Program: Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater and pearls of period music.
Countertenor Vyatcheslav Kagan-Paley was born in Gomel, Belorussia, and, as a child, he studied violin and piano. In 1976, he won the first television and radio competition for young performers in Minsk, as a singer. Slava continued his violin studies at the Belorussian State Conservatory, and, in 1987, he began singing at the Belorussian Academic Capella. This same year he made his debut as a soprano soloist in Schumann's Requiem with the Leningrad Philharmonic. Two years later, Dr. Irina Antonova, the director of the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, invited Slava to give a recital there, and this resulted in several engagements including The Vienna State Opera, various recordings and television appearances. The talents of the young Russian singer were greatly appreciated by Leonard Bernstein who, after meeting him in St. Petersburgin the summer of 1989, planned to arrange joint performances; unfortunately, the Maestro's untimely death put an end to these plans.
Slava was soon after awarded a grant by the Oppenheimer Charitable Trust, and from 1989 to 1992 he completed the post-diploma vocal training course under Professor David Pollard at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. In 1993, he completed the Opera Course and he attended Masterclasses with Graham Johnson and Geoffrey Parsons. His opera debut, in 1992, as Oberon in Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Guildhall was greeted with great public and critical acclaim.
His international career started in 1993 when he performed the role of Joan of Arc in the world premiere of Arms for the Maid for the Royal Opera House Garden Venture. Since then, he has traveled extensively giving recitals in Russia, the United States, Europeand the United Kingdom. In Germany, the CzechRepublicand Hungary, he sang the role of The Witch in the opera Rapunzel by Lou Harrison, with the Prague Mozart Foundation. He has been a Guest Performer at the Normandy Music Festival in France, the "December Nights" Festivals in Moscowwith the Moscow Soloists and conductor Yuri Bashmet and the St. Petersburg Seasons Festival. His collaboration with the distinguished Russian pianist, Boris Beresovsky, resulted in a series of concerts in Russia, Japanand England. After their recital at Leighton House, London, The Times described Slava's voice as "a diamond among voices."
During 1996, Slava gave many recitals in Europeand Japanand he toured the United Kingdomwith the Rambert Dance Company. In March 1998, he performed in the world premiere of Peter Eötvös’ opera Trois Soeurs in the role of Macha, for the Opéra National de Lyon conducted by Kent Nagano. This opera was released on CD on the Deutsche Grammophon label. In October 1998, he signed with Polydor Japan, and the next year recorded the album Laudate, containing eight beautiful baroque arias including Pergolesi's "Salve Regina" and J.S. Bach's "Erbarme Dich." He has also recorded with Kitaro and the Philharmonia Orchestra of London. This year, he has recorded new songs for his forthcoming album, One Wish, comprised of songs from famous films, such as “When You Wish Upon A Star”, “Over The Rainbow” and Charlie Chaplin's “Smile”. His many future engagements include opera and concert appearances. Mr. Kagan-Paley lives in Tel Aviv.
“...an extraordinary stunning alto… a sound like nothing else on this Earth…” LondonEvening Standard
“...a diamond among voices...” The Times