Annette Céline

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Soprano Annette Céline studied privately in Milan under Mercedes Llopart and Elvira de Hidalgo, and made her European début at the Teatro Regio di Parma in a concert of Mozart arias. She made her American debut with the Opera da Camera di Milano at the Stanford University Mozart Festival and then scored a great personal triumph in an appearance at the Barcelona Music Festival singing the concert version of Beethoven's Leonora with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra. Annette Céline has appeared in eleven concert performances of Gianni Schicchi in Israel with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed the Mozart and Fauré Requiems, and the Verdi Requiem under conductor Pierre Dervaux, all in France.

Singing fluently in eight languages, Annette Céline has performed in music festivals throughout Europe, America, Latin America, and Israel. They include: the Taormina Festival in Sicily, where she sang R.Strauss' Four Last Songs with the Liège Symphony Orchestra and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Enesco Symphony Orchestra before an audience of 6,000; in Florence, at a recital in the Gardens of Palazzo Pitti; in England at the Deal Festival of Music and Arts and also at the Camden Music Festival, where she sang both Bellini's Mass and Donizetti's Requiem with the Camden Festival Orchestra. At the Caracas Festival, she performed Mozart's Requiem with the National Orchestra of Caracas and at the Israel Music Festival, she performed with her mother and acclaimed pianist Felicia Blumental.

Annette Céline has performed at distinguished European venues including London's Wigmore Hall where she made her UK debut with Martin Issep, St John's Smith Square, and in Paris, the Salle Gaveau. Her American appearances include recitals at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Spanish Institute, Holy Trinity Church in New York City with Anthony Newman, and a performance on the opening night of the inaugural season of the Ambassador International Cultural Foundation with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. In 1995, Annette Céline also performed at the 50th Anniversary celebrations for the United Nations. Other notable performances include: the International Music Festival, Torroella de Montgrí, in Spain; the Music Festival of the Weizmann Institute and the Anna Ticho House, in Jerusalem; and concerts at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Deutsches Haus, La Maison Française (New York University) and the Nicholas Roerich Museum, in New York City.

Annette Céline has made a number of recordings for the Decca, Vox, Kenwood, Olympia and Claudio labels and collaborated with Luciano Pavarotti and Montserrat Caballé in a recording of Verdi's Luisa Miller for the Decca label. She also recorded Pergolesi’s La serva padrona with Sesto Bruscantini for Everest Records and the Complete Chopin Songs with her mother, Felicja Blumental.

In memory of her mother, Annette Céline founded the annual Felicja Blumental International Music Festival in Tel Aviv, in 1999, and also Brana Records; a label dedicated to the restoration of rare recordings by Blumental. Annette Céline recorded numerous releases on the label accompanied by pianist Christopher Gould and remained the Artistic Director of both endeavours until her death in June 2017.

Annette Céline was also a painter and has exhibited in various solo and group shows in Paris, London, New York, Tel Aviv and Sao Paulo. There is also a digital exhibition of her work on Saatchi online.

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