The Swedish soprano Nina Stemme is one of the most sought-after interpreters of her field. After her debut as Cherubino in Italy, invitations to opera houses in Stockholm, Vienna, Dresden, Zurich, Naples, Barcelona, to the Metropolitan Opera, to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, to San Francisco, Zurich and the Festivals in Bayreuth, Luzern, Salzburg, Savonlinna, Glyndebourne and Bregenz followed, where she successfully sang the roles of her repertoire, such as Mimi, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Manon Lescaut, Tatjana, Suor Angelica, Euridice, Katerina (Lady Macbeth von Mzensk), Contessa (Nozze di Figaro) Marguerite (Faust), Agathe, Marie (Wozzeck), Nyssia (König Kandaules), Jenufa, Rosalinde, Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier), Eva (Meistersinger), Elisabeth (Tannhäuser), Elsa (Lohengrin), Senta (Fliegender Holländer), Sieglinde (Walküre), Amelia (Un ballo in maschera), Leonora (Forza del destino), Aida, Isolde, Arabella, Brünnhilde (Ring), Salome.
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.
Camilla Nylund was born in Vaasa (Finland). She studied at the Salzburger Mozarteum. The artist, who has won numerous competitions, was member of the ensemble of the Staatsoper Hannover between 1995 and 1999 and was member of the ensemble of the Sachsische Staatsoper in Dresden from 1999 to 2001. In the year 2008 she was appointed Sachsische Kammersängerin. Guest appearances for example led her to La Scala, the Bayerische Staatsoper, Finnish National Opera, the Teatro La Fenice, the Teatro Carlo Fenice in Genua, the Vlaamse Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Staatsoper Hamburg, the Königliche
Oper Kopenhagen, the Nederlandse Opera, the ROH Covent Garden, Bayreuth and to the Salzburger Festspiele.
Her most important roles are Salome, Leonore (Fidelio), Figaro and Capriccio Gräfin, Pamina (Zauberflöte), Fiordiligi, Antonia, Marie (Die verkaufte Braut), Eva (Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Rosalinde (Fledermaus), Lisa (Land des Lächelns), Mimi (La Bohème), Tatjana (Eugen Onegin) Ann Trulove (The Rake’s Progress), Marschallin (Rosenkavalier), Elisabeth (Tannhäuser) and Arabella. She made her debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2005 as Salome and has since then also sung Ariadne, Elsa, Feldmarschallin, Rosalinde, Donna Anna, Sieglinde here.
Already at the age of seven, ALEKSANDRA KURSAK began her musical studies with violin and piano lessons. She completed her studies in singing at the Conservatoire in Breslau, and later at the Conservatoire in Hamburg. At the age of 21, the multi prize-winner gave her debut as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro at the Staatsoper Breslau. From 2001 to 2007, she was an ensemble member of the Staatsoper Hamburg. In 2004, she gave her debut at the New York Met as Olympia and at the ROH Covent Garden in London as Aspasia in Mitridate. In 2010 she gave her debut in the Scala as Gilda. Performances have led her among others to Berlin, Chicago, Salzburg, Valencia, Venice, Madrid and Los Angeles.
Her repertoire includes roles like the Queen of the Night, Blondchen, Susanna, Elvira (Puritani), Juliette, Nannetta, Maria Stuarda, Gilda, Adele, Gretel, Musetta, Marie (La Fille du régiment), Norina, Adina, Violetta, Rosina, Lucia di Lammermoor. In the recent seasons, she successfully debuted the roles of Maria Stuarda at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, Rachel in La Juive at the Bavarian State Opera, and Nedda in Zurich.
Upcoming engagements include Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) in Zurich, Micaëla (Carmen) at the Opéra Bastille Paris, Adina and Mimì in Berlin, Adina and Liù at the Royal Opera House London.
At the Wiener Staatsoper, she gave her debut in 2008 as Rosina and also sang Adina, Susanna, Marie, Violetta and Gilda. Aleksandra Kurzak has an exclusive recording contract with DECCA.
The Mezzosoprano Stephanie Houtzeel recieved her „Master of Music“ from the Juilliard School in New York and is a prizewinner of several competitions. She has been in leading roles in the Opéra National de Paris, the Zurich Opera, the Semperoper, the Washington Kennedy Centre, the New York City Opera, the Theater an der Wien, the Opéra de Lyon, the Opéra National du Rhin, the Royal Danish Opera, the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, the New Israeli Opera, the Graz Opera and at the Salzburg Festival. Since the 2010/2011 season, she is an ensemble member of the Wiener Staatsoper, where she has been seen singing the roles of Komponist, Octavian, Dorabella, Siébel, Varvara, Nicklausse, Kreusa, Orlofsky and Jenny Hill. Aside from the big Strauss and Mozart roles of her vocal range, her repertoire includes among others, Charlotte, Gluck’s Orfeo, Händel’s Ariodante, Ottavia, Valencienne or Amando in Grand Macabre. Future performances are leading the Mezzosoprano among others to Graz (Leading Role in Xerxes), to the Komische Oper Berlin and to the Bayreuther Festivals. In 2015, her new CD Nostalgia will be released.
Soprano Chen Reiss was trained in New York and was ensemble member of the Bayerische Staatsoper, where she sang roles such as Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Oscar (Un ballo in maschera), Servilia (La clemenza di Tito) and Gilda (Rigolett). Soon debuts at the Semperoper Dresden, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Hamburgische Staatsoper, the Oper Frankfurt and the Philadelphia Opera followed.
In 2010 she interpreted Nannetta (Falstaff) at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees under the direction of Daniele Gatti. At the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, under the direction of Zubin Mehta, she sang Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) and debuted in the Philharmonie Köln as Adele (Die Fledermaus). In 2011 she sang Gilda at the Wiener Festwochen. She sang concerts at the Festivals in Salzburg, Ludwigsburg, Luzern or Rheingau. In her new solo album Liaisons, which was recently awarded the Diapason d’Or, Chen Reiss for example sings arias of Mozart and Haydn. A DVD live recording of Faure´s Requiem under the direction of Paavo Järvi has just been released. She made her debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2009 as Sophie and has since sung roles such as Pamina, Elvira, Waldvogel, Adina, Servilia, Xenia here.
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).
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.
Tomasz Konieczy was born in 1972 in Lodz/Poland. At the Film Academy there, he studied acting as well as singing in Warsaw and Dresden. In 1997, he gave his debut in Poznan as Figaro (Nozze di Figaro), two years later in Leipzig, and in 2000/2001 he changed to the Lubecker Theatre. During this time he was committed to St. Gallen, Halle, Chemnitz and Mannheim. From 2002/2003, he became an ensemble member in Mannheim. In 2005, he gave his debut at the Deutschen Oper in Rhein. Further engagements include performances in the Scala, at the Paris Opera, the Semperoper, the Teatro Real, Warsaw, the Bayerischen Staatsoper, Tokyo, Berlin and the Salzburger Festspiele. His roles include among others: Kezal, Orest, Procida, Ramfis, Wotan Wanderer, Pizarro, Großinquisitor, Jochanaan, Osmin, Golaud, Sarastro, Mandryka, Amfortas, Alberich, Pimen, Marke, Colline, Melitone and Wozzeck. In 2008, he gave his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper as Alberich and also sang here since then Fra Melitone, Alberich (kompletter Ring), Amfortas, Goldhändler, Jochanaan, Wotan, Wanderer, Mandryka, Jack Rance, Don Pizarro and Dreieinigkeitsmoses.
The bass, Jongmin Park, studied singing in his hometown of Seoul and was a member of the Milan Accademia Teatro alla Scala, where he studied with Mirella Freni, Luigi Alva and Renato Bruson. from 2010 until 2013, he was in the ensemble of the Hamburg State Opera. Here, he took over the roles, among others, of Colline, Sparafucile and Sarastro. In summer 2014, he gave his debut at the ROH Covent Garden, at the BBC Proms in London and in the City of London Festival 2014. He won the International Tschaikowski competition and received the Wagner-Prize at the Plácido Domingo Operalia competition. In 2010, he gave his first Lieder evening in Munich, and in spring 2015, he completed his first recital in the Vienna Musikverein. He is also successful as a concert singer, and has sung Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the London Symphony Orchestra, in Vesperae solennes de
Confessore at the Christmas concert in the Scala and in Verdi's Requiem in Seoul. At the Wiener Staatsoper, he gave his debut in 2011 as Colline and has continued to sing, among others, Zuniga, Mönch (Don Carlo) Basilio, Billy Jackrabbit, Quinault, Gremin and Sir Giorgio.
Erwin Schrott was born in Uruguay in 1972 and won the Operalia competition in 1998. In the year 2000 he made his debut at the New York Metropolitan Opera inLa Bohème, in 2001 at the Teatro Real in Madrid in Verdi´s Requiem. In the meantime, he is a welcome guest at international opera houses, for example at La Scala, at the Arena di Verona, the Washington Opera, the Opera National de Paris, at the Liceu in Barcelona, at the Oper Zurich, in Nice and Hamburg, at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, at the Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, the Theatre de La Monnaie, the Los Angeles Opera and the Salzburg Festival. He has celebrated great triumphs as Banquo (Macbeth), Sparafucile (Rigoletto), Don Giovanni and Leporello (Don Giovanni), Colline, Figaro and Conte d’Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Mephistopheles (Damnation de Faust), Sir Giorgio (I puritani), Mephistopheles (Faust), Rodolfo (La sonnambula), Escamillo (Carmen).
He made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 1999 as Banquo and has since sung Figaro, Mephistopheles, Conte d’Almaviva and Leporello 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.
Günther Groissböck wurde in Niederösterreich geboren, studierte an der Wiener Musikuniversität, unter anderem bei Robert Holl. Seit 2005 arbeitet er regelmäßig mit José van Dam zusammen. Er war Stipendiat des Herbert von Karajan-Centrums und in der Saison 2002/2003 Ensemblemitglied der Wiener Staatsoper. Ab 2003 war er Ensemblemitglied am Opernhaus Zürich. Auftritte absolviert er unter anderem an der Deutschen Oper und an der Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, beim Festival Aix-en-Provence, bei den Salzburger Festspielen, in Paris, Turin, Straßburg, San Francisco, Valencia, an der Mailänder Scala, der New Yorker Met, an der Bayerischen Staatsoper München, in Tokio, Chicago, Los Angeles. Im Jahr 2011 debütierte er bei den Bayreuther Festspielen.
Sein Repertoire umfasst etwa den Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Fürst Gremin, Wassermann (Rusalka), Hunding und Fafner, König Heinrich, Eremit (Der Freischütz), Daland. An der Wiener Staatsoper sang er unter anderem in Billy Budd, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Fidelio, Parsifal, Sarastro, Tosca, Die Zauberflöte, Hunding, Fafner.
Richard Wagner | „Dich teure Halle …“ aus Tannhäuser
Ludwig van Beethoven | „Ha, welch ein Augenblick“ aus Fidelio
Giuseppe Verdi | „Come dal ciel precipita“ aus Macbeth
Giuseppe Verdi | „Va, pensiero“ aus Nabucco
(Chor der Wiener Staatsoper)
Wolfgang A. Mozart | „Dove sono“ aus Le nozze di Figaro
Wolfgang A. Mozart | „Fin ch’an dal vino“ aus Don Giovanni
Wolfgang A. Mozart | „Là ci darem la mano“ aus Don Giovanni
(Valentina Naforniţă, Erwin Schrott)
Jules Massenet | „Pourquoi me réveiller“ aus Werther
Erich W. Korngold | „Glück, das mir verblieb“ aus Die tote Stadt
Giuseppe Verdi | „O tu Palermo“ aus I vespri siciliani
Giuseppe Verdi | Duett „Già nella notte densa“ aus Otello
(Roberto Alagna, Aleksandra Kurzak)
Antonín Dvořák | „Lied an den Mond“ aus Rusalka
Richard Strauss | Schlussterzett aus Der Rosenkavalier
(Nina Stemme, Stephanie Houtzeel, Chen Reiss)
Piotr I. Tschaikowsky | Arie des Gremin aus Eugen Onegin
Charles Gounod | "Je veux vivre" aus Roméo et Juliette
Jacques F. Halévy | "Rachel, quand au Seigneur" aus La Juive
Giacomo Puccini | „Un bel dì“ aus Madama Butterfly