Concert by Zlata Toshevska and Elena Siljanoska
November 14th from 3 pm
Up an coming Macedonian Zlata Toshevska has a “tremendous warm full lyric leaning to spinto voice that harkens back to the Golden-Age of singing, with exquisite color and nuanced musicality and a natural stage presence and undeniable passion for singing.”
She is a soloist at the Macedonian Opera and Ballet where she performs regularly. She has sung and prepared varied repertoire all from Annina in “La Traviata”, Berta in “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”, Giovanna in “Rigoletto”, Kate Pinkerton in “Rigoletto”, Erste and Zweite Dame from “Die Zauberflote”, The Grandmother from “The little Red Riding Hood”, Lucy in “Telephone”, Yente and Fruma Sarah from “Fiddler on the roof” to the most notable leading soprano roles of Donna Elvira in “Don Giovanni”, Micaela in “Carmen” and Liu in “Turandot”. Ms. Toshevska, also holds a passion and great understanding for the history of opera art form and she eagerly incorporates her knowledge in her performing in the terms of building a believable character.
Apart from the opera stage, she regularly performs on the concert stage. She has attended more than 13 singing master class and opera work-shops. In July 2019 she was granted the “Emerging Artist” scholarship by the Premiere Opera Vocal Arts Institute, to participate at their intensive course of 4 weeks in Trani- Italy where she worked with world renowned voice teachers and conductors as: Dale Fundling, Michael Paul, Barbara Frittoli and Bruno Nicoli from Teatro Alla Scala. Ms. Toshevska has worked with several voice teachers as: Aleksandra Kocevska, Slavica Petrovska Galic, Eriona Dragoicea Gjuzely but most responsible for her success in the solid technique, style and musicianship is Lilia Ilieva with whom she works from 2013.
Ms. Toshevska holds a Masters degree from the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv- Bulgaria and completed her undergraduate work at the University of “St. Cyril and Methodius” in Skopje- Macedonia
Elena Siljanoska was born in 1967 in Russia. From 1982 to 1986, she studied at the Mikhail Glinka High School of Music in Dnepropetrovsk (Ukraine) as a pianist. She studied and graduated from the Faculty of Music of the Pedagogical University in Kiev (Ukraine). She got her master’s degree as a piano accompanist at the Faculty of Musical Arts in Skopje in 2008, under the guidance of prof. Jasminka Chakar. From 1989 to 1991 she performed with the Kiev Chamber Choir as soloist-vocalist and accompanist. She also worked as a piano teacher in Ukraine and Macedonia and participated in the work of the MRTV choir. Elena Siljanoska is a permanent member of the Trio “Maestozo” as well as the Chamber Studio “Bacchus”, with which she has performed at various festivals in Macedonia and abroad (Serbia, Ukraine, Kosovo, USA) with baroque music. She has been the organizer of the competition and concerts of Russian romances “Romansiada” in Macedonia since 2013. She has also participated in the ”Romansiyada” in Bulgaria and Russia. She was engaged in musical-theatrical activity (the performances “Dance of the Snowflake” in 2009 and “Letter to a Woman” in 2012) as a composer and performer. She has translated Macedonian prose and poetry into Russian. She conducted the folk Russian vocal ensemble “Chaika” from 2005 to 2020. Siljanoska was Winner of the State Prize of the Russian Federation in the field of culture “Pushkin Medal” in 2017. She works part-time at the Music Academy in Stip in the class of prof. Boris Trajanov. She has been working as an accompanist at the National Opera and Ballet since 2000 and has participated in projects and concerts with opera soloists and instrumentalists abroad (“Autumn Music Festivities” “Skopje Summer” “Ohrid Summer”, “Golden Lyre”, performances in the US and Russia, as well as at various other events).