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  • 1967concert

The 1967 closing Gala Concert with winners of the 14TH IVC was for the first time ever not just held in Den Bosch, but also in Breda. The audience was tested with a program that included more non-operatic excerpts than usually was the case. Johan van Dongen for Brabants Dagblad thought those with an open ear to the music well rewarded, even though the acoustics in the Casino’s Hall were slightly affected by an unknown circumstance. The orchestra proved inspired, and the young soloist gave their very best:

‘They threw their young timbres with bravura into the audience. Naturally, the strong, larger, operatic voices stood out best with the orchestra accompaniment, when compared to the piano accompaniment during the selection, which left the smaller voices more room to shine. The one singer to benefit from her volume was Bulgarian soprano Stefanka Popangelova, who was very convincing in her aria from Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame, and Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. Likewise benefitted the Finnish alto Heljä Angervo, with an important rendition of Gluck’s Orfeo aria ‘J’ai perdu mon Eurydice,’ and an exceptionally sensitive rendition of Dalila’s aria ‘Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix.’ Last but not least also the American bass-baritone Louis Williams benefitted, with arias of Mozart and Verdi that were sung with musicality, and bravura.

Having said that, one should not overlook the English soprano Sally Le Sage, who revealed a most lovely timbre in Händel’s Messiah aria ‘Rejoice greatly,’ and in her balanced excecution of Bach’s Catata 199. The English baritone Nigel Wickens suffered most from the bad acoustics in Händel’s Alexander’s feast . He compensated his lack of volume by an exceptionally beautiful timbre. By the time he arrived to Mahler’s ‘Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen,’ the orchestra had balanced out the acoustics and Wickens proved a most intelligent vocalist. Applause for all, and flowers for the ladies were their well deserved reward at the end of the concert.’



September 14, 1967
Casino Den Bosch
Brabant Orchestra conducted by Hein Jordans.
September 15, 1967
Stadsschouwburg, Breda
Brabant Orchestra conducted by Hein Jordans.


1   Mozart Le nozze di Figaro ‘Overture’
2 Heljä Angervo (ms) Gluck
Il barbiere di Siviglia ‘La calunnia’
3 Sally Le Sage (s) Händel The Messiah ‘Rejoice greatly’
4 Nigel Wickins (bt) Händel Alexander’s feast ‘Revenge tumultuous cries’
5 Sally Le Sage (s) J.S. Bach Cantate 199 ‘Tief gebückt’
6 Louis Williams (bs) Donizetti L’elisir d’amore ‘Una furtive lagrima’
7   Rossini La scala di setaOverture’
8 Heljä Angervo (ms) Saint-Saëns Samson et Dalila ‘Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix’
9 Louis Williams (bs)   Verdi macbeth ‘Studio el passo il mio figlio’
10 Stefanka Popangelova (s) Tchaikovsky Pique Dame ‘Mitternacht, kommt’
11 Nigel Wickins (bt) Mahler Rückertlieder ‘Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen’
12 Stefanka Popangelova (s) Puccini Manon Lescaut ‘Sola, perduta, abandonata’
13 Louis Williams (bs) Verdi Don CarloElla giamai m’amò’’