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.
Kwangchul Youn was born in Korea and studied at the Chong-Ju University as well as in Sofia and Berlin and was awarded several prizes. In 1988 he made his debut in Seoul, sang at the Korean State Opera in 1989/1990 and then came to Europe. From 1994 until 2004 he was member of the ensemble of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, to which he remains closely linked and where he has for example sung in Aida, La Bohème, Don Carlo, Don Giovanni, Elektra, Fidelio, Nozze di Figaro, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Parsifal, Tannhäuser, Tristan und Isolde and Die Zauberflöte. He has received invitations to the Opera National de Paris and the Paris Theatre du Chatelet, to the RuhrTriennale, to the Dresdner Musikfestspielen, to Barcelona, Valencia, the Salzburger and Bayreuther Festspiele, to the Ravinia Festival, the Met. He is also an internationally successful concert singer. He made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2002 as Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro and has sung Leporello, Ramfis, König Heinrich, Gurnemanz (Parsifal), Philippe II., Mephistopheles and Sarastro here.
MARCO CARIA was born in Sardinia and is considered as one of the most important singers of his generation. He received his musical training at the Conservatorio di Sassari and received a scholarship from the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. He has one several notable vocal competitions, like the Tito Gobbi Competition in 2004. Furthermore, he was also a multiple winner of the prestigious Plácido Domingo Operalia Competition in 2007. For several years, he has been perfecting himself under Mirella Freni. In 2008, he gave his debut in North America with the work of Don Carlo (La forza del destino) in Cincinnati, and sung the role of Rodrigo. He took part in Paggliaci and Maria Stuarda at the Teatro La Fenice, and also at the Wexford Festival Oper, the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and at the Verbier Festival. Since the 2010/2011 season, Marco Caria is an ensemble member of the Wiener Staatsoper and has since then sung, among others, Figaro (Barbiere di Siviglia), Christian (Ballo in maschera), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Marcello (La Bohème), Belcore (L’elisir d’amore), Paolo, Silvio (Pagliacci), Ford (Falstaff), Albert (Werther) and Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor).
The soprano Sonya Yoncheva was born in 1981 in Bulgaria, completed her studies in piano and singing in her hometown Plovdiv and perfected her studies at the conservatoire in Geneva. She is a prizewinner of several international competitions - she won the renowned Operalia-Singing competition in Milan. Now-a-days she is regularly invited to the Teatro Real Madrid, La Scala, the Prague National Opera, Montpellier, Paris, Munich, Moscow, Frankfurt, Zurich, New York, London, Brussels, Avignon, St. Petersburg and Hamburg. Her future engagements include, among others La Bohème at the Metropolitan Opera New York, Monte Carlo, Lucia di Lammermoor at the Opéra National in Paris, Don Giovanni in Aix-en-Provence, Berlin and Amsterdam, La Juive in Munich, Hamlet in Brussels, La traviata in London, Munich and San Francisco. At the Vienna State Opera, she made her debut in 2013 as Juliette (Roméo et Juliette).
Roles for the Wiener Staatsoper 2014/2015: Marguerite (Faust).
Since the tenor DMITRY KORCHAK won a prize at the Francisco Viñas-Competition in Barcelona in 2004 as well as two prizes at the Plácido Domingos Operalia Competition in Los Angeles, he has become one of the most sought after singers of his field. He was born in 1979 in Russia and studied singing and conducting in Moscow. His earliest engagements include Elvino (La sonnambula) in Rome, Verona, Seville and Carnegie Hall; Conte d’Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia) in Los Angeles, the Berlin Staatsoper, in Toulouse, Nemorino in Paris, ROH Covent Garden, the Nederlandse Opera, Bayerischen Staatsoper, the leading role in Dom Sébastien in Pesaro, Japan, at the Scala, Tonio (La Fille du régiment) in Hamburg, Lenski and Don Ramiro in Valencia, Ferrando in Tokyo, Fernand (La Favorite) in Dresden, Don Ottavio in Valencia and Osiride (Mosè in Egitto) in Pesaro. Current performances are leading him among others as Duca (Rigoletto) to Cologne or as Nadir (Les pêcheurs de perles) to Paris and Naples. He gave his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2008 as Nemorino and has since also sung Don Ottavio, Conte d’Almaviva, Ramiro and Lenski.
KS Ramon Vargas was born in Mexico. He has won numerous competitions and made his debut in his home town as Fenton (Falstaff), but also sang Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore) and Conte d’Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia) there. In 1986 Ramon Vargas won the Enrico Caruso competition in Milan and became a member of the opera studio of the Wiener Staatsoper.
Successful performances followed at opera houses in Zurich, Rome, Naples, Catania, at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, at the Arena di Verona, in Milan, Paris, Munich, Hamburg, New York, Chicago and San Francisco. He made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 1988 as Gelsomino (Il viaggio a Reims). Soon roles like Italienischer Tenor (Capriccio), Conte d’Almaviva, Fenton, Rodolfo (La Bohème), Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Nemorino, Roberto Devereux, Lenski (Eugen Onegin), Fernand (La Favorite), Chevalier Des Grieux (in Jules Massenet´s Manon), Werther, Gustaf III. (Un ballo in maschera), Romeo (Romeo et Juliette), Don Carlos (French), Gabriele Adorno (Simon Boccanegra) followed. In 2008 Ramon Vargas became Österreichischer Kammersänger.
KS PLÁCIDO DOMINGO is one of the most significant artists of the 20th century and has been the international benchmark of interpreting for decades. His vocal repertoire, which he extended to works such as Simon Boccanegra and Rigoletto, includes 134 different roles – a number which has not been reached by any other tenor so far. As a conductor, Plácido Domingo has directed over 450 operas and concert performances. Also as an Opera Director (Los Angeles Opera and Washington National Opera, he has made a name for himself. At the Wiener Staatsoper, where he is an honorary member, he gave his debut in 1967 (Don Carlo) on more than 220 evenings (34 times as the conductor). He has sang here among others Radames, Don José, Don Carlo, Gustaf III., Stiffelio, Otello, Canio,Rigoletto-Herzog, Cavaradossi, Manrico, Siegmund, Idomeneo, Lohengrin, Rodolfo, Dick Johnson, Hoffmann, Turiddu, Faust, Loris, Samson, Enzo Grimaldo, Parsifal, Hermann, and Simon Boccanegra. Aside from this, up until now Plácido Domingo has conducted performances from Aida, Carmen, Die Fledermaus, Macbeth, I puritani, Tosca, La traviata, Il trovatore, Nabucco, to Madama Butterfly in the House on the Ring.
Soprano AIDA GARIFULLINA was born in Russia. She studied vocal arts, for example at the Music University in Vienna and made her debut at a studio production as Despina in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart´s Così fan tutte. In 2012 Aida Garifullina made her debut at the Arena di Verona in Italy. That same year she won Plácido Domingo´s renowned Operalia competition. This first prize initiated the singer´s great career. Aida Garifullina received her first invitations to Beijing and to the Moscow Bolschoi Theatre. She performed as Susanna in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart´s Le nozze di Figaro, a role she also sang at the St. Petersburg Mariinski Theatre. There she also sang Adina in Gaetano Donizetti´s L´esilir d´amore. In July 2013 Aida Garifullina appeared at a gala in Kazan with the orchestra of the Mariinski Theatre under the direction of Valery Gergiev. Despite her young age, she was already awarded the title Honoured Artist of The Republic of Tatarstan. Recently she performed Nannetta in Giuseppe Verdi´s Falstaff – a role which she also interpreted in Buenos Aires. As of the season 2014/2015 she is member of the ensemble at the Wiener Staatsoper.
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.
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).
Auszüge aus Opern von Giuseppe Verdi:
Un ballo di maschera (2. Akt)
La traviata (2. Akt)
Simone Boccanegra (3. Akt)