"Piques Dames" female vocal ensemble from New York City
"Pique Dames" is a group of talented, classically trained female vocalists that perform in the New York metropolitan area at musical festivals, weddings, radio shows private and corporate events. Their repertoire includes a variety of Slavic and European Classical and Folk vocal music as well as compositions from operatic and sacred classics. The group is the winner of Long Island Internatial Chamber Competition. "Pique Dames" have performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, Trinity Church's "Concerts at One" Series, Lang Hall at Hunter College.
"... brilliantly performed rarely heard chamber masterpieces that took us into deepest Russia with all its Slavic darkness, love of nature, and color of the folkloric tradition. The program was like a Faberge egg, a rare jewel that kept unfolding more and more until it ended... I've never seen performers have such a good time on stage. Their vitality was infectious, and won us over easily. "
~ The Berkshire Review for the Arts ~ (Carnegie Hall, October 19, 2008)
"Many of the lyrics in both the classical and folk compositions drew parallels between nature and human emotions. And the trio's performance told each story with the sensitivity and force that could bring both together."
~ Fort Lee Suburbanite ~ (Carnegie Hall, October 19, 2008)
Olga Shyp, a native of Ukraine, is a graduate of the Odessa State Musical Academy (formerly known as Odessa State Conservatory). She has sung numerous operatic roles including Despina, Cosi Fan Tutte; Adina, L'Elisir d'Amore; Norina, Don Pasquale; Violetta, La Traviata; Silberklang, Der Schauspieldirektor; Lucie, The Telephone; Tonina, Primo la Musica, Poi le Parole; Oksana, Zaporozhets Beyond the Danube; La Chauve-Souris, L'Enfant et les Sortileges; the title role in Rimsky-Korsakov's Snow Maiden. An accomplished recitalist and oratorio soloist, Olga has has performed in the United States and toured Western and Eastern Europe. Her oratorio repertoire includes Handel's Messiah, Brahms' Requiem, Mozart's Requiem, J.S. Bach's Magnificat, Johannes Passion and Matteus Passion.
Olga combines her career of a classical singer with other related activities, such as conducting, directing and teaching. Her upcoming engagements include directing and appearance in the concert of short operas at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall on October 1, 2010 presented by Remarkable Theater Brigade. Olga's recent engagements with this company include a fundraiser for Haiti, Opera Shorts at Carnegie Hall (2009), Emerging Composers Chamber Operas concert (in collaboration with Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music), performing in a master class with Marvin Hamlisch and directing a concert of opera scenes for its 2009 Young Artist Program.
Karina Azatyan, a native of Armenia, is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music and Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music. She has worked as a vocal coach and an accompanist with Virginia Opera, Opera Lyra in Ottawa, Israel Vocal Arts Institute, Virginia Opera, New York Vocal Institute, Dell'Arte Opera Ensemble, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Brooklyn College Opera Theatre, Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy, New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera and collaborated with many acclaimed musicians such as Lyuba Kazarnovskaya of Kirov Theater, Angela Brown of Metropolitan Opera, Oksana Kravitskaya of Bolshoi Theater, violinist Dmitry Zuckerman, et al.
Ms. Azatyan is a recipient of scholarships from the American-Israel Cultural Foundation and from the Jewish Foundation for Education of Women. She has received full scholarships from Manhattan School of Music and Jerusalem Academy of Music.
Ms.Azatyan is a currently a vocal coach at New York University and Manhattan School of Music.
Roza Tulyaganova, a native of Uzbekistan, is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music. She has sung Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi (Mississippi Opera), Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus (Las Vegas), Musetta in La Boheme (Cantiamo Opera, NY), Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Brooklyn Opera), Micaela in Carmen (Brooklyn Conservatory), Livia in Cimarosa's L' Italiana in Londra and La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi (Manhattan School of Music), First Lady in Die Zauberflote (Intermezzo Festival in Florida), Fiordilidgi in Cosi fan Tutte (Hubbard Opera Theater, NY), Nella in Gianni Schicchi (Rockland Opera, NY), and Donna Anna in Stone Guest (Stony Brook University).
Ms. Tulyaganova also appeared as a featured artist in concerts with Las Vegas Opera and Las Vegas Philharmonic. She is a first place winner of Texas Music Teachers Association Competition, two time District winner of Metropolitan Opera Audition, district winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Award, and a finalist of the Meistersinger Competition in Graz, Austria.
Elena Mindlina, a native of Russian Federation, is a graduate of the State Saratov Conservatory with a Master's Degree in violin. She moved to New York to study Musical Theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Manhattan. After her Broadway and Off- Broadway debuts shortly after graduation, Ms. Mindlina decided to explore the riveting field of classical singing. She received a Master's Degree as an opera singer in May 2010 from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Her favorite operatic roles include Dorabella in Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte; Alessandro in Cavalli's Eliogabalo (NY premiere). Roles in preparation: Cherubino, Le Nozze di Figaro; Rosina, Il Barbiere di Siviglia; Sesto, Giulio Cesare; Zerlina, Don Giovanni.
Acclaimed Russian Jewish singer and actor from New York Yakov Yavno
Piques Dames perform in the New York metropolitan area. Their repertoire includes a variety of Slavic and European Classical and Folk vocal music as well as compositions from operatic and sacred classics.
Singer, keyboard player, MC Yury Mitchenko is available in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania
Abdula - popular and traditional songs from Caucasus Mountains. video
Russian singer, Bass-baritone Alexander Prokhorov from Boston, Massachusetts was born in Russia. Now he lives in Boston, where he is engaged as one of the performing artists with Boston University's Opera Institute. Alexander has been described as a "true deep bass with tones, that immediately astonished with their midnight-dark, chasm depth of richness and powerful timber..."
Russian singer (bass-barytone) Boris Kletinich from Montreal, Canada was graduated from the University of Theater Art and Film of Moscow (Russia). During his military service, he was soloist of the Air Force Orchestra and Chorus of the Red Army. Boris can sing different musical forms: Russian popular and love songs, rock and love ballad, the jazz, the popular writings of Broadway, the Jewish and Latin America songs, arias of opera.