St Bride's: Music - Titika Maragoula – soprano, Hara Kostogianni – piano

St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Titika Maragoula – soprano, Hara Kostogianni – piano

Tuesday, 26 February at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Titika Maragoula – soprano, Hara Kostogianni – pianoTitika Maragoula – soprano, Hara Kostogianni – piano

J Massenet

Obéissons quand leur voix appelle (Manon)

G Fauré

1. Chanson d'amour op. 27 no. 1

2. La fée aux chansons op. 27 no. 2

En prière

C Debussy


1. Pagodes

2. La soirée dans Grenade

3. Jardins sous la pluie

G Fauré

Notre amour op. 23 no. 2

E Chausson

Les papillons op. 2 no. 3

Sérénade italienne op. 2 no. 5

E Chabrier

Bourrée fantasque

G Fauré

Après un rêve op. 27 no. 1

G Donizetti

Il faut partir (La fille du régiment)

Titika Maragoula holds a Diploma in Voice from the Greek Conservatory, Athens and a Master's in Voice Performance from California State University in Northridge, Los Angeles. With Opera Works she has performed in scenes and arias from the soprano coloratura repertory including Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) by Rossini, the title role in Thomas' Mignon, Rosario (La maja y el ruiseñor) by Granados, Oscar (Un Ballo in maschera) by Verdi, Sophie (Werther) by Massenet and she was commended by Ann Baltz as an 'exciting singer-actress'.

She has collaborated as a soloist with the National Radio's Third Programme Children's Choir (Rosy Mastrosava, conductor), with members of the Orchestra of the National Opera of Paris in Mozart's Exultate Jubilate (Michael Martin, conductor), with the Sinfonietta of Athens in Delibes' Le Rossignol (George Aravidis, conductor), with the Chorus of the National Opera of Athens, in  Verdi's Aida at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus (Loukas Karytinos, conductor). Recent concert work includes the soprano solos in Mozart's Requiem at St. Michael's, Bishop's Stortford (Richard Carr, conductor).

She has participated in the summer festival of the Mansion of the Duchess of Plakentia, Athens, 'Evenings of Classical Music' in Chania, Crete and 'Dimitria' in Thessaloniki. In America, Titika has sung in special venues like St Sophia Cathedral, Los Angeles and  the historic St John's Episcopal Church, Detroit in Bach's Cantata 'Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen' (Charles Kennedy, organist). Upcoming recitals include: Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Cambridge and St Pancras Church, London.

Hara Kostogianni was born in Greece and began her studies at the National Conservatory of Athens, Greece where she was awarded the Soloist Diploma at 17 years of age with 'Excellent Unanimously' and First Prize. She continued her studies at the Royal College of Music in London where she successfully completed both the BMus (Hons) in Music in Performance, and the MMus in Music in Advanced Performance courses under the guidance of the distinguished pianist Julian Jacobson. She has had lessons and taken part in masterclasses both on solo performance and accompaniment given by highly-respected musicians such as Konstantin and Julia Ganev, Lazar Berman, Yuri Zhislin, David Takeno and Dame Felicity Lott.

Hara has won several prizes as a soloist including Second Prize at the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition and First Prize at the 'Pozzo do Gotto' international competition in Italy. She has given recitals and played with orchestras in Great Britain, Greece, Italy and France. Hara is currently a member of the Calliope Duo and has been working with the Sandra Scott Singing Studios and has performed in various venues with those ensembles such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Gallery in London and St John's Waterloo. She has also done her first steps at discography with pieces by distinguished Greek composers such as Mikis Theodorakis and Tasoulla Christou. Hara has been giving piano lessons for the last thirteen years and is currently a Visiting Music Teacher at Caterham School in London.

Soprano Titika Maragoula holds a Master's degree in Voice Performance from California State University, Northridge in Los Angeles. She has collaborated with the National Lyric Opera of Athens, National Radio's Third Programme, Sinfonietta of Athens and with members of the National Opera of Paris.

Hara Kostogianni started her studies at the National Conservatory of Athens where she was awarded the Soloist Diploma with BMus (Hons) and two years later she graduated from the Royal College of Music after obtaining the MMus in Music in Advanced Performance. Hara has performed with orchestras and has given recitals in Greece, Italy, France and the UK both as a soloist and as an accompanist.