Barbara Hendricks in Jameos del Agua (Lanzarote)
A magical experience in a globally unique venue awaits, in the presence of this soprano, recitalist, jazz and gospel singer, world-renowned for her artistic talent and distinguished for her human rights activism.
Hendricks will present her show, The Road to Freedom, in Jameos del Agua together with Ulf Englund, on the guitar, and Matthias Algotsson, on the piano. The story of the slaves’ struggle for freedom, the end of racial segregation and the Civil Rights Movement will be told through blues, gospel and negro spirituals . Hendricks will not only sing for freedom and the fight, but also for joy in an intimate arrangement which gives a broad overview of the masterful recordings of the artist – a Swedish national – including famous hymns that include Mary had a Baby, Deep River, Glory, Glory, Nobody Knows the Trouble I See, and Hold on, among others.
Don’t miss the opportunity to see Barbara Hendricks perform in the Jameos del Agua Auditorium, created by César Manrique from a volcanic cave. It’s sure to be a unique and unforgettable experience.
And if you wish to turn it into a truly magical night, the Jameos del Agua restaurant is extending it’s usual opening hours, for those who wish to prolong what promises to be an wonderful evening, to delight in one of the chef’s menus.
Who is Barbara Hendricks?
Barbara was born in Stephens, Arkansas, and graduated from the Juilliard School of Music, New York, where she studied with mezzo-soprano, Jennie Tourel. She had previously studied and graduated in Mathematics and Chemistry, from the University of Nebraska when she was 20 years old.
Her 1974 debut in the US and Europe, at the San Francisco Opera and the Glyndebourne Festival respectively, saw the start of a career that led her to the world’s most important opera stages. The artist’s repertoire embraces over 20 characters, 12 of which have already been recorded. The most recent addition to her repertoire is Tatyana in Eugene Oneguin.
Barbara made her cinema debut as Mimi in La Bohéme under director Luigi Comencini. In 1994, she took part in an international film production of the opera Rake’s Progress, playing the role of Anne Truelove, under director Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Since her debut in the New York Town Hall in 1974, she is considered as one of the leading and most active recitalists of her generation. In addition to her extensive repertoire of German lieder, she is an outstanding performer of French, American and Scandinavian music. She has worked with prestigious pianists and most of the top directors and orchestras. Her strong passion for chamber music drives her regular participation and organisation of chamber music festivals with friends who also share her passion. She is one of the best-selling music artists with over 70 records to her credit.
Barbara Hendricks made her jazz debut at the Montreux Festival in 1994, an since then regularly performs at jazz festivals worldwide.
Since 1987, she has actively worked with the High Commission for the UN Refugee Agency as Goodwill Ambassador, visiting refugee camps all over the world. She gave solidarity concerts in Dubrovnik at the end of 1991, and in Sarajevo in 1993. In 1998 she founded the Barbara Hendricks Foundation for Peace and Reconciliation, which aims to prevent conflict across the world and to facilitate reconciliation where conflicts have already occurred. In 2001, at the request of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kofi Annan, she sang for the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo, and in May 2002 for the East Timor Independence Day Ceremony.
A member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, she has received many prizes for her artistic achievements and humanitarian work. She has been an Honorary Doctor of Music from the Juilliard School of Music in New York since the year 2000. In 1992, the French government made her a ‘Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres’ and ‘Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.’ She was awarded The Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts in 2000, for her advocacy of human rights and her artistic contribution to mankind’s cultural heritage.