Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne Festival, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Salzburg Festival, Bayerische Staatsoper, Theater an der Wien, English National Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Australia, Hamburg Staatsoper, BBC Proms and music festivals in Edinburgh, Styriarte, Gstaad, Tanglewood and Ravinia.

Other opera roles for the New Zealand born singer have included Rocco (Fidelio), Bluebeard (Bluebeard’s Castle), Porgy(Porgy and Bess), Colline (La Bohème), Don Basilio (Barber of Seville), Collatinus (The Rape of Lucretia), Jake Wallace (La Fanciulla del West), Rodomonte (Orlando Paladino), Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Queequeg in the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s Moby Dick, with Patrick Summers.

His first solo orchestral recording as an Exclusive EMI artist, Jonathan Lemalu: Opera Arias won a coveted ECHO Classics Award, New Zealand’s “Best Classical Album 2005″ and international praise.

Tickets for the concert, which will take place on Wednesday February 13th at the First Derry Presbyterian Church in Upper Magazine Street cost £10 and £5 concessions and are available on the door. Jonathan will also be giving a public masterclass for young singers in the same venue on Tuesday, February 12th 10.00am-12.00, admission free.

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