Bach Arias in concert
featuring soprano Adriana Ruiz
and countertenor Edgar Sanfeliz Botta
and period instruments
Robert Billington & Scott Ireland, traverso * Laurice Campbell Buckton, baroque violin * Marie Ridolfo, viola da gamba * Paul Cienniwa, harpsichord/organ/direction
Sunday, May 20, 2018
3pm (2:30 pre-concert lecture by
Dr. Paul Cienniwa)
Soprano and alto arias from Bach Cantatas 35, 36, 45, 132, 147, 210, 214, and 243; soprano and alto duets from Cantatas 78 and 93; organ works based on the chorale “Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten,” and Trio Sonata in G Major, BWV 1038
Tickets ($20) are available at the door on the day of the concert.
Cuban American soprano Adriana Ruiz started her studies of piano at the age of seven and completed her studies of voice and choral conducting in the Cuban Conservatory of Music “Esteban Salas.” For several years, Adriana was part of the distinguished Cuban choir, Orfeon Santiago, under Electo Silva. In this ensemble, Ms. Ruiz made various recordings as a soloist and lead soprano, and she participated in tours around Europe and the Caribbean. In 2003 as the first prize winner of the French Song Contest held in Havana, Cuba, she performed in several venues in Paris, France.
In 2018, Ms. Ruiz was named an Early Music America (EMA) Emerging Artist. According to EMA, she was among six artists chosen to "represent the best of emerging early music talent from a very large pool of applicants." Ms. Ruiz was the only singer chosen. As a result of her award, Ms. Ruiz will perform in the Emerging Artist Showcase at the prestigious Bloomington Early Music Festival at Indiana University, which houses one of the top early music programs in the country.
Recently, Ms. Ruiz studied with renowned early music soprano Julianne Baird and lutenist and director of Tempesta di Mare Richard Stone at the Amherst Early Music Winter Workshop in Philadelphia, where she also performed on the workshop concert.
At FIU, she studied with Dr. Vindhya Khare and performed with the Collegium Musicum, most notably in the lead role in John Blow’s Venus and Adonis. She has frequently performed with lutenist David Dolata at FIU and in the community on behalf of the Miami Bach Society. In addition to her performances of Renaissance and Baroque music to the accompaniment of the lute and harpsichord, Ms. Ruiz has performed Medieval music while accompanying herself on the Medieval harp.
Edgar Sanfeliz Botta was born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba in 1989, where he began his music education at the age of ten. He became a self-taught organist. When he was fourteen years old he began to study choral conducting and voice at the Cuban Conservatory of Music “Esteban Salas.” He also became the organist and music director at his home parish, St. Lucia Catholic Church in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. While in the music conservatory he served as organist, harpsichordist and singer for many choirs and ensembles in his city.
In 2008 he graduated from the Cuban Conservatory of Music “Esteban Salas” Cum Laude with departmental distinction as a Choral Conducting Major. He started working at the professional choir Orfeon Santiago as tenor and bass section leader, as well as the director of the children’s choir Mi querido pequeñín. He has worked with professional orchestras, choirs and ensembles under the batons of leading Cuban and international conductors. In January, 2012 he performed for the Pope Benedict XVI. Later on that year, he immigrated to the United States of America.
Upon his arrival to the country, he became very active in the arts and started singing in the Colleguim Musicum of the University of Miami in 2014. In that same year, he began his school teaching experience as a voice instructor at Conchita Espinosa Academy. He won a scholarship and started studying voice performance at Florida International University in the Fall of 2014 and just graduated as Magna Cum Laude and Worlds Ahead in the Spring of 2017. During his college years, he worked as substitute organist and alto section leader in several churches around Miami. Nowadays, he works as the alto section leader at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church of Coconut Grove, continues teaching at Conchita Espinosa Academy and performing as a soloist countertenor.