Date: February 20, 2017
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Wang Opera Center
Price: $10 Student; $30-$40 individual / $210-$280 Spectrum Series
Schubert’s Ave Maria inspired a lifelong collaboration between Milana Strezeva and her mother Svetlana. When Milana was 11 years old, with Svetlana’s pianist ill, Milana stepped in to play the Schubert with her at a gala concert. The mother/daughter duo clicked. When Svetlana was preparing the role of Kostanze from Mozart’s “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” for her tour in Romania, Milana, at the age of 14, went along and helped her mother to prepare the entire role.
After coming to America in 1994, the Strezev Family Trio (clarinetist Anatoli, Svetlana, and Milana Strezeva), gave hundreds of concerts before the passing of Anatoli, Milana’s father, in 2001.
At present, the Lana Duo continues to perform nationally and internationally. Together they’ve given recitals throughout the US as well as in Italy, Denmark, Germany, Ukraine, Romania, Moldova and China. They are ardent promoters of the Russian vocal literature in this country.
Svetlana Strezeva, a prominent Russian-American soprano, is a Laureate of the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow as well as the Glinka Vocal International Competition in Minsk. She completed her professional studies at La Scala in Milan, Italy, under the guidance of Opera Diva Giulietta Simionato.
Milana Strezeva, a founding member of the award-winning Manhattan Piano Trio, performed with it across the US, in Australia, South Africa and Italy, and in Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, and the Ravinia Festival. A review described the Trio as “impressive” and “outstanding,” while another said “one seldom is privileged to enjoy music of such a wide range of styles performed with self-effacing skill and relaxed assurance.”
Daniela Shtereva was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, into a family with a preserved musical tradition for five generations. Her performances have been described as “spine tingling” (The STRAD Magazine) and “shot through with fantasy and fire” (Washington Post).