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Beethoven: Fidelio - 'Gott welch Dunkel hier'
by Otoniel Gonzaga, with Volksoper Wien Orchester
Otoniel Gonzaga (1942 to 2018) was a Filipino-American operatic tenor singer. Otoniel Gonzaga was born in Iloilo, Philippines, on July 31st 1942. After moving to the USA, he received his music training at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, under the tutelage of the English tenor Richard Lewis and the American soprano Margaret Harshaw (and later from professor John Lester). While still a student in his second year of training, he won first prize in the Marian Anderson International Singing Competition in Philadephia, and two years later was a third prize recipient in the ARD International Singing Competition in Munich, Germany. This good fortune helped launch his career in Europe, and he received his first professional vocal contract from the Municipal Opera of Trier in Germany. After a few years of apprenticeship at this small opera house, he received offers first from Augsburg and then finally from Frankfurt, remaining a full member of the latter ensemble for more than 10 seasons (he subsequently returned there many times as a guest artist). Other German opera houses in which he performed included those in Berlin, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Hannover, Munich and Stuttgart, as well as the European stages of Antwerp, Barcelona, Basel, Glasgow, Graz, Madrid, Vienna and Zurich. In the United States, he appeared in Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Philadelphia and Miami, making his New York City Opera debut in the role of 'Fernando' in Verdi's "Atilla". After eastern European "liberation" in 1991, he was the first Asian-American singer to be invited to sing at the Prague State Opera, in what is now the Czech Republic. Alongside his formal operatic career, he had also been active on the concert and oratorio stages, performing with many varied orchestras in Europe, America and Asia. He made countless fund-raising appearances, and worked with many well-known conductors during his life, including Pablo Casals, Herbert von Karajan, Giuseppe Patane, Eugene Ormandy, Max Rudolf, Alberto Erede, Sir John Pritchard and Michael Gielen. In March 2001, the Central Philippine University conferred on him an honorary Doctor of Music degree for his extraordinary achievements in the field, and in 2007 he was awarded "The Presidential Order of Merit for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Music" by the then Philippines president Gloria Macapaga-Arroyo. Otoniel Gonzaga died at a hospital in Vienna, Austria, on January 13th 2018, aged 75.
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Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away every year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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