Zachary James, Maria Maksakova, & Bryan Murray Headline Talents of the World’s Online International Music Festival

By Logan Martell

Talents of the World has announced the lineup for its 3rd International Music Festival. Normally held at Carnegie Hall, this year’s festival will instead be presented virtually, and will feature a number of renowned and emerging artists.

The festival will open on December 12 with “Classical Christmas with the Stars,” a program of arias, duets, and ensemble numbers that celebrate love and the holidays. The festival will conclude on December 20 with “Holiday Pops from Around the World,” which will showcase beloved holiday songs from different cultures.

Among the artists featured are bass Zachary James and mezzo Nino Surguladze of the Metropolitan Opera; soprano Tamar Iveri and tenor Tomislav Muzek of La Scala; rising baritone Bryan Murray, who placed first in TotW’s 2019 Voice Competition; soprano Maria Maksakova of Kyiv Opera Theater; legendary soprano Aprile Millo; company President David Gvinianidze; and Director Olga Lisovskaya.

Both concerts will be available to stream on Talents of the World’s Facebook and Zoom, with the latter platform including an interactive audience feature, adding a layer of connection in these times of distance.