Russian classical singer Yana Mann, who has lived in Dubai for eight years, will make her debut at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall, considered one of the most prestigious performance venues in the world.
Mezzo-soprano, Mann will perform two song cycles during her show on February 10 – 11 Bar Poems, op. 12from his first album Bar Poemsand Arias Florentinas, Op.15. Both compositions were premiered with Colombian pianist Julian De La Chica, who will share the stage with Mann at Carnegie Hall.
Mann released his first studio album, Bar poemsa collaboration with De La Chica, in late 2020. The pair never met in person, creating the album via Zoom and WhatsApp sessions during the coronavirus-enforced lockdowns that year.
“I started this journey a year and a half ago when I recorded my first album. I really wanted to translate traditional vocal techniques into contemporary sounds,” Mann said. “As a classically trained singer, I decided to work with a contemporary composer to achieve this.
“I’m still amazed that we created two albums via Zoom calls and WhatsApp messages during the Covid shutdowns. I’m really looking forward to finally meeting Julian and the team in New York. They’ve been tremendously supportive I am thrilled and grateful that this journey has brought me onto the world stage.”
Born in St. Petersburg, Mann has been performing since a young age, having studied at the Rimsky-Korsakov College of Music in St. Petersburg and the Academic Music College of the Moscow State Conservatory.
For her performance at Carnegie, the singer also collaborated with Dubai designer Amber Feroz to design her wardrobe.
“I wanted to collaborate with a fashion designer from the region who would translate my vision of the minimalist, androgynous and poetic raw look I had in mind. A look that would complement our music and set the right tone for the performance, without distracting from it,” Mann said. “When I met Amber Feroz, I knew from the first meeting that we spoke the same language.
Feroze, originally from India, founded his eponymous line of ready-to-wear and bespoke clothing for men and women, in Dubai in 2009.
Mann’s performance at Carnegie Hall was also supported by the Art Salon at Art Dubai, which is made up of art collectors and culture enthusiasts with the sole aim of giving more platforms to the creative community in the UAE.
“Art Salon is a community of like-minded people who come together throughout the year to support the local cultural ecosystem and it is through their generosity that we are able to support Yana on her journey,” said Benedetta Ghione, executive director of Art Dubai. “It’s only fitting that we launch this program with such exceptional talent and we wish Yana the best on her Carnegie Hall debut.”
Located in midtown Manhattan, Carnegie Hall has hosted some of the world’s finest artists, from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, who opened the venue in 1891, Gustav Mahler and Bela Bartok to Billie Holiday, Judy Garland and the Beatles.
More information on Yana Mann’s performance at Carnegie Hall on February 10 is available here.
Updated: January 28, 2022, 9:18 a.m.