Mihail Dogotari was born in Glodeni (Moldova) in 1986. He studied at the National Music Academy in Bucharest and completed a large number of master classes. Furthermore, he has won numerous national and international competitions. His repertoire includes Alidoro (La cenerentola), Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas) and Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), to only name a few. He has performed in Ravenna, Milan, Bucharest, Bergamo. From the beginning of the season 2012/2013 he has been member of the ensemble of the Wiener Staatsoper. He is holder of the Novomatic scholarship and made his debut at the house on the ring in September 2012 as kaiserlicher Kommissär in Puccini´s Madama Butterfly.
CARLOS OSUNA was born in Mazatlán (Mexico) and studied vocal arts in his home country and at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice. In 2009 he became member of the opera studio of the Basel Theatre and took master classes with Grace Bumbry and Francisco Araiza as well as with Mirella Freni, Kiri Te Kanawa, Ileana Cotrubas, José Carreras and Sherril Milnes. The tenor for example received invitations to the Verbier Festival, the Welsh National Opera, the Opéra National de Lorraine in Nancy, the Festival Internacional de Santander. He celebrated great triumphs as (excerpt) Nemorino, Rodolfo, Pinkerton, in the title role Werther, as Beppe in Pagliacci and in Aus einem Totenhaus. Furthermore, Carlos Osuna is also very successful on the world´s concert stages. At the Wiener Staatsoper he for example sang Abdallo (Nabucco), Hauptmann (Simon Boccanegra), Gaston (La traviata), Aladdin (Aladdin und die Wunderlampe, Kinderoper), Der große Sträfling (Aus einem Totenhaus), Beppe, Tebaldo (I vespri siciliani), Scaramuccio, (Ariadne auf Naxos), Narraboth (Salome), Hirt (Tristan und Isolde), Sir Hervey (Anna Bolena).
MARCO ARMILIATO studied piano at the Paganini-Conservatoire in his hometown of Genova. In the 90s, he became intensely active in the big opera houses of the world. At the New York Met, he conducted Il trovatore, La Bohème, Stiffelio, Madama Butterfly, Sly, Aida, Turandot, La Fille du Régiment and Rigoletto, and at the San Francisco Opera La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, Turandot, La traviata, Tosca, Aida and Cavalleria rusticana. At the Wiener Staatsoper, where he made his debut in 1996 with Andrea Chénier, he has conducted among others, Il barbiere di Siviglia, La Bohème, Carmen, Cavalleria rusticana, Don Carlo, L’elisir d’amore, Falstaff, La forza del destino, Lucia di Lammermoor, Manon, Manon Lescaut, Pagliacci, Simon Boccanegra, Stiffelio, Tosca, La traviata, Turandot and Werther. He received further engagements at the opera houses of Barcelona, Madrid, Zurich, Toronto, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Turin, Rome, at the Deutsche Opera Berlin, the Bavarian State Opera, at the ROH Covent Garden, at the Théâtre du Châtelet and Opéra Bastille in Paris, at the Hamburg State Opera and Verona. He is also internationally successful as a concert conductor.
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.
English mezzo soprano CAROLE WILSON is going to be a member of the Wiener Staatsoper from 2014/15. She regularly performs at international opera houses such as the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Opéra National de Paris, Teatro Real Madrid, La Monnaie Brussels, De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, Theater an der Wien, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Opéra de Monte Carlo, and De Vlaamse Opera Antwerp. Her most important roles include Aksinya (Lady Macbeth of Mzensk), Agnes (The bartered Bride), Countess (The Queen of Spades), Buryjovka (Jenůfa), Jezibaba (Rusalka), Annina (La Traviata), Giovanna (Rigoletto), Mrs. Quickly (Falstaff), Auntie and Mrs. Sedley (Peter Grimes), Annina (Der Rosenkavalier), Marthe (Faust), Gertrude (Roméo et Juliette), Zita (Gianni Schicchi), Mother Goose (The Rake’s Progress) and The Old Woman (Candide).
Her concert appearances have taken her to venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall London, the Usher Hall Edinburgh, the Royal Concert Hall Glasgow, the St David's Hall Cardiff, the Bridgewater Hall Manchester and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.
Juan Diego Flórez was born in Lima (Peru) and studied in his hometown as well as at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. In 1996, he gave his opera debut in Matilde di Shabran at the Rossini-Festival in Pesaro. Since then, the tenor is one of the most sought after singers of his style. He has celebrated triumphs in recent years among others at the Milan Scala, the New York Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, as well as in music centres like Paris, Florence, Bologna, Genua, Turin, Rome, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, Munich, Barcelona, Madrid and the Salzburger Festspielen. Since 2001, Juan Diego Flórez has an exclusive contract with DECCA. Several of his recordings have one many prizes, and in addition, he has won numerous official rewards. Juan Diego Flórez gave his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 1999 as Conte d’Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and has since also sung Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi), Lindoro (L’italiana in Algeri), Arturo (I puritani), Elvino (La sonnambula), Tonio (La Fille du régiment) and Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore). He is an Austrian Chamber singer.
RACHEL FRENKEL was born in Israel and after her studies was a member of the opera studio in the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, where she was heard among others as Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia). In 2011, she gave her debut at the Salzburg Festival in Die Frau ohne Schatten and joined the Ensemble of the Wiener Staatsoper in the same year, where she has since then sung Rosina, Zulma, Cherubino, Angelina and Fenena. Further engagements include Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Hamburg Staatsoper, Dorabella and Rosina at the Semperoper Dresden, Ramiro in La finta giardinera at the Glyndebourne Festival, Niklausse/Muse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Bregenz Festival, Dryade at the Festival in Baden-Baden as well as Cherubino at the Edinburgh International Festival, the Opéra National de Montpellier and Lyric Opera of Chicago. For the 2016/2017 season, concerts are planned with the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, the Orchestre National de Lyon and the Symphony Orchestra of the Bayerischen Rundfunks.
The South Korean bass Il Hong was born in 1980 in Seoul and studied at the Yonsei University there under Prof. Kwan-Dong Kim. In spring 2007, he completed his vocal studies with a bachelor of Music. Since October, he was studying his masters with Prof. Markus Goritzki at the Hochschule for Music Freiburg. In 2011, at the 49th Concorso Liric voci Internazionale Verdiane-Competition, he won the second prize and has been a finalist of numerous singing competitions. In the 2009/2010 season, Il Hong was in the Opera studio of the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich but then changed in the 2010/2011 season to the Landestheater Detmold. There, he sang among others, Sarastro, Banquo (Macbeth), Wassermann (Rusalka), Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro) and Fasolt (Das Rheingold). Since the 2011/2012 season, Il Hong belongs to the ensemble of the Wiener Staatsoper and has sung until now roles like Marquis von Obigny, Reinmar von Zweter (Tannhäuser), Oberpriester (Nabucco), Joe (Rise and Fall of Mahagonny), Don Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro), Graf Warting (Un ballo in maschera) and Capulet (Roméo et Juliette).
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).
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.
MARCUS PELZ was born in Stuttgart, studied solo vocals, lied and oratorio, classical operetta as well as the fach Old Music at the Conservatory of Vienna and graduated from the opera school of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. First engagements at the Landestheater St. Pölten, the Wiener Kammeroper (1995-1997) and the Neue Oper Wien were the basis for his engagement at the Wiener Staatsoper (member of the ensemble since 1999). Guest engagements for example led him to the Teatro Avenida in Buenos Aires in the leading role of Wozzeck, and to the Maggio Musicale in Florence with the Rosenkavalier. His repertoire in the House on the Ring includes more than eighty parts, e.g. Hermann, Gregorio, Schaunard, Notar and Polizeikommissar, Kothner and Konrad Nachtigall, Sprecher and 2. Priester, Antonio, Phorbas, Angelotti, Donald, Gualtiero Raleigh, Alessio, Masetto, Haly, Johann, 1. Schäfer, Albert, Altgesell and Saretzki. His appearances in children´s operas on the roof of the Wiener Staatsoper are very popular among the young audience.
Roméo, ein Mitglied der mit den Capulets verfeindeten Familie der Montagues, besucht in heimlicher Verkleidung ein Fest der Capulets. Dort begegnet er Juliette, der Tochter des Hauses, und verliebt sich in sie. Im Garten, unter Juliettes Balkon, gesteht er ihr seine Liebe, die von ihr erwidert wird. Sie beschließen, zu heiraten. Pater Laurent vollzieht die heimliche Trauung, weil er sich dadurch eine Aussöhnung der beiden Familien erhofft. Doch kurz danach kommt es auf den Straßen Veronas abermals zum Streit. Juliettes Cousin Tybalt fordert Roméo zum Kampf, auf den dieser zunächst nicht eingeht. Doch als Tybalt Roméos Freund Mercutio tödlich verletzt, greift auch er zur Waffe und ersticht Tybalt. Vom Fürsten von Verona wird er daraufhin verbannt. Noch einmal sucht Roméo heimlich Juliette auf, um von ihr Abschied zu nehmen. In Anwesenheit von Pater Laurent verkündet Capulet am nächsten Morgen seiner Tochter, dass sie Paris heiraten müsse. Doch Pater Laurent gibt ihr einen Schlaftrunk, der sie in einen scheintoten Zustand versetzt. Während der Hochzeitsfeierlichkeiten bricht Juliette zusammen und wird in der Familiengruft beigesetzt. Die Nachricht, dass es sich nur um einen Scheintod handelt, erreicht Roméo allerdings nicht. Er glaubt Juliette tot, dringt in die Gruft der Capulets ein und nimmt Gift. Da erwacht Juliette, den sterbenden Roméo an ihrer Seite. Als sie begreift, was vorgefallen ist, ersticht sie sich.