Duo Encanto with Natali Boghossian (mezzo-soprano coloratura) and Hans van Beelen (piano) gave a special performance with Ilia Laporev, guest principal cello of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra.


     Natali and Hans were lucky enough to meet just before the pandemics hit, and they have been performing together since then. Natali is noticeable for her stage presence, warmth, natural dramatic performance and utmost certainty of vocal technique. Her passion for languages shows itself in the fact that she sings in 11 languages on the stage. Hans complements her with his extensive experience in music and genuine musical sensitivity. In a dialogue with each other, they share their emotions with their audience both verbally and musically, touching them with their humour, sensitivity and warmth. Hence their name "Duo Encanto," which means sing and charm.


     And for this special concert in this intimate environment, cellist Ilia Laporev joined the synergy of Natali and Hans with the colourful, deep and velvety sound of his instrument. An active name in the international orchestra and chamber music world, Ilia is now the guest principal cello of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra.


     These three artists coming from different backgrounds speak the same universal language: the language of emotions. With their artistic and personal friendship, the performance guaranteed a cozy evening full of beautiful, intense moments as they took the audience on a beautiful musical journey with masterpieces by Berlioz, Schubert, Franck, Massenet, Braga and more.


     Dutch composer Alphons Diepenbrock’s piece “I’m no longer alone” (Ik ben in eenzaamheid niet meer alleen) that had been commissioned to Ardashes Agoshian arranged especially for this concert was world-premiered on the composer’s 160th birthday in 2022.


     The concert started in front of the art gallery in De Hallen and then moved to Cafe Belcampo for the rest of the concert!


     This project was made possible by NORMA Grants.


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