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Evelino Pidò recieved his musical training at the Conservatoire in Turin and took courses for orchestral conducting at the Musikhochschule in Vienna. His international career began with the opening of the Three Worlds Festival in Melbourne with Madama Butterfly; it was followed by conducting engagements at the Sydney Opera House. In 1993 Evelino Pidò gave his debuts at the Santa Fe Festival in America, at the Los Angeles Opera and the Royal Opera House in London. Other engagements have taken him to the festival in Aix-en-Provence, at the Opéra Bastille in Paris, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, the Opéra National de Lyon and the Grand Théâtre in Geneva. At the Royal Opera House, he conducted La cenerentola and Lucia di Lammermoor, at the Teatro Real La gioconda and at the Met La sonnambula. He collaborates with numerous renowned orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and many others. In 2011, he gave his debut at the Vienna State Opera with La Sonnambula. Further performances at the house on the ring include Anna Bolena, Roberto Devereux, Simon Boccanegra and Adriana Lecouvreur.
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.
Olga Peretyatko was born in St. Petersburg and began her music career at the age of 15 in the children´s choir of the Mariinskij Theatre. She completed the study of choir conducting before she began a vocal arts study at the Hanns Eisler-Hochschule fur Musik in Berlin. She won numerous scholarships and prizes, among them the 2nd prize at Placido Domingo´s Operalia singing competition in Paris in 2007. Between 2005 and 2007 Olga Peretyatko was member of the opera studio of the Hamburgische Staatsoper. Engagements lead the singer to the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Staatsoper Berlin, to the Staatsoper Munich, the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris, to the New York Metropolitan Opera, to Lausanne, Amsterdam, Pesaro, Washington, the Salzburger Festspiele, the La Fenice in Venice, to Baden-Baden, La Scala, the Arena di Verona as well as to the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, the Festival La Folle journee de Nantes and to Aix-en-Provence. Olga Peretyatko´s repertoire includes roles such as Adina, Gilda, Lucia di Lammermoor, Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Alcina, Juliette, Fiakermilli, Oscar, Konigin der Nacht, Violetta.
Juan Diego Flórez was born in Lima (Peru) and studied in his hometown as well as at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. In 1996, he gave his opera debut in Matilde di Shabran at the Rossini-Festival in Pesaro. Since then, the tenor is one of the most sought after singers of his style. He has celebrated triumphs in recent years among others at the Milan Scala, the New York Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, as well as in music centres like Paris, Florence, Bologna, Genua, Turin, Rome, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, Munich, Barcelona, Madrid and the Salzburger Festspielen. Since 2001, Juan Diego Flórez has an exclusive contract with DECCA. Several of his recordings have one many prizes, and in addition, he has won numerous official rewards. Juan Diego Flórez gave his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 1999 as Conte d’Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and has since also sung Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi), Lindoro (L’italiana in Algeri), Arturo (I puritani), Elvino (La sonnambula), Tonio (La Fille du régiment) and Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore). He is an Austrian Chamber singer.
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.
Some time ago, Lord Enrico Ashton had seized power from the Ravenswood family and killed the head of the family – Edgardo’s father. When a new monarch ascends the throne, however, Enrico suddenly finds himself a member of the politically persecuted side and must fear for his life. To save himself, he determines to arrange the marriage of his sister Lucia, whom he has shielded from the outside world, to the influential Lord Arturo Bucklaw. When he informs his close friends of this, Raimondo, Lucia’s tutor, reminds him how much Lucia is still grieving for her recently deceased mother and is therefore not capable of even considering marriage. To his great dismay Enrico then learns from his captain Normanno that, despite her loss, Lucia has in the meantime fallen head over heels in love with a man she does not know but who saved her from being attacked by a raging bull. Furthermore it turns out that this unknown man is none other than Enrico’s mortal enemy, Edgardo. Boiling with anger, Enrico swears bloody revenge. As the mentally delicate Lucia awaits her rendezvous with Edgardo, she tells her companion Alisa of a frightening apparition in which Lucia believes she saw the ghost of the woman who was murdered by a Ravenswood in a fit of jealousy and then thrown into the well. However, her love for Edgardo and the prospect of his imminent arrival soon brighten her mood. Edgardo rushes in shortly thereafter, only to take his leave of Lucia as he must leave immediately for France. Lucia is alarmed at his plan to try and reconcile with Enrico before he leaves and persuades him to abandon it; their love should remain a secret. As they bid farewell to each other, the two quickly exchange rings as a token of their vow of love. During Edgardo’s long absence, all his letters to Lucia are intercepted by Enrico and Normanno and replaced by forgeries. Thus misled, Lucia is persuaded of Edgardo’s infidelity and submissively agrees to marry Arturo. Since in spite of everything Lucia wants to remain faithful to Edgardo, Enrico emphasizes to his sister that her refusal to marry Arturo would mean the downfall of their family. When Raimondo finally admonishes her to submit so that her dead mother can rest in peace, in desperation Lucia agrees, but at the same time longs for death. At the celebrations for her wedding to Arturo, Lucia, already starting to lose her mind, must be urged to sign the marriage agreement. Scarcely has she done so when Edgardo unexpectedly enters the room to demand his rightful place at Lucia’s side. However, when he learns that the young woman has already sealed her marriage to Arturo with her signature, in despair he gives Lucia’s ring back to her and flees to his estate at Wolf’s Crag. A storm is brewing. Furious, Enrico leaves the wedding and in the middle of the night seeks out his rival in his tower at Wolf’s Crag. Driven by hatred, vengeance and jealousy, the two men agree to fight a duel at daybreak at the Ravenswood tombs. In the meantime, losing her senses Lucia has stabbed Arturo in the bridal chamber. In a state of complete mental disarray, she enters the ballroom, still filled with guests. In a vision she first sees her marriage to Edgardo and begs her lover, who is not present, to forgive her and to mourn at her grave. With his sister’s madness now evident, the returning Enrico realizes too late that he is to blame. Edgardo awaits the duel with Enrico at the tombs of the Ravenswoods. He learns from several passers-by that Lucia has lost her mind, is on her deathbed and is asking plaintively for him. Edgardo sets out immediately to see his beloved one more time, but Raimondo comes to meet him and confirms that she has already died, as signalled by the chiming death knell. In the hope of being finally united with Lucia, Edgardo stabs himself.