Gustavo Feulien To Headline Wilmington Music Festival

By Logan Martell

The Wilmington Music Festival has announced an exciting lineup of events for their upcoming opera gala, which will see four nights of performances from Feb. 6 to 9, 2020.

The Opening Night Gala will feature distinguished performers and educators, such as Pavlina Dokovska, the chair of the piano department at the Mannes School of Music, Shuai Zhao of China’s Zi’an Conservatory of Music, Aza Sydykov of Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and more.

The second evening will be headlined by Argentinian baritone Gustavo Feulien, praised by Opera News for his “interesting and convincing portrayal of Scarpia,” in Puccini’s “Tosca.” Feulien will be joined by tenor Michael Rallis and soprano Nikoleta Rallis, an operatic father-daughter duo, for a wide-ranging program of musical favorites.

The third night will solely feature the winners of the WMF’s Emerging Artists Worldwide Auditions, whose candidates spanned 23 countries such as Brazil, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Hungary, Japan, and more. The artists of this evening will be accompanied by Sydykov and Dr. Barry Salwen, professor of Piano at University of North Carolina Wilmington.

The final night will be the festival’s “Piano Fireworks” concert, featuring all five of their pianists. In addition to solo works, they will perform pieces for two and four pianists, sure to make for a stunning display of keyboard virtuosity.

All performances begin at 7:30 PM, and will be held at Beckwith Recital Hall at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.