OPera in the Quarry
The story of the court jester Rigoletto and his daughter has all the suspense of a thriller and is one of opera’s most tragic tales. Rigoletto is the hunchbacked jester working for the Duke of Mantua, a notorious womanizer. The jester is always teasing the cuckolded husbands and irate fathers who fall prey to the Duke’s philandering, humiliating them with his biting ridicule. Count Monterone, whose daughter had been seduced by the Duke, calls down a curse on the jester for his cruelty. But when Rigoletto proposes that the courtiers abduct Count Ceprano’s wife, they are outraged and decide to teach him a lesson. They abduct Rigoletto’s “lady companion” instead, who is rumoured to be his lover but in actual fact is his daughter, Gilda. The jester searches for Gilda and finds her at court. She admits that the Duke seduced her. Realizing that the Duke has deflowered his own daughter, Rigoletto vows to avenge her honour by having him murdered. But events take a tragic turn as the assassin Sparafucile stabs Gilda instead, who, naively infatuated with her seducer, intervened to try and save him. And thus Count Monterone’s curse is fulfilled.
“The best subject I have set to music so far,” the otherwise modest composer enthused when the opera “Rigoletto” was premiered at Venice’s Teatro La Fenice in 1851. And nobody will contradict him here! “Rigoletto” went on to take the world’s stages by storm and cemented Verdi’s international fame.
Without doubt, Rigoletto secured Verdi world fame.
The emerging German conductor Anja Bihlmaier studied under Scott Sandmeier at the Freiburg Conservatory of Music (Musikhochschule Freiburg) and under Dennis Russell Davies and Jorge Rotter at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Since the 2015/16 season, Anja Bihlmaier holds the position as Deputy Music Director at the Staatstheater Kassel. In her first season she premiered Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio, Bellini’s Norma as well as the revivals of Tchaikovksy’s Eugene Onegin, Verdi’s Rigoletto and Puccini’s La Bohème. Further to this, she was both programming and conducting two symphonic concerts. In July 2015 she replaced Patrik Ringborg and conducted Mahler’s The Song of the Earth.
In the 2016/17 season Anja Bihlmaier will conduct the premiers of Verdi’s Luisa Miller and Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette at the Staatstheater Kassel. Moreover she will program and lead three symphonic concerts.
Other highlights of the 2016/17 season will include concerts with Gothenburg University Symphony, Göttinger Symphonie Orchester, Bremer Philharmoniker and the Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal. From season 2013/14 until 2014/15 Anja Bilhmaier was Second Kapellmeisterin at the Staatsoper Hannover, were she conducted the premieres of Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty, Grétry’s Zémire et Azor and revivals of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Bizet’s Carmen. Amongst the highlights of her final season were Massenet’s Werther (named „Best New Production of the Season 2014/2015“) and Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. In her current capacity as Guest Conductor at the Staatsoper Hannover, Anja Bihlmaier conducted the opening premiere of the new season 2015/16 – Dvořák’s Rusalka (staging: Dietrich W. Hilsdorf), which was met with much acclaim from the press.
Next to her active practice in opera, Anja Bihlmaier is equally convincing in the symphonic realm. She has successfully performed with orchestras such as the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, the Ensemble Resonanz, the Philharmonie Südwestfalen, the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, the Symphonieorchester des Mozarteum Salzburg, the Orchestra of Colours in Athens and the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie.
After engagements at the theatres in Görlitz, Coburg and the Theater für Niedersachsen in Hildesheim, Bihlmaier went on to the Theater Chemnitz as Second Kapellmeisterin and Assistant to Music Director Frank Beermann, a role she executed from 2010-2013. In this position, she conducted the premieres of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Kálmán’s Countess Maritza, Weill’s The Threepenny Opera; the range of repertoire she presented within these seasons was extensive, including further works like Giacomo Meyerbeer’s Vasco de Gama, Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek’s Benzin, as well as numerous symphonic Sunday Concerts at the Robert Schumann Philharmonie.
Anja Bihlmaier looks back on successful collaborations with the Nürnberger Symphoniker, the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, the Jenaer Philharmonie, the Sinfonieorchester Münster, the Hofer Symphoniker, the Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester Mannheim, the Württembergische Kammerorchester Heilbronn, the Bohuslav Philharmonic Orchestra, the Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra, the Guildhall School Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of the University Manchester. Significant mentors have been and remain: Giordano Bellincampi, Peter Gülke and Klauspeter Seibel. In 2005, Anja Bihlmaier was admitted into the „Dirigentforum des Deutschen Musikrates” (Conducting Forum of the German Music Council). In 2006, she was awarded the 3rd Prize at the International Dimitris Mitropoulos Competition for Conductors in Athens, and received a scholarship from the Johannes Brahms Society in Baden Baden.
Director, Set Design & Lighting
Philippe Arlaud was born in Paris and grew up in Mulhouse. During his medical studies he discovered his love for theatre and started studying directing, stage design and history of art at the Ecole d’Art Dramatique de Strasbourg.
Arlaud started working with Antoine Vitez and Jean Marie Villégier and designed various sceneries for opera and theatre. In this stage of his work, he was mainly influenced by Giorgio Strehler, Bob Wilson, Klaus Michael Grüber and Peter Stein.
After working abroad with Elke Lang he moved to Vienna and directed 35 productions in cooperation with Hans Gratzer at the Schauspielhaus Wien. For his work at the Schauspielhaus Wien he won the Josef-Kainz-Medaille from the City of Vienna two times. He also was especially successful with Benjamin Brittens’ “The Turn of the Screw“ at the Wiener Kammeroper.
More collaborations emerged at the Festspiele Baden-Baden with Thomas Hengelbrock, Teodor Currentzis or Christian Thielemann, with whom he worked as well in Wagners „Tannhäuser“ at the Bayreuther Festspiele.
Daniel Hoyem- Cavazza was born in Germany and studied at the University of Music in Vienna with Karl Österreicher.
After his graduation, he was engaged to the theatre of Klagenfurt (Austria) as a vocal coach and assistant conductor. In 1999 he was promoted to be „Kapellmeister“(Associate Condcutor). During these years, Daniel built up a vast repertoire, conducting a large variety of operas and operettas, such as Igor Stravinsky’s “Rake’s Progress” and works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (La finta giardiniera, The Abduction from the Seraglio, Le nozze di Figaro), Gioachino Rossini (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Giuseppe Verdi (La traviata), Giacomo Puccini (Madama Butterfly), Peter Iljitsch Tchaikovsky (Eugen Onegin), Jules Massenet (Manon), Jacques Offenbach (Les Contes d’Hoffmann ) and Kurt Weill (Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny).
During these years, the young conductor also worked as an assistant to Asher Fish at the Vienna Volksoper for a production of Vicenzo Bellini’s “Norma”. He gave his debut at the Vienna Volksoper conducting Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”.
Daniel Hoyem-Cavazza has been regularly invited as a guest conductor in Germany (Dresden Days of Contemporary Music), Sweden (Kulturhuset Stockholm), Ukraine (Two Days and Nights of modern Music Odessa), in Bosnia (Sarajevo) and Japan (Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in Kasugai City), He has been at the rostrum of orchestras and ensembles such as the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kasugai City Symphony Orchestra Japan, the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of Nuremberg, the Prussian Chamber Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the recreation-Großes Orchester Graz, the Ensemble Neue Streicher and the Ensemble „die reihe“ in Vienna.
From 2001-2012 Daniel was the Music Director of the Vienna Chamber Opera where he concentrated on Chamber opera repertoire and played rarely unknown operas by Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gioachino Rossini, Nino Rota, Jacques Offenbach, Darius Milhaud, George Antheil, Gian Carlo Menotti, Kirke Mechem, Dominik Argento, Benjamin Britten, William Walton, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Harrison Birtwistle, Jonathan Dove, Judith Weir, Aribert Reimann, Leos Janáček and Dimitri Schostakowitsch.
He was a member of the Jury of the renowned International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition and conducted numerous gala concerts with finalists and winners of that competition.
In recent years he also performed Siegfried Matthus’ opera “Crown Prince Friedrich” in the International Opera Festival of Schloss Rheinsberg in Germany and conducted Puccini’s „Tosca“ at the Festival of St. Margarethen (in Austria), alternating with Michael Guettler.
Walter Zeh was born in Vienna. After studying at the Konservatorium of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna he started singing at the Wiener Staatsopernchor and stayed there for 32 years. During this time he sang solo parts at many opera houses, like Staatsoper München, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Mailänder Scala, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelon, Opéra Bastille Paris, Palais Garnier Paris, Salzburger Festspiele, Osterfestspiele Salzburg and in Japan.
Zeh did also a lot of concerts in Austria and abroad. Since years he supports many opera productions as vocal coach, e. g. Opéra Bastille, Salzburger Festspiele, Oster- und Pfingstfestspiele Salzburg. Furthermore he supports many theatres, opera houses and festivals freelance choirmaster, e. g. Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, RuhrTriennale, Salzburger Festspiele, Musikfest Bremen, Lucerne Festival, Teatro Real in Madrid, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Festspielhaus St. Pölten or the Wiener Musikverein.
He also worked together with the chinese National Choir in Peking.
In 2006 he founded the Vienna Philharmonic Choir and supported many festivals with it.
Vladislav Sulimsky was born in Molodechno, Belarus. He studied at the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire. From 2000–2004 he was Soloist at Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers. Since 2014 he was soloist at Mariinsky Theatre. In October 2004, he has trained under Professor R. Metre in Milan. Sulimsky also has taken master classes given by Elena Obraztsova, Dmitry Hvorostovsky, Vladimir Atlantov, Dennis ONeal and Renata Scotto.
The singer’s repertoire includes the parts of Andrei Bolkonsky (War and Peace), Ford (Falstaff) and the baritone parts in Orff’s cantata Carmina Burana, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem and Mahler’s Eighth Symphony.
Vladislav Sulimsky has performed in Paris, London, Boston, Bombay, Rome and Helsinki. He has toured with the Mariinsky Opera Company to the USA, Japan, the UK, Finland and France.
The baritone Davide Damiani was born in Tavullia (Pesaro, Italy). 1993 he made his debut as Don Giovanni in Tel Aviv. From 1995 till 1999 Mr. Damiani was member of the ensemble of Staatsoper Vienna where he sang Sharpless, Belcore, Conte d´Almaviva, and the new production of Enescus „Oedipe", „Le Prophète", „Fedora" as well as Comte de Tolouse in Verdis „Jérusalem" with Zubin Mehta. alread had successful debuts in nearly every Italian city like Napels (Belcore), Turin (Boheme), Palermo (Lescaut in „Manon Lescaut"), Genoa („Rape of Lucretia"), Trieste (Ford), Ravenna (Nick Shadow), Verona (Don Giovanni), Bergamo (Boheme), Florence („Rape of Lucretia"), Cagliari ("Goyescas"), Catania (Nick Shadow), Milan ("Volo di notte"), Bologna („Les Oiseaux de Passage"), Bari (Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro and Didon), Ancona („Mittenhofer in Elegy for Young Lovers"), Modena (Nick Shadow), Parma („Rape of Lucretia").
Beside Italy he sang in Tokyo Sharpless and Germont, in Cardiff Don Giovanni, in St. Gallen Belcore, Don Giovanni and Harlekin, in Berlin Marcello, in Basel Ford, in Düsseldorf "Nozze di Figaro" Count and Don Giovanni, in Tel Aviv Enrico, in Wexford "Il Giuramento", "La Vestale", Tonio and Rigoletto, in Toronto Don Giovanni, in Graz Balstrode, in Palm Beach Don Giovanni und Riccardo, as well as Boesmans „Julie" and Brewaeys’s „L’uomo dal fiore in bocca” in Brussels. Most recent he sang in Venice „Manon Lescaut" (Graham Vick, Mo. Palumbo) and Germont (Robert Carsen, Mo. Chung), at Staatsoper Hamburg Escamillo, at the Jerusalem Opera Festival with Verdis „Jérusalem", at the Israel Opera in Tel Aviv Germont, at Teatro San Carlo in Naples in Francesconi „La Terra", at Teatro Massimo in Palermo as Escamillo and at Grand Theatre de Geneve in Verdis „Macbeth". He has worked with conductors such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Riccardo Chailly, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Fabio Luisi, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Daniel Oren, Ingo Metzmacher and stage masters like Daniele Abbado, Luc Bondy, Robert Carsen, Götz Friedrich, Hans Neuenfels, David Pountney, Franco Zeffirelli, Calixto Bieito, Graham Vick, Christof Loy.
Elena Sancho Pereg
Born in San Sebastian, Spain, Elena graduated in Opera and Zarzuela from Real Escuela Superior de Canto de Madrid in 2007, studyng with Ramón Regidor and Jorge Robaina.
In the following years, she completed the two years OPera Course at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. Her studies have been kindly supported by the Guildhall Trust, Juventudes Musicales de Madrid, Diputación de Guipúzcoa and Fundación Lartundo.
Actually in D.O.R.Düsseldorf-Duisburg, her most recent engagements include "Olympia" in Les Contes de Hoffmann, "Zerbinetta" in Ariadne auf Naxos, "Gilda" in Rigoletto, "Sophie" in Werther, "Oscar" in Un ballo in maschera, among others.
In Musical Theatre, she has been "María" in West Side Story in the main theatres of Germany, France and U.K. with great success.
On the Oratory platform, she performed many German and Italian classical and baroque masterpieces, like Handel´s "Messiah", Pergolessi´s "Stabat Mater" and Mozart´s "Requiem" and "Mass in C moll".
Tatiana Larina is a Georgian soprano. Her first engagements at an opera house were in Kutaisi (Georgia), Rostov (Russia) and Pjatigorsk (Russia). There she sang roles like Adina, Musetta, Adele, Oxana, Marfa, Nedda and Violetta Valéry.
In 2012 Tatiana Larina made her debut as Manon at the theatre in Pforzheim.
She finished her studies of Vocal Coaching at the university in Strawropol in 2013 and started masterclass with Margherita Rinaldi.
In the season of 2013/14 she got back to Pforzheim as Fiordiligi, Olympia, Antonia and Giulietta in „Les Contes d’Hoffmann“.
In 2014 she won „Der goldene Schikaneder”, an Austrian music theatre prize, for her performance of Violetta in “La Traviata”
She debuted as Donna Anna at the Wuppertaler Bühnen as well as Lida in „La Battaglia di Legnano“ at the theatre in Giessen. Tatiana Larina already sang Vitella in „Clemenza di Tito“, the soprano part in Verdi’s requiem at the opera in Cologne, Tatjana in „Eugen Onegin“ at the opera in Quebec and Zerlina in „Don Giovanni“ at the Eutiner Festspiele.
In 2016 Larina successfully performed in Bellinis „La Straniera“ at the theatre in Landshut/Passau. In the same year she sang Lucia di Lammermoor at the Opera Cologne where she received the “TZ-Rose der Woche” award for outstanding cultural performances.
Yosep Kang has gained attention as a leading tenor in such European theaters as the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Dutch National Opera, Rome Opera, Vienna State Opera, Semperoper Dresden, Bavarian State Opera in Munich, and Hamburg State Opera. Tony Cooper of Opera Critic described Kang’s voice as “flowing”, “flowery”, and “expressive” in his recent portrayal of the Italian singer in Der Rosenkavalier, hailing him as “the evening star”.
After winning several prestigious international competitions, such as the Gian Battista Viotti International Music Competition in Vercelli, Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Competition in Salzburg, Kang soon came under the recognition of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where he became an ensemble member in 2002. He has since been heard there in a number of leading roles, including the Duke in Rigoletto, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Fenton in Falstaff, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Alfredo in La Traviata, Macduff in Macbeth, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Rodolfo in La Bohème, and the title role in Berlioz’s Damnation de Faust. He will appear there again this season in Les Huguenots, Rigoletto and Un ballo in maschera. Other engagements for the 2016/17 season include the Duke at the Semperoper Dresden and Vienna State Opera and Arnold in Guillaume Tell at the Polish National Opera, Bavarian State Opera and Hamburg State Opera.
In the 2015/16 season, Kang starred in the Hamburg State Opera’s new production of Guillaume Tell, returned to the Bavarian State Opera as the Duke and made his debut with Opera Australia as Rodolfo. The artist also appeared as the Italian singer in the Dutch National Opera’s production of Der Rosenkavalier, Alfredo at the Semperoper Dresden and Edgardo at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Kang’s 2014/15 season was marked by a number of important appearances and debuts. He first appeared at the Vienna State Opera as Rodolfo in La Bohème, opposite Angela Gheorghiu, and has since returned there in the title role of Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann. Kang sang the Duke at the Bavarian State Opera and Oper Leipzig, the Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier in Dresden, and Arnold in a new production of Guillaume Tell with Oper Graz. He also made his debut at the Opéra de Genève as Tebaldo in I Capuleti ed i Montecchi and gave his very first performance in Italy as the Duke at the Rome Opera. Kang subsequently made his debuts at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein as Alfredo and the Dutch National Opera as Macduff.
Yosep Kang has sung in concert at some of the world’s most prestigious venues, such as the Berlin Philharmonie, Musikverein Wien, Konzerthaus Berlin, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Kreuzkirche Dresden, Prinzregententheater and Herkulessaal in Munich, Musikfestspielen Mecklenburg, and NHK-Hall Tokyo. He has also performed under the baton of such conductors as Yves Abel, Rolf Reuter, Christian Thielemann, Myung-Whun Chung, Lothar Zagrosek, Eliji Oue, Jesus Lopez Cobos, Helmut Rilling, and Enoch zu Guttenberg.
Other operatic roles in his developing repertoire include Arturo in I Puritani, Romeo in Romeo et Juliette, des Grieux in Manon, and Riccardo in Un ballo in maschera.
The Filipino American tenor Arthur Espiritu is a winner of the distinguished 2009 George London Award. Furthermore he received the Scala award at the Belvedere Competition in Vienna, the Second Place in the Irene Dalis Competition, Second Place in the Competition in Birmingham, Second Place in the Finals of the Metropolitan Audition, and earned both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Music from the University of New Orleans.
He trained in the young artist programs with the opera companies of Santa Fe, St. Louis and Pittsburgh, his first opera appearances took place in the title role in Cavalli’s “L’Ormindo”, as Tybalt in “Roméo et Juliette”, as Brighella, Beppe and Maintop in “Billy Budd” in Pittsburgh, Remendado in St. Louis, Flute in “Midsummer Night’s Dream” and Tybalt with Opera North in New Hampshire.
In Europe he performed with Accademia of Scala Milano, Piccolo Teatro in Milan and the theatre of St. Gallen. In the US he has been seen on the stages of the theatres in Memphis, Pittsburgh, Connecticut and has sung Mozart’s “Coronation Mass" with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and “The Symphony on Ice” with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
He made his debut at Scala Milano and Piccolo Teatro in Milan with “Cosi fan tutte”.
Recent contracts till 2014 included Don Ramiro in Memphis, Don Ottavio in Versailles, Tebaldo in “Capuleti ed i Montecchi” in Pittsburgh, Don Ottavio at Connecticut Opera and in Orleans (France), “Dido and Aenas” at Champs Elysées in Paris, “Barbiere di Siviglia” in New Hampshire, Tamino in Tel Aviv, Ottavio in Ried (Austria), “Barbiere di Siviglia” in Charlottesville, Don Ramiro in New Hampshire, Don Ottavio at Brucknerfest in Linz, Foresto in a concert version of “Attila” in Washington, Tamino in Austin Opera, 9° Beethoven in Milan and Cremona, Alfredo in “Traviata” in Manila and “Sogno di Scipione” in New York. He made his debut in St. Gallen in the new production of “Cosi fan tutte” and sang then “Medea di Cornito” (Mayr), “Il diluvio universale” (Donizetti), ”Sonnambula” and ”Alcina”, further Almaviva in Manila, Ernesto” at Festival Klosterneuburg/Vienna, Rigoletto Duke in St. Gallen, “Cenerentola” in Pittsburgh and Cassio in Modena and Piacenza.
2014/2015 he was heard in the new productions "Manon Lescaut" with Mo. Rattle in Baden Baden and Berlin, with "Don Pasquale" in Leipzig, with "Favorita" in St. Gallen, with "Barbiere di Siviglia" in Wiesbaden, in a productions of "Cosi fan tutte" in Magdeburg and Basel, as Rodolfo in "Boheme" in Magdeburg, and in "Rigoletto" at Festival in Klosterneuburg/Vienna.
2015/16 he sang "Sonnambula" in Munich, "Boheme" in Magdeburg, Rigoletto" in Kassel, "Gianni Schicchi" in Frankfurt, "Cenerentola" in Manila and Munich, 2016/17 Rodolfo in Sydney, "Krol Roger" in Melbourne and again Elvino in München as well as 2017/18 "Cenerentola" in München, "Boheme" in Tel Aviv and "Pirata" in St. Gallen.
Concert contracts include Rossini’s ”Messa di Gloria” in Hong Kong, 9° Beethoven in Milan, Finland and Cremona, Donizetti’s “Requiem” in St. Gallen and aria concerts in Manila.
Mexican tenor Jesus Leon started his vocal studies with the Cuban tenor Jesus Li. He was a student at the UCLA Opera Studio, the Solti Accademia di bel Canto, the Boston Opera Institute and the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program at Los Angeles Opera. In Italy he trained for two years under the direction of Mirella Freni.
His recent engagements have included Roméo in „Roméo et Juliette" at the Atlanta Opera and ROH Muscat (Monte Carlo Opera Tour), Arturo in „I Puritani" at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, Tebaldo in „I Capuleti e i Montecchi" at the Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania, Elvino in „La Sonnambula" at Teatro Filarmonico Verona, Teatro Bellini Catania, Mario del Monaco in Treviso, Teatro Comunale Ferrara and Teatro Alighieri Ravenna, Nadir in „Les pêcheurs de perles" at the Florence Opera, Teatro Regio in Parma, Teatro Pavarotti in Modena, Daegu Opera House and Pâris in „La Belle Hélène" at the Chatelet Theatre in Paris.
Past operatic performances include Il Duca di Mantova in Rigoletto at Bregenz Landestheater, Ernesto in Don Pasquale at the Innsbruck Landestheater, Alfredo in La Traviata at Scottish Opera, Dijon Opera, Theatre Caen, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni at Garsington Opera and Birgitta Festival and Riccardo in Donizettis Maria di Rohan in Berlin.
His intense concert activities have taken him to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall (Raymond Gubbays Classical Spectacular), the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (Spirit of Christmas and New Years Eve Gala, New Years concert), Birmingham Symphony Hall, Barbican Hall, Wigmore Hall, Orchestra Verdi in Milan (Mozart’s Requiem) and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria (Berliozs Roméo et Juliette).
Among his future engagements are Nadir in Les Pêcheurs de Perles at the Teatro Verdi Trieste, Duca di Mantova in Rigoletto and Ismaele in Nabucco at the Nice Opera.
Maddalena & Giovanna
After studying piano for eleven years Annely Peebo started her vocal studies with Prof. Gerhard Kahry and graduated at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.
Through her various engagements at different opera houses (Wiener Staatsoper, Volksoper, Teatro La Scala Milano, Teatro San Carlo Napoli, Teatro Massimo Palermo, Teatro Carlo Felice Genova, Teatro Regio di Torinoand Teatro del Maggio Musicale Florenz) she gained a big repertoire on opera roles as Carmen, Cenerentola, Rosina, Sextus, Dorabella, Donna Elvira, Idamantes, Cherubino, Octavian, Frika, Sylva (Csárdásfürstin), Hänsel, Marquise Melibea, Boccaccio, Henry, Niklaus, Medoro, Romeo, Dido, Hermia, Maddalena, Zaida and Orlofsky.
2003 Peebo sang Beethoven’s 9th symphony at the Vatican due to the 25th anniversary of the pontificate of Johannes Paul II. This performance was followed by more concertante climaxes at „Christmas in Vienna“ (2006) with Juan Diego Florez and Grace Bumbry as well as at the Open-Air gala with Andrea Bocelli (2003) and Jose Carreras (2013) in Tallinn.
Annely Peebo collaborated with lots of famous directors, like Franco Zeffirelli, Giorgio Strehler and William Kentridge. She also performed in „La Cenerentola“ at the Festival dAix-en-Provence as well as at the world premiere of the Ofenbauer-opera „Penthesilea“ at the Wiener Festwochen.
Annely Peebo worked with numerous conductors like Georges Pretre, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Sir Neville Marriner, Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, Ton Koopman, Russel Davies, Ulf Schirmer, Christopher Hogwood, Stefan Soltesz, Fabio Luisi, Ion Marin, Manfred Honeck, Bertrand de Billy, Ottavio Dantone, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Placido Domingo, Michael Gielen, Pietari Inkinen, Christian Arming, Asher Fisch, Thomas Hengelbrock, Eiji Oue, Gé Korsten, Tomas Netopil, Eri Klas, Tönu Kaljuste.
Her concertante repertory includes works from Bach, Händel,Telemann, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Dvorak, Berlioz, Rossini, Schubert, Bruckner, Brahms, Mahler, Schönberg, R.Strauss, Verdi, Ravel and many more.
Maddalena & Giovanna
The mezzosoprano Jordanka Milkova completed her training as an opera singer at the Music Academy in Sofia. She then obtained a pass with distinction from the Swiss Opera Studio at the University of the Arts in Berne and simultaneously accepted key roles at the Ensembletheater Biel-Solothurn. This was followed by engagements on opera and concert stages all over Europe at the Staatstheater Nuremberg, the Tonhalle Zurich, the Helsinki Music Center, the Tampere Hall in Finland, Mikhailovsky Theater in St. Petersburg, the Opernhaus Halle, the Theater am Revier in Gelsenkirchen, the Teatro Comunale di Ferrara and Modena, in Dresden, Augsburg, Oldenburg, Regensburg, Pforzheim, Sofia, Luxembourg, the Theater Lübeck, Stadttheater Berne as well as at Classic Open Air in Solothurn.
In Summer 2011 she celebrated her highly successful Wagner debut as Ortrud at the world-renowned Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland. Her broad repertoire includes the great mezzo roles such as Carmen, Delilah, Eboli, Amneris, Ulrica, the Composer, Hänsel, Dorabella as well as Fenena, Ascanio, Annio, Suzuki, Maddalena, Dryade, Jezibaba, Klythamnestra and many more.
She sang under the direction of leading conductors such as Philippe Auguin, Stefan Soltez, Miguel Gomez Martinez, Christof Prick, Jari Hämäläinen, Marcus Bosch, Marco Guidarini, Roger Epple, Emil Tabakov and Oliver von Dohnányi.
Several critics in the specialist publication «Opernwelt» nominated Jordanka Milkova as «the best new artiste» for her interpretation of Amneris. Bayern Klassikradio (BR Klassik) transmitted a live broadcast from the Staatstheater Nuremberg of the highly praised premiere of Samson and Delilah with Jordanka Milkova in the role of Delilah.
In the 2015/16 season, Jordanka Milkova will be making her house and role debut as Marfa in Khovanshchina by Mussorgsky at Theater Basel. The mezzo-soprano will also be reprieving the title role of Carmen at Staatstheater Nürnberg this season, as well as appearing at Aalto Theater in Essen in the role of Jezibaba in Rusalka.
The singer has a number of important concert engagements this season, too, including a performance of the cycle Les nuits dété by Berlioz under the direction of Philippe Bach at Casino Bern and the alto solo in Handels Messiah under the direction of Kaspar Zehnder.
Since September 2005 Clemens Unterreiner has been a soloist and ensemble member at the Vienna State Opera where he could establish himself as one of the most popular and upcoming baritones. He sings Sharpless, Faninal, Angelotti, Schtschelkalow, Schaunard, Donner, Melot, Harlekin and works together with conducters like Franz Welser-Möst, Christian Thielemann, Simon Rattle, Philippe Jordan, Marco Armiliato, Peter Schneider, Andris Nelsons, Fabio Luisi, Asher Fisch, Yves Abel, Dennis Russell Davies, Ádam Fischer and others. In 2008 he sang Sharpless, Sprecher, Falke and Papageno as a guest solist at the Volksoper Wien.
Born and raised in Vienna, Clemens Unterreiner spent his childhood in Graz and Budapest. After he completed his school at the Academic High School he started studying Law at the University of Vienna. During his studies, he began to train his voice and to deepen his knowledge in music theory. In 1998 he started singing lessons with Prof. KS. Hilde Rössel-Majdan, Prof. KS. Gottfried Hornik, Prof. Helena Lazarska and KS. Wicus Slabbert (KS = singer of outstanding merit, in German "Kammersänger"). He also participated in master classes with Prof. KS. Bernd Weikl, KS. Artur Korn and Prof. KS. Gottfried Hornik. In 2000 he was awarded a Bayreuth Festival Scholarship and in 2002 he was a semifinalist at the International Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna. His extensive repertory includes lyric italian, german and french chivalrous and heroic baritone parts, operetta as well as a wide range of art songs (Schubert, Schumann, Strauss, Brahms, Wolf), but also contemporary works of various composers.
He started his carreer at the annual Vienna Festival (Wiener Festwochen) and performed in Bulgaria, Syria, Italy, Spain and Germany. He performed at the Grand Hall of the Wiener Musikverein, at the Vienna Concert House (Wiener Konzerthaus), Palao de la Musica Barcelona and other international concert halls. He sang concert performances of "La Traviata" - Germont, "Fidelio" - Pizarro, "Tosca" - Scarpia and in October 2002 he made his opera debut at the State Theatre in Linz for the European premiere of "The Voyage" by Philip Glass. During the summer of 2003 he sang Count Baccellone in "La Contessina". Further engagements took him to the Vienna State Opera where he performed (2004) the premiere of Massenet’s "Werther". He sang Sharpless in "Madama Butterfly" in Chur, Strasbourg and Großes Festspielhaus Salzburg which was awarded the Prize of the Music Theatre 2004 season. During the summer of 2005 he sang the leading role in "Don Giovanni" at the Heidenheim Opera Festival in Germany and Bartolo in Paisiellos "Il barbiere di Siviglia". On September 4th 2005 he had his house debut in Puccinis "Manon Lescaut" where he started his carreer as a soloist and ensemble member of the Vienna State Opera. In 2006 he sang Hermann, Schlemihl and Crespél in "The Tales of Hoffmann" and Don Parmenione in Rossinis "Loccasione fa il ladro". 2007 he was heard as Don Fernando - Minister in "Fidelio" and celebrated with great success his debut as Guglielmo in "Così fan tutte". In 2008 he was guest soloist at the Opera Festival of Steyr, where he gained popularity as Consul Sharpless in Puccinis "Madama Butterfly". Following his celebrated performance in Upper Austria, he debuted in fall 2008 in his starring role as Consul Sharpless (Italian original version) at the Vienna Volksoper. The part of Papageno wasnt less suitable for his outstanding talent in 2009. In the same year he made his debut as feted Sulpice, when "La fille du régiment" finally premiered. In 2010 he celebrated as Donner a successful home debut in "Rheingold" at the Wagner-Festival Budapest and sang 2011 at the Royal Opera Copenhagen Sharpless (Madama Butterfly). In 2012, he sang Melot at the Opera House in Nice and debuted at the Salzburg Festival and in the new production of the Vienna State Opera, Glucks Alceste as high priest/god of the underworld. 2013 he celebrated a brilliant success as Papageno in Mozarts "Die Zauberflöte" at the Opera de Nice and a highly acclaimed Wolfram in Wagners Tannhäuser. He sang at the State Opera in the new production of Puccinis "La Fanciulla del West" and celebrated as Mayor considerable success in the world premiere of the childrens opera "Das Städchen Drumherum".
Jacek Strauch was born in London, and made his debut with the Glyndebourne Touring Opera.
He won the second prize, the Verdi prize and the Boston opera special prize at the Belvedere competition in Vienna, which led to many guest appearances e.g. as Rigoletto in Nice, Cardiff and Berlin, Tomski at Staatsoper Munich, Count in “Nozze di Figaro”, Alfio, Tonio at the English National Opera London, Enrico in Modena, Scarpia in Pretoria and Nantes and Podkolyosin in the “Marriage” by Martinú in Bonn.
He returned to Germany, where he sang Jago, Amfortas, Falstaff and Barak in Braunschweig and Flying Dutchman, Prus in “Macropulos case” and Wozzeck in Nuremberg.
He was singing in Graz Amonasro, Orest, Doktor Faust (Busoni), Scarpia, Wozzeck, Germont, Dutchman, Luna, Šiškov in “House of the Dead”, Pizarro, Belisario, Rigoletto, Alfio, Tonio, Enrico, Macbeth, Falstaff as well as Wotan in “Walküre” and “Rheingold” and Wanderer in “Siegfried”.
He was heard at Staatsoper Vienna as Alfio and as Amonasro at Theater an der Wien, at Festival Edinburgh in “Ines de Castro”, in Linz as Rigoletto, at Teatro Liceo in Barcelona as Renato, in Zurich as Germont, at Deutsche Oper Berlin in “Flying Dutchman” and “Lulu”, in Amsterdam with “Die Soldaten”, in Geneva as Wanderer, in Mannheim as Wanderer, Nabucco and Rigoletto, in Prague as Rigoletto, Germont, Renato and Scarpia, at Festival Bregenz and at Festspielhaus Salzburg as Amonasro.
He sang Flying Dutchman and Alfio in Mannheim, “Rheingold” Wotan and Dutchman in Halle, four villains in “Hoffmann’s Tales” in St. Gallen, Gianni Schicchi and Falstaff, and Nabucco at the Stadium in Basel and Amonasro in Erfurt.
Other engagements brought him to Tel Aviv as Jack Rance, to Karlsruhe as Amfortas and Falstaff, to the stadium in Hannover as Amonasro, to Rome as Wozzeck and Faninal, to Braunschweig as Dutchman, to Staatsoper Munich for Tomsky in “Pique Dame” and for “Lulu”. He sang in Graz Balstrode in “Peter Grimes”, Cologne “Scherz, Ironie und tiefere Bedeutung” as well as “Katia Kabanova”, at Color Line Arena in Hamburg Nabucco, in Sevilla Scarpia, in Luxemburg and Eutin Amonasro, in Kassel Falstaff and in Dublin “Gianni Schicchi”/“Florentinische Tragödie” and Germont.
Last contracts till 2017 include Amonasro in Tokyo, Falstaff in Dortmund, Amonasro, Enrico, Wanderer, Alberich “Rusalka”,"Hänsel und Gretel" and "Rusalka" in Cottbus, Gianni Schicchi in Vienna, “Flying Dutchman” and “Mazeppa” in Bremen, Gianni Schicchi in Wuppertal, Balstrode in “Peter Grimes” in Bielefeld, Rigoletto in Trier, Telramund in Ostrava, Rigoletto in Augsburg, Tonio and Michele at Gut Immling, Lindorf, Coppelius, Dapertutto and Mirakle in Basel, 2016/2017 he is singing Jochanaan in Warsaw, "Falsche Welt, Dir trau ich nicht" in Trier and at Festival Bergen.
2017 he will sing Amfortas and Hans Sachs in Chemnitz and will be heard also at Festival St. Margarethen in Rigoletto.
Luke Stoker is an Australian Bass currently working in Germany with Oper Dortmund. He completed his tertiary education in Brisbane, Australia having attained a Bachelor of Music (University of Queensland) and a Master of Music Studies (Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University). In 2011, Luke joined Opera Queensland as a member of the Young and Developing Artist Program. In 2012, Luke moved to Sydney to commence work with Opera Australia. Here he worked as a member of the extra-chorus whilst also performing A Soldier in Il Trovatore and understudying Ferrando (Il Trovatore), and Ormonte (Partenope). In July 2013, Luke made his West Australian Opera debut as Masetto in their production of Don Giovanni.
Luke has been a frequent soloist for oratorio and concert performances including the Rossini Stabat Mater, Mendelssohns Die erste Walpurgisnacht, Bach’s Magnificat and several of his cantatas, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Fauré and Mozart Requiems, Mozarts Coronation Mass, and Handel’s Theodora.
As the recipient of the 2013 German Opera Scholarship, offered by the Opera Foundation Australia, Luke was awarded a position in the Oper Köln Opera Studio in 2013. During his three years with the company, Luke performed Zaretsky (Eugene Onegin), Il Bonzo (Madama Butterfly), Nunte (Leucippo), 2nd Priest/Armed Man (Die Zauberflöte), Zuniga (Carmen), Montano (Otello), Brander (La Damnation de Faust), Schaunard (La Bohème), Masetto (Don Giovanni), Sacrestan (Tosca), Erzbischof von Reims and Florent dIlliers (Jeanne dArc) and Titurel (Parsifal) among others.
In 2016, Luke moved to Dortmund, Germany to take up a new position as principal Bass at Oper Dortmund, where he performed Mephistopheles (Faust - Gounod), Sarastro and Speaker (Die Zauberflöte). During the second half of the season, Luke will be performing the roles of Lodovico and Montano (Otello), Frank (Die Fledermaus) and Besuffliput (Gullivers Reise).
In January 2017, Luke made his Paris Opera debut as the Zweiter Geharnischter Mann in Robert Carsens production of Die Zauberflöte. In 2018, Luke will return to Paris in the role of Zweiter Gralsritter in a new production of Parsifal, directed by Richard Jones and conducted by Philippe Jordan.
Sorin Coliban was born in Bucharest and studied music at the academy of Bucharest. He made his first appearances in Athens, Garnier, San Francisco, Santiago de Chile, Pesaro, Monte Carlo, Munich and Vienna.
His repertoire includes all famous bass baritone parts like Philip II (Don Carlos), Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra), Procida (Les vêpres siciliennes), Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Ferrando (Il trovatore), Banquo (Macbeth), Don Giovanni & Komtur (Don Giovanni), Capulet (Roméo et Juliette), Escamillo (Carmen), Colline (La Bohème), Mose (Rossini), Don Magnifico (La Cenerentola), Holländer (The flying Dutchman) und Macbeth (Macbeth von S. Sciarrino).
Since 2009 Sorin Coliban is part of the Wiener Staatsoper ensemble.
He also presented himself very successfully as a concert singer in Elias (Mendelssohn), Matthäus Passion (Bach) Pater Profundus - 8th symphony (G. Mahler) and 9th symphony (Beethoven).
Since he made his debut at the Bayreuther Festspiele as Fafner – „Ring of the Nibelung" (staged by Frank Castorf), Coliban is one of the most popular singer in his genre. He also performed at the Royal Operahouse Covent Garden, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Opéra Bastille, Bregenzer Festspiele and Opéra de Lausanne.
Future and recent engagements include Henrik in "Maskerade" at Royal Opera in Copenhagen and on tour in 2015, Dulcamara in Tivoli Concerthall Denmark, Alfonso in "Così fan tutte" at Opera Hedeland, the Magister in "Maskerade" with Concertgebouw Amsterdam, "Matthäus Passion" with Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and as lieder- and oratorio singer concerts all over Denmark.
From 2012-2014 his engagements have included Messiah with Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, concertant La Bohème with Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Colline in La Bohème at Danish National Opera, Matthäus Passion and Ralph Vaughan Williams "Songs of Travel" with Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and "Winterreise" in the “Schubertiade” in Roskilde, Denmark and Leporello at Opera Hedeland.
Simon Duus graduated from the Opera Academy at The Royal Theatre, Copenhagen in 2011 as a student of singing teacher Susanna Eken and graduated from the soloist class at The Royal Academy of Music Aarhus in 2015 as a student of singing teacher Bodil Øland. He was a student in the Mozart Class at Académie europeéenne at Festival Aix-en-Provênce 2010.
Opera performances include Henrik in Nielsen’s “Maskarade” at The Royal Opera, Copenhagen, Spring 2015 (Kasper Holten/Per-Otto Johansson), Colline in Puccini’s “La bohème” at Danish National Opera, Fall 2014 (Alfonso Romera Mora/Michael Balke) and Paris in Gounod’s “Roméo & Juliette” at Copenhagen Opera Festival, Summer 2014 (Anne Barslev/Jacob Beck), Domingo in Reesen’s “Farinelli” at Tivoli Festival, Copenhagen, Summer 2013 (Jesper Nordin), Leporello in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” at Opera Hedeland, Summer 2012 (Lars Rudolfsson/Henrik Schaefer), Seneca in Monteverdi’s “L’incoronazione di Poppea” both at Københavns Musikteater, Fall 2011 (Magnus Tessing Schneider/Benjamin Bayl) and at The Opera Academy/The Royal Theatre, Spring 2011 (Deda Christina Colonna/Jonathan Ofir), Schtjelkalov in Musorgsky’s “Boris Godunow” at The Royal Opera, Winter 2011 (Dmitri Tscherniakov/Jakub Hrůša) and Officier and Commisaire in “Dialogues des Carmélites” at The Opera Academy/The Royal Opera 2010 (Ebbe Knudsen/Marc Soustrot).
He has performed many of the standard oratorios and all three main song cycles by Schubert. He won the soloist competition at Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and performed therefore Vaughan Williams’ “Songs of Travel" with the orchestra and conductor Håkon Daniel Nystedt in 2014.
He received the Danish Wagner Society Bayreuth-Scholarship in 2013, Musikanmelderringens Kunstnerpris 2014 (The Music Critics’ Artist Prize), Reumert-Talentprize 2012 and Léonie Sonning Music Foundation-Scholarship 2010.
Karl Huml was born in Melbourne, Australia, he studied singing at the Victorian College of the Arts with Rosamund Illing and Ruth Falcon and finished his studies successfully with a diploma.
His first engagement was at the Australian Opera in Sydney, where he sang in the productions of “Traviata”, “Billy Budd”, “Romeo et Juliette”, “Rinaldo” as well as Frate in “Don Carlos” and Basilio in “Barbiere di Siviglia”.
As the winner of the German Operatic Award, Karl Huml became a member of the Cologne Opera Young Artists’ programme and he was heard at the Cologne Opera in productions of “Faust”, “Zauberflöte”, “Billy Budd”, “Love for the Three Oranges”, “Semele”, “Hoffmann’s Tales”.
Then he was engaged in Bremen, where he sang roles like Ramfis, Sarastro, Collin, Don Basilio, Ferrando, Timur, Eremit, Frère Laurent in “Romeo et Juliette”, Colatinus in “The Rape of Lucrezia”, Snugh/Theseus in “Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Inigo Gomez in “L’Heure espagnole” and the title role of “Don Quichotte”.
Mr. Huml was engaged at Volksoper Vienna where he was heard as Collin, Sarastro, Zuniga, Don Basilio, Sparafucile and Crespel.
Other guest contracts brought the artist to Australian Opera in Sydney as Sarastro, to Staatsoper Hamburg for “Salome”, to Essen with “Don Carlos”, to Biel for “Kaiser von Atlantis”, to Bremen as Don Quichotte, to Perth as Sparafucile, to Sydney for “Mozart Requiem”, to Melbourne for “The seven deadly sins” and Mozart’s “Mass in C Minor” and to Brisbane for “Salome”.
Recent contracts till 2015/16 include Sarastro at the Seefestspiele Berlin, Daland at the Barbican Center in London and "Salome", Zuniga in "Carmen" and Angelotti at Volksoper Vienna, the new production of “Trovatore” during the festival in Vienna at Theater an der Wien and the "Meistersinger" production at Festspiele Salzburg. He was singing "The love for the three oranges" in Florence, Sparafucile Guardian, Sarastro with Opera Classica in Versailles, Bad Homburg and at Burg Wertheim, "Salome" at Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Joe in "Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny" and Commendatore in "Don Giovanni" in Rostock.
2015/16/17 he will be singing "The Nose" at Neue Oper in Vienna and in Budapest, Osmin, Alaskawolf Joe, "Ermione" and "Candide in Rostock, "Baruchs Schweigen" and "Pallas Athene weint" in Vienna, "Albert Herring" in Florence where he was invited back to sing there 2017 Faust". In summer 2017 he will sing "Rigoletto" at Festival in St. Margarethen followed by "Werther" in Klagenfurt.
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The soprano singer Katrin Koch was born in Carinthia (Austria). She attended piano, flute, organ lessons and took part in different choirs and ensembles. After she moved to Vienna she enrolled at the University for Music and Performing Arts and attended courses by Adele Haas, Adelheid Hornich and Margit Klaushofer. She also was taught in “Lied” and oratorio by Angelika Kirchschlager, Birgid Steinberger, Carolyn Hague and Uta Schwabe.
Katrin Koch attended various masterclasses by Helmut Deutsch, Robert Holl, Roger Vignoles, Fiorenza Cossotto, Irina Gavrilovici, Robert Barefield, Beverly Blankenship, Eiddwen Harrhy, Michael Chance, Andrew King et al.
As “Lied”- and oratorio-singer Koch took part as soloist in many festivals and concerts, e. g. Wiener Musikverein, Carinthischer Sommer, Styriarte, Liszt Festival Raiding, Kammermusikfest Lockenhaus, MuTh Wien, Wiener Stephansdom, Festival Musica Sacra Klagenfurt, St. Pauler Kultursommer and Kulturfabrik Hainburg.
Katrin Koch was trained as mezzo soprano first, but changed her subject to lyrical soprano in autumn 2016. Gianetta in Donizetti’s „L’elisir d’amore“ at the Opera in the Quarry in summer 2016 marked her change to the lyrical soprano. Due to this change, she is now able to sing mezzo soprano parts as well as lyrical soprano parts. (for example Cherubino in Mozarts “Le Nozze di Figaro”, 2nd Madam in Mozarts “Die Zauberflöte”, Mercedes in Bizets “Carmen”, Prinz Orlofsky in “Die Fledermaus” by Johann Strauss, Dido in “Dido aned Aeneas” by Purcell, Siebel in Gounods “Faust”)
In 2017 Koch sang the Zibaldona in the premiere of Alma Deutscher’s opera „Cinderella“ under the patronage of Zubin Mehta.
Currently Katrin Koch works on Antonia in „Les contes d’Hoffmann“, Micaela in Bizet’s „Carmen“, Donna Elvira in Mozart’s „Don Giovanni“, Nedda in Leoncavallo’s „Pagliacci“ and Leonora in Verdi’s „Il Trovatore“.
The young tenor Kirlianit Cortes studied singing until 2001 in Great Theater of Havana "Cuba" and the University of Antioquia. In 1998 he received the first prize in the competition National Arts Competition Universidad Del Valle and began his singing studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts of Vienna where he received his degree of „Magister Artium Interpreting Lied and Oratorio" with the famous Mezzo-soprano KS Marjana Lipovsek. He also studied singing and interpretation with Detlef Scholz, Danaila Hristova, KS Lilowa Margarita, Helena Lazarska, Emperatriz Figueroa, Patricia Weise and KS Francisco Araiza. Actually he is working with Maestro Ilko Natchev in Vienna.
Within his repertoire, he had roles as Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola) Almaviva (Il Barbier di Siviglia), Conde Alberto (L’occasione fa il ladro), Florville (Il Signor Bruschino), Dorville (La Scala di seta), Ernesto (Don Pasquale), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Belfiore (La Finta Giardiniera), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Ferrando (Così fan tutte) and Elvino (La Sonnambula).
Kirlianit Cortes did his debut in Bogotá with the Opera of Colombia, singing Borsa in the opera Rigoletto and since his arrival in Europe, he has sung the parts of Ernesto (Don Pasquale – Gärtnerplatz Theater), Dr. Stone in the opera by Gian Carlo Menotti (Help, help, the Globolinks) and Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte) at the Theater at Schönbrunn Palace.
In 2004 he sang at the Vienna Konzerthaus and Kammeroper, interpreting Lindoro (La fedeltà premiata) and Nencio (Linfedelta delusa). In 2004 he also sings Gerardo in the opera „Gianni Schicchi" and made his debut as Don Ramiro in „La Cenerentola" at the Opera Festival of Schärding (Austria), theatre Morlachi of Perugia, Teatro Lirico di Spoleto and Bunka Kai Kan (Tokyo).
In 2006 Kirlianit Cortes performs at the Opera Festival Schärding (Austria) the part of Conde Alberto in „LOccasione fa il ladro" and in 2007 Florville - „Il signor Bruschino".
In 2006 Kirlianit Cortes performed at the Wiener Musikverein, singing the tenor part in the opera „Trouble" in Tahiti of L. Bernstein; Belfiore (La Finta Giardiniera) in Shanghai and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) and also debuted at the Vienna Volksoper interpreting Augustin Moser in the opera „Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg" by R.Wagner under the baton of Leopold Hager.
In 2007 Kirlianit Cortes was invited to sing at the Vest Norges Opera of Norway, as Mr. Gleaton in the opera „Susana" by C. Floyd. He was also invited to sing the tenor part of the „Requiem" by W.A Mozart with the National Symphony Orchestra of Cyprus and the tenor part in the profane cantata "Carmina Burana" by C. Orff at the 2008 season opening of the Bogota Philharmonic Orchester with Maestro Andrés Orozco Estrada as conductor.
In January 2009 he sang the tenor part in the oratorio "The Messiah" by G.F Handel in the Golden Hall of Vienna Musikverein.
In March he sang with great success the part of Florville (Il Signor Bruschino) in the Musikverein of Graz and in May 2009 he won second place in the "European Tenor Contest - Jan Keapura, held in Poland.
In June he was invited to sing the role of Elvino in the Opera „La Sonnambula" by V.Bellini at the Opera Szczecin in Poland, receiving outstanding reviews.
2010 he sang the parts of Florville in Rossinis "Il signor Bruschino" and Dorvil in "La scala di seta" at Musikverein Graz, both operas were recorded on CD. The same year Kirlianit recorded the part of Robert in the operetta "Die Göttin der Vernunft” by J. Strauss (world Premiere) and sang Mendel in the filming of the opera "HIOB" by the Austrian composer Erich Zeisl at Exil Arte.
He also participated in numerous oratorios and masses, such as Bachs „Johannes Passion", „Mattheus Passion", „Coffee Cantata", „Magnificat", Dvořák „Mass in D" major and „Stabat Mater Op. 58", Mozarts „Requiem" and Beethoven „9th Symphony" in Cyprus (National Symphony Orchestra of Cyprus), Mozarts „Coronation Mass" in c-minor, „Piccolomini Mass" and „Sparrow Mass", Rossinis „Stabat Mater" (Orchestra Sinfonica di Bari, Capella Cracoviensis, Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonkustverinigung), „Petite Messe Solenelle" (Klosterneuburg- Südböhmische Kammerphilharmonie Budweis), Schuberts „G Major", „As major", „C major" and „b-minor Mass", Schützs „Johannes Passion", Mendelssohns „Elias" at Stefaniensaal in Graz, Webers „Jubilee Mass", Orffs „Carmina Burana" (Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogota, Philarmonisches Orchestra Kracow, Orchestra of the University Vienna Konzerthaus, Südböhmische Kammerphilharmonie Budweis), Puccinis „Messa di gloria" and K. Kurpinsky „Te deum" at the Musica Sacra festival in Kraków (Live broadcasting).
Kirlianit is a frequent guest at the Dubrovnik Festival Opera, he is also a frequent performer of songs by Schubert, Wolf, Strauss, Brahms, Schumann, Beethoven, Duparc, Fauré and Spanish concert literature.
2013 and 2014 was cover of the Tenor Piotr Beczala and Ramon Vargas by International known concert Christmas in Vienna.
In 2014 he sang Armando Cellini („Mask in blue") by the Schönebeck Operetten Festival.
2015 Kirlianit Cortes was invited to sing the first Tenor in Arvo Pärts “Misere” at the Brno Internatioal sacred music Festival, Rossinis „Stabat Mater" with the Neu Westfallen Philarmonic Orchester and Dr. Siedler in Benatzkys „Im weissen Rössl" at the 19 Schönebecker Operettn Sommer (Mitteldeutsche Kammerphilarmonie under the baton of Gerard Oskamp)
David Jagodic was born in Kranj (Slovenia). After completing his composition studies at the conservatory of Music and Ballet in Ljubljana, he enrolled at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. He attended numerous classes by Claudia Visca and Robert Holl and specialized in “Kunstlied” and Oratorio.
2012 he debued at the summer festival OperOderSpree. Since this performance he interpreted Alonso in Schubert’s „Die Freunde von Salamanca“, Fridolin in Nestroy’s „Tannhäuser“ at the Rheinsberg opera festival, Alfred in Strauß’s „Fledermaus“, Lensky in Tschaikowsky’s Eugene Onegin, Joabel in Charpentier’s „David et Jonathas“, Ferrnando in Mozart’s „Così fan tutte“, Don Ottavio in Mozart’s „Don Giovanni“ and Schamasch in Clemencic’s „Gilgamesch“.
In 2011 he won first place at the Bruna Špiler competition in Montenegro. Beside his engagements he managed to attend masterclasses by Piotr Beczala, Snezana Nena Brzaković and Peter Maus.
Even at a young age, Simon Schnorr performed as part of the Tölzer Knabenchor in various famous opera houses and concert halls. He attended music classes at Goritzki, Hans-Joachim Beyer, Roland Hermann, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Thomas Hampson, Ernst Haefliger, Kurt Widmer and Kiri te Kanawa. Eva Wagner-Pasquier invited him to attend the academy of festival Aix-en-Provence.
Still at university, he performed in „Turandot", „Pelléas et Mélisande", „Rheingold" and „Death in Venice".
He gave guest performances at the Salzburger Festspiele, the Salzburger Osterfestspiele, the Edinburgh festival, the Verbier Festival and the DNT in Weimar.
In 2012 he played along with John Malkovich in "The Giacomo Variations" and toured through North America.
Since 2009 Simon Schnorr is part of the Salzburger Landestheater ensemble. 2014 he made his debut as Eugen Onegin at the Glyndebourne festival. 2015 he performed in two world premieres: Enjott Schneiders "Sancta Trinitas" in Bayreuth and Jacob de Haans "Markus-Passion".
He was the winner of the Classical Music Award (ICMA) in 2013. Simon Schnorr collaborated with orchestras like Berliner Philharmoniker, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, the Wiener Akademie, the Gustav-Mahler-youthorchester. He worked with famous conductors like Claudio Abbado, Marc Albrecht, Leo Hussain, Martin Haselböck and Jacques Delacot.
Stefan Hadžić was born in Belgrade and studied piano at the University of Belgrade and singing at Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Vienna.
Opera engagements have included DANDINI La Cenerentola Kanli Kula, Herceg Novi, Montenegro, Falstaff (title role), Gianni Schicchi (title role) and CONTE Le nozze di Figaro Schlosstheater Schönbrunn, Vienna, and CONTE Theater Schweinfurt.
Future plans include Eugen Onegin (title role) Schlosstheater Schönbrunn and MARULLO Rigoletto Oper im Steinbruch Sankt Margarethen.
He has sung concerts in Serbia, Hungary and Austria. Stefan is the winner of the International Music Competition Osaka, the Jeunesses Musicales Belgrade, and the singing competition Herceg Novi, Montenegro Bruna Špiler.
Vienna Philharmonic Choir
The Philharmonic Choir Vienna was initiated by Gerard Mortier (director of Salzburger Festspiele) in 2002. First they called themselves “Chor der RuhrTriennale” respectively “Festspielchor Baden-Baden”. In 2006 they became a registered society and were called Vienna Philharmonic Choir. Famous conductors like Claudio Abbado, Marc Minkowski, Kent Nagano, Thomas Hengelbrock, Zubin Mehta, Christian Thielemann and Riccardo Muti were pleased to work with them. The choir cooperated at various opera productions like Musikfest Bremen („L ́Arlesienne“), in Reggio Emilia und Ferrara („Die Zauberflöte“), in Baden-Baden („Parsifal“, „Die Zauberflöte“, „Tannhäuser“) and at the RuhrTriennale („Don Giovanni“, „Die Zauberflöte“).
In 2008 they performed „Le nozze di Figaro“at the Salzburger Festspiele and toured with this production through Nagoya and Osaka (Tokyo). In 2009 Christian Telemann staged “Der Rosenkavalier” in Festspielhaus Baden-Baden with the Philharmonic Choir and it also toured to Paris and Munich. A few months later the Vienna Philharmonic Choir performed “Freischütz” (conductor: Hengelbrock) at the Luzern festival. In 2010 the Vienna Philharmonic Choir collaborated with Christian Thielemann in Elektra”, and with Riccardo Muti “Betulia liberata”. Both productiones were also played in Ravenna at the festival. In 2011 the Vienna Philharmonic Choir performed at the Pfingstfestspiele Salzburg and various other festivals. Another highlight was the performance of “La Straniera” in honour for Edita Gruberova at the Wiener Musikverein. 2013-2016 performed the Vienna Philharmonica Choir for example “Manon Lescaut” (conductor Sir Simon Rattle), “Faust” (Thomas Hengelbrock) “Don Giovanni” (Sven-Eric Bechtolf), “La Favorite” (Roberto Abbado) and various other concerts. At the moment Mr. Walter Zeh is the director of the Vienna Philharmonic Choir
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
The Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (SOSR) was established in 1929 as the first professional symphony orchestra in Slovakia. The first official leader of the new radio orchestra was the Czech conductor František Dyk. The Orchestras beginning is marked by an extraordinary activity of Alexander Moyzes who has played an important role in its gradual artistic growth and line-up expansion. The list of SOSRs former conductors includes the names of Kornel Schimpl, František Babušek, Krešimir Baranović, Ľudovít Rajter, Richard Týnský, Ladislav Slovák, Bystrík Režucha, Otakar Trhlík, Ondrej Lenárd, Róbert Stankovský, Charles Olivieri Munroe and Oliver Dohnányi. The Orchestra is currently led by chief conductor Mario Košik, as well as conductor Adrián Kokoš
The first Slovakian professional symphonic ensemble has a venerable history of almost ninety years. During this time, it has released countless recordings for labels such as Opus, Supraphon, Naxos, Marco Polo or Arte Nove. Besides, SOSR also regularly engages in recording music for famous Slovak films, the most recent ones including "Rukojemník" or "Láska na vlásku".
In addition to regular concerts at home, the Orchestra also performes abroad - for instance in Austria, Germany, Hungary and Spain. In May 2014 SOSR gave concerts at the Viennese Musikverein and in Klagenfurt. In 2010 and 2014 the orchestra staged two big concert tours in Japan, with huge success.
Currently, SOSR offers interesting concerts under chief conductor Mario Košik, but also of under several guest conductors such as Yordan Kamdzhalov, David Porcelijn or Vladimir Spivakov. There are also several excellent soloists who have already performed with the Orchestra during this season or are yet to do so, for instance Daniel Ottensamer, Antonii Baryshevsky, Hibla Gerzmava, Yusif Eyvazov, Milan Paľa, Ladislav Fančovič and many more.
The Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra with its musicians and chief conductor specializes in the repertoire of classicism and romanticism, but also 20th and 21st century music. Each of their concerts features works of Slovak composers, many of them being presented as premières.
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Advance Booking prices
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Eisenstadt Ticket Office
T: +43 2682 65 0 65
F: +43 2682 65 0 65 888
Opening times: Monday to Friday 9am-5pm
St. Margarethen Quarry Ticket Office
Opening times: July & August 2017, Wednesday to Sunday 10am-5pm.
Evening box office
The evening box office is open from 5.30–9pm on days when there is a performance.
Tickets purchased at the evening box office are subject to an additional charge of € 5 per ticket and are not eligible for any reductions.
Exchanges and returns
Please note that tickets that are fixed and paid cannot be cancelled or changed. Changes to the program and the cast do not entitle ticket holders to return or exchange their tickets. If a performance is sold out tickets may be returned for sale without guarantee on a consignment basis. The consignment fee is 20% of the ticket price. If a ticket is resold, the balance is paid at the end of the Festival.
The performances in St. Margarethen Quarry are staged in the open. In the event of bad weather, performances may continue. We therefore urge our guests to wear warm, rainproof garments and sturdy shoes if the weather forecast is bad. Performances are never cancelled before the starting time and cancellations are at the sole discretion of the Festival management. The Festival management reserves the right to delay the start or interrupt the performance due to weather conditions. If a performance is cancelled by the event organizer before 45 minutes of the opera has been performed, tickets can be returned to the advance ticket vendor where they were purchased. The ticket price will be refunded by the event organizer exclusive of postage costs and other charges. For organizational reasons, it is not possible to refund the ticket price on site at the venue’s ticket offices or in the Festival office. For more information click here.
Entry to the Festival grounds
All visitors must hold a valid ticket for that day.
Upon accessing the quarry site, the visitor undertakes to adhere to these Visitor Rules. You can find those rules printed at the ticket office at the entrance of the quarry.
Dogs and pets
Please note that dogs and other pets are not allowed inside the Festival grounds with the exception of assistance dogs. Thank you for your understanding.
Pupils, students, and apprentices (age 6 to 26)
are eligible for a 30% reduction on ticket prices from the categories 1 to 5.
The appropriate ID (pupil, student or apprentice ID card) must be shown when your ticket is checked on entering the Festival venue.
These reductions can be booked at the Festival Office pan.event (T+43 2682 65 0 65, E firstname.lastname@example.org) or online. Discounts cannot be combined and proof of eligibility is required (the appropriate ID or pass). Please show this when your ticket is checked on entering the Festival venue. When making your booking, please state your eligibility for a reduction, as this cannot be granted retroactively.
People with disabilities
are eligible for a 10% reduction on tickets from the categories 1 to 5.
Proof of eligibility is required for this reduction. Please send a copy of the disability pass by post, fax (+43 2682 65 0 65 888) or scanned and in an email to email@example.com.
Wheelchair users and an accompanying guest
are eligible for a 50% reduction on ticket prices for designated wheelchair spaces in the seating plan in the categories 1 to 4. Wheelchair spaces must be booked in person or on the telephone at the Festival Office pan.event GmbH in Eisenstadt (T +43 2682 65 0 65). Cannot be combined with other discounts.
These reductions can be booked at the Festival Office pan.event (T+43 2682 65 0 65, E firstname.lastname@example.org). Discounts cannot be combined and proof of eligibility is required (the appropriate ID or pass). Please show this when your ticket is checked on entering the Festival venue. When making your booking, please state your eligibility for a reduction, as this cannot be granted retroactively.
The Opera Lounge at St. Margarethen Quarry is the perfect place for connoisseurs to get together!
STYLISH LOCATION FOR EVERY OCCASION
The Opera Lounge’s panorama terrace provides a stylish venue to entertain friends or business partners at prestigious events, or to hold private receptions and celebrations. Suitable both for small groups of two or more and large gatherings of up to 200 people.
Our head chef creates delicious meals to suit everyone’s taste. In the 2017 season, Italian and Pannonian cuisine are innovatively combined to create a true culinary treat! Recipes from Verdi’s homeland Italy will be enhanced with regional and seasonal products. These will be served as a tasting menu accompanied by fine wines from the Esterházy Winery.
THE PERFECT SETTING FOR YOUR EVENT
A breathtaking backdrop and a glamorous, modern restaurant design provide the perfect setting for your very own VIP event. In the Opera Lounge you can welcome business partners, clients or colleagues to an area reserved especially for you. The space can be customized with your branding including signs with your company logo or other marketing materials (charged according to time and effort involved). Your bespoke event is organized in cooperation with the Festival office. The Opera Lounge combines art, fine food and a convivial atmosphere to create an exquisite pageant for all the senses.
OPERA LOUNGE AT A GLANCE
♦ Can be booked from 2 up to 200 people
♦ Doors open at 6.30 pm, a refreshing aperitif is served in the Opera Lounge to welcome you
♦ Serving of the tasting menu of starters and main courses begins at 7 pm
♦ Desserts, coffee and tea are served in the intermission
♦ Open bar following the performance until 12 midnight
♦ Opera Lounge packages include admission to the Opera Lounge, the chosen menu and all drinks from the Opera Lounge selection.
♦ The Opera Lounge is closed during the performance and you are not permitted to stay there.
♦ Opera Lounge packages can only be booked in combination with a valid ticket for the opera performance.
♦ The Terms and Conditions and bad weather policy apply Opernlounge.
♦ Sparkling wine from the Esterházy Winery
♦ Wine from the Esterházy Winery
♦ Non-alcoholic drinks (Fruit juices & Mineral water)
♦ Coffee & tea
Let us spoil you! You have a choice between two different packages in the Opera Lounge.
Deluxe Package „HERZOG“
♦ You are welcomed with a refreshing aperitif and an amuse-bouche.
♦ A tasting menu of different antipasti, primi and secondi piatti before the performance.
♦ Dolci, coffee and tea are served in the intermission.
Deluxe extras included:
♦ Premium wine from the Esterházy Winery
♦ Digestif fine spirits and liqueurs from the Esterházy Winery
♦ Deluxe opera set „Rigoletto“programe, seat pad and fleece blanket in an „Rigoletto“ bag
Price per person € 117
incl. admission to the Opera Lounge, served meals and drinks and deluxe extras
Gourmet Package „GILDA"
♦ You are welcomed with a refreshing aperitif and an amuse-bouche.
♦ A tasting menu of different antipasti, primi and secondi piatti before the performance.
♦ Dolci, coffee and tea are served in the intermission.
Price per person € 85
incl. admission to the Opera Lounge and served meals and drinks.
All prices inclusive VAT, duties and taxes. Cost of postage and opera tickets not included.
To plan your perfect event please contact:
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Adress for your GPS navigation device:
7062 St. Margarethen Römersteinbruch 1
Coordinates: N 47.802029/ E 16.636369
Blaguss shuttle bus from Vienna
Bus terminal VIB (Vienna international bus terminal)
U3, underground station Erdberg, Erdbergstraße 200, A-1030 Vienna
12 July to 19 August 2017
Departs at 6 pm
Return after the end of the performance
Price for the return bus trip: € 26 per person incl. VAT (does not include postage costs or opera tickets)
Blaguss shuttle bus from Eisenstadt
Intersport bus stop, Ruster Straße 146, 7000 Eisenstadt
12 July to 19 August 2017
Departs at 6.45 pm
Return after the end of the performance
Price for a return bus trip: € 13 per person incl. VAT (does not include postage costs or opera tickets)
Bookings (from Vienna & Eisenstadt)
By telephone (+43 2682 65 0 65) or online
Last minute bookings can only be made through Blaguss (subject to availability)
Reservation and information:
T +43 (0)1 610 90-0
Service For Tour Operators
Providing a good service for organizers of group tours is as important to us as offering attractive discounts for the purchase of larger numbers of tickets. The following provides an overview of group discounts, booking terms and conditions, and services.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR GROUPS AND TICKET SALES
Discount level I
8% discount when you purchase 20 tickets for a performance and a complimentary free ticket for the tour guide (not for sale, in the lowest-priced category booked).
Discount level II
15% discount on purchasing 40 tickets for a performance and a complimentary free ticket for the tour guide (not for sale, in the lowest-priced category booked). Tickets purchased with the early booking discount cannot be included in the group number. Group rates cannot be combined with other discounts or special offers. There are no discounts, reductions or options available for extra legroom seating.
* The tour guide is entitled to one additional free ticket when purchasing 20+ tickets. This is always for the lowest-priced category of booked seat and is marked “Reiseleiterfreikarte” (tour guide free ticket). Reselling or giving the “Reiseleiterfreikarte” to a third party is strictly prohibited.
BACKSTAGE TOURS FOR GROUPS
For years, our visitors have been thrilled by the unforgettable stage sets and the special effects at opera nights in the St. Margarethen Quarry. Come and peer over the set builders’ shoulders and get an idea of the technology they use and what goes on behind the scenes. Group bookings and group price for 20+ people (tour guide can join for free), max. 30 people. For more information click here.
AN INTRODUCTION TO RIGOLETTO - Cocktail
Get into the mood for opera with an introduction to the work and the history of how it was written. A brief presentation of information and anecdotes about Verdi and Rigoletto is provided by our „opera guides“, along with a cool drink. Group reservations and rates for groups of 20 or more (free for the group leader).For more information click here.
Booking Terms and condition
Organizers of group tours can find information about ordering tickets, options, payment, and ticket postage .
service for tour operators
You can download information about services, postage of promotional materials, as well as images here.
frIENDS OF THE OPERA
Join the “Friends of the Opera” and enjoy some great benefits for the “Opera in the Quarry”. From priority bookings to a peek behind the scenes of the current production, as a Friend you are sure to get closer to the action!
Annual membership: € 50
1. Priority booking and eligibility for the early booking bonus
2. Regular free information about the program and events
3. Invitations to artist talks
4. Members’ reductions on opera trips
5. Pre-performance event (excluding the premiere)
Annual membership: € 300
Your benefits: all of the Friends’ benefits plus:
6. Invitation for two people to the presentation of the season
7. Exclusive opportunity to watch a rehearsal
8. Two complimentary tickets for a concert in the series classic.Esterhazy at Esterházy Palace in Eisenstadt
9. DVD of the current opera production
10. A gift from our opera collection
Our Festival office would be pleased to answer any queries about membership (+43  2682 65 065).
Backstage TOurs & Cocktail
We would like to thank the partners of the opera “Rigoletto” for their generous support.