Conductor JAMES CONLON made his debut in 1974 with the New York Philharmonic and has since then conducted all significant orchestras in the USA and Europe. Between 1983 and 1991 he was music director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, from 1989 to 2002 GMD of the city of Cologne, between 1995 and 2004 first guest conductor of the Paris Opera. Furthermore, James Conlon has been music director of the Cincinnati May Festival since 1979, since 2005 music director of the Ravinia Festival and since 2006 music director of the Los Angeles Opera. In 1976 James Conlon made his debut at the New York Metropolitan Opera, where he has conducted more than 270 performances ever since. Further performances led him to La Scala, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, the Lyric Opera in Chicago, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the opera in Rome. In the season 2014/2015 he for example led La traviata, Le nozze di Figaro, Il barbiere die Siviglia at the Los Angeles Opera. He is Commandeur de L´Orde des Arts et des Lettres and since 2002 he is member of the French Legion of Honour.
GEORGE PETEAN was born in Cluj-Napoca and studied piano, trombone and vocal arts. He made his stage debut at the opera Cluj-Napoca in 1997 as Don Giovanni. In 1999 he was awarded the Grand Prix of the international singing competition Hariclea Darclée. He made his international breakthrough with La Bohème at the Teatro dell´Opera di Roma in the year 2000. Between 2002 and 2010 he was a member of the Hamburgische Staatsoper. At the same time he appears on the world´s most renowned opera stages, for example at the ROH Covent Garden, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Opera Frankfurt, Opéra de Paris, Bayerische Staatsoper, Bregenzer Festspiele, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Monte Carlo, Met, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Aalto Theater Essen, Lausanne, Antwerpen, Gent, Berlin Staatsoper, Toulouse, Strasbourg, Rome. In 2012 he successfully debuted at the opera in Rome in the title role of Simon Boccanegra under the direction of Riccardo Muti. In 2013 he sang Carlo Gérard at the Avery Fisher Hall in New York and Attila at the Theater an der Wien. He made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2001 as Barbiere- Figaro and has since then also sung Rodrigue, Posa, Ankarström, Enrico here.
KS Ferruccio Furlanetto comes from near Treviso, studied agriculture and decided at the age of 22 to take up vocal training. In 1974 he gave his debut in Triest as COlline (La Bohème), in 1979 at the Scala in Macbeth, and a year later as the Großinquisitor (Don Carlo) at the Met. Since then, he has worked together with the most important conductors. Performances have led him to all the important stages, like the Scala, the ROH Covent Garden, the Met, in Rome, Paris, San Diego, Florence, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Tokyo, St. Petersburg, Moskow, and to the Salzburger Festspielen. In 1985 he gave his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper as Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) and has since also sung among others Basilio (Barbiere di Siviglia), Alfonso (Così fan tutte), Giovanni, Sidney (Il viaggio a Reims), Padre Guardiano (Forza del destino), Phanuel (Hérodiade), Mustafà (L’italiana in Algeri), Sparafucile (Rigoletto), Philipp II., Boris Godunow, Colline, Procida (Vespri siciliani), Silva (Ernani), Zaccaria and Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra). In 2001, he became an Austrian chamber singer.. in 2007, he was made an honorary ensemble member of the Wiener Staatsoper. In 2005, he took part in the celebration concert of the 50 years since the re-opening of the Wiener Staatsoper.
Russian soprano singer TATIANA SERJAN completed her vocal arts studies at the academy of music in St. Petersburg. Her repertoire comprises roles such as Lady Macbeth (Macbeth), Tosca, Leonora (Il trovatore), Amelia (Un ballo in maschera), Abigaille (Nabucco), Amelia (Simon Boccanegra), Odabella (Attila), Elvira (Ernani), Maddalena (Andrea Chénier). Tatiana Serjan performs at the world´s most important opera houses, for example the Semperoper in Dresden, the Teatro alla Scala di Milano, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, the Mariinski theatre in St. Petersburg, the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Opera house Zurich as well as the opera houses in Chicago, Rome, Parma and festivals such as the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Bregenzer Festspiele and the Salzburger Festspiele. Current performances of Tatiana Serjan include Tosca and Abigaille at the Lyric Opera in Chicago, Tosca in Dresden, Lady Macbeth in Amsterdam, Leonora (Trovatore) and Tosca in St. Petersburg, Amelia (Simon Boccanegra) at La Scala, Amelia (Ballo in maschera) in Verona.
JINXU XIAHOU was born in Zibo in the Eastern Chinese province Shandong 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. 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. He appeared as Ferrando in a concert performance of Cosí fan tutte with Macao Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2017 he gave his recital debut at the Wiener Musikverein. In 2012 he debuted at the Wiener Staatsoper where he has sung among others Nemorino, Don Ramiro, Ernesto (Don Pasquale), Gaston (La traviata), Sänger (Der Rosenkavalier), Stimme des Seemanns (Tristan und Isolde), Cassio (Otello), Abdallo (Nabucco), Fetodik (Drei Schwestern), Macduff (Macbeth). He is a member of the ensemble of the Wiener Staatsoper.
After a victorious battle, the witches prophesy that the Scottish general Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor and King of Scotland; his companion Banquo, on the other hand, is to become the father of kings. Only a short time later, messengers from King Duncan announce that the latter has appointed Macbeth Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth relates these events in a letter to his wife, arousing their ambition. As soon as an opportunity to assassinate the king arises, Lady Macbeth eggs her husband Macbeth on to carry out the deed. The kind is duly murdered and all traces carefully removed. Disquieted by the witches’ prophesy that Banquo is to become the father of kings, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth resolve to slay Banquo and his son too. However, Banquo’s son escapes. The murdered Banquo appears to Macbeth in a vision. Horrified, Macbeth seeks out the witches once more to discover more about his fate. The witches predict that he will reign until such a time as Birnnam Wood moves against him, and the no man born of a woman will be able to kill him. Lady Macbeth wanders around the castle in her sleep, her guilt weighing heavily upon her and finally driving her to an untimely death. A messenger tells Macbeth that Birnam Wood is approaching the castle – the advancing soldiers have camouflaged themselves with branches. Macbeth does battle with Macduff, who is able to slay Macbeth as he was not born of a woman, but torn from his mother’s womb. The victors welcome Malcom as their new king.