Originally trained as a violinist, Sascha Goetzel began his orchestral career in close contact with great conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti and Seiji Ozawa. After his debut with several Austrian orchestras, he completed highly successful guest appearances with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Luxembourg Philharmonic, the Philharmonic Orchestras of Tokyo, Sapporo and Nagoya and the State Philharmonic of the Rhineland-Pfalz. Until 2013, he was Chief Conductor of the Finnish Kuopio Symphony Orchestra and is Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Borusan Istanbul Orchestra. From 2012/2013, he was appointed Primary guest conductor of the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne and the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra. Sascha Goetzel is an experienced opera conductor and conducted a Da Ponte cycle and La Bohème at the Tyrolean State Theatre. At the Mariinsky Theatre he directed Don Giovanni and at the Festival Attersee Klassik Così fan tutte, The Nutcracker at the Vienna State Opera as well as numerous opera and operetta performances at the Vienna Volksoper.
After his debut in Lucerne, LUDOVIC TÉZIER came to the Opera Lyon. Initially he sang important roles in Mozart operas (for example Conte d´Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro and the title role in Don Giovanni) and Belcanto roles (for example Belcore in
L’elisir d’amore and Malatesta in Don Pasquale), later Marcello (La Bohème) and Ford (Falstaff). Very soon engagements at opera houses such as the New York Metropolitan Opera, the Paris Opera, La Scala in Milan, the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, in Toulouse, Marseille, Monte Carlo, Aix-en-Provence, Bilbao, Turin, at the Salzburger Festspiele followed. Apart from the roles mentioned above, he was also very successful as Renato (Un ballo in maschera), Gorgio Germont, Jeletzki, in the leading role of Eugen Onegin, as Posa, Hamlet, Wolfram, Valentin, Werther (in der Baritonfassung), Alphonse XI (La Favorite), Don Carlo (Forza del destino), Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor), Escamillo, Valdeburgo (La Straniera). He made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2005 as Conte d’Almaviva and has also sung Wolfram, Werther (baritone version), Posa (Don Carlos French and Italian), Escamillo here.
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.
Luca Pisaroni grew up in Busseto and studied at the Verdi Conservatory in Milan, in Buenos Aires and in New York. Pisaroni made his opera debut in 2001 as Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) in Klagenfurt. The same year he was awarded the Eberhard Waechter Medal. Numerous engagements have for example led him to the Salzburger Festspiele, where he sang Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Douglas D’Angus (La donna del lago) and Hercules (Alceste), to the New York Metropolitan Opera as Figaro and Leporello, to Baden-Baden (Leporello), to the Theatre des Champs-Élysees as Figaro and Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), to Houston as Conte d’Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), to the Paris Opera Bastille as Figaro, Leporello (Don Giovanni) and Melisso (Alcina), to Glyndebourne as Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte) and Leporello, to Madrid (as Figaro), to Aix-en-Provence as Publio (La clemenza di Tito) and to Brussels as Achilla (Giulio Cesare), to the Nederlandse Opera (Ercole in Ercole Amante) and to Santiago de Chile (Alidoro in La cenerentola). Recently he sang the title role in Rossini´s Maometto at Santa Fe Opera and Conte d'Almaviva in Paris. He made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2011 singing the title role in Mozart´s Le nozze di Figaro and sang also Enrico VIII. (Anna Bolena, Japan guest appearance).
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).
CLEMENS UNTERREINER was born in Vienna. In 1998 he began his vocal art studies with Hilde Rössel-Majdan, Gottfried Hornik, Helena Lazarska and Wicus Slabbert. Numerous national and international opera and operetta productions as well as lied evenings, oratories and church concerts. Guest soloist in the Große Saal of the Wiener Musikverein, at the Wiener Konzerthaus, Palau de la Musica and other international concert halls. Member of the ensemble of the Wiener Staatsoper since 2005, where Clemens Unterreiner for example sang Sharpless, Faninal, Donner, Harlekin, Melot, Brétigny, Schtschelkalow, Oberpriester des Apollon(Alceste), Happy (La fanciulla del West), Musiklehrer (Ariadne auf Naxos),Schaunard. Also as guest soloist at the Volksoper Wien he very successfully performed as Papageno or Sharpless. Further engagements led him to the New York Carnegie Hall, the Royal Opera House Copenhagen, to the Strasbourgh Opera, the Salzburger Festspiele, Opera de Nice, Linzer Landestheater, the Oper Chur, the Sommerfestspiele Heidenheim as well as to the Richard Wagner Festival Budapest.
Valentina Naforniţă was born in Glodeni (Moldova) and studied at the Stefan Neaga Music College in Chisinau and at the University of Music in Bucharest. As a member of the opera studio of this institution she for example performed as Norina in Gaetano Donizetti´s Don Pasquale and as Adina in Donizetti´s L’elisir d’amore, furthermore as Lauretta in Giacomo Puccini´s Gianni Schicchi. She has won several international competitions, among them the Young Opera Singers of Europe competition, the Rumanian Orange Prize for Young Musicians and the Hariclea Darclee competition. In 2011 the young singer won the renowned BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition – she not only won first prize, but also the Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Award and was a finalist for the lied prize. Since 2011 she is member of the ensemble of the Wiener Staatsoper and performed for example as Lisa (La sonnambula), Papagena, Ein junger Hirt (Tannhäuser), Clorinda (La cenerentola), Najade (Ariadne auf Naxos), Marzelline (Fidelio), Stimme vom Himmel (Don Carlo), Musetta (La Bohème) here.
Act 1 Don Giovanni has furtively slipped into the house of the Commandant to visit the latter’s daughter Donna Anna, leaving his servant Leporello to keep watch outside the house. Suddenly Don Giovanni rushes out. The Commandant, summoned by Donna Anna’s cries for help, challenges Don Giovanni and is killed in the duel. Donna Anna’s fiancé Don Ottavio arrives too late: all he can do is swear vengeance. Don Giovanni is on the lookout for new adventure. As he approaches a lady, he realizes that it is none other than Donna Elvira, the fiancée whom he jilted. Don Giovanni beats a retreat, leaving Leporello to explain to the lady that her name is only one in a long list of conquests. As if by chance, Don Giovanni appears at the wedding of Zerlina and Masetto, playing the part of a grand seigneur. He has absolutely no difficulty in beguiling the young bride. However, Donna Elvira arrives to warn her: this time she is successful in reuniting Zerlina with her bridegroom. Don Giovanni joins Donna Anna and Don Ottavio, even going so far as in offer his assistance in the search for the murderer. Once again Donna Elvira spoils his game. Only when Donna Anna and Don Ottavio are alone again does Donna Anna realize than the man who murdered her father that night is none other than Don Giovanni. Her vengeance will now be directed against him. Don Ottavio vows in do everything he can in restore Donna Anna’s peace of mind. Masetto is furious with Zerlina on account of Don Giovanni. For the time being she manages to placate her enraged bridegroom, but not for long. Don Giovanni has by no means given up his designs on Zerlina, and thus incites Masetto in a renewed fit of temper. In order to obtain the object of his desires, Don Giovanni has invited the couple and the wedding guests in a feast, which three masked figures are also invited in attend. Zerlina has once again entrusted herself in the lecherous Don Giovanni. When she calls for help, the strangers remove their masks: they are Donna Anna, Donna Elvira and Don Ottavio. Once again Don Giovanni manages in escape their vengeance. Act 2 Leporello is determined in leave his master: however a bag of gold soon changes his mind. It is not long before he has another opportunity in serve his master: this time Don Giovanni is after Donna Elvira’s maid. Don Giovanni exchanges clothes with Leporello to enable him to serenade her undisturbed. Leporello will have to imitate his master’s voice and gestures in order to fool Donna Elvira, who still loves Don Giovanni. She hurries away with the man she supposes to be her lover. Don Giovanni seizes the opportunity to play a trick on Masetto. Disguised as Leporello, he tells the peasants that he has left his master’s service, and sends them off in different directions to capture Don Giovanni. Only Masetto remains behind, and receives a good beating from Don Giovanni. Zerlina comforts her bruised Masetto, and the two are reconciled once more. Leporello, disguised as Don Giovanni, tries to find a way out of the difficult situation in which his master has put him. Re reveals his identity only when confronted by Donna Anna and Don Ottavio, Donna Elvira – who has been cheated once again –, Masetto and Zerlina. He manages to effect his escape in the general confusion. Donna Elvira determines in break away from Don Giovanni. Master and servant meet again in a churchyard. Don Giovanni is interrupted by something quite unexpected: the statue on the Commandant’s grave speaks to him. Whereas Leporello trembles like a leaf, Don Giovanni invites the statue to a banquet. The statue nods its head in acceptance. Don Ottavio wishes in bring forward his marriage to Donna Anna. However, she reproves him, assuring him of her love: her father’s death must first be avenged. Don Giovanni is enjoying his evening meal to the full: there is music playing, and Leporello to wait on him. At this moment Donna Elvira enters. Filled with foreboding, she tries once again to persuade Don Giovanni to mend his ways, but he merely laughs at her. As she leaves the room, she emits a scream of horror. Leporello, filled with fear, announces the arrival of the statue. Fearlessly Don Giovanni goes to meet it. The statue calls on Don Giovanni in do penance, but he will not hear of it. His fate is sealed with a handshake. When Don Giovanni’s pursuers arrive on the scene, Leporello is only able to tell them about his master’s downfall. The survivors will now be able to get on with their own lives.