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Conductor Andrea Molino has been nominated under the Best Opera Conductor category of the 2014 Green Room Awards, Australia's premiere arts awards.

Established in 1983, the Green Room Awards honour outstanding talent in all areas of theatre and the stage in Australia, including musical theatre, opera, circus, alternative and hybrid, cabaret and dance, and reward achievement in performance, production and direction in these areas.

Molino has been nominated as Best Conductor for his season of The Masked Ball (Un Ballo in Maschera) with Opera Australia in 2013. Critics described this as 'a night to remember', and said of Molino that his 'thoroughly idiomatic reading of Verdi's score is electric, fully alert to the musical moments that prefigure later works like Don Carlo and Aida. His visceral interpretation packs a real dramatic punch yet he pulls back and supports his singers with sensitive rubato when required' (Clive Paget). Read more reviews here: www.lundstrom-am.com/breaking-news/Un-Ballo-reviews.html

Conductor Andrea Molino has been nominated under the Best Opera Conductor category of the 2014 Green Room Awards, Australia's premiere arts awards.

Established in 1983, the Green Room Awards honour outstanding talent in all areas of theatre and the stage in Australia, including musical theatre, opera, circus, alternative and hybrid, cabaret and dance, and reward achievement in performance, production and direction in these areas.

Molino has been nominated as Best Conductor for his season of The Masked Ball (Un Ballo in Maschera) with Opera Australia in 2013. Critics described this as 'a night to remember', and said of Molino that his 'thoroughly idiomatic readin of Verdi's score is electric, fully alert to the musical moments that prefigure later works like Don Carlo and Aida. his visceral interpretation packs a real dramatic punch yet he pulls back and supports his singers with sensitive rubato when required (Clive Paget)'. Read more reviews below

Competition for the award is fierce, with two Victoria Opera conductors also nominated: Daniel Carter for Magic Pudding, and Fabian Russel forNixon in China. The winner will be decided through a secret ballot by a panel of judges, including performers, musicians, broadcasters and producers.

For more information, see www.greenroom.org.au


Reviews for Un Ballo in Maschera:

Musically, this is a night to remember with stand-out performances from all concerned... Andrea Molino's thoroughly idiomatic reading of Verdi's score is electric, fully alert to the musical moments that prefigure later works like Don Carlo and Aida. His visceral interpretation packs a real dramatic punch yet he pulls back and supports his singers with sensitive rubato when required. ... A magnificent start to the 2013 season for Opera Australia.

Clive Paget, Limelight

Read the full review here

Verdi understood the tensions of contemporaneity, concerned always with the conflict between the identity we create for ourselves and the identity society creates for us. Alex Ollé uses the metaphor of the mask to generalise this tension, and they are worn by all except the dead, the loved and the disempowered, while Alfons Flores' set is a modern surveillance-obsessed building of austere and sinister grandeur.

The most dehumanised moments come at the opening and disturbing close, while in between the warmth of human passion flairs beneath the masks, and conductor Andrea Molino creates grace and beauty from the shapes in the air that are Verdi's music. ...Molino's sense of style in this music is irresistible.

Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald

Perhaps it’s Andrea Molino’s Italian birth that gives him what sounds like an extraordinary affinity with Verdi; he seems to know the vernacular of his music much as an intimate, confidante or contemporary might. However he achieves it, he achieves it: he leads the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra in a meticulous, lustrous reading, informed by a warmth, fluidity and sense of spontaneity that are inextricably characteristic of the composer’s style. Better yet, there seemed to be a palpable rapport between conductor and singers, with Molino intuiting when to push forward, when to pause for an extra beat and when to pull back.

Lloyd Bradford Syke, Curtain Call, 21.2.2013

 

*Image from www.opera-australia.org.au

 


 

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