• Sophia Loren, Whoopi Goldberg, Robert Redford
  • Ballet Gala
  • Carlo Ponti conducts
  • Gargiulo Dinner
  • Hall Dinner
  • Joshua Bell
  • Arturo Sandoval at Meadowood
  • Opera Gala
  • Under the Stars at Opus One
  • Yoga in the Vineyards

Festival Artists

Below are artists who will appear at Festival del Sole's Ninth Annual Season in July 2014. 

Monica Mancini
Monica Mancini

Concord Records recording artist and double-Grammy nominee Monica Mancini has carved out an impressive career as a concert performer, appearing with major symphony orchestras worldwide, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, New York Pops, Boston Pops and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

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Joshua Bell
Joshua Bell

Joshua Bell has enchanted audiences worldwide with his breathtaking virtuosity and tone of rare beauty, earning him the title “classical music superstar.”  An Avery Fisher Prize recipient and Musical America’s 2010 Instrumentalist of the Year, Bell is The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields’ newly named Music Director. Bell came to national attention at age 14 in his debut with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra.  Today he is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestra leader and composer who performs his own cadenzas to several of the major concerto repertoire.

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Herman Cornejo
Herman Cornejo

At the age of 16, Herman Cornejo was the Gold Medal winner of the VIII International Dance Competition in Moscow (1997), the youngest dancer ever in the history of the competition. Upon his return home to Argentina from Moscow, Cornejo was then promoted to principal dancer with Ballet Argentino.  In 1999 he joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet, was promoted to Soloist in August 2000 and to Principal Dancer in August 2003.

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Matthew Polenzani
Matthew Polenzani

One of the most gifted and distinguished lyric tenors of his generation, Matthew Polenzani has been praised for the artistic versatility and fresh lyricism that he brings to concert and operatic appearances on leading international stages. This past season he appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera Covent Garden, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Bayerische Staatsoper, as well as in concert performances with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra and the LA Philharmonic.

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Arturo Sandoval
Arturo Sandoval

A protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small town in the outskirts of Havana, Cuba. Sandoval began studying classical trumpet at the age of twelve, but it didn’t take him long to catch the excitement of the jazz world. He has since evolved into one of the world’s most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer.

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Polina Semionova
Polina Semionova

Born in MoscowPolina Semionova studied at the Bolshoi Ballet School. Graduating in 2002, Semionova was invited to join the Berlin State Opera Ballet as a principal dancer, becoming at the age of 17, the youngest principal in the company's history. During her first season she danced the leading roles in The Nutcracker and La Bayadère and Tatiana in Onegin. She has been a Principal Dancer at the American Ballet Theatre since 2012.

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Dmitry Sitkovetsky
Dmitry Sitkovetsky

Dmitry Sitkovetsky is an artist whose creativity defies categorising. He has built up an active and successful career as a violinist, conductor, arranger, chamber musician & festival director. Sitkovetsky has performed as a soloist with a number of the world’s leading orchestras including the Berlin, New York and LA Philharmonic Orchestras, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Concertgebouw Orchestra, all of the major London orchestras, NHK, Chicago, Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras. He has performed at a number of high-profile festivals including Salzburg, Lucerne, Edinburgh, Verbier, Istanbul, Mostly Mozart and Festival del Sole (Napa Valley). In 2003, he was appointed Music Director of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, a position he currently holds with great success.

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Cory Stearns
Cory Stearns

Upon graduating from the Royal Ballet School with honors, Cory Stearns received, for the second year, the Dame Ruth Railton Award for excellence in dance. He joined American Ballet Theatre's Studio Company in September 2004, the main Company as an apprentice in January 2005 and as a member of the corps de ballet in January 2006. He was appointed a Soloist in January 2009 and a Principal Dancer in January 2011.

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Friedemann Vogel
Friedemann Vogel

Friedemann Vogel was born in Stuttgart. He received his ballet training at the John Cranko Schule in Stuttgart and subsequently received the John Gilpin scholarship to study with Marika Besobrasova at the Académie de Danse Classique Princesse Grasse in Monaco. In September 2012 he was awarded the Positano Premio la Danza – Leonide Massine as best international male dancer.

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Pinchas Zukerman
Pinchas Zukerman

Pinchas Zukerman has remained a phenomenon in the world of music for over four decades. His musical genius, prodigious technique and unwavering artistic standards are a marvel to audiences and critics. Devoted to the next generation of musicians, he has inspired younger artists with his magnetism and passion. His enthusiasm for teaching has resulted in innovative programs in London, New York, China, Israel and Ottawa. The name Pinchas Zukerman is equally respected as violinist, violist, conductor, pedagogue and chamber musician.

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Julia Bullock
Julia Bullock

Winner of the 2014 Naumburg International Vocal Competition, soprano Julia Bullock has been acclaimed for singing “in a luminous full voice, round and shining and shifting and elusive as a ball of mercury” (The Washington Post).  

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Xavier Foley
Xavier Foley

Marietta, Georgia Double Bassist Xavier Foley was the First Prize winner of the 17th Annual Sphinx Competition Senior Division, and first prize winner in both the International Society of Bassist competition junior division (2009), and the senior division (2011). In 2010, Xavier was chosen as a winner of the Eastern Music Festival Concerto Competition. He has made an appearance on National Public Radio while playing on program called "From the Top" hosted by Christopher O’Riley.

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Sphinx Virtuosi
Sphinx Virtuosi

The Sphinx Virtuosi is one of the nation's most dynamic professional chamber orchestras. Comprised of 18 of the nation's top Black and Latino classical soloists, these alumni of the internationally renowned Sphinx Competition come together each fall as cultural ambassadors to reach new audiences.

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Alondra de la Parra
Alondra de la Parra

Conductor Alondra de la Parra has gained widespread attention for her spellbinding and vibrant performances, making her one of the most compelling conductors of her generation. “De la Parra's conducting style must be seen to be believed,” raved the San Antonio News Express. “Her electric, precise and energetic fluidity generated arches of breathtaking, glowing expression."

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Sphinx Symphony Orchestra
Sphinx Symphony Orchestra

The Sphinx Symphony is the unique all Black and Latino orchestra comprised of top professionals from around the country. This ensemble includes past and current members of the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Met Opera Orchestra, Detroit, Atlanta, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, St. Louis and Puerto Rico Symphonies, as well as faculty members of leading music institutions.

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Guillaume Côté
Guillaume Côté

Guillaume Côté was born in Lac-Saint-Jean, Québec. He studied at Canada’s National Ballet School, joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1998 and became a Principal Dancer in 2004. In 2013, Mr. Côté was appointed Choreographic Associate. He is also an accomplished musician and composer.

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Silverado Pickups
Silverado Pickups

Hailing from broad geographic regions, these wine-country cowboys put roots deep in the Napa Valley wine and music industry several years ago.

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Renate Rohlfing
Renate Rohlfing

Renate Rohlfing has quickly established herself as a highly sought-after and versatile collaborative pianist. Active as a vocal accompanist, chamber musician, and orchestral pianist, Ms. Rohlfing has performed with some of the world's leading artists, including James Conlon, Anna Netrebko, Alan Gilbert, and John Adams.

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Carla Dirlikov
Carla Dirlikov

Mezzo-soprano Carla Dirlikov has been praised by Opera Magazine for possessing a voice that “grabs the heartstrings with its dramatic force and musicality.” In 2014 she became the first singer ever to win the prestigious Sphinx Medal of Excellence, an honor bestowed upon her by Justice Sotomayor in a ceremony and concert at the Supreme Court of the United States.

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Gregg Field
Gregg Field

Six time Grammy and  “Producer of the Year” Latin Grammy recipient, Concord Records Recording Artist Gregg Field is one of the most versatile and highly sought-after producers, drummers and educators in music.

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James Valenti
James Valenti

American tenor James Valenti has been hailed for having a voice of Italianate beauty, for his handsome stage presence, ardent singing and for his elegant musicianship in performances with the leading opera companies of the world.

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Zukerman ChamberPlayers
Zukerman ChamberPlayers

A prodigious talent recognized worldwide for his artistry, Pinchas Zukerman has been an inspiration to young musicians throughout his adult life. In a continuing effort to motivate future generations of musicians through education and outreach, the renowned artist teamed up in 2002 with four protégés to form the Zukerman ChamberPlayers.

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LA Virtuosi
LA Virtuosi

The Los Angeles Virtuosi orchestra (LAV) is a dynamic ensemble devoted to the advocacy and support of music education. 

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Heather Johnson
Heather Johnson

Heather Johnson, hailed by Opera News as “a dramatic singer in the truest sense” made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2013 as a Flower Maiden in the new production of Parsifal. This season she received critical acclaim for her portrayal of the title character in Boston Lyric Opera’s new production of Lizzie Borden, which she will reprise this summer at the Tanglewood Festival.

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Ann Moss
Ann Moss

An ardent and acclaimed champion of contemporary vocal music, soprano Ann Moss’s silvery, flexible voice has been singled out for “beautifully pure floated high notes” (Opera News) and “powerful expression” (SF Classical Voice).

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Igor Vieira
Igor Vieira

Hailed by Opera News as “superb,” and “show-stealing,” baritone Igor Vieira made his professional debut in his native Brazil, at age 17 singing the role of Dancaïre in Bizet’s Carmen. He was world finalist of the 1995 Luciano Pavarotti Voice Competition, and has sung 73 operatic roles with companies all over the world.

 
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Michael Barrett
Michael Barrett

Michael Barrett is co-founder and associate artistic director of the critically acclaimed New York Festival of Song (NYFOS). He is also the Artists Advisor for the Caramoor International Music Festival. He has distinguished himself as a conductor with major orchestras here and abroad in the symphonic, operatic, and dance repertoire.

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Jamie Bernstein
Jamie Bernstein

Jamie Bernstein is a narrator, writer and broadcaster who has transformed a lifetime of loving music into 
a career of sharing her knowledge and excitement with others.

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Brian Thorsett
Brian Thorsett

Hailed as “a strikingly gifted tenor, with a deeply moving, unblemished voice” (sfmusicjournal.com), Brian Thorsett excels in opera, oratorio and recital across the world. Since taking to the operatic stage in 2001, he has been seen and heard in over 100 diverse operatic roles, ranging from Monteverdi to Britten, back to Rameau and ahead again to works composed specifically for his talents.

 
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Matthew Worth
Matthew Worth

Hailed by The New York Times for a voice that is “fully powered and persuasively expressive,” Matthew Worth is quickly becoming the baritone of choice for innovative productions and contemporary works on the operatic leading edge.

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Mehmet Yumak
Mehmet Yumak

Born in Augsburg Germany, Yumak studied at Istanbul State Conservatory, and graduated in 2000 from the John Cranko Ballet Academy Stuttgart after studying with Pyotr Pestov. Since 2007, he has been a member of Staatsballett Berlin.

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Svetlana Lunkina
Svetlana Lunkina

Svetlana Lunkina was born in Moscow and trained at the Moscow Choreographic Academy. Upon her graduation in 1997, she joined the Bolshoi Ballet, where her teacher became the great Ekaterina Maximova. During her first year of work at Bolshoi, Lunkina performed the leading role in the ballet Giselle. At 18, she became the youngest Giselle in the history of the Bolshoi Theater.

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Antonio Truyols
Antonio Truyols

As an international performing pianist and composer, Antonio Truyols has enraptured audiences across four continents at an incredibly young age. His performance credits include a six-city tour of north-eastern mainland China in 2012, including a residency at the Tianjin Grand Theater as the debut jazz performance in Tianjin. He recently received the Downbeat award for best jazz arrangement and was a semi-finalist in the Nottingham International Jazz Piano Competition.

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Daniel Brewbaker
Daniel Brewbaker

Daniel Brewbaker, renowned American composer, has been commissioned to compose works for leading conductors, ensembles and soloists worldwide.

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Sarah Lane
Sarah Lane

Sarah Lane was born in San Francisco, and began her dance training in Memphis. She was a recipient of the Princess Grace Award in 2007 and Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Arts in 2008, and was the dancing double for Natalie Portman in Fox Searchlight Pictures' feature film Black Swan.

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Nadine Sierra
Nadine Sierra

Recently named 1st Prize Winner of both the 2013 Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition and the 2013 Montserrat Caballé International Singing Competition, this season, soprano Nadine Sierra makes her debuts at the Seattle Opera as Gilda in Rigoletto, at the Israeli Opera as Musetta in La Bohème, at the Virginia Opera and at Teatro Lirico di Cagliari as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, and returns to the Boston Lyric Opera for Rigoletto.

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Carlo Ponti
Carlo Ponti

Carlo Ponti is known for taking audiences of all ages on musical journeys of unique interpretive depth. He has conducted leading orchestras around the globe and appeared at numerous international festivals. His two recordings with the RNO have garnered wide critical acclaim, and his work has been profiled on NPR, NBC, ABC, CBS Insider, Fox News, Leonard Lopate, Dennis Miller, Symphony Magazine and the Associated Press. His performances have been featured on American Public Media’s Performance Today and America’s Music Festivals radio programs.

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