Rhapsody España… Celebrating Spain’s culture

This month we bring Vivid, evocative, passionate… Spain’s geographical position and history mean that its culture has absorbed musical traditions from Arab, Gypsy, Jewish, African and Greek populations. This fiery influence has inspired the music of countries around the globe, yet still maintains the multi-faceted colors of and inspired by España.

Nilda Maria Comas has been commissioned for numerous major monuments in bronze and marble throughout Europe and the U.S. and her work is featured in exhibitions, museums and galleries throughout the world. Nilda maintains studios in Pietra Santa, Italy and Fort Lauderdale, Fl.

In the Masterpiece Spotlight…

In honor of the bicentennial,  the Government of Argentina commissioned Nilda Comas to sculpt a 12′ tall bronze Equestrian Monument of General Jose de San Martin as a gift to the city of Miami. This evening Nilda is displaying the model (limited edition) of this new work of art.
Capturing the moment…Jonathan Aizenstat.  Jonathan is an extraordinarily  talented young painter, sculptor, and author from Peru. At the age of 4 Jonathan was diagnosed with Tuberous Sclerosis and he and his parents moved to South Florida for easier access to the best medical care. Under NIlda’s guidance, Jonathan is thriving as an artist and is constantly astounding with his creativity and inspiration.

Maria Antunez, soprano

In the past few seasons Maria Antunez, originally form Uruguay, has appeared in important stages such as the Kennedy Center in Washington, Los Angeles Opera, the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Teatro Nacional in Santo Domingo, Teatro Solis in Montevideo and the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

Maria lives with her husband, tenor Martin Nusspaumer and their daughter Amelia in Miami.

Martin Nusspaumer, tenor
One of the outstanding singers of his generation, Martin Nusspaumer “possesses star potential, with a tenor reminiscent of Domingo. His control of diction and intonation, phrasing, and deeply emotional delivery is stunning.” “Nusspaumer’s singing was excellent throughout, virile and showcasing a heroic tenor with clarion top notes.” South Florida Classical Review

Last season Martin appeared as Rodolfo in Puccini’s “La Boheme” and Arrigo in Verdi’s “La battaglia di Legnano” with Sarasota Opera. This season highlights include Lensky in “Eugene Onegin” with Florida Grand Opera.

Ciro Fodere, piano

Ciro. Foderé is the First Prize Winner of the XIV Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofieff International Competition. Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Ciro started studying piano at age four. Since moving to the United States while still a teenager, his teachers and mentors have been Enrique Graf and the late Earl Wild. Ciro is an active teacher in the community, and is a professor at the New World School of the Arts, University of Florida in Miami.