Ameh Luz was created in 2018 after a wish of both acclaimed classical singers, Carla Maffioletti and Jutta Maria Böhnert to bring a variety of Lied, Opera and art songs to the very intimate settings such as voices and guitar.
Their repertoire portrays the finest of Brazilian classical melodies, as well the typical humor and temperament of Spanish songs, not forgetting the theatrical character personified in Kurt Weill's songs, like the classic Surabaya Johnny. The repertoire has in its essence all original arrangements made by Carla Maffioletti, incorporating several soprano duets accompanied by guitar.
The name Almeh Luz was inspired by the word Almeh derived from ancient Egypt that describes female artists, poets and dancers, and Luz, the portuguese word for Light, as a pure and positive form of this meeting of souls.
Almeh Luz had performed in several venues in The Netherlands, Germany and a very successful Concert Tour in Portugal.
For the season 2020 Almeh Luz is participating at the Classical Music Festival in Conwy, Wales- UK as well as The Cd Presentation Tour in the Netherlands at the De Munttheater in Weert, Podiumkerkje Grevenbicht and the Cellebroederskapel in Maastricht. In Germany the Duo will perform in Baden-Baden and at the Hirsvogelsaal in Nürnberg.
The audience will experience new and refreshing versions of Franz Schubert, Kurt Weill, Gabriel Fauré, Francis Poulenc and Henry Purcell, Manuel de Falla, Fernando Obradors, Ruperto Chapi, Astor Piazzolla, Jayme Ovalle, reinventing and expanding the traditional repertoire for voice and guitar, with a special flavour for the Brazilian works, such as of Heitor Villa-Lobos and his Floresta do Amazonas and the beautiful Azulão from Jayme Ovalle.
In a world so noisy and hectic, there are few times when we allow ourselves the peace of the most tender and delicate artistic sensations, and that is exactly what this duo aims to achieve.
“The worlds needs perls
such as Almeh Luz"
- Thuis Maastricht Magazine
“Unsatisfied or disappointed love. happy, explosive, tragic and visibly persuasive, Böhnert was able to convey it in an impactful way. In particular, the joy of playing Carla Maffioletti, who radiantly designed wonderful melodies with her guitar, could also be seen. “
- J. Gives - Badisches Tagblatt
Jutta Maria Böhnert
Jutta Maria Böhnert was born in Baden-Baden, Germany. She studied with Prof. Sylvia Geszty at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart.
In her Opera and Concert carrier, she has collaborated with the Staatsoper and the Komische Oper in Berlin, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, the Opernhaus Köln, under the direction of prestigious conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Christian Thielemann, Helmuth Rilling, Adam Fischer, Sir Neville Marriner, Philippe Jordan and Daniele Gatti.
Jutta Maria Böhnert performed several Mozart roles, such as Susanna, Pamina, as well as the Contessa di Almaviva from Le Nozze di Figaro at the Castle Theater in Potsdam in the highly acclaimed staging of Andreas Dresen and at the Badisches
Staatstheater Karlsruhe, furthermore at St. Petersburg Philharmonie, directed by Vassily
the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Sinaisky, and finally at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf directed by Axel Kober. Under the guidance of Sir Neville Marriner, she performed the Messe in C of Mozart at the Tonhalle in Düsseldorf.
During her engagement at the Lucerner Theater Jutta Maria Böhnert sang the roles of Anna Glawari in Franz Lehar's Merry Widow, Mimi in Puccini’s La Bohème , Beatrice in Beatrice et Benedict of Berlioz and the title role of Bellini’s Norma.
For nine years she was a cast member of Richard Wagner 's Bayreuther Festpiele. Chamber music recitals brought her to Wigmore Hall in London, to the Brandenburger Musik Festival and to the Kammermusik festival in Nürnberg.
Jutta Maria Böhnert recorded several CDS , such as the recently released recording by Sony Classical on which she sings the soprano part in cantates IV-VI from Bach's Weihnachtsoratorium together with the Windsbacher Knabenchor and Deutsche Kammervirtuosen Berlin.
Carla Maffioletti is a Brazilian and Italian soprano and classical guitarist. She studied Opera and Lied Brazil at the the Maastricht Conservatory in the Netherlands.
For twelve years, Carla Maffioletti was the main soloist soprano with the acclaimed violinist André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra. Her virtuoso voice and guitar sound can be found among the greatest international treasures of the music world, recorded in several CDs and DVDs that are often broadcasted worldwide.
In the 2013/16 season she iwas part of the soloist cast of the Luzern Theater in Switzerland, where she sang with great success Musetta, Zerbinetta, Contessa de Folleville, Ms. Wordswoth, Scintilla in Bruno Maderna's opera Satyricon, one of the highest ever written for a soprano and became the premiere of Cantos de Sirena, the co-production with the famous Catalan Theater Group La Fura dels Baus.
In 2017 she produced her own Concert Tour named A Dream to be seen in various theaters in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany with a unique repertoire and original arrangements.
In 2012 she released her first solo Album Blue Bird, which she produced and arranged, as well as sung and played classic guitar, and in 2018 Carla Maffioletti released her second solo album Sentimental featuring special guests as Jutta Maria Böhnert, Enzo Kok, Alex Geller, Jan Knooren and Suurs van Petegem, as a special duet with her mother Leda Maffioletti.
In Brazil he collaborates lately with the series of concerts and activities under the coordination of Cláudio Carrara and Vagner Cunha, among the projects carried out are in 2018 the World premiere of Vagner Cunha’s Opera O Quatrilho, in 2013, the recording of the DVD and CD of the Symphonic Methaphysics of Antonio Meneghetti with the Orquestra do Teatro São Pedro conducted by of Antônio Carlos Borges Cunha
and two CDs with the Camerata Ontoarte, with this ensemble, she performed the successful Brazilian tours in 2014 and 2016 and in June 2015 in St. Petersburg, Russia.
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