The Boston Arts Consort
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Our Primary Performers
Linda Papatopoli, pianist & director
Linda Papatopoli is a classical pianist who performs extensively in the Boston area as well as having given performances in Europe, Japan, and Carnegie Recital Hall. In recent years Ms. Papatopoli's repertoire has expanded to include her passion for the classical music of Spain, and her interest in literature and culture has led her to found the Boston Arts Consort, a successful performing arts and culture group she has directed since 2008, performing standard Spanish classical repertoire as well as Zarzuela. Ms. Papatopoli is also active in performances of the music of Boston composers of the Victorian era with soprano Jean Danton, and she is publishing a book of new translations and performance practice of Japanese Art Song with soprano Meena Malik. She is on the teaching faculty of Boston College and is on the piano roster of the José Mateo Ballet Theatre.
Luis De Haro, chief advising executive and food connoisseur
Madrid-born Luis de Haro is a connoisseur with an intense affinity for the complexity and variety of the regional cuisine of Spain. From the Sol Melia in Mallorca, Spain to the 5-Star Conrad Hotel in Punta del Este, Uruguay, he has savored the food and beverage offerings of a multitude of hotels in America, Europe, the Philippines and the Caribbean Basin, where he often identified the flavors of Spain and the influence of tapas in each country. Chef De Haro believes in a creative, yet practical, approach to cooking that engages the cook exploring the quality and healthy ingredients of the Mediterranean. He is a well-known figure in the Boston area teaching in various culinary programs and involved in promoting the culture and language of Spain. He has been an invaluable advisor and chef to the Boston Arts Consort since 2006.
Margarita Campos, guest lecturer
Margarita Campos is familiar to Boston audiences for her engaging lectures on Spanish art and culture, including Almovador's films: Aesthetic and Passion, A Poet's Life: Lorca in Words and Music, and "Goyescas: When Art Becomes Music", celebrating the great piano work of Granados inspired by Goya. Ms. Campos is a native of Spain where she is Professor of Communications at Barcelona University and is a certified practitioner of nuerolinguistic programming. She makes her home in both Barcelona, Spain, and Brookline, Ma.
Elizabeth Leehey, clarinet
Elizabeth Leehey is a clarinetist and music educator in the Boston area and a graduate of the Boston Conservatory. She has been a featured soloist in concert series at universities, music schools and art centers in the United States and Spain. Ms. Leehey's many interests include Alexander Technique and its relationship to music making, and a passion for Spanish music and culture. She is co-creator of several new transcriptions for flute and clarinet duo which are available at sheetmusicplus.com. She maintains a studio in Sharon, Ma. where she gives private instruction and chamber music coaching to children and adults.
Donal O'Sullivan, actor/narrator
Donal O'Sullivan started acting in 1985 when it offered him the opportunity to lead an invasion of Italy at night while working as a paralegal during the day. (Napoleon in "Man of Destiny" ) Since then he has performed as an actor, narrator and circus ringmaster around the Boston area. He is a member of the Here Comes Everybody Players who specialize in dramatizations of the works of James Joyce. His last performances included performing in an international conference on Joyce in Canada, and playing the part of Joyce in the play "Rosemary and Thyme", written by Boston playwright Debbie Wiess. Donal is already known to many Provincetown residents for his moving monologues about life jackets, restrooms, and the beauties of Provincetown.
Eve Costarelli, flamenco artist
Through her exploration of flamenco and its connection to the subtle body, Eve Costarelli's dancing personifies the power and stillness held within the music of Spanish gypsies. Ms. Costarelli, along with flamenco guitarist, Antonio “Tiriti” Tran, make up the duo ¡Olé Flamenco!, which provides educational and experimental flamenco performances and workshops. Ms. Costarelli is the creator of Always Be Dancing: Yoga and Flamenco for EveryBody, an all-inclusive mindful movement.co! providing educational and experiential flamenco performances and workshops. Ms. Costarelli is the creator
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Christian Figueroa, tenor
Puerto Rican opera singer and actor Christian Figueroa graduated from Syracuse University and received his Masters in Music from the New England Conservatory of Music. Mr Figueroa has been profiled on CNN's "Career Connections" and on the People En Español Website. Recently "El Planeta" Newspaper of Boston named him one of the “100 most influential people for the Hispanic community of Massachusetts” power meter list. He has recorded & performed as Principal Singer at Carnegie Hall in The Orchestra Moves, The Orchestra Rocks, & The Orchestra Sings concerts. For the Peace Corps 50th Anniversary Celebration Christian was asked to sing the National Anthem at Fenway Park.. He also recorded the role of Antigonus in the opera Winter’s Tale with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project - BMOP Sound Record Label. Christian stays active in the commercial and film world and can be seen in the German movies Ways Of Love playing Dante Farinelliand in Why Did I Say Yes as the Hotel Manager. Commercials include: CT State Lottery, KFC, United Airlines, Pearl Vision, Orbit Gum, The Hartford, Penn Foster College, Anton's Cleaners, Atlantic Broadband, and The Boston Road Calling Card. www.facebook.com/ChristianFigueroaPage
Roberto Rios, flamenco guitar
Roberto Rios has performed as a dance accompanist and solo guitarist for over forty years. He has appeared with Omayra Amaya, Jose Greco, the Rogelio Rodriguez Spanish Dancers, Gitanerias, the Ramon de los Reyes Spanish Dance Theatre, the Houston Pops Orchestra and the Central Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Rios performs traditional flamenco from Andalusia and is the father of dancers Isabel Rios and Faustino Rios with whom he formed a performance group. They can be seen throughout the New England area.
Clara Sandler, mezzo-soprano
Clara Sandler, mezzo-soprano, a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, feels at home in a wide range of styles, from opera, oratorio and recitals, to zarzuela and tango. Clara Sandler was the featured soloist at the Boston premiere of Górecki’s “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs” with the Boston Chamber Ensemble. With this orchestra she also performed Wagner’s “Wesendonck Lieder”, her singing praised by The Boston Globe for its “dark and attractive timbre”. She has appeared in opera and oratorio with many Boston area music organizations. An avid researcher of music from Spain and Latin America, Clara Sandler has presented many recitals in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Uruguay and in her native Buenos Aires. She has appeared in many concerts with the Boston Arts Consort, Her CD “Alma Apasionada, Songs from Spain and Argentina”, recorded in Jordan Hall with pianist William Merrill, was released by Newport Classic. Clara Sandler is on the voice faculty at Boston College and the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. She received her certification as a teacher of the Alexander Technique at the Alexander Technique Center of Cambridge, under master teacher Tommy Thompson. She teaches Alexander Technique classes at NEC as well as privately. She recently presented the workshop “Voice & Movement, a Flowing Integration” at the Freedom to Make Music Alexander Technique Conference 2018 in New York.