Aileen Itani, Soprano

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Biography

The dynamic Irish/American soprano Aileen Itani received the Danish Music Reviewers’ Annual Prize in August 2009 at a concert, broadcast live on Danish television, featuring Tchaikowsky’s “Letter Scene” from EUGENE ONEGIN and Samuel Barber’s KNOXVILLE, SUMMER OF 1915. She is a frequent guest artist at the Royal Danish Opera, where she has been heard as the Female Chorus under Britten specialist Steuart Bedford in THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA, Pamina in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, and as the Waldvogel in SIEGFRIED as part of the widely praised “Copenhagen Ring” cycle. She returned to the national stage in early 2015 as the female lead in the successful world premiere of Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen’s “staged symphony” SOL GÅR OP, SOL GÅR NED.

Her professional breakthrough came in the 2007-08 season with the Danish National Opera as Marguerite in Gounod’s FAUST, for which she received glowing reviews at every stop of the tour. She continues her relationship with the Danish National Opera, and has most recently appeared as Varvara in Janacek’s KATIA KABANOVA and Garcias in Massenet’s DON QUICHOTTE.
In recent years, Aileen Itani has become especially active in the Danish contemporary music scene, and in March 2010 she joined Copenhagen’s FIGURA Ensemble for the critically acclaimed world premiere of FIRE VINKLER PÅ MEDEA, an opera co-written by four young Nordic composers.

She has toured Denmark with a new song cycle by Peter Bruun, SKØNHEDEN HÆNGER PÅ TRÆERNE. In 2010 Aileen Itani made her Irish debut at the esteemed Kilkenny Arts Festival, being presented both in recital with pianist Rachel Andrist and as soloist in Rossini’s STABAT MATER. She returned in 2011 as soloist in Mozart’s REQUIEM, and presented a series of Liederabender with distinguished Irish pianist Finghin Collins in Ireland in the autumn of 2012.

She has sung numerous times with the Royal Danish Orchestra, first as an invited guest for their New Year’s Gala concert under Music Director Michael Schønwandt, and later as soprano soloist in Gorecki’s SYMPHONY NO. 3 and Szymanowski’s STABAT MATER, accompanying the world premiere of Tim Rushton’s ballet REQUIEM. She has also appeared with Maestro Giancarlo Andretta and the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, both in Händel’s MESSIAH and in Mahler’s SYMPHONY NO. 4, which received praise from critics.

Ms. Itani was one of the finalists at the 2005 Queen Sonja International Music Competition in Oslo, Norway, and was the recipient of a prestigious career grant from the Léonie Sonning Music Foundation in 2006. She received her training at the Opera Academy of the Royal Danish Theatre and Conservatory in Copenhagen, at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, and at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

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Repertoire
Lieder, songs and arias

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Sieben frühe Lieder

André Caplet

Le vieux coffret

Claude Debussy

Ariettes oubliées
Chansons de Bilitis

Dominick Argento

Six Elizabethan Songs

Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Songs, Op. 38

Ernest Chausson

Chansons Perpétuelles

Francis Poulenc

Fiancailles pour rire

Gabriel Fauré

Cinq mélodies de Venise

John Corigliano

Three Irish Folksong Settings

John Greer

A Sarah Binks Songbook
Allegory of Sweet Desire
Liebesleid-Lieder
My Fancy Late and Early

Kurt Weill

Frauentanz

Lester Trimble

Four Fragments from the Canterbury Tales

Luciano Berio

Sequenza III

Maurice Ravel

Cinq mélodies populaires grecques
Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé

Noël Lee

Arbrisseau, Vale

Olivier Messiaen

Poeme pur Mi

Ottorino Respighi

Il Tramonto

Peter Bruun

Skønheden hænger på træerne

Robert Schumann

Frauenliebe und Leben

Samuel Barber

Hermit Songs

William Schumann

In Sweet Music
Oratorio and Orchestra

Antonin Dvorak

Stabat Mater

Carl Nielsen

Symphony no. 3 "Espansiva"

Felix Mendelssohn

Paulus

Franz Joseph Haydn

Die Schöpfung

Franz Schubert

Mass in A-flat Major D 678

Gabriel Fauré

Requiem in D minor, Op.48

Georg Friedrich Händel

Judas Macchabaeus
The Messiah, HVW 56

Jean Langlais

Missa in Simplicitate

Johann Sebastian Bach

Cantata "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147
Cantata "Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke" BWV 84
Cantata "Mein Gott, wie lang, ach lange?" BWV 155
Cantata "Nun komm der Heiden Heiland" BWV 61
Cantata "Nun komm der Heiden Heiland" BWV 62
Cantata "Weichet nur, betruebte Schatten" BWV 202
Cantata "Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern", BWV 1
Christmas Oratorio BWV 248
Magnificat BWV 243
St. Matthew Passion BWV 244

Johannes Brahms

Ein deutsches Requiem

Karol Szymanowski

Stabat Mater

Marc-Antoine Charpentier

Te Deum
Messe de Minuit

Samuel Barber

Knoxville: Summer of 1915

Vaughan Williams

Serenade to Music

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Exsultate, Jubilate KV 165
Requiem KV 626
Opera

Benjamin Britten

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM/Titania
THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA/ Female Chorus

Charles Gounod

FAUST/Marguerite

Claude Debussy

PELLEAS ET MELISANDE/Mélisande

David Liptak

THE MOON SINGER/Torr

Georg Friedrich Händel

ACIS AND GALATHEA/Galathea
GIULIO CESARE/Cleopatra

Georges Bizet

CARMEN/Michaëla

Giacomo Puccini

LA BOHEME/Mimi

Giuseppe Verdi

FALSTAFF/Alice
NABUCCO/Anna

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

EUGEN ONEGIN/Tatjana

Wim Henderickx

ACHILLEUS/Afrodite/Briseis

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

COSI VAN TUTTE/Despina
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE/Pamina
DON GIOVANNI/Donna Elvira
IDOMENEO/Ilia
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO/Susanna
Review
The annual prize of the Danish Music Critics' Association
Jyllands-Posten
Sun, 2009-08-23
(...)In her two pieces, Aileen Itani showed herself above all to be a master of nuance, notwithstanding her fundamentally broad and well-projected voice(). Ideally, the music reviewers' prize concert is not simply a promotion of two musicians that we find especially noteworthy; it is also an indication of the level at which classical music is currently being performed in Denmark, and here that bar was set unusually high. By: Jakob Levinsen
Rossini's Stabat Mater, Kilkenny Arts Festival
The Irish Times
Fri, 2010-08-27
(...) The evenings solo glories came from the commanding expressiveness of soprano Aileen Itani, whose duet with Bridget Knowles also glowed beautifully. By: Michael Dervin
The Magic Flute with The Danish National Opera
Århus Stiftstidende
Thu, 2009-01-01
(...) Aileen Itani was notable in what was certainly the evenings finest performance, in the role of Pamina. Her lovely soprano filled the room with a great sensitivity and sweetness of expression. (...) By: Ole Straarup
The Rape of Lucretia with the Royal Danish Opera
Jyllands-Posten
Wed, 2009-02-25
(...) The Choruses are sung excellently by tenor Michael Kristensen and American-born Aileen Bramhall Itani  she is the productions best contributor with the stylistic vocal security and linguistic precision that are alpha and omega in Brittens narrative and textually precise music. (...) By: Jens Cornelius
The Rape of Lucretia with the Royal Danish Opera
Kristeligt Dagblad
Thu, 2009-02-26
(...)The two act as the storys commentators and chorus, and are sung superbly by Aileen Bramhall Itani and Michael Kristensen.(...) By Jakob Holm
Music Reviewers
Jyllandsposten
Sun, 2009-08-23
In her two pieces, Aileen Itani showed herself above all to be a master of nuance, notwithstanding her fundamentally broad and well-projected voice.Ideally, the music reviewers prize concert is not simply a promotion of two musicians that we find especially noteworthy; it is also an indication of the level at which classical music is currently being performed in Denmark, and here that bar was set unusually high.
Varvara KAT'A KABANOVA
Information
Tue, 2013-10-08
American soprano Aileen Itani, who lives here in Denmark, nearly stole the show with her carefree counterpoint to the tormented Katja. Valdemar Lønsted
Varvara KAT'A KABANOVA
Weekendavisen
Fri, 2013-11-15
Soprano Aileen Itani is indomitable in the freshness of her youth as Varvara This is the art of singing at its best. Peter Johannes Erichsen
Varvara KAT'A KABANOVA
Nordjyske Stiftstidende
Thu, 2013-10-31
As [Katjas] opposite, who chooses to flee the stultifying atmosphere, soprano Aileen Itani offered an absolutely complete portrait of the vibrant young girl, Varvara. Itani, with her sweetness, radiance and fundamental vocal command, gives the part a dramatic, positive nerve and presencenot to mention humour. Jens Henneberg,
Varvara KAT'A KABANOVA
Politiken
Sat, 2013-10-05
But it is the authentic, relatively young voices belonging to Czech soprano Pavla Vykopalova and Slovakian tenor Peter Berger, together with soprano Aileen Itani and tenor David Curry as Katjas co-conspirator Varara and her lover, who carry the show. Thomas Michelsen
Varvara KAT'A KABANOVA
Berlingske
Sat, 2013-11-09
Aileen Itani, as [Kabanichas] ever-listening foster childfinds her way astonishingly well into the heart of her role. Søren Schauser
Varvara KAT'A KABANOVA
Aarhus Stiftstidende
Sat, 2013-10-05
These two characters, who, tellingly, are the only ones who manage to escape, are sung and acted with convincing sweetness and buoyancy by David Curry and Aileen Itani. Ole Straarup
STABAT MATER, Kilkenny Arts Festival
The Irish Times
Fri, 2010-08-27
The evenings solo glories came from the commanding expressiveness of soprano Aileen Itani, whose duet with Bridget Knowles also glowed beautifully. Michael Dervin
Press Service

Photo: Henrik Mark

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