Coloratura soprano sings Belinda with the Bury Bach Choir

Lyric coloratura soprano Tali Ketzef will make her first appearance with the Bury Bach Choir on 15 June at The Apex, singing the major role of Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, which we are performing in concert format.

Tali was born and lives in Israel and has been singing since she was a child. She studied vocal performance at the Buchmann-Mehta Academy in Tel-Aviv and was a member of the Israeli Opera Studio. Tali won first prize at the International Vocal Arts Institute's Competition in 2015, the Bucholz prize (2016), the Besser award (2017) and the Berkovich award (2019).

Her operatic repertoire includes Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos, Gilda in Rigoletto, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Despina in Cosi fan tutte, Violetta in La Traviata and Blanche in Dialogues of the Carmelites. Tali debuted at the Israeli Opera in 2016 with the roles of Clorinda (La Cenerentola) and Contessa Ceprano (Rigoletto).

Dido and Aeneas is a very special opera for me’, says Tali. ‘Singing Belinda was my first operatic experience and I am always so happy to return to this beautiful and beloved opera which is a milestone in opera history.’

Later in 2019-20 Tali will sing the roles of Sister Rose in Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, Berta in Barbiere di Siviglia and Zecha in Rechter’s Shitz. She will also perform the title role in Handel’s Alcina with the Israeli Barrocade Ensemble.

Tali has been working with and mentored by the Choir’s Co-President, Graeme Danby, and says she is ‘thrilled and honoured to be singing Belinda in England for the first time, for me the most important role in this magnificent piece - the narrator of this heartbreaking story’.

She also says she ‘can’t wait to share the stage with such a group of talented artists and I’m especially excited to hear the Bury Bach Choir’. The feeling is entirely mutual, we can’t wait to meet and hear Tali in what is shaping up to be a wonderful finale to our concert season.

Tickets for the concert, priced from £15, can be purchased through the choir's website, by visiting the Apex Box Office, or by calling the Apex on 01284 758000.


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