Birgit Wegemann & Irene Ainstein

 Birgit Wegemann (soprano)
Irene Ainstein (piano)
Music For a While

Quintinha da Música, Sunday 24 March at 16h00, €25

p r o g r a m m e

Henry Purcell (1659- 1695)
Music for a while (Oedipus 1692)
Turn then thine eyes (The Fairy Queen 1692)
Not all my torments (1693)
Man is for the woman made (The Mock Marriage 1695)
Take not a woman´s anger ill (The Rival Sisters 1695)
O solitude (1684)
So when the glittering queen of night (The Fairy Queen 1692)
!! ! !
Vincenzo Bellini (1801 – 1835)
La farfalleta (1813)
Il fervido desiderio (1827)
Dolente immagine de Fille mia (1828)
Vaga luna, che inargenti (1838)
Malinconia, ninfa gentile (1829)
Vanne o rosa fortunata (1829)
Bella Nice, che d´amore (1829)
Almen se non poss´io (1829)
L´abbandono (1835)

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Concert series sponsored by Algarve History Association


The German soprano and voice teacher Birgit Wegemann studied classical singing at the Folkwang-
Hochschule Essen (1988-1993) and at The Royal Flemish Music Conservatory in Antwerp (1993-1995). She
also took master-classes with Professor Sylvia Geszty (1989) in Hürth, Professor Hilde Kronstein-
Uhrmacher in Bückeburg (1997) andiok Professor Klesi Kelly-Moog in Cervo, Italy (2001). At the Händel-
Akademie Karlsruhe she took classes in Baroque Singing with Luis Devos (1992-1994). After her studies in
Essen and Antwerp, Birgit sang in various productions, such as with the Atelier Theatral de Louvain-la-
Neuve, Belgium, and at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. A short stay at the Amato-Opera in New York
gave her new impulses. Performances at Kölner Philharmonie, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and in
various broadcast events brought her singing to a wider audience. Building upon her solid formation and
continuous public performances as classical singer, Birgit has devoted the last years of her professional
activities to alternative ways of performing music of the Baroque, Classical and Romantic Age. Since 1999,
Birgit has devoted herself also to a special segment of the Opera universe. She began singing roles from the
Opéra Comique and from Operettas. She became familiar with this genre at Düsseldorfer Operette,
directed by Friedhelm Rosendorff, where she sang the role of Evelyne in Maske in Blau by Fred Raymond
and Annina from A Night in Venice by Johann Strauss. Performing in Portugal after 2003, she had her first
public appearance with Orquestra do Norte led by maestro Ferreira Lobo in a concert during the
Deutsche Woche in Porto. Further concerts followed in Faro, Alcantarilha, Tavira and Caldas de
Monchique. In 2003, she performed in Porto with maestro Richard Brunner in Mozart´s Exsultate
jubilate. Most recently, she has performed with the Orquestra das Beiras and the Orquestra do Sul. She has
performed in concerts in Germany, Italy, Israel, Estonia, Belgium, The Netherlands, Spain and Portugal.
English-born Irene Ainstein won the 1st prize in a Competition for Young Musicians after only one year
of studying piano. She later participated in the Mozart Competition where she won Second Prize. After
finishing secondary school in Holland, Irene went on to study at the Academy of Music, Het Twents
Conservatorium, where she graduated in Chamber Music, as Accompanist and as Soloist. Irene has played
in number of chamber music ensembles, and as soloist with St Petersburg Orchestra, and in 2002, she also
accompanied the famous Children For Children choir. She has performed in Holland, England, Germany,
Spain, Portugal and China. Irene has also participated in several festivals and masterclasses in Germany,
England (Dartington), Holland (live music now) and has been a member of the jury in various prestigious
piano competitions in Spain, Portugal and Italy. Over the years, Irene has taken classes with Johan
Jansonius, Karl Heinz Kammerling, Tamas Vasary and Jan Wijn. Irene now continues to perform in
concerts with singers such as Birgit Wegemann, with violinist Michael Thomas and she is an integral part
of the Dutch Piano Quartet. Irene presently teaches piano in Tavira and at the Conservatório Regional do
Algarve Maria Campina, where she is also part of the Direcção Pedagógica.