Philippe Jaroussky

Born in 1978, Philippe Jaroussky has established himself as the most admired countertenor of his generation, as confirmed by the French ‘Victoires de la Musique’ awards (‘Revelation Artiste Lyrique’ in 2004, ‘Artiste lyrique de l’année’ in 2007 and in 2010, CD of the Year 2009) and multiple Echo Klassik Awards in Germany (2005, 2008, 2011-2012 and 2015).

Jaroussky’s technique allows him the most audacious nuances and impressive pyrotechnics. He has explored a vast Baroque repertoire, from the refinement of the Italian Seicento with Monteverdi, Sances and Rossi, to the staggering brilliance of Handel and Vivaldi arias (singing more music by the latter composer than any other over the last few years). He has worked with renowned period-instrument orchestras such as L’Arpeggiata, Les Arts florissants, Ensemble Matheus, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Le Concert d’Astrée, Le Cercle de l’Harmonie and Europa Galante with conductors including Christina Pluhar, William Christie, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Marc Minkowski, René Jacobs, Jérémie Rhorer, Emmanuelle Haïm, Jean-Claude Malgoire and Fabio Biondi. With pianist Jerôme Ducros, he has looked beyond the Baroque – to fin-de-siècle French song (the album Opium), as well as premiering contemporary vocal music composed for him by Marc-André Dalbavie (Sonnets de Louise Labé, which Jaroussky sang most recently at the 2014 Salzburg Festival).

He has been praised for performances in all the most prestigious concert halls in France (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Théâtre du Châtelet, Salle Pleyel, Salle Gaveau, Opéra de Lyon, Opéra de Montpellier, Opéra de Nancy, Arsenal de Metz, Théâtre de Caen) and abroad (The Barbican Centre and Southbank Cente in London, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Grand Théâtre du Luxembourg, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Staatsoper and Philharmonie in Berlin, Teatro Real in Madrid, Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York).

Philippe Jaroussky is signed exclusively to Erato and has received numerous awards for his recordings with the label. With Heroes (Vivaldi opera arias) and La Dolce Fiamma he achieved Gold disc status; his tribute to Carestini (with le Concert d’Astrée and Emmanuelle Haim) won CD of the year at the Victoires de la Musique and the Midem Classical Awards in 2009; his Stabat Mater with soprano Julia Lezhneva and I Barocchisti picked up the 2014 International Classical Music Awards for best Baroque Vocal Album and Best Opera Album. Of the 2013 release Farinelli: Porpora Arias, Gramophone wrote: “Jaroussky’s rapid passagework in quick heroic arias is precise…but the outstanding moments are slow arias that could have been tailor-made for Jaroussky’s sweetly graceful melodic singing”.

In recent years he has collaborated with singers including Cecilia Bartoli and Nathalie Stutzmann, as well as singing with and directing the Ensemble Artaserse, the Baroque orchestra he founded in 2002. The group takes its name from the Vinci opera Artaserse, which Jaroussky revived in its spectacular modern-day permiere as one of five exceptional countertenors in the cast.

Bejun Mehta

Bejun Mehta is one of today’s most sought-after countertenors and a regular guest at all the world’s leading opera and concert houses.

In 2017/18 the native-born American has appeared as Tamerlano (Tamerlano) at the Teatro della Scala Milano and as Oberon in A Midsummernight’s Dream at the Theater an der Wien. Other operatic engagements included a revival of Toshio Hosokawa’s Stilles Meer (the role of Stephan composed for him) at the Hamburgische Staatsoper and a revival of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice at the Staatsoper unter den Linden, Berlin. On the concert stage Mehta could be heard with the Staatskapelle Berlin conducted by Zubin Mehta singing Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle and George Benjamin’s Dream of the Song, a solo cantata written especially for him; with the Dresden Philharmonie in his sing/conduct program The Stars and the Planets; and singing Bach with the Gürzenich Orchester Köln.

Highlights of last seasons include a new production of Händel’s Rodelinda at the Teatro Real Madrid (Bertarido), Farnace (Mitridate) at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Hamor in Jephtha at the Nationale Opera & Ballet in Amsterdam, the creation of the role of Angel 1/Boy in George Benjamin’s celebrated opera Written on Skin (Aix-en-Provence, the Netherlands Opera and the Royal Opera House), and the world premiere of George Benjamin’s Dream of the Song with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Benjamin himself conducting, followed by the French (Orchestre de Paris) and North American (Boston/Carnegie Hall) premieres. Mehta was recently Artist-in-Residence at the Dresdner Philharmonie, where he demonstrated his artistic versatility in four separate programs as both a singer and conductor. His solo program CANTATA (with the Akademie für alte Musik Berlin) has enjoyed great success all over Europe including Zurich, London, Salzburg, Madrid, Barcelona, Oviedo, and Katowice.

Bejun Mehta is represented on a vast array of recordings. His newest recording, CANTATA, will be released Easter 2018 on Pentatone. His most recent solo CD, a collection of classical arias entitled Che Puro Ciel (Akamus/Jacobs/Harmonia Mundi) was awarded Le Diamant d’Opera Magazine, the Choc de Classica, and was shortlisted for the 2014 Gramophone Award in the Recital category. Down by the Salley Gardens, a collection of English art song, was released in 2011 (with Julius Drake/Harmonia Mundi). Ombra Cara, Bejun’s bestselling recording of Händel arias (Freiburger Barockorchester/Jacobs/Harmonia Mundi), was awarded the 2011 Echo Klassik as Opera Recording of the Year. In 2017, the live recording of George Benjamin‘s Dream of the Song with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, George Benjamin conducting, was released on Nimbus.

Closer to Paradise: Valer Sabadus & Spark

In cooperation with Universität Heidelberg

Terry Wey

Terry Wey was born into a Swiss-American family of musicians in Berne, Switzerland in 1985, experienced a rich musical education as leading soprano soloist of the Vienna Boys’ Choir and went on to study voice with Silvija Vojnic-Purchar, Kurt Equiluz, and Christine Schwarz at the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität, where he also studied as a concert pianist. After winning several competitions such as the scholarship of the Migros-Genossenschaftsbund in Zurich or the International Kärntner-Sparkasse Wörthersee Music-scholarship, he started working almost immediately with leading Early Music ensembles such as The English Concert, Les Arts Florissants, Freiburger Barockorchester or Il Pomo d’Oro, under conductors such as William Christie, Thomas Hengelbrock, Marc Minkowski, Konrad Junghänel or Michael Hofstetter. He was invited to some of the most important venues and festivals, e.g. Musikverein Wien, Barbican Centre and Wigmore Hall London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Lincoln Center New York, Benaroya Hall Seattle, Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon or the Philharmonies of Köln and Essen. He has sung solo recitals at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, KKL Luzern and Styriarte Graz.

On opera stage, he performed in a variety of different roles such as Oberon (Britten: A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Rinaldo(Händel: Rinaldo), Ruggiero (Vivaldi: Orlando Furioso) or Angel 1/The Boy (Benjamin: Written on Skin) at opera houses such as Teatro Real Madrid, Theater an der Wien, Staatsoper Stuttgart or Théâtre des Champs-Elysées Paris as well as the Händel-Festivals in Halle, Karlsruhe and Göttingen. He has worked with stage directors like Nicolas Brieger, Pier Luigi Pizzi, Luk Perceval, Balázs Kovalik and Floris Visser. His appearance in the main role of Händel’s Partenope alongside Christine Schäfer was highly acclaimed at the Theater an der Wien (Christophe Rousset/Pierre Audi, 2009), as were his debut at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival 2010 conducted by Riccardo Muti at Felsenreitschule Salzburg (N. Jommelli: Betulia Liberata), his interpretation of Arsamenes in Stefan Herheim’s immensely successful production of Händel’s Xerxes at Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf (2013), as well as his debut under Nikolaus Harnoncourt in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen at the Styriarte festival 2014.

Terry Wey’s special interest in renaissance polyphony led him to co-found the vocal ensemble Cinquecento, as well as working with leading vocal ensembles such as the Huelgas Ensemble, Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam or Weser-Renaissance. Apart from ten CDs with Cinquecento (hyperion), his discography includes complete recordings of  Steffani’s Niobe (Erato), Albinoni’s Il Nascimento dell’Aurora (oehms classics), Handel’s Israel in Egypt (Carus) and Faramondo (Virgin classics), as well as two recordings of Bach’s B-Minor-Mass conducted by Marc Minkowski (naïve) and Václav Luks (Accent) and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with fellow countertenor Valer Sabadus (oehms classics).

Spem in alium »Multiple Voices«

4.00 pm – 0.00 am

Admission free

Alex Potter

Described as a “rising star of the countertenor world”, Alex Potter is a sought-after interpreter of seventeenth and eighteenth-century music. He has performed with conductors including Philippe Herreweghe, Thomas Hengelbrock, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Jordi Savall, Jos van Veldhoven, and Stephen Layton. Alongside numerous performances of works by Bach, Handel and other established composers, he takes particular interest in seeking out and singing lesser known repertoire in concerts and recordings under his own direction.

After beginning his musical career as a chorister at Southwark Cathedral, Alex Potter was a Choral Scholar and read Music at New College, Oxford. He then went on to pursue further study in singing and baroque performance practice at the Schola Cantorum in Basel with Gerd Türk, taking additional classes with Evelyn Tubb.

Recent performances of note include Bach’s B-Minor Mass with the Concertgebouw Orchestra/Philippe Herreweghe, Handel’s Israel in Egypt in the Konzerthaus in Vienna with Concerto Copenhagen/Lars Ulrik Mortensen, a concert of works by Bach and Telemann with Arcangelo/Jonathan Cohen at the Wigmore Hall, and Benjamin Britten’s Abraham and Isaac with the tenor Thomas Hobbs in Vancouver, Canada.

Alex Potter has a large discography with a number of different ensembles. His  CD Fede e Amor with Viennese Baroque Music for alto voice and obbligato trombones was released in 2014 on the Ramée label. A new disc featuring solo-cantatas by Telemann will appear this year on the CPO label.

He lives in the Lüneburger Heath region of Germany with his wife and two daughters. When not singing he also enjoys baking bread, restoring his half-timbered house and growing vegetables in the garden with varying degrees of success.

William Shelton

William Shelton was born in Nancy (France). His parents who were both members of the Nancy Opera chorus encouraged him to develop his musical potential and he won a scholarship to Salisbury Cathedral School (England) at the age of eight. He continued his musical studies at Dole, Besançon and Dijon conservatories, where he studied singing, horn, organ, music theory, chamber music and orchestra. He moved to Paris in 2015 after obtaining a Bachelors degree in Physics and Chemistry at Besançon university, a Horn diploma, an Organ diploma and a singing diploma with the highest distinctions. He has had the opportunity to develop his singing by participating in masterclasses with Hans Jörg Mammel, Jan Kobow, Michel Laplénie, Isabelle Druet, Robert Expert, Regina Werner, Mickaël Mardayer and Philippe Jaroussky.

In Paris, William’s voice was quickly notied by conductors such as Simon-Pierre Bestion (Compagnie la Tempête), Geoffroy Jourdain (Les Cris de Paris), Christophe Coin, Jean Tubéry (La Fenice), Daniel Cuiller (Stradivaria), Gregor A. Mayrhofer (Ensemble intercontemporain), Vincent Dumestre (Le Poème harmonique), Raphaël Pichon (Pygmalion), and the stage director Benjamin Lazar, enabling him to begin a busy singing career.

He has performed, often as a soloist, in many concert venues such as the Paris Opera, the Paris Philharmonie, Köln Philharmonie, the Chapelle Royale de Versailles, Rouen Opera, Reims Opera, the Royal Albert Hall during festivals like the Lessay Festival, the Chaise-Dieu festival, the Beaune international baroque festival, the BBC Proms, the Ambronay festival among others.

Sine 2015 he has taken part in recordings produced by the Alpha, Nomademusic and Harmonia Mundi Labels which have been praised by the press. In 2017 he was admitted in the Philippe Jaroussky Academy in Paris.

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Valer Sabadus, Christophe Dumaux & Cappella Gabetta: »Stabat Mater«

»Zugabe« Jörg Tröger talks to Valer Sabadus and Christophe Dumaux (at Ballsaal/Stadthalle)