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.
ELINA GARANCA was born into a very musical family in Riga in 1976. As of 1996 she studied at the Latvian Music Academy in her hometown. She caught the music world´s attention with her success at the International Mirjam Helin singing competition in 1999 and at the BBC´s Cardiff Singer of the World 2001. After stops in Meiningen and Frankfurt she was engaged as member of the ensemble at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2003, where she performed numerous roles, for example Orlofsky (Fledermaus), Octavian (Rosenkavalier), Cherubino (Nozze di Figaro), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Rosina (Barbiere di Siviglia), Nicklausse (Contes d’Hoffmann) and Bersi (Andrea Chénier), Adalgisa (Norma) as well as in new productions of Werther und as Meg Page in Falstaff.Her fantastic international career soon lead her to the world´s most renowned cultural centres, opera houses and concert halls. Thus, she for example sings at the New York Met, the ROH Covent Garden, at the Salzburger Festspiele, at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, in Tokyo, at the Bayerische Staatsoper München, in Aix-en-Provence, Luzern, Berlin, Riga.
Elīna Garanča appears courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft.
At the age of 24, ROBERTO ALAGNA won the Pavarotti International Voice Competition in 1988 in Philadelphia. Within a very short time span, he was engaged in Glyndebourne, Monte Carlo and La Scala in Milan. There – under the direction of Riccardo Muti – the tenor impressed the audience first as Alfredo in Verdi´s La traviata and later also as duke in Rigoletto as well as as Rodolfo in Puccini´s La Bohème. Since then, Roberto Alagna is a regular guest in the world´s most significant opera houses, for example in New York, Paris, London and Vienna. Furthermore, he performed very successfully as Roméo in Gounod´s Roméo et Juliette, as Don Carlos in the French version of Verdi´s Don Carlos, as Des Grieux (Manon), Faust, Don José or as Edgar in the French setting of Donizetti´s Lucia di Lammermoor, as Manrico (Il trovatore), Canio (Pagliacci), Radames (Aida), Cavaradossi (Tosca) and Werther. Roberto Alagna made his debut at the Vienna State Opera in 1992 as Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore). Since then, he has sung Rodolfo, Des Grieux, duke, Alfredo and the leading role in Charles Gounod´s Faust in the opera house on the ring.
KS CARLOS ÁLVAREZ was born in Málaga and studied at the conservatoire in his hometown. He made his debut as a singer in 1990. Since then, his international career has brought him to La Scala, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Paris, Amsterdam, San Francisco, the Hamburg State Opera and the Bavarian State Opera, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Arena di Verona, the Zurich Opera House, the Opera House Bonn, Brussels, Valencia, the Salzburg Festival and the New Yorker Met. He made his debut at the Vienna State Opera in 1995 as Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia).
Further roles at the Vienna State Opera include Germont (La traviata), Riccardo (I puritani), Posa (Don Carlo), Sulpice (La Fille du régiment), Carlo Gérard (Andrea Chénier), Don Carlo (Ernani), Don Carlos (La forza del destino), Stankar (Stiffelio), duke of Nottingham (Roberto Devereux), Alphonse XI. (La Favorite), Escamillo (Carmen), Ford (Falstaff) as well as leading roles in Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro. In 2007 Carlos Álvarez was awarded the honorary title for singers in Austria “Kammersänger”.
SORIN COLIBAN was born in Bucharest and studied there at the Academy of Music. He sang at the ROH Covent Garden, the Paris Opera, in Athens, San Francisco, Santiago de Chile, Tel Aviv, at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, the Bayerische Staatsoper, at the Vienna Festival, the Bregenz Festival and the Wiener Volksoper, to only name a few. His repertoire includes parts such as Philipp II. (Don Carlo), Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra), Procida (Vêpres siciliennes), Ramfis (Aida), Ferrando (Il trovatore), Banquo (Macbeth), Don Giovanni, Leporello and Il Commendatore (Don Giovanni), Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Lord Sidney (Il viaggio a Reims), Holländer (Der fliegende Holländer). He made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2004 as Monterone (Rigoletto) and also sang the Grand Inquisiteur (Don Carlos), Landgraf (Tannhäuser), Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Capulet (Romeo et Juliette), Fra Melitone (La forza del destino), Fasolt (Das Rheingold), Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro), Colline (La Bohème).
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).
“Then Samson fell in love with a woman in the Valley of Sorek; her name was Delilah. The lords of the Philistines came to her and said to her: Try to beguile him and find out where his great strength lies and how we can overpower him to shackle him.” Thus the Bible tells the story of the superhuman strength of Samson, who forfeits his strength – and his closeness to God and his people – for the sake of his love for Delilah. And who fails in his struggle for freedom. In his opera Saint-Saëns tells the story of conflict between two nations and two people. And he drafts a timeless story that ranges from heartfelt longing for love to ecstatic bacchanal. In the protagonists we have the prototypes of the opera repertoire: strong characters, oscillating between love, betrayal and death.