Daphne Rubin-Vega and Camille Zamora to Team with Sonnambula 2/5 at Hispanic Society

Broadway star Daphne Rubin-Vega and acclaimed soprano Camille Zamora join forces with Sonnambula as the concert series at The Hispanic Society of America continues in 2015 with Zarzuela: Música de Teatro from the Siglo de Oro (Zarzuela: Theatrical Music from the Spanish Golden Age).

A two-time Tony and Drama Desk nominee and recipient of the Theater World, Obie and Blockbuster awards, Daphne Rubin-Vega has been embraced by New York audiences for her many Broadway appearances, including Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, Conchita in Anna in the Tropics, and her Tony-nominated creation of the role of Mimi in Rent. Onscreen, she has received acclaim as Lucy in Jack Goes Boating directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tia in Flawless opposite Robert De Niro and, on the small screen, Agnes on the NBC hit series Smash. In her debut performance at The Hispanic Society of America, Rubin-Vega will share classic texts from The Hispanic Society's collection, including dramatic works by Lope de Vega (1562-1635), Francisco de Quevedo (1580-1645), Luis de Góngora (1561-1627), and Pedro Calderón de la Barca (1600-1681).

Praised this season by the New York Times for her "dignity and glowing sound," soprano Camille Zamora has garnered acclaim in repertoire ranging from Mozart to tango. Highlights of her current season include concert performances with American Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Center; role debuts as Mimì in La bohème, La Statue in Rameau's Pygmalion, The Countess in Schubert's Die Verschworenen, and Lucia in Hindemith's The Long Christmas Dinner; and the world premiere recording of Scott Gendel's "At Last" with Yo-Yo Ma. A champion of zarzuela, she has been praised by NBC Latino and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus as a leading interpreter of Spanish classical vocal repertoire. In her performance at The Hispanic Society, she will collaborate with Sonnambula in Baroque arias from the Siglo de Oro, or the Golden Age of Spanish song.

Praised for its "warm, full sound" by The New Yorker's Alex Ross and hailed as a "new ensemble to watch for" (New York's Gotham Early Music Scene), Sonnambula is a Renaissance ensemble that brings to light unknown music for various combinations of early instruments with the lush sound of the viol at the core. The group has performed on historic instruments at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, has been a featured ensemble at the Amherst Early Music Festival, and currently has an annual residence at The Hispanic Society of America in New York City. Founded in 2011, the group was selected by Early Music America for inclusion on the EMA Touring Ensembles roster, and continues its mission of commissioning new work for viol consort. Sonnambula has designed this program to comprise early Baroque zarzuela arias interspersed with virtuosic guitar pieces of the period, rustic "folia" variations, and recitations from period texts drawn from manuscripts in The Hispanic Society's collection.

The Hispanic Society Concert Series was inaugurated in 2010 as a free program to promote the music of Spanish and Hispanic composers. The series features many of the century's greatest musical artists in programs that augment and contextualize the Society's rich artistic holdings, which include masterpieces by El Greco, Goya, Morales, Murillo, Ribera, Velázquez, Zuloaga, Zurbarán, Fortuny and Sorolla; sculpture from the first millennium B.C. to the 20th century; and a collection of more than 250,000 books and manuscripts from the 12th century to the present. The concert series at The Hispanic Society of America is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and Spain Culture New York - Consulate General of Spain.

A limited number of free tickets for this event may be reserved by contacting The Hispanic Society at friends@hispanicsociety.org / 212- 926 22 34 Ext. 250.


Zarzuela: Música de Teatro from the Siglo de Oro

interpreted by

Daphne Rubin-Vega, actor

Camille Zamora, soprano



Jude Ziliak and Liv Heym, violins

Elizabeth Weinfield, Amy Domingues, and Shirley Hunt, viola da gamba

Dylan Sauerwald, virginal

Esteban La Rotta, baroque guitar

Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 7:00p.m

The Hispanic Society of America (Broadway between 155th and 156th Streets)

Admission Free. RSVP required: friends@hispanicsociety.org / 212- 926 22 34 Ext. 250.

Watch clips of both ladies in performance below!

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