In the second installment of her vlog, vocalist Elise Figa sings José Marín's "Ojos pues me desdeñais," which she will perform at Carnegie Hall’s first early-music professional training workshop this weekend. Led by three members of the celebrated and remarkably versatile ensemble L’Arpeggiata, the workshop will explore vocal interpretation (from the perspective of both singers and continuo players), ensemble playing, and improvisation.
As a performing musician, I believe that music can be shared beautifully with or without historical replicas—but singing early music with musicians playing period instruments is an experience I am so glad I've pursued in my musical life.
Elise Figa practices her upcoming repertoire with classical guitarist Carlos Cuestas in the second installment of her L'Arpeggiata Master Class vlog.
I am greatly looking forward to singing with the players in L'Arpeggiata and the participating ensembles and instrumentalists during the Baroque Master Classes. We will explore this enchanting Baroque music with historical instruments and performance practices that connect us to our past through sounds that are our best interpretation of what music sounded like "back then." In the spirit of our musical ancestors, and with members of L'Arpeggiata leading the way for our own learning and music making, we will collaborate and revel in the sonorous harmonies that the Baroque repertoire has to offer.
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Elise Figa frequently performs as a soloist and as an ensemble member of the Magnificat Baroque Orchestra and ¡Sacabuche! at the Bloomington, Boston, and Indianapolis early music festivals. In 2009, she made her European debut at the Festival Europäische Kirchenmusik singing music of the medieval period. In 2011, Ms. Figa performed on stage at Carnegie Hall with the Carnegie Hall Festival Chorus. She holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Indiana University.