Opera for Peace Announces Inaugural Circular Culture Event with Lerici Music Festival

24th May 2021

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July 2nd-3rd 2021, Opera for Peace & the Lerici Music Festival will co-host the inaugural Circular Culture events in beautiful Lerici, Italy, sharing an innovative new initiative linking the performing arts and circular economy values. Events will include performances from Opera for Peace Emerging Artists accompanied by Maestro Gianluca Marcianò, conferences around the protection of our oceans, the energy transition towards more sustainable, greener energy systems, and how culture and artists are relevant to our world. With a special guest star appearance from mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina, all taking place in the open-air at the stunning Castello di Lerici.



Participating Emerging Artists:


Betty Garcés, soprano (Colombia)


Born in Buenaventura, on the shores of the Colombian Pacific coast, Betty Garcés has a beautiful and growing career as the first Afro-Colombian opera singer internationally. “My life has been marked by unexpected events, and now I can say I am grateful, since they have somehow been the common thread with very big dreams. It is wonderful to look back on each of these chapters, to see how, despite the difficulties and gaps, the doors that mark, step by step, the fulfillment of the greatest desires have been opened along the way “. Betty is currently studying with Opera for Peace Artistic and Musical Advisor Kamal Khan, and being mentored by several Opera for Peace artists: Maestro Daniele Rustioni, Denyce Graves and Brian Jagde.


Leonardo Sánchez, tenor (Mexico)


Born in Orizaba-Veracruz, at 23 he was the youngest member of the Zürich Opera House. Later he made his debut in Italy in his first Traviata, in Savona, at the age of 25 with Rosa Feola and Renata Scotto as director. He was studying medicine when, at 18, his father introduced him to the world of opera. His singing teacher invited him to sing a concert with him, and the experience of being on stage with 50 other people (the orchestra, the technicians and the conductor), communicating with the audience without words made him feel “complete, without needing anything else.”



Additional details:


Activities to be held outside, weather permitting, in secure health conditions. Events subject to change due to current local authority and government outlines and restrictions.


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