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concert The Caribbean Lyric Festival's inaugural edition Eduardo Brito National Theater

Eduardo Brito National Theater

The Caribbean Lyric Festival's inaugural edition Eduardo Brito National Theater


Discover the very first edition of the Caribbean Lyric Festival, recorded in the superb Eduardo Brito National Theater in Santo Domingo on May 9th 2021, in celebration of Europe Day! Organized by the Sinfonia Foundation and the European Union with the support of the Dominican Ministry of Culture, the event aims both to support the burgeoning careers of talented young Caribbean vocalists, and to strengthen the bonds of friendship and cooperation between islands. Out of the 116 applicants, eight of the most gifted artists have been chosen to participate: Joe Bertili (Guadeloupe), Valérie Brutus (Haiti), Natalia Dopwell (Trinidad and Tobago), Marie-Laure Garnier (French Guiana), José Heredia (Dominican Republic), Celia Sotomayor (Puerto Rico), and Héctor Rodríguez and Frank Ledesma (both of Cuba). The exceptional singers are accompanied by the National Youth Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic under Alberto Rincón and Darwin Aquino.

On the program, you'll find time-honored favorites of the repertoire like Bizet's Carmen and Eduardo Di Capua's O Sole Mio, but also works by local composers like Una Illusión, a Dominican bolero by Carlos Peguero Cruz, or La Bilirrubina by Dominican pop singer Juan Luis Guerra, arranged by Amaury Sánchez and Darwin Aquino (who also conducts the orchestra)!


  • Joe Bertili | Bass-baritone (Guadeloupe)
  • Frank Ledesma | Countertenor (Cuba)
  • Celia Sotomayor | Mezzo-soprano (Puerto Rico)
  • José Heredia | Tenor (Dominican Republic)
  • Valérie Brutus | Soprano (Haiti)
  • Héctor Rodríguez | Tenor (Cuba)
  • Marie-Laure Garnier | Soprano (French Guiana)
  • Natalia Dopwell | Soprano (Trinidad and Tobago)
  • National Youth Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic
  • Alberto Rincón | Conductor
  • Darwin Aquino | Conductor


  • Georges Bizet, Carmen
    • II: "Votre toast... je peux..." - "Toréador, en garde" (Escamillo, Pastia, Zuniga, Carmen, Chorus, Frasquita, Lilas Pastia, Dancaïre)
  • George Frideric Handel, Rodelinda, HWV 19
    • III: "Vivi, tiranno!"
  • Gioachino Rossini, L'Italiana in Algeri
    • I: "Cruda sorte! ... Gia so per pratica" [Isabella, Chorus]
  • Carlos Peguero Cruz / Caonex Peguero, Una Ilusión, Dominican Bolero
  • Luigi Arditi, Il Bacio
  • Pablo Sorozábal, La Tabernera del puerto
    • II: "No puede ser"
  • Georges Bizet, Carmen
    • I: ""Quand je vous aimerai?" - "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle" (Habanera) (Carmen, Chorus)
  • Eduardo di Capua / Giovanni Capurro, O Sole Mio
  • Ernesto De Curtis, Non ti scordar mai di me
  • Juan Luis Guerra / Amaury Sánchez / Darwin Aquino, La Bilirrubina


  • Venue: Eduardo Brito National Theater (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic)
  • Production date: 2021
  • Recording date: 09/05/2021
  • Production: © Fundación Sinfonia
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