This is a video/piano recording of the accompaniment of "Oh dischiuso è il firmamento", Fenena's aria from Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi. Recorded by Joel Ayau using an electronic keyboard.Please give credit to the pianist when using this track, and don't sell it or distribute it over a listserv or social media.
A graduate of the Cafritz Young Artist Program of the Washington National Opera, Joel Ayau has assisted on ten productions at WNO, including Carmen, Aida, and Eugene Onegin. He has also worked on the music staffs of North Carolina Opera (Madama Butterfly; Siegfried Act 3), Portland Opera (La Traviata, La Cenerentola), Opera Memphis, and Wolf Trap Opera. During his three seasons on the music staff of the Castleton Festival, he prepared choruses for Roméo et Juliette under Rafael Payarre, and Lorin Maazel's productions of Don Giovanni and Madama Butterfly.
Since 2018, Ayau has assisted in the preparation of operas, musicals, and oratorio at the National Symphony Orchestra. He has served as cover conductor for over 20 concerts from the Pops and Declassified series, and served as a rehearsal and performance pianist for diverse repertoire ranging from Tristan und Isolde (Act 2) to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. He holds the Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Michigan in Collaborative Piano, having studied under renowned pedagogue Martin Katz. He earned a Masters in Collaborative Piano from The Juilliard School, and bachelors degrees from New York University in Computer Science and Piano Performance.
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