German E. Alcántara

The baritone German E. Alcántara, born in 1987, began his musical studies at the School of Music in Misiones, Argentina, where he got his degree in Music Education (Argentina 2012). The same year he also got a degree in Social Communication in the National University of Misiones. He continued his training in Singing and Choral Conducting at the National University of Cuyo-Mendoza under the guidance of professors Silvia Nasiff and Ricardo Portillo. In 2014 he moved to Europe and continued his studies in classical singing with Rosa Dominguez at the Maîtrise de Notre-Dame de Paris. From 2016 he studied with Ryland Davies in the Opera’s Postgraduate Improvement Program at Reina Sofia School of Music.

Among his main teachers are: Ryland Davies, Rosa Dominguez, Sonia Prina, Milagros Poblador, Paul Triepels, Marcela Garcete, Pablo Pollitzer, Silvia Naiff, Victor Torres, Jorge Balagna (Singing) / Madalit Lamazares, Duncan Grifford, Philippe Biros, Yves Castagnet, Marguerite Modier, Liliana Diamand, Susana Cardonnet, Guillermo Opitz (Interpretation) / Emilio Rocholl, Ricardo Portillo, Silvana Vallesi, Henri Chalet (Choir Conducting). He attended courses on Singing and Choir Conducting with Margreet Honig, Helmuth Rilling, Guillermo Anzorena, Gabriel Garrido, Pablo Pollitzer, Hanz Peter Schurz, Nestor Zadoff, Mariano Moruja, Marilia Vargas, Mara Campos, Antonio Russo, Digna Guerra, Mark Anthony Carpio, Ricardo Ojeda, and Ricardo Barrera.

In 2013 he won 1st Prize in Singing in the Bach’s Competition («Primer Concurso Bach Joven») in the “Bach Collegium of Paraguay” (Jury: Donald Oglesby, Valentina Diaz Frenot, Jackelin Yugovich, Regina Cohen, and Diego Sánchez Haase.)

The same year (2013) he also won 2nd Prize in the «XV Competition for Lyrical Singing Students» («XV Concurso para Jóvenes Estudiantes de Canto Lirico») in “La Scala de San Telmo” theatre in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Jury: Irma Urteaga, Carlos Ure, Guillermo Opitz, Ana Sirulnik, Antonio Russo).

In 2016 he won the “Premier Prix” Concours Lyrique International Ad Alta Voce, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France. (Jurys: Matteo Carminati, Sara Taldo, Alezander Swistounoff).  In Spain, the same year, he won the Prix “Artífex Proart” IV Concurso de Zarzuela de Valleseco (Jury: Isabel Rey, Lothar Siemens; Tilman Kuttenkeuler, Ulises Jaén, Isabel Costes, Carmen Acosta, Jeronimo Saavedra)

As a soloist he sung in different projects such as: Requiem and Grosse Messe (Mozart), Messe in G (Schubert), Misa a 4 (Esnaola), The Messiah (Händel), Membra Jesu Nostri (Bouxtehude), and the operatic  roles Uberto (Serva Padrona), Aeneas (Didon And Aeneas), Juan Pedro (La Rosa del Azafrán), Blas Infante (Elegía Granadina), Alférez Real  (Fiesta de Corpus Christi), among others. In 2007 he recorded MISA PALATINA, a CD with Music from the Jesuitical Missions, along with the Chamber Orchestra of the UNAM (National University of Misiones, Argentina).

In Europe (2015) he sang the solo part in Petite Messe Solennelle by Rossini at Philharmonie de Paris with Lionel Sow, and baritone in Grosse Messe by Mozart at Rheingau Musik Festival 2017 with Rolf Beck. He was also selected by Martin Gester, Conductor of Le Parlement de Musique, to take part in the Generation Barroque 2015, and singing Milord in L’italiana in Londra by Cimarrosa (France-Belgium and Germany). Afterwards, he sang Marcello in Bohème by Puccini with Escales Lyriques, under the conduction of Paul-Emile Fourny (Ile d’Yeu and Gigondas-France), and the title role in “Don Giovanni” at Escales Lyriques Festival in France 2016. Recently, he sang Hermann & Schlémihl in Les Contes dHoffman at Metz Opera Theatre under the conduction of Jacques Mercier.

He worked as a Baritone voice leader in the University Choir of Misiones (Argentina, 2009) and in Coro Estable del Centro del Conocimiento de la Provincia de Misiones (Argentina, 2011). In 2009 he created the Ensamble Vocal Misiones and travelled performing around Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. He also sang in Coro Universitario de Mendoza (Cuyo National University, Argentina, 2012-2013), the Opera Choir of Colon Theatre (Coro Estable del Teatro Colón, Argentina, 2014), Chorakademie Lübeck (Germany, 2014), Coro Academia “ Teatro del Lago” (Frutillar, Chile, 2014).

Matthias Hoffmann

Julien Van Mellaerts

New Zealand baritone, Julien Van Mellaerts, has recently graduated from the Royal College of Music International Opera School, where he was a Fishmongers Scholar studying with Russell Smythe. On graduation, he was awarded the Tagore Gold Medal. Before moving to London, Julien studied music and languages at the University of Otago, NZ.

This year, Julien has won first prize at the 2017 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition as well as first prize at the 2017 Kathleen Ferrier Awards. Other awards include: Kiwi Music Scholarship and a Countess of Munster Award 2016/2017, winner of the 2016 Joan Chissell Schumann Song Prize, 2016 Brooks-Van Der Pump English Song Competition, and the 2015 Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards.

Recent operatic roles include: Second soldier and second Nazarene in Salome at the Verbier Festival with Charles Dutoit; Dandini in La Cenerentola with Diva Opera; Schaunard in La Bohème as a Christine Collins Young Artist at Opera Holland Park; Danilo in Lehar’s The Merry Widow for Ryedale Festival; Le mari/le directeur in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias, Mr Gedge in Albert Herring, and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus at the RCMIOS.

Highlights this season include baritone soloist with the Royal Ballet in their production of Elizabeth, with performances at the Barbican and on tour, the world premiere of ‘Christmas Carol’ by Will Todd with Opera Holland Park, Schaunard in La Bohème with New Zealand Opera, the title role in Eugene Onegin with the Cambridge Philharmonic, the Referee in Mozart vs the Machine for Mahogany Opera Group, recitals with Julius Drake in Madrid, performances at Wigmore and Cadogan Hall, baritone soloist in Fauré Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall, and recitals at the London Song, Leeds Lieder and Oxford Lieder Festivals.

Michael Mofidian

Winner of the 2018 Royal Over-Seas League Singers’ Prize and the 2017 Pavarotti Prize, Michael was born and raised in Glasgow, and educated at the University of Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music. A student of Mark Wildman, Michael is a 2018-2020 Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

A versatile singer and actor, Michael feels at home in a wide range of repertoire and styles. For the Royal Opera House his roles have and will include Narumov Queen of Spades, Alcade Forza del destino, Angelotti Tosca, Zuniga Carmen, Minotauros Phaedra (Linbury Studio Theatre), Johan Werther, Bass 1 Death in Venice, Dr Grenvil La Traviata, Judge and Chelsias Susanna and Deputy Don Carlo as well as covering the roles of Figaro Le nozze di Figaro and Colline La bohème.

He made his Glyndebourne Festival debut roles as the Doctor in Pelléas et Mélisande and the Imperial Commissioner in Madam Butterfly in the 2018 Festival, where he was a Jerwood Young Artist. Other operatic roles include Leporello Don Giovanni for British Youth Opera, Immigration Officer Flight, The Protector Written on Skin (scenes), Don Alfonso Così fan tutte (scenes) and the title role in Noyes Fludde.

In the 19/20 season he will make his London Symphony Orchestra debut under Alan Gilbert performing Tippett’s A Child of Our Time as well as the St John Passion with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra. Other concert work has included Verdi Requiem, Jesus, Pilate and arias in both Bach Passions, Haydn Creation, Handel Messiah, Stravinsky Les noces, Beethoven 9th Symphony, Mozart Requiem, Fauré Requiem, and Dvořák Stabat Mater.

Along with his duo partner Keval Shah, Michael was a joint winner of the 2017 Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform, through which he has given recitals in the Oxford Lieder Festival and at St John’s, Smith Square. His love of Russian song has led to, among other things, a performance of Shostakovich orchestral songs conducted by Sir Mark Elder, and a recital at Kings Place alongside Sholto Kynoch, Joan Rodgers CBE and Guy Johnston. He has also performed in recital at Wigmore Hall, and at the Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh with Malcolm Martineau and will return to Oxford Lieder and Heidelberger Frühling.

In masterclasses and individual coaching sessions he has worked with Malcolm Martineau, Simon Keenlyside, Brindley Sherratt, Roderick Williams, James Gilchrist, Ann Murray CBE and Christopher Purves.

Michael is also a composer; his works include pieces for orchestra, instrumental chamber music, art songs and works for vocal ensemble, and his teachers.

Holger Falk

Along with his repertoire of early and classical music, Holger Falk has a great passion for works from contemporary musical theatre. Over the last few years, he performed Wolfgang Rihm’s major roles to great acclaim: Jakob Lenz at the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera Warsaw and Dionysos at the Heidelberg Theatre (which received a nomination for production of the year in 2013 by Opernwelt magazine) as well as the role of Cortez in Die Eroberung von Mexicoat the Teatro Real Madrid at the invitation of Gérard Mortier (stage direction: Pierre Audi).

Furthermore, he has sung in many new roles that have been written specially for him. Due to his close connection to the composer Peter Eötvös, Holger Falk premiered his opera The Golden Dragon at the Frankfurt Opera and later-on at the Bregenz Festival as well as Paradise Reloaded at the Palace of Arts – Müpa Budapest. He sang the world premieres of Miroslav Srnka’s Make No Noise at the Bavarian State Opera Munich, Benoit Mernier’s Frühlings Erwachenat La Monnaie Brussels, Michael Wertmüller’s Weine nicht, singe! at the Hamburg State Opera as well as of works by Steffen Schleiermacher (Kokain), Jan Müller-Wieland (Die Irre), Hans Gefors (Schattenspiele), Vladimir Tarnopolski (Jenseits der Schatten), Beat Furrer (La biancha notte), Fabián Panisello (L ́officina della resurrezione) and Georges Aperghis (Le Soldat inconnu).

As an enthusiastic singer of Lieder, Holger Falk was honoured with the Echo Klassik Award 2016 for his recording Erik Satie: Intégrale des Mélodies et Chansons. In April 2017, his latest recording of Hanns Eisler Lieder Vol. 1 was released as the first part of a 4-CD collection of songs by Eisler.

Thomas Hampson & Wolfram Rieger: »Freedom!«

»Encore« Jörg Tröger talks to Thomas Hampson (im Ballsaal der Stadthalle)

Vanitas. A Lied.Lab

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A Morning with Eichendorff

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A coproduction with PODIUM Festival Esslingen

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