Mezzo Mónica Danilov & Soprano Eugenia Forteza Reunite For ‘Viaje Musical’ In Colombia

By David Salazar

Audiences in Bogotá, Colombia will be taken on a musical journey on July 6, 2018, when soprano Eugenia Forteza and mezzo-soprano Mónica Danilov join forces for a recital at the Museo Nacional.

The concert, entitled “Viaje Musical,” kicks off at 6 p.m. and will include arias and duets from such composers as Bizet, Rossini, Puccini, Catán, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Gershwin, and Bernstein, among others, running around one hour in length. They will be joined by pianist Hernan Herrera.

It will be the first time that the two artists have performed together in many years.

“Eugenia is one of those friends that you meet on this musical journey that turn into forever friends,” Danilov told OperaWire.

“Mónica and I met in San Francisco many years ago during an opera program,” Forteza added regarding their friendship. “We had an immediate connection and we became great friends. Mónica is a great artist and an incredible person. It is a pleasure to finally be able to sing together and to offer this program in Bogotá, where I will be for the first time.

“This concert reflects both of our international identities, which is one of the big reasons why we have always had this special connection.”

While Forteza is singing in Colombia for the first time, Colombian-American Danilov has enjoyed tremendous success in the South American country, appearing in productions of “Florencia en el Amazonas,” “Elijah,” “Carmen,” and “Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny,” in Bogotá and Medellín, among other cities. Her breakout came in a run of “La Novica Rebelde / The Sound of Music,” when she was featured in OPERANEWS. She also performs regularly abroad and will be touring in Egypt, Ghana, and Serbia this summer following “Viaje Musical.”

“It’s always a real treat to be able to sing at the Museo Nacional,” she noted regarding the venue of “Viaje Musical.” “They have a beautiful concert space and were generous enough to invite us to perform. As a student at Manhattan School of Music in 2011, I was able to sing a recital there as well, so it’s very nice to be able to be back in this space as a professional.”

French-Argentinean soprano Forteza recently wowed New York audiences as Thérèse and the Dada Queen in the highly-successful world premiere of Jarrar-Goodwin’s “Tabula Rasa.” Regarding her performance, OperaWire’s Logan Martell noted, “Forteza’s preceding aria ‘Just as two hills lie upon their back,’[…]  was bathed in soothing legato before slowly ascending into a passionate, pleading fortissimo A flat on ‘Would you still love me?’” The soprano is also set to appear as Noémie in Massenet’s “Cendrillon” at the Festival d’Art Vocal de Montréal in August and will join the Christman Opera Company’s production of “Adriana McMannes” in New York City this fall in the role of Mrs. Tonti.