Buon Compleano Renata! Prima Donna Assoluta…to the heart of the matter!

Buon Compleano Renata! Prima Donna Assoluta…to the heart of the matter!

The mention of Renata Scotto immediately brings to mind artistry of a personal expression achieved by very few performers in any area of the performing arts. She is one of those artists who continues to take on challenges and score triumphs in an ever-expanding repertory, which spanned more than 100 roles. In 2011 she was honored by the Metropolitan Opera Guild in their Met Legends series and received the prestigious Opera News Award in 2007. As a tribute to her extraordinary career, we have planned a two-day celebration, beginning on her birthday, Friday, February 24, 2017, presenting a preview of some of the material we have gathered thus far for an upcoming film documentary we hope to finish in 2017. The celebration will continue the next afternoon, Saturday, February 25, 2017,  with A Conversation with La Scotto and James Judd, Music Director Israel Symphony Orchestra. For the past two years VAS has been gathering photos, interviews, and video for a unique film documenting the monumental career of Renata Scotto and her effect on the course of the history of opera of the 20th, and now 21st, centuries. All aspects of this two-day celebration, as well as private interviews with Madama Scotto, will be videotaped and used in completing this unique film documentary. The goal for this session is to encompass vocal technique, music education/history/styles, drama and stage movement, health and physical issues, scheduling, and any other issues that arise in the day to day life of a professional singing actor. The Art Salon “conversational” atmosphere is a relaxed, yet focused, setting that will take the pressure off the students, artists, and audience...
VAS Celebrates 6 Years With The Most Eclectic Salon Yet!

VAS Celebrates 6 Years With The Most Eclectic Salon Yet!

VAS is stepping even further out of the box to present the most “electrifying” Salon to date for our 6th Anniversary Salon! Please join us as we celebrate at the new Savor Cinema (formerly Cinema Paradiso) with Colombian piano virtuoso, IVANN, in a multi-media performance art presentation fusing great Classic masterpieces and contemporary electronic styles. Adding to the magic, Ivann incorporates a spectacular light and video accompaniment, the artwork of Igal Fedida, and Danzzara…art in movement! Originally from Medellin, Colombia, Ivann has been the featured guest artist on the stages of Teatro Colon, Teatro Mayor de Julio Mario Santo Domingo, Teatro Nacional La Castellana, the Libelula Dorada, Colsubsidio, and Jorge Eliecer Gaitán theatres. A classically trained pianist and composer, Ivann has mesmerized audiences with his unique Performance Art style that explores the past with today’s enlightened mind and the future with all the soul and intelligence history has given us. A graduate of the Medellin Conservatory of Arts in Colombia, Ivann’s passion for piano began when he was 9-years old. As he developed his piano technique and artistry to the professional level for a career as a successful concert pianist, he also began to explore composing his own original works. Today, Ivann strives to create his own unique manner of artistic expression by combining his virtuoso piano ability, his gifts for improvisation and composition, as well as his vast knowledge of the technology of the 21st century. Within the last few years, Ivan has produced three enormously popular CD’s, Live, Fragmentos and Contemplacion del mar. As the winner of the Carolina Orama Scholarship for Colombian artists, he was able...
Rhapsody España… Celebrating Spain’s culture

Rhapsody España… Celebrating Spain’s culture

This month we bring Vivid, evocative, passionate… Spain’s geographical position and history mean that its culture has absorbed musical traditions from Arab, Gypsy, Jewish, African and Greek populations. This fiery influence has inspired the music of countries around the globe, yet still maintains the multi-faceted colors of and inspired by España. Nilda Maria Comas has been commissioned for numerous major monuments in bronze and marble throughout Europe and the U.S. and her work is featured in exhibitions, museums and galleries throughout the world. Nilda maintains studios in Pietra Santa, Italy and Fort Lauderdale, Fl. In the Masterpiece Spotlight… In honor of the bicentennial,  the Government of Argentina commissioned Nilda Comas to sculpt a 12′ tall bronze Equestrian Monument of General Jose de San Martin as a gift to the city of Miami. This evening Nilda is displaying the model (limited edition) of this new work of art. Capturing the moment…Jonathan Aizenstat.  Jonathan is an extraordinarily  talented young painter, sculptor, and author from Peru. At the age of 4 Jonathan was diagnosed with Tuberous Sclerosis and he and his parents moved to South Florida for easier access to the best medical care. Under NIlda’s guidance, Jonathan is thriving as an artist and is constantly astounding with his creativity and inspiration. Maria Antunez, soprano In the past few seasons Maria Antunez, originally form Uruguay, has appeared in important stages such as the Kennedy Center in Washington, Los Angeles Opera, the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Teatro Nacional in Santo Domingo, Teatro Solis in Montevideo and the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. Maria lives with her husband, tenor Martin Nusspaumer and their daughter Amelia in Miami. Martin Nusspaumer,...
VAS Salons:  Reaching new heights…!

VAS Salons: Reaching new heights…!

At 6 years of age, the Venetian Arts Society (VAS) has experienced some miraculous growth and changes. Today, we are preparing for yet another metamorphosis! The extraordinary growth VAS has experienced, especially in the last year, demands some changes.  We are very grateful to our highly discriminating members and supporters for your appreciation of the sophisticated  presentations VAS offers. We are highly aware of our responsibility to maintain these high standard and even to “out do” ourselves with new and innovative event concepts and world class master artists ! The last 2 Salons, UP CLOSE & PERSONAL with Tony DeSare and our tribute to the legendary Renata Scotto, La SeRenata: Voices in the Gallery with Magda Nieves, were extraordinary events. Within the last two months we have been presented with some wonderful opportunities that not only ensure the continuity of VAS at the level our community has come to expect, but also warrants a “pause” for careful evaluation. We are sincerely grateful for the generous support of our sponsors, members, and the community at large and we are confident that these will be a win-win for all involved. In the style and spirit of the  Venetian Arts Society signature experience, we will enthusiastically continue to present our premier salons in various settings, with their pre-concert Wine Social, the Salon Concert, and the Champagne Reception with the artists following the concert. Our next event is Rhapsody in The Sky, The Art of Living, showcasing the latest work of my firm, Inspired Interiors, at the penthouse home of Dr. George and Jana Hanbury. This premier event is planned for June (details on the events section of our...
La SeRenata: A Dream-Like Tribute to an Opera Legend

La SeRenata: A Dream-Like Tribute to an Opera Legend

On any given day there is a palpable sense of magic when one enters Gallery of Amazing Things, but on Friday, March 23, 2016 that sensation seemed to rise in dramatic steps throughout the evening to an, almost, overwhelming level. Beginning in the Eostone Gallery of 50 million year old fossils, our 150 or guests moved on through galleries of the world’s largest porcelain and ceramic collection. This cavernous 50,000 square foot space coupled with the glorious sounds of Andre Kostelanetz and the New York Philharmonic playing Opera without Words created an awe-inspiring setting for our Grand Salon honoring the illustrious career of  Renata Scotto, one of the 20th century’s greatest operatic singing actresses. It was simply a dream-like feeling as we encountered one great work of art after another, sipping a glass of wine and greeting old and new friends along the way. We paused in the stunning exhibition of master glass artisans of the world (Lalique to Chihuly) as Madama Scotto graciously greeted our guests as if we were long lost friends. Now comes the time to move back to the main arena gallery for the Salon Concert. The curtains open and we walk into the fantasy world of brilliant Lladro chandeliers, giant porcelain urns, and large screen projections of La Scotto, with the grand piano standing majestically at center stage. As a prelude to the Salon Concert, we presented video clip from a 1967 L’Elisir d’amor (Donizetti) in Florence, Italy with Scotto and the great tenor, Carlo Bergonzi, and a 1984 concert performance of Lady MacBeth’s sleepwalking scene from a Met Gala performance with the great...