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Wed. Oct. 2, 2019, 7 p.m. - 9:45 p.m. Vienna

Benjamin Britten

A MIDSUMMER ­ NIGHT'S DREAM

Conductor: Simone Young, Director: Irina Brook
With Lawrence Zazzo, Erin Morley, Théo Touvet, Peter Kellner, Szilvia Vörös, Josh Lovell, Rafael Fingerlos, Rachel Frenkel, Olga Bezsmertna, Peter Rose

 

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  • Simone Young  |  Conductor
  • Irina Brook  |  Director
  • Noëlle Ginefri-Corbel  |  Stage
  • Magali Castellan  |  Costumes
  • Jean Kalman  |  Light Design
  • Martin Buczko  |  Choreography
  • Sophie Petit  |  Regieassistenz
  • Loriana Casagrande  |  Bühnenbildassistenz
  • Petra Schnakenberg  |  Bühnenbildassistenz
  • Irène Bernaud  |  Kostümassistenz
  • Benjamin Britten  |  Composer

Simone Young | Conductor

Since 2005, the prize-winning conductor Simone Young has been director of the Staatsoper Hamburg and GMD of the Philharmoniker Hamburg. Here, she has already directed a great number of premieres and repertoire performances ranging from Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Strauss to Hindemith, Britten, Henze. At the Hamburgische Staatsoper and at the Philharmoniker Hamburg she celebrated great triumphs with world and German premieres. Engagements have led the Sydney-born conductor to the world´s leading opera houses, for example in Paris, London, Munich, New York, Los Angeles. Apart from her opera conducting, she has also made a name for herself on the world´s concert podiums. From 1999 to 2002 she was chief conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, from 2001 to 2003 she was Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Australian Opera in Sydney/Melbourne. Since 2007 she is also Permanent Guest Conductor of the Lisbon Gulbenkian Orchestra. She made her debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 1993 with La Bohème and has since then conducted 25 opus and approximately 130 evenings, among them premieres of La Juive, Osud and Le villi.

Erin Morley | Titania

Soprano singer ERIN MORLEY studied at the Juilliard School in New York and at the Eastman School of Music; she graduated at the Juilliard Opera Center in 2007. She has won several competitions and holds numerous awards. Among her performed roles are for example Woglinde in Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung, Waldvogel in Siegfried, Roxana in Król Roger, Constance in Dialogues des Carmélites, Gilda in Rigoletto, Sandrina in La finta giardiniera, Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos and Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier. She has appeared at opera houses such as the New York Metropolitan Opera, the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, the Opéra de Lille, the Opéra de Dijon, the Santa Fe Opera. She is also a successful concert singer and appears internationally, for example she performed in Beethoven´s Neunter Symphonie, Orff´s Carmina Burana or Brahm´s Deutsches Requiem. With the Cleveland Orchestra under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst she also appeared in the Carnegie Hall, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Bernhard Haitink or the with New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

Role at the Wiener Staatsoper 2014/2015: Sophie, Gilda.

Szilvia Vörös | Hippolyta

Hungarian mezzo-soprano SZILVIA VÖRÖS has joined the ensemble of Vienna State Opera this season. She was born into a family of musicians, studied at Ferenc Liszt Academy in Budapest with Éva Marton and has won several singing competitions. Szilvia Vörös made her international debut in 2014 at Budapest State Opera as 3rd Maid in Elektra. She was then able to develop a broad repertoire at Budapest State Opera and her performances of Fenena, Suzuki, Bersi, Siébel, Romeo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Alisa (Lucia di Lammermoor), Waltraute (Die Walküre) and most recently Isabella (L’italiana in Algeri) won her critical acclaim. She also performed in Péter Eötvös’ chamber opera Out at S.E.A. She also appeared in Milan and Paris. As participant of the Young Singers’ Project, Szilvia Vörös sang Albine in Thaïs at the 2016 Salzburg Festival. Her repertoire as a concert singer includes works by J. S. Bach, Buxtehude, Mozart, Rossini, Beethoven, Bruckner, A. Pärt, P. Eötvös.

Rafael Fingerlos | Demetrius

RAFAEL FINGERLOS was born in Tamsweg (Salzburg) and completed his solo vocal training in 2013 at the Konservatorium Wien with honours. The baritone is a prizewinner of national and international competitions. In summer 2010, he sang at the Teatro Barocco festival in Altenburg the leading role in Michael Haydn’s Der Bassgeiger zu Wörgl. In 2015, he took part in the Young Singers Project at the Salzburg Festival, and in summer 2016 he will work at the Salzburg Festival in the premiere of Thomas Adès’ The exterminating angel. In february 2016, he gave his debut as Papageno at the Dresden Semperoper, in autumn 2016 he will tour as Harlekin (Ariadne auf Naxos) with the Nationale Reisopera through the netherlands. In 2017 he will give his debut at the Bregenz Festival as Moralès (Carmen), and in 2018 in Zimmerman's Soldaten at the Teatro real in Madrid. Lied and concerts play a central role in his artistic ability. From the 2016/2017 season, he is an ensemble member of the Wiener Staatsoper.

Rachel Frenkel | Hermia

RACHEL FRENKEL was born in Israel ​and after her studies was a member of the opera studio in the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, where she was heard among others as Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia). In 2011, she gave her debut at the Salzburg Festival in Die Frau ohne Schatten and joined the Ensemble of the Wiener Staatsoper in the same year, where she has since then sung Rosina, Zulma, Cherubino, Angelina and Fenena. Further engagements include Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Hamburg Staatsoper, Dorabella and Rosina at the Semperoper Dresden, Ramiro in La finta giardinera at the Glyndebourne Festival, Niklausse/Muse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Bregenz Festival, Dryade at the Festival in Baden-Baden as well as Cherubino at the Edinburgh International Festival, the Opéra National de Montpellier and Lyric Opera of Chicago. For the 2016/2017 season, concerts are planned with the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, the Orchestre National de Lyon and the Symphony Orchestra of the Bayerischen Rundfunks.

Olga Bezsmertna | Helena

OLGA BEZSMERTNA completed her studies at the Kiev Academy of Music in Ukraine in 2010. She was among the finalists of the Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna in 2010 and 2011. During her debut singing competition in Germany in 2008, she was awarded the first prize as well as the Public prize and the Puccini Prize. In 2007 she had an engagement at the Oper Oder-Spree Festival. In 2006, she received an award at the International Rimsky-Korsakow Singing Competition in St. Petersburg. Furthermore, the soprano received the first prize at the international singing competition of the Bertelsmann Trust. In 2011, she took part in the Young Singers Projects at the Salzburger Festspiele. Her repertoire includes, among others, Contessa d’Almaviva, Pamina, Donna Elvira, Fiordiligi, Micaëla, Marguerite, Nedda, Marfa (Die Zarenbraut) and Tatjana. She is an emsemble member of the Wiener Staatsoper, where she gave her debut in 2012 and sang among others: Dame (Cardillac), Pamina, 3. Norn, Contessa d’Almaviva and Rosalinde. Current performances include her debut at the Deutschen Oper Berlin and at the Salzburger Festpiele. 

Peter Rose | Bottom/Zettel

Peter Rose made his opera debut as Commendatore (Don Giovanni) in Hong Kong in 1986 in the course of a guest appearnce of the Glyndebourne Festival. Regular appearances have since then led him to Aix-en-Provence, Paris, London, Rome, to the New Yorker Metropolitan Opera, to Barcelona, to the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Komische Oper Berlin, the Berliner Staatsoper, to Sydney, to the Scottish Opera, to Hamburg, Tokyo, to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, to Chicago, San Francisco, Salzburg, Bregenz, Munich, Amsterdam and Dresden – to only name a few. He celebrated triumphs as Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Ochs (Der Rosenkavalier), Gurnemanz (Parsifal), Osmin (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Claggart (Billy Budd), Ramfis (Aida), Mustafa (L’italiana in Algeri), Philipp (Don Carlo), Kezal (Verkaufte Braut), Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Falstaff, Leporello (Don Giovanni), Walter (Luisa Miller), Daland (Der fliegende Holländer), Silva (Ernani), Fasolt (Das Rheingold). He made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 1997 as Marke (Tristan und Isolde) and has since then sung Claggart, Gremin, Rocco, Gurnemanz, Ochs and Sarastro.