Ukrainian opera singer Yulia Safonova and Colombian pianist Daniela Ocampo give concerts on the balcony for residents of the Spanish city of Valencia during tough times of the pandemic. Their repertoire includes well-known operas, jazz compositions, popular Spanish-language musical pieces as well as Ukrainian songs.
Such creative action gives the Valencians new artistic tones and makes them exciting during quarantine evenings. Nearby houses are located in such a way that makes good natural acoustics so that the residents of more remote buildings can join the high art.
Spanish people’s spirit is imaginative and cheerful, so they are actively participating in the creation of a wonderful open-air theater atmosphere.
“After our first performance and the standing ovation that the audience gave us, they asked for another concert. When we went out to the balcony the next day, we were surprised to see that the residents of the surrounding houses were standing on the balconies wearing evening dresses and costumes as if it were the premiere. Such an atmosphere created an incredible sense of fantastic theater,” Yulia Safonova recalls.
Yulia and Daniela met at a music event in Valencia. Moreover, they are neighbors, which allowed them to create an artistic duet during an emergency quarantine.
Yulia Safonova was born in Kharkiv, studied at the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy in Kyiv. She is the first Kharkiv opera singer who participated in the Centre de Perfeccionament Plácido Domingo program in Valencia. Young opera singers can improve their skills in the Centre.
She has performed opera productions on the stage at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía and the Palau de la Musica in Valencia.
Yulia has also become the winner of several international competitions in Ukraine and the winner of the 3rd international vocal competition Martin i Soler in Spain.
Daniela Ocampo is a Colombian pianist whose goal is a popularization of Latin American repertoire. She received a Master’s degree in piano performance in the Centro Superior de Enseñanza Musical Katarina Gurska in Madrid, Spain.
Yulia Safonova shares the artists’ plans for the future with our readers.
“It is important now to plan for the longer term. Like everyone else, we look forward to improving the situation and resumption of cultural and artistic life. I think both the artists and their spectators eagerly await it. Our near-term plans include working on the Ukrainian repertoire. Daniela is studying the musical part, and I’m ready to present Ukrainian songs to a Spanish audience.”
“I wish Ukrainians health and optimism! I hope to see you in the summer!”
Text: Tetiana Tanchuk
Photo: Yulia Safonova’s Facebook page