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Tulipanes Latino Art and Film Festival welcomes opera singer from Querétaro, México


Holland: The seventh annual Tulipanes Latino Art & Film Festival is hosting soprano Martha Juliana Ayech Rodríguez at Hope College’s Dimnent Chapel in Downtown Holland, Michigan on Wednesday, August 29, 2007.


Born in Querétaro, México, Rodríguez obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and later also a Bachelor’s degree in Music, as an Opera singer specialist in Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro.


She has studied her skills at the Santa Cecilia’s International Academy, in Rome, Italy under the direction of the soprano Renata Scotto. Collaterally she studied with tenor Sergio Di Bari. She was selected by the Verdi Opera Studio to perform Opera “Il Trovatore”, at the Teatro Regio di Parma in Italy, under the conduction of Bruno Cagli. Later she received the “Nicolai Ghiaurov” foundation scholarship to become member of the Centro Universale del Bel Canto in Modena, Italy under the direction of Italian soprano Mirella Freni.


She has been granted first places in important international contests of opera such as “Vincenzo Bellini,” “Sanremo Lirica Classica,” “Città di Roma,” “Premio Selezione Giovanni Professionisti della Mùsica,” “Nicolai Ghiaurov,” among others. She was also the recipient of the “Beato Angélico Award 2006 for women.”


Due to her voice qualities, the Italian critics have qualified her as a beautiful verdiana voice and soprano lirico pieno-spinto. Also the Italian press have commented “Martha Juliana, the Mexican soprano has in her repertoire Operas that require great professional ripeness, managing the extraordinaire energy variations the act needs to express, going from the delicate whisper to a great vocal expression…”(Il Giornale della Musica).


Within her Opera repertoire there are pieces from G. Bizet, U. Giordano, R. Leoncavallo, W. A. Mozart, G. Paisiello, G. Puccini, and G. Verdi. She has also interpreted a large number of oratory operas written by famous authors like:  W. A. Mozart, F. Schubert, C. Gounod, G. F. Haendel, A. Vivaldi, J. S. Bach, C. Franck, L. Van Beethoven.


In her presentations, she has always given importance to Mexican music performing songs written by: María Grever, Agustín Lara, Macedonio Alcalá, Angel  J. Garrido, Belisario de Jesús García, Alberto Alvarado, Arturo Tolentino, Juventino Rosas, and Manuel M. Ponce.


She promoted the foundation of the Bel Canto Group at the Universidad  Autónoma de Querétaro acting as its coordinator until 1999, when she went to Italy.


She is the only Querétaro born that had obtained international awards in the Opera field.


In May 2000 she was nominated as “The Voice of the Mexican Jubilee,” singing in Nazareth, Jerusalem and Bethlehem (Israel) and also in Rome with an audience of fifty thousand people in San Peter’s square, with the presence of the Pope John Paul II.


On June 29th, 2005 she was granted (in a concert) the distinguished student medal in the Mirella Freni Universal Center of the Bel Canto.


In March 8th 2006, International women’s day, she received the “Beato Angélico Award 2006 for women” in Rome, Italy during a ceremony presided by Functionaries of the Italian Government, Ambassadors of different Countries and Italian Feminine Leaders.


Within her last acclaimed presentations, among others are present, her participation in the “Puccini Festival” with “la Bohéme” in the role of Mimí, and “Tosca” in the role of Floria Tosca, in Italy.


Within the most important commitments of the soprano for this year there are the presentations that will do in Italy in the cities of Venice, Florence, Milan, and Rome and in the United States, at El Paso, Texas.


Tickets are $11.50 for adults and $6.50 for students and available at the Hope Box Office in DeVos Field House in Holland or by calling 616-395-7890. The performance will take place at Hope College’s Dimnent Chapel in downtown Holland, Michigan. Doors will open at 6:15pm with the performance taking place from 7-8:30pm.






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