The italian tenor Massimo Giordano is worldwide considered as one of the leading singer of his field. He was born in Pompeii and studied at the Tartini Conservatoire in Triest. Massimo Giordano has celebrated large international success in roles among others, as Don José (Carmen), Cavaradossi (Tosca), Alfredo (La traviata), Rodolfo (La Bohème), Nemorino, Des Grieux, Don Carlo and Werther. He receives regular engagements to the Milan Teatro alla Scala, the Deutsche Opera Berlin, the Bayerische Staatsoper, the San Francisco Opera, the ROH Covent Garden and the Opéra National de Paris. Most recent highlights include Cavaradossi in Munich, Berlin, Paris and London, the leading role in Verdis Don Carlo at the Teatro Comunale in Florence, Foresto (Attila) in Berlin, Rodolfo in Paris and Pinkerton in New York. The tenor gave his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2003 as Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore) and has since also sung Des Grieux in Jules Massenets Manon, Don José, Rodolfo, Cavaradossi, Roméo (Roméo et Juliette) and Maurizio (Adriana Lecouvreur).
Roles for the Wiener Staatsoper 2014/2015: Andrea Chénier (Andrea Chénier), Cavaradossi (Tosca).
ALEXANDRU MOISIUC was born in Bucharest and completed his violin studies at the Enescu University of Music. In 1980 he began his opera singing studies at the Porumbescu Music Academy. In 1984 he made his debut at the Bucharest National Opera in Werther, where he was engaged as soloist. In 1991 he was engaged at the Wiener Kammeroper as Don Giovanni, and went on a tour to Japan and South Korea with the Kammeroper. In 1992 he became 1st soloist at the National Opera in Temesvar, two years later his collaboration with the Wiener Staatsoper began, where he has been a soloist ever since. In 1990 he started working as singing teacher at the Bucharest Music Academy. Performances have led the artist to La Scala in Milan, the Semperoper, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Palais des Beaux-Artes in Brussels, the Herodes Atticus in Athens. His repertoire includes more than 50 of the most important roles of his fach, spanning four centuries and ranging from Monteverdi to Schönberg.
RAÚL GIMÉNEZ was born in Argentina. He made his debut as Ernesto in Don Pasquale at the Teatro Colon in 1980. In 1984 he debuted at the Wexford Festival in Le astuzie femminili and shortly afterwards sang Il turco in Italia in Geneva, at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro (Il signor Bruschino), in Venice (Arida) and Amsterdam (Il ritorno d´Ulisse in patria). Further debuts for example at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Dallas Opera followed. Since then has sung at La Scala (Tancredi/La cenerentola), the Paris Oper (Lucia di Lammermoor/Barbiere di Siviglia/Capuleti e I Montecchi), in Munich (Barbiere di Siviglia/La cenerentola/L’italiana in Algeri/Anna Bolena), the Metropolitan Opera (Barbiere di Siviglia/La cenerentola), in Houston, Los Angeles, Toronto, Montreal, Madrid, Rome, Naples, Palermo, Florence, Verona, at the Aix-en-Provence-Festival, in Berlin, Hamburg, Barcelona and Frankfurt. At the Wiener Staatsoper he has (for example) performed as Conte d’Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore and Lindoro in L’italiana in Algeri.
ROBERTO FRONTAL is among the leading baritones of his generation. In the course of his career he has sung numerous roles ranging from Bellini, Donizetti and Rossini to the main roles in the Verdi operas Don Carlo, Falstaff, Ernani, Il trovatore, Simon Boccanegra, Un ballo in maschera, Luisa Miller, Attila, Rigoletto and I vespri siciliani. Recently Roberto Frontali has appeared in operas such as Eugen Onegin, Andrea Chénier, Fanciulla del West, Adriana Lecouvreur, Cavalleria rusticana, Pagliacci, Falstaff, Stiffelio, Il tabarro and Gianni Schicchi. Performances regularly lead him to the New York Metropolitan Opera, La Scala in Milan, the Rossini festival in Pesaro, the ROH Covent Garden, the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, to Tokyo, Rome, Geneva, Dresden, San Francisco, Moscow, Buenos Aires. Roberto Frontali made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 1992 as Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and has since sung roles such as Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor), Belcore (L’elisir d’amor), Posa (Don Carlo), Sir Riccardo Forth (I puritani), Nottingham (Roberto Devereux) and Giorgio Germont (La traviata) here.
The bass, Jongmin Park, studied singing in his hometown of Seoul and was a member of the Milan Accademia Teatro alla Scala, where he studied with Mirella Freni, Luigi Alva and Renato Bruson. from 2010 until 2013, he was in the ensemble of the Hamburg State Opera. Here, he took over the roles, among others, of Colline, Sparafucile and Sarastro. In summer 2014, he gave his debut at the ROH Covent Garden, at the BBC Proms in London and in the City of London Festival 2014. He won the International Tschaikowski competition and received the Wagner-Prize at the Plácido Domingo Operalia competition. In 2010, he gave his first Lieder evening in Munich, and in spring 2015, he completed his first recital in the Vienna Musikverein. He is also successful as a concert singer, and has sung Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the London Symphony Orchestra, in Vesperae solennes de
Confessore at the Christmas concert in the Scala and in Verdi's Requiem in Seoul. At the Wiener Staatsoper, he gave his debut in 2011 as Colline and has continued to sing, among others, Zuniga, Mönch (Don Carlo) Basilio, Billy Jackrabbit, Quinault, Gremin and Sir Giorgio.
JINXU XIAHOU was born in Zibo in the Eastern Chinese province Shadong in December 1990. He began studying with Prof. Wang Xianlin in 2008 at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing (China) and completed his studies as bachelor. Jinxu Xiahou made his stage debut as Basilio in Eugen Onegin at the Tianqiao Opera in Beijing. He made his Europe debut in 2010, when he sang at the annual Classic Night in Zurich. In the year 2011 he was finalist of the renowned international singing competition Neue Stimmen of the Bertelsmann Foundation in Gütersloh and won the third prize. In 2012 he debuted at the Wiener Staatsoper where he has sung (exerpt) Conte di Lerma/Un areldo reale (Don Carlo Italian), Gaston (La traviata), Sänger (Rosenkavalier), Stimme des Seemanns (Tristan und Isolde), Rodrigo (Otello), Abdallo (Nabucco), Zweiter Jude (Salome), Bote (Aida), Comte de Lerme/Herold (Don Carlos French). He is a member of the ensemble of the Wiener Staatsoper.
ANGELA GHEORGHIU is among the most renowned singers of her fach. She was born in Rumania, visited the music school in Bucharest and continued studying there at the music university. She made her international debut in 1992 at the ROH Covent Garden in La Bohème. That same year debuts at the Met and the Wiener Staatsoper followed, in 1994 she sang her first Traviata in London. Since then she has been a sought-after guest on the most important opera and concert stages in New York, London, Paris, Salzburg, Berlin, Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Prague, Montreal, Moscow, Taipei. Angela Gheorghiu, who has published a large number of highly distinguished recordings, has received several important awards (Female Artist of the Year 2001 and 2010, Medaille Vermeille de la Ville de Paris, Officier de l´Ordre des Arts et Lettres, Chevalie de l´Ordre des Arts et Lettres, Doctor Honoris Causa of the art university Iasi. She has sung Mimi, Adina, Nannette, Marguerite, Violetta at the Wiener Staatsoper.
The Russian mezzo-soprano ELENA ZHIDKOVA was engaged at the Deutsche Oper Berlin by Götz Friedrich. There, she has sung (excerpt) Olga (Eugen Onegin), Cherubino (Nozze di Figaro) and Dorabella (Così fan tutte).She has guested as Flosshilde and Schwertleite at the Bayreuther Festspiele. Claudio Abbado invited her for the concertante performance of Parsifal, for Schumann´s Faust scenes as well as for his farewell concert at the Berliner Philharmonie. With Nikolaus Harnoncourt she performed there again in Händel´s Jephta. She sang Agnese in Beatrice di Tenda with the orchestra of the Bayerische Rundfunk. She made her debut at the Teatro Real Madrid as Waltraute (Götterdämmerung) and as Brangäne in Tristan and Isolde. As a sought-after guest she for example sang Octavian (Rosenkavalier), Fricka (Ring des Nibelungen) and Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde) at the New National Theatre Tokyo. In the Leipzig new production of Rienzi she sang Adriano. She enjoyed great success as Judith (Herzog Blaubarts Burg) at the premiere at La Scala, and with the same part she guested at the Barbican Hall London with the London Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Valéry Gergiev – a live CD was published. Future projects are for example Waltraute (Götterdämmerung) in Sevilla, Marie (Wozzeck) in Tokyo, Charlotte (Werther) in Bilbao as well as Kundry (Parsifal) in Oslo.
The Australian coloratura soprano Bryony Dwyer studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and won several prizes at international competitions. Her opera repertoire includes parts such as Sandrina in Mozart´s La finta giardiniera, Emmeline in Purcell´s King Arthur, Governess in Britten´s Turn of the Screw, Harry in Britten´s Albert Herring, Belinda in Purcell´s Dido und Aeneas, Amahl in Menotti´s Amahl und die nächtlichen Besucher, Susanna in Mozart´s Le nozze di Figaro, Liù Puccini´s Turandot, Despina in Mozart´s Così fan tutte, Marzelline in Beethoven´s Fidelio, Barbarina in Mozart´s Le nozze di Figaro. She is also a successful concert singer. Bryony Dwyer is Novomatic scholarship holder of the season 2013/2014. The young singer made her debut at the Wiener Staatsoper on February 8th, 2013 as Papagena in the Zauberflöte für Kinder on the day after the opera ball and has since then also sung Ada in the children´s version of Wagner´s Die Feen in the A1 children´s opera tent. As of the season 2013/2014 Bryony Dwyer is company member of the Wiener Staatsoper.
Roles at the Wiener Staatsoper in the season 2013/2014: (excerpt) Barbarina in Mozart´s Le Nozze die Figaro, Jouvenot (Adriana Lecouvreur).
JULIETTE MARS began her vocal studies with Jacqueline Bonnardot. At the same time she completed her violoncello study in Quimper (Bretagne). After her vocal arts studies at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Lyon, the mezzo soprano became member of the CNIPAL (Centre National d’Insertion Professionelle d’artistes Lyriques) in Marseille. She made her stage debut in 2000 in St. Etienne as Gala in Massenet´s Roma. She is also an internationally successful lied and concert singer. In 2006 she made her debut at the Wiener Staatsoper as Giovanna in Rigoletto and has since then sung roles like Mercedes (Carmen), Meg Page (Falstaff), Rosette (Manon), Berkenfield (Fille du regiment), Dryade (Ariadne auf Naxos), Page (Salome), Zulma (L’italiana in Algeri), Alisa (Lucia di Lammermoor), Glaša (Katja Kabanova), Omama (Omama im Apfelbaum), Barena (Jenufa), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Siebel (Faust), Thibault (Don Carlos, french), Flora (La traviata), Alisa (Lucia di Lammermoor) here.
Backstage at the Comédie-Française the actors and stage director Michonnet are preparing for a performance. Amongst them is the famous actress Adriana Lecouvreur, whom Michonnet loves. She however is in love with Maurizio of Saxony, who has concealed his true identity and is passing himself off as an ensign. As a token of her love, Adriana gives him a posy of violets. Maurizio has also had a relationship with Princess de Bouillon, whose husband is having an affair with the actress Mlle Duclos. When the Prince de Bouillon intercepts a letter from Mlle Duclos to Maurizio, inviting him to meet her at her villa that night, the Prince suspects that the actress is unfaithful to him. In fact, she had written the letter on behalf of the Princess to protect the latter's good name. To take his revenge and expose the actress, the Prince invites the whole cast from the Comédie-Française to a supper party at the villa.
At the Duclos villa, the Princess de Bouillon awaits Maurizio, who is hoping to gain her political support. She realizes that he does not love her; to assuage her jealousy he gives her the posy of violets. The two of them are interrupted by the arrival of the Prince, and the Princess is able to take refuge in an inner room. Adriana joins the party – and Maurizio's true identity is revealed. The two rivals meet in the dark inner room, but do not recognize each other. The Princess finally manages to escape unnoticed.
At a party, the Princess guesses that Adriana is the Maurizio's lover. A furtive struggle begins between the two women – both are tormented by jealousy. Adriana finally recites a speech from Racine's Phèdre, exposing the Princess with these lines directed at her: "I cannot dissimulate like those audacious, impure women who love to betray, whose brow of ice can never blush."
Adriana, sick with love, has decided to retire from the stage. She feels deserted by Maurizio. Her sense of desolation is reinforced when a casket is delivered, containing the wilted posy of violets. However, her lover arrives and asks her to become his wife. Adriana suddenly collapses; the violets were in fact sent by the Princess, who had poisoned them. Adriana dies.