Gustav & Nimrod


Gustav & Nimrod

Aug. 9, 9:15 p.m.
Villa Marigola, Lerici


Nimrod Borenstein (1969 – )
Concerto for cello and strings, op. 56b
Gustav Mahler (1860 – 1911)
Symphony no. 4 in G major for soprano and orchestra
(chamber ensemble version by Erwin Stein)

Alexey Zhilin, cello Melinda Hughes, soprano
Youth Orchestra of Magna Graecia
Nimrod Borenstein, director

Melinda Hughes, soprano
Cum Laude degree from the Maastricht Conservatory of Music and master’s degree from the Royal College of Music, Melinda Hughes completed her voice studies at the Brussels Opera Studio. She toured with the André Rieu Strauss Orchestra for three years, after-which she pursued her operatic career, which has taken her to more than forty countries. She has sung many lead roles including Madama Butterfly, Aida, Fiordiligi La Contessa, Violetta, Tosca, Mimi, Nedda, Gilda & Pamina. Melinda is a specialist in Weimar Cabaret having released two CDs ‘Smoke & Noise’ and Weimar & Back under the Nimbus Alliance Label. She received critical acclaim at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe for Margo, half woman half beast, a dramatic musical co-written with Jeremy Limb (directed by Sarah Sigal) about the Weimar Berlin cabaret singer Margo Lion. Melinda and Jeremy are best known for their satirical songs and comedy, which have led them to perform regularly on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio London. They have performed at festivals such as Hay on Wye, The Al Bustan Festival Lebanon, Holders Festival Barbados, The Cotton House, Mustique and are regulars at London’s foremost cabaret venue, The Crazy Coqs in Zedel, Piccadilly. Aside from her writing and performing, Melinda curates the winter season of concerts at The Chelsea Arts Club, she is the Artistic Director of a festival in Barbados, encouraging collaboration between local and international musicians and she is currently writing an opera comedy radio series spearheaded by her new comic opera character Clemeniza Von Trunksale with Jeremy Limb and Kevin Day (producer of the BBC satirical show Have I got news for you).

The concert is scheduled to begin at 9:15 pm. The kind audience is advised to arrive early to proceed to take their seats.