Healing power of Rozario. Sunday Telegraph (Australia)
13 July 2003
Patricia Rozario. By Stafford Law.
power of Rozario.
13 July 2003
the phone from her home in London, super-soprano Patricia
Rozario OBE laughs a lot. It's such a lovely sound,
the impulse to provoke more of it is overwhelming.
Rozario laughs easily and often because, she says,
she's happy with her lot.
that moment she's rehearsing hard for a major event
in England before coming to Australia for a very special
concert at the Sydney Opera House later this month.
am absolutely delighted to be coming to Sydney at
this time, truly," she says. "The music
is very special and I am so honoured to be doing it."
music is Lament For Jerusalem, a new work by Sir John
Tavener, commissioned by our very special Father Arthur
Bridge and given its world premiere by Rozario with
the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and the Australian
have been singing John's music for 10 years,"
Rozario says of the eminent Englishman. "He says
he has my voice in mind when he composes and I know
I find I easily identify with his work."
Bombay-born (based in Britain for the past 25 years)
Rozario still has a spicy Indian lilt to her impeccably
modulated voice - this makes her laugh again, then
explain: "My family originally came from Goa
and we were steeped in the western tradition of music.
There were always gatherings around a piano. My mother
played and sang and my father was musical.
loved the popular songs of the music hall. I remember
my father getting out the Italian arias and there
were Gilbert and Sullivan shows for fundraising. They
were fine productions too; my mother put on Oliver!
and my brothers all played pickpockets."
has four brothers, no sisters, lots of cousins and
a lifetime of competition with her elder brother.
"I was always second, he was a boy soprano."
laughs: "Until his voice broke! We grew up with
the Santa Cruz music festival every year and from
the age of seven I was encouraged to take part. It
was marvellous training."
London, she studied at the Guildhall and won the gold
medal and the first of many prizes and awards. She
has performed with the opera greats all over Europe
and Britain. In recent years, she's become a brilliant
concert performer, ranging across baroque to contemporary.
As well as being a Tavener favourite, she has appeared
in Hermann Prey's Schubertiade at the South Bank and
Elvis Costello's Meltdown.
recordings are varied and one she's particularly proud
of is Casken's Golem - which won a Gramophone award.
"Coming from India I had a lot of catching up
to do," she says. "I was immersed in early
music, loved Mozart and then, in the mid-'80s, out
of the blue, I was asked to audition for John Casken."
initial misgivings, it proved to be a turning point
in her career. "Obviously I tried to look for
the easy ones at first." The laugh gurgles again.
"It can be very gruelling, but what was good
was that it forced me to become more competent."
she is stratospherically beyond mere competence will
become clear when she takes the stage in the Concert
work has a very strong spiritual element. People should
not be misled by the title. It unites different religions;
there are two poems going simultaneously: Psalm 137
and a Sufi text. They complement each other and bring
the voices and listeners together. I think it will
be very healing.
Opera House Concert Hall, July 24; phone 9251 3115 or
‘For much of the present decade, Tavener
– exotic, esoteric, devoted to Greek Orthodoxy
recently anointed “the world’s most famous
composer” – has been writing with one
‘The voice belongs to Patricia Rozario….She
has been the inspiration for more than a dozen
pieces – Innocence, Apocalypse, Agrophon and
the hypnotic Akhmatova Songs among them.
Their recent collaboration on disc, the Princess Diana-dedicated
Eternity’s Sunrise, is currently
selling in pop music proportions. Together they make
a distinctly odd couple. Yet together they
also make one of the most successful partnerships
in contemporary British music.’
The Sunday Times
Rozario was born and educated in Bombay, India. She
trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama
(Maggie Teyte Prize, Gold Medal of the Worshipful
Company of Musicians) and at the National Opera Studio
in London under Vera Rozsa.
On the operatic stage in Great Britain, Patricia Rozario
has appeared with English National Opera, Opera North,
Glyndebourne Touring Opera and at the Garsington Festival
in operas by Beethoven, Belisa, Gluck, Haydn, Massenet,
Monteverdi, Mozart and Purcell and at the Aldeburgh
and Almeida Festivals in operas by Casken and Tavener.
On the operatic stage abroad, she has appeared in
Aix-en- Provence, Brussels, Frankfurt, Ghent, Innsbrück,
Lyons and Stuttgart in operas by Cimarosa, Gluck,
Händel and Mozart.
the late Sir Georg Solti, Patricia Rozario toured
the major European capital cities in Mozart’s
Le Nozze di Figaro.
opera engagements include Angelica (Orlando)
with De Vlaamse Opera.
the concert platform, Patricia Rozario is regarded
as one of the outstanding recitalists of her generation.
She has appeared in recital at the Royal Opera House,
Covent Garden and is regularly engaged as a soloist
for the BBC Promenade Concerts.
has made regular appearances with the Songmakers’
Almanac from its inception and has appeared in recital
and concert at the Aldeburgh, Bath, Cheltenham, Edinburgh,
Harrogate and City of London Festivals. She was part
of Hermann Prey’s Schubertiade on London’s
South Bank, where she appeared in Elvis Costello’s
Nightingale’s to Blame (Holt)
‘..as with Tavener, Rozario is Holt’s
the part of Belissa was written especially for
her….Rozario’s fluid ability to traverse
Tavener’s leaps and swooning, swelling
interval shifts seems to have fired Holt’s
of Eros (Tavener)
'Fleezanis played impressively and was
joined by a remarkable soprano, Patricia
Rozario. She achieved just the right earthy
tone in the third movement, along with
some stunning top notes, including a high
Michael Anthony, Star Tribune
Patricia Rozario has made numerous concert appearances
in, amongst other cities, Amsterdam, Athens, Berlin,
Halle, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Köln, Leipzig, Madrid,
Minneapolis, New York, Paris, Perth, Rouen, Strasbourg,
Toronto, Vienna, Winterthur and Zürich.
‘Rozario’s voice floats high in long,
melismatic lines over an ethereal landscape of periodinstrument
strings, bells and harp. Although Rozario’s
name is currently more associated with living composers,
she has worked frequently with earlier music and here
welcomes the juxtaposition of a modern vision and
Rozario has made more than 30 recordings, from world
premières of works by Sir John Tavener (Eternity’s
Sunrise, Agraphon, Akhmatova Songs, Fall and Resurrection),
to Canteloube’s Songs of the Auvergne with
the Philharmonia Orchestra under the baton of the
late Sir John Pritchard, to a recital of Spanish
Songs with her husband, the pianist Mark Troop.
engagements include a concert tour with the Beethoven
Academie; the première and recording of a
Tavener’s Ikon of Eros with the Minnesota
Symphony Orchestra; a concert tour with the BT Scottish
Ensemble; two concerts at the Perth Festival and
a concert with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.
& Resurrection (Tavener)
‘Patricia Rozario sang the fiendishly
soprano part marvellously.’
Sunday Telegraph, Michael Kennedy
‘John Tavener’s short and sweet Eternity’s
Sunrise, beautifully sung by the composer’s
favourite soprano, Patricia Rozario…’
The Sunday Times
include a concert tour to the major English Festivals
with the Academy of Ancient Music, the performance and
recording of Tavener’s Veil of the Temple
with the Temple Church, Arvo Pärt’s Come
Ante (which was written for Patricia Rozario) with
the Russian National Orchestra in Moscow and the Gothenburg
Symphony Orchestra, both under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski;
the première and recording of a new Tavener commission
with the Sydney Philharmonia at the Sydney Opera House;
two concerts in Israel; and Handel’s Messiah
with the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra.
was awarded the OBE in the United Kingdom New Year’s
Honours List 2001, for services to Music.
International Arts Festival/Schoenberg String Quartet No.2
'The work, unusually, incorporates a part for soprano voice
and here, in ensemble with the
visiting Szymanowski Quartet, the superb Bombay-born Patricia
Rozario employed with high
artistry an opulent vocal quality that
rode with ease the accompanying instrumental wave as it
negotiated an often excruciatingly
difficult vocal line. If you missed this event, make every
effort to attend further concerts which
feature Rozario; she has a voice worth getting excited about.'
Neville Cohn/The West Australian
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