Marina Rebeka was born in Riga/Latvia. In October 2007 she won the first prize in the renowned singing competition Neue Stimmen in Gütersloh. She sang Violetta in La traviata at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, she performed in Moise et Pharaon at the Salzburger Festspiele, at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro she interpreted the Contessa di Folleville and Madama Cortese in Il viaggio a Reims, also Anna in Maometto II., at the New York Metropolitan Opera she sang Donna Anna – a role which she also performed at the Zürcher Oper and the Lyric Opera Chicago.
Marina Rebeka made her debut at La Scala in Milan as Contessa di Folleville and at the Latvian National Opera Riga as Adina in L’elisir d’amore. Furthermore, performances have led her to the Komische Oper Berlin and the Opera National de Lorraine in Nancy. Future engagements include appearances in La traviata in Munich, Chicago, Zurich and New York, in Lucia di Lammermoor in Amsterdam and Zurich as well as in Così fan tutte and L’elisir d’amore in Zurich.
Dmitri Hvorostovsky was born in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. In 1989, he won the prestigious Cardiff Singer of the World competition. Since his acclaimed debut as Jeletzki at the Opera in Nice, has carrer has led and continues to lead him to the most important international stages in the world, like for example the New York Met, ROH Covent Garden, the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Paris Opera, the Scala, Moskow, the Chicago Lyric Opera, the Liceu in Barcelona, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Salzburger Festspielen, Australia as well as South America. Numerous contemporary composers write works for Dmitri Hvorostovsky. His most important roles include among others Graf Luna (Il trovatore), Posa (Don Carlo), the leading role in Rigoletto, Renato (Un ballo in maschera), the leading role in Simon Boccanegra, Jeletzki and the leading role in Eugen Onegin. He gave his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 1994 as Sir Ricardo (I Puritani) and has since also sung Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Posa, Rigoletto, Jeletzki, Jago, Giorgio Germont (La traviata) as well as the leading roles in Eugen Onegin und Simon Boccanegra.
The young mezzosoprano Ilseyar Khayrullova was born in 1987 in Tatarstan in Russia. In 2006, she graduated from the Tatarstan Music College, and went on to study at the Rimski-Korsakow-Conservatoire in St. Petersburg, from which she graduated from in 2012. Ilseyar Khayrullova is a prize winner of the international competition Playing Slominsky 2012 in St. Petersburg. From 2010, Ilseyar Khayrullova was seen in different studio productions from the St. Petersburg Conservatoire, among others as Cherubino in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts Le nozze di Figaro, Clarisse in Sergei Prokofiews Die Liebe zu den drei Orangen, Olga in Peter Iljitsch Tschaikowskis Eugen Onegin and Martha in Tschaikowskis Iolanta. Further roles include Azucena in Giuseppe Verdis Il trovatore, Kontschakowna in Alexander Borodins Prinz Igor, Orfeo in Christoph Willibald Glucks Orfeo ed Euridice and Polina in Peter Iljitsch Tschaikowskis Pique Dame. Since the 2013/2014 season, Ilseyar Khayrullo is an ensemble member of the Vienna State Opera, where she made her debut as the third Elf in Rusalka.
DONNA ELLEN comes from Canada and studied singing at the Wilfrid Laurier University of her hometown. For two seasons, she sang at the Canada Opera Piccola under the care of Leopold Simoneau and Pierette Alarie, before she changed to the Opernstudio in Zurich. In1987, she became engaged with the Landestheater Linz, where she sang roles like the Queen of the Night, Blonde, and Zerlina and sang in the premiere of Balduin Sulzers Proteus. Previous performances include among others, in Stuttgart, Geneva, Berlin, Bad Ischl, in the Musikverein and the Konzerthaus in Vienna. In 2004, she gave her debut at the Volksoper. Her debut at the Wiener Staatsoper, where she is an honorary ensemble member, was in 2003 as Helmwige. Since then, she has sang among others, Marzellina (Barbiere di Siviglia), Axinja (Lady Macbeth von Mzensk), Leitmetzerin (Rosenkavalier), Annina (Traviata), Curra (Forza del destino), Brünnhilde (Nibelungenring for children), Königin (Traumfresserchen), Berta (Pünktchen und Anton), Marcellina (Nozze di Figaro), Fekluša (Kátja Kabanová), Kartenaufschlägerin (Arabella), Aufseherin (Elektra), and Dirne (Aus einem Totenhaus), Giovanna (Rigoletto).
Born in Madrid, GABRIEL BERMÚDEZ studied first under his mother, Carmen Rodriguez Aragon, and then for one year under Teresa Berganza. Since the beggining of the 2002/2003 season, Gabriel has been with ensemble of the Zurich Opera House, where amoung many other roles, he has played Figaro, Marcello (La Bohème), Harlekin (Ariadne auf Naxos), Nardo (La finta giardiniera), Ping (Turandot), Borilée (Les Boréades), Dr. Falke (Die Fledermaus), Plistene (La grotta di Trofonio), Silvio (Pagliacci) and Belcore (L’elisir d’amore). More recently, he has sung as Papageno am Teatro Real Madrid and Figaro at the Staatsoper Hannover, Papageno in Jerez, Oreste (Iphigénie en Tauride) in Oviedo, Ping, Le Mari (Les mammelles de Tirésias) and Silvio at the Liceu Barcelona, Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) in St. Moritz Opera Festiva, Marcello in Valladolid, Harlekin at the Opéra de Paris, Schaunard in Barcelona, Danilo in Dortmund and Mercutio at the Wiener Staatsoper. In 2012, he sang at the Salzburger Festspiele the harlequin in Ariadne auf Naxos and will return in 2014 for further projects. He is also a member since 2013 of the ensemble of the Wiener Staatsoper and has performed among others, Melot, Sharpless, Marcello, Figaro, Belcore and Heger (Ruskala).
Hans Peter Kammerer was born in South Tirol and studied among others, under Walter Berry at the Musikhochschule in Vienna. His first engagements led him to the Vienna Kammeroper and the Bregenz Festivals. Furthermore, he has sung at the Berlin State Opera, La Monnaie in Brussels , the Pfingstfestspielen in Salzburg, the Mozart Festival in Schönbrunn, the Opéra Bastille, the Staatstheater in Stuutgart, Geneva, the opera houses in Barcelona and Lyon as well as the Vienna Volksoper. He gave his debut at the Vienna State Opera in 1995 as Dancaïro (Carmen). This was followed by roles among others like Ascanio (Gesualdo), Marullo (Rigoletto), Barbier (Schweigsame Frau), Achter Stammesfürst (Moses und Aron), Graf Dominik (Arabella), Spalanzani (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Hauptmann (Eugen Onegin), Haly (L’italiana in Algeri), Masetto (Don Giovanni), Haushofmeister (Ariadne auf Naxos), Papageno, Dr. Falke, Gubetta (Lucrezia Borgia), Kleiner Sträfling (Aus einem Totenhaus), Wagner (Faust) and Mitjuch (Boris Godunow). He has also appeared in children's operas as well as in Zimmermann's White Rose in Parliament.
Dan Paul Dumitrescu was born in Bucharest (Romania) in 1966. Initially he studied clarinet, then voice at the Music Academy in Bucharest. In 1996 he attended the International Academy for Opera in Verona. Immediately after completing his vocal studies at the Music Academy, he was engaged at the Bucharest Opera. He has won numerous national and international singing competitions.
Dan Paul Dumitrescu appeared as a guest on important stages, for example, the Royal Albert Hall, the Arena di Verona, La Scala in Milan, the New Israeli Opera, the Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Wiener Musikverein, furthermore he performed in Munich, Budapest, Berlin, Paris, Tokyo and at the Salzburg Festival.
In 2000 he made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper and has been a member of the company since 2001. His repertoire includes more than 50 bass roles, e.g. Sarastro, Pimen, Gremin, Procida, Enrico VIII., Ramfis, Pistola, Sparafucile, Banquo, Raimondo, Oroveso, Graf Des Grieux, Balthazar, Colline, Timur, Pietro, Grenvil, Graf Rodolfo, Mönch and Großinquisitor (Don Carlos in italian and french version).
Scene 1 Violetta Valéry, a radiant and well-to-do Parisian courtesan, who seems to have fully recovered from a serious illness, is giving a festive party attended by many prominent personages in high society. Gastone, one of her host of admirers, introduces Alfredo Germont, who has long worshipped her from afar. Alfredo sings a toast in praise of love, to which Violetta responds by extolling a life given over solely to pleasure. But as she bids her guests join in the dancing she is racked by a sudden spasm of coughing and giddiness. Alfredo avows his love, and though Violetta cannot at first bring herself to believe that he is in earnest she is deeply touched by his declaration. However, she makes it clear to him that she can only offer friendship, not love; and handing him a camellia she tells him that when it begins to droop he may come to her again. Left alone, she is assailed by misgivings about her past life: perhaps she is beginning to fall in love with Alfredo after all? Scene 2 Violetta and Alfredo have been living for the last three months in a country villa and are ecstatically happy. But through Violetta’s maid Annina, who has just returned from Paris, Alfredo learns that Violetta has been spending her savings on paying for their life at the villa. Alfredo thereupon decides to go to Paris to raise some money out of his own resources. Just as Violetta has opened a letter from her friend Flora inviting her to a ball a caller is announced: it is Alfredo’s father Giorgio, who accuses Violetta of living on his son. Violetta explains that on the contrary it is she who has spent all her savings that on Alfredo, and that it is for love of him that she has abandoned her former life. Giorgio Germont, who is a highly respected figure in society, then appeals to Violetta: his daughter’s happiness is at stake as her fiancé is threatening to break off the engagement because of her brother Alfredo’s scandalous association with a courtesan. Giorgio begs Violetta to salve the honour of his family by giving Alfredo up, but not to tell Alfredo of his father’s visit. Deeply distressed, Violetta consents and leaves a note for Alfredo saying that she has been unfaithful to him and is leaving. On his return from Paris Alfredo is stunned by Violetta’s abrupt departure, but refuses to obey his father’s command to return to the family home. Suddenly his eye falls on Flora's invitation, which confirms his suspicions: he resolves to go to the party himself and settle with Violetta. Scene 3 The guests at Flora’s party in costume and masked. Alfredo arrives and joins a group of cardplayers. Presently Violetta enters arm-in-arm with Baron Douphol, an old admirer of hers. Alfredo, who has enjoyed a run of luck with the cards, challenges his supposed rival to a game, but Violetta intervenes, fearing that it will come to a duel between the two men. True to her promise to Giorgio Germont not to reveal her real reason for leaving his son, Violetta tells Alfredo that she was really in love with Douphol all the time. Blind with rage, and in full view of Flora’s guests, Alfredo flings his winnings at Violetta’s feet as payment for her ”services“. Suddenly Giorgio Germont appears: full of remorse for having unfairly forced Violetta to conceal her love for his son, he expresses his disgust at his son’s behaviour. scene 4 Violetta is desperately ill, physically and mentally, and the doctor tells Annina that it can only be a matter of hours. Violetta rallies when a letter arrives from Alfredo’s father with the news that Alfredo has been told the truth about her having spent her savings on his behalf, and that following a duel in which the Baron was slightly wounded. Alfredo had to flee the country, but is now on his way back to implore her forgiveness. Alfredo arrives and embraces her passionately: in her ecstasy Violetta looks forward to a complete recovery. But only for a moment: she now realizes that she is at death’s door, and by the time Alfredo’s father arrives to embrace his son’s betrothed, it is too late.