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FANFAIRE celebrates VIVICA GENAUX
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NYCO’s CHRISTOPHER KEENE AWARD

Vivica was honored with the Christopher Keene Award at New York City Opera presentation of its 2006-7 Awards for Artistic Excellence on April 18, 2007. The award is given annually to an artist performing in new or unusual repertory. Robin Thompson, the Associate Artistic Director of the Company, in informing Vivica, told her that “the Award recognized her achievement in the pivotal role of Juno/Ino (see images below) in the rarely performed Semele,” which she performed when she made her company debut in the Fall of 2006.

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photos © CAROL ROSEGG

Created in 1998 by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation in memory of Christopher Keene, City Opera’s General Director from 1989-1995, the Award commemorates Mr. Keene’s commitment to artistic innovation and carries with it a $5,000 cash prize.”

Upon learning the news, Miss Genaux commented, “I’m especially honored to be given this recognition from New York City Opera, because I had such a great experience working with the Company and to receive an Award, as well, is icing on the cake.”

Vivica sang Juno/Ino again in the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées production of Semele in 2010. Below are some audio clips from the performance of July 2, 2010:

 

Vivica as Ino: “Turn, hopeless lover” (Act 1)
Vivica as Ino:”You’ve undone me” (Act 1)
Vivica as Juno: “Hence, Iris, hence away” (Act 2)
Vivica as Juno: “Above measure” (Act 3)
Vivica as Juno: “My will obey / Obey My Will” (Act 2)
“Behold in this mirror” / Myself I shall adore”

 

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