Sarah Aristidou

Sarah Aristidou is fast making a name for herself on the opera stage as well as in concert, having worked with conductors including Daniel Barenboim, François-Xavier Roth, Trevor Pinnock and Sir Simon Rattle.

A member of the Studio at Staatsoper Unter Den Linden through the 2018/19 season, Sarah has performed at Angers Nantes Opéra (Eurydice Orphée aux enfers, L’incoronazione di Poppea), Oper Köln (Maima Barkouf), at the Bregenzer Festspiele and Aldeburgh Festival (both as Shoko in Thomas Larcher’s Das Jagdgewehr). Other collaborations have included performances with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks to name a few. She has since twice been nominated as “Best Newcomer” in the Opernwelt Yearly Reviews for her interpretations of Franziska in Christian Jost’s Die arabische Nacht (2016) and as Soprano Coloratura in Claude Vivier’s Kopernikus (2019).

Compositions specially written for Sarah Aristidou include Aribert Reimann’s Cinq fragments lyriques (performed at Berliner Philharmonie with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Robin Ticciati) and Jörg Widmann’s Labyrinth IV (premiered by the Boulez Ensemble, conducted by Daniel Barenboim). In July 2020 Sarah participated in Daniel Barenboim’s & Emmanuel Pahud’s Festival of New Music at the Boulez Saal in Irini Amargianaki’s Eumeniden.

The 2020/21 season sees Sarah singing her role debut as Zerbinetta Ariadne auf Naxos, Ismene Mitridate and the title role in Lucia Ronchetti’s Pinocchio at the Staatsoper Unter Den Linden, as well as Ismene on tour with Marc Minkowski/Les Musiciens du Louvre. Other engagements include concerts at the Boulez Saal, Konzerthaus Berlin and debuts at Concertgebouw and London’s Wigmore Hall.

Her first album, in collaboration with Jörg Widmann and pianist Daniel Gerzenberg, will launch in autumn 2021.

Nuria Rial

Nuria Rial studied voice and piano in her native Catalonia and was a member of Kurt Widmer’s class at the Basel Academy of Music. In 2003, she was awarded the “Preis der Helvetia Patria Jeunesse Stiftung” by the Pro Europa – for her exceptional achievements as a singer. She has performed at all the leading music festivals in Europe and collaborates with such conductors as Ivan Fischer, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Paul Goodwin, Trevor Pinnock, Howard Griffiths, Gustav Leonhardt, René Jacobs, Thomas Hengelbrock, Laurence Cummings, Neville Marriner and Teodor Currentzis as well as notable ensembles, including Concerto Köln, The English Concert, Kammerorchester Basel, Collegium 1704, Il Giardino Armonico, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Elbipolis Barockorchester, Le Cetra Basel and L’Arpeggiata, Festival Lucerne Strings.

She appeared in important operatic productions in many of Europe’s most prestigious opera houses: Cavalli’s Eliogabalo (Eritea) at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels under René Jacobs; Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo (Euridice) at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin with René Jacobs and at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva with Giovanni Antonini; and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (Pamina) at the Theatre Carlo Felice in Genova.

Nuria Rial has been working a lot with Baroque music and performance practice. Alongside she is also interested in other genres. In 2012 she persuaded, for example, in the role of Nuria in the contemporary opera Ainadamar by Golijov at the Teatro Real Madrid, directed by Peter Sellars. In 2015 and 2016 she will sing again the Pamina with the Budapest Festival Orchestra conducted by Ivan Fischer.

As she is so inspired of chamber music, Nuria Rial looks after partnerships with ensembles such as “il pomo d’oro”, “Café Zimmermann” or the “Nash Ensemble”. In her recital programs she sings French and Spanish repertoire, but also German songs.

Nuria Rial enjoys a vast discography, having recorded for such labels as Harmonia Mundi France (award-winning recording of Le Nozze di Figaro conducted by René Jacobs or recently Traces to Anna Magdalena Bach). Since 2009, she has an exclusive recording agreement with Sony Classical / BMG Masterworks. Händel’s 9 German Arias with Michael Oman/ Austrian Baroque Company awarded the prestigious Orphée d’Or 2010. In 2009, the CD Haydn – Arie per un’amante with Michi Gaigg/ Orfeo Barockorchester won an Echo Classical Music Award, and she received a second Echo Award for her contribution to the CD Teatro d’Amore. 2010 followed the Echo Klassik for the CD Via Crucis with Christina Pluhar’s L’Arpeggiata and 2012 she was awarded for her CD Telemann with the Basel Chamber Orchestra in the category “Beste Opernarien CD”.


Finale: Golda Schultz & Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

This concert will be broadcasted live to Marstallhof. Admission to the public screening is free.

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