Zoryana Kushpler was born in Lviv (Ukraine). At the age of five she took piano lessons with her mother, later she changed to the violin. From 1993 on she studied vocal arts in her father´s class at the University of Music in Lviv. In 1998 she changed to the University of Music in Hamburg. Performances have led her for example to Zurich, Geneva, Venice, Milan, Florence, Hamburg, Berlin, London and to Bern, where she was member of the ensemble of the Stadttheater Bern from 2004 to 2006. There, she interpreted roles like Sesto (Giulio Cesare) or Preziosilla (Forza del destino). She sang Adelaide (Arabella) at the Oper Graz and Carmen, Giulietta (Contes d’Hoffmann), Maddalena (Rigoletto) and Prinz Orlofsky at the Volksoper.
She made her debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2007 as Adelaide. Here, she also performed (selection) Polina and Daphnis (Pique Dame), Olga (Eugen Onegin), Giulietta (Les Contes d'Hoffmann), Fenena (Nabucco), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Ulrica (Un ballo in maschera), Prinz Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus) and Preziosilla (La forza del destino).
Roles at the Wiener Staatsoper 2013/ 2014: e.g. Smeton, Orlofsky, Lola, Marthe, Fenena.
The Turkish tenor MURAT KARAHAN studied vocal arts at the University of Bilkent. Already during his studies, he debuted at the State Opera in Ankara in 2003, where he became Honorary Member two years later. In 2009/2010 he took master classes with Renata Scotto, Anna Vandi and Cesare Scarton at the Academia di Santa Cecilia, where he also perfected his training with Professor Bruno Cagli. Since 2012 he is a regular guest at the Latvian National Opera in Riga, where he sings parts such as Edgardo, Rodolfo, Alfredo, Manrico and Rigoletto-Herzog. In 2013 he made his debut as Edgardo at the Bolschoi theatre in Moscow, to where he returned in the following seasons as Alfredo, Rodolfo and Don José. Further performances led him to Reims and Limoges as Manrico, to the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Alfredo and to the Staatsoper Istanbul. In the coming months, he will perform Ismaele at the Münchner Opernfestspiele, as Des Grieux (Manon Lescaut) at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples and as Manrico in Parma. Furthermore, Murat Karahan also performs as concert singer.
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).