Sofia Vinnik, mezzo-soprano, born 1996 in Munich, started her studies as a junior student at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich with her teacher Marilyn Schmiege. Since 2016 she is studying at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg with Christoph Strehl and in the Lied class of Pauliina Tukiainen. She sang in the Bad Reichenhall Theater with the Bad Reichenhaller Philharmonie and in the Philharmonie Gasteig with the Salzburg Orchestra Soloists. In addition to opera, the young singer also has a great passion for Kunstlied. She performed songs of G. Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn as part of the Concert Series of the Gesellschaft für Musiktheater Wien, since 2017 she is giving recitals at the Mittwoch Klassik in Ingolstadt. In 2019 Sofia Vinnik performed songs by I. Aboulker, P. Viardot and C. Schumann at the Bonner Schumannfest. She is one of the finalists of the Louis Spohr Singing Competition in Kassel 2018 and the International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera Pietro Antonio Cesti in Innsbruck 2018. In November 2018 she won the LOTTO Foundation’s Sponsorship Prize in the German Singing Competition of Bundeswettbewerb Gesang 2018 in Berlin. Sofia Vinnik is a scholarship holder of the Bad Reichenhall Vocal Academy and works in conjunction with the Gstaad Vocal Academy and the Cecilia Bartoli Music Foundation with Silvana Bazzoni-Bartoli. Since July 2018 she is a scholarship holder of Yehudi Munuhin’s Live Music Now Foundation in Salzburg.
The young Serbian-Hungarian mezzo soprano Irena Weber has been singing the role of Dorabella in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart‘s “Così fan tutte“ in the Munich Kammeroper since September 2018. In July 2018, she sang the same role at the Vienna Schlosstheater Schönbrunn in a production directed by KS Michael Schade. With the orchestra of the Munich Kammeroper, she also performed as a soloist in Rossini aria evenings unter the baton of Nabil Shehata and she sang in a Mozart project at Schloss Nymphenburg and as the alto in Mozart’s Requiem in Munich’s Allerheiligen-Hofkirche.
In spring 2018, she sang the role of Smaragda in Gottfried von Einem‘s opera “Der Tulifant“ in the Viennese MuTh concert hall, home to the Vienna Boys‘ Choir, and at Schloss Esterházy in Eisenstadt.
During a jury concert of the Friends of the Vienna State Opera in January 2018, she won the first prize of the Viennese George London Foundation and the audience award. Moreover, she sang Gustav Mahler‘s “Urlicht“ conducted by Erwin Ortner in the Schlosstheater Schönbrunn and performed the role of “Frau Welt“ in the cantata “Carmina Austriaca“ by Gerald Wirth at the MuTh. In March 2018, she sang Ludwig van Beethoven‘s 9th symphony at the Vienna Musikverein, and also in 2019 with the Philharmonie Südwestfalen.
Forthcoming engagements include being the alto soloist in Beethoven’s 9th symphony at the Vienna Musikverein, conducted by Gerald Wirth. Being the alto soloist in Mahler‘s 2nd symphony with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, conducted by Hannu Lintu and continuing with Mozart‘s “Così fan tutte“ at Munich‘s Kammeroper. She also has a scholarship for the Lied Academy of the “Heidelberger Frühling“ festival in 2020.
Irena Weber works with KS Univ.-Prof. Marjana Lipovšek and Alfred Burgstaller. She gained her Master’s degree in Lied and Oratorium from the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna, where she studied with Univ.-Prof. Florian Boesch.
On stage, she has already sung the roles of Cherubino in W. A. Mozarts “Le Nozze di Figaro“ and of Prince Orlofsky in Johann Strauß‘ “Die Fledermaus“ at the Schlosstheater Schönbrunn. She appeared as Die Dritte Dame in Mozart‘s “Die Zauberflöte“ in the Jennersdorf children’s opera
and in Horn. She has performed in numerous concerts in Austria, Germany, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, the Ukraine, Romania etc. She attended masterclasses with KS Marjana Lipovšek, Alfred Burgstaller,
KS Christa Ludwig and Ioan Holender and in 2014/15 received a scholarship from the Thyll-Dürr Foundation. In July 2014, she won second prize at the Ljuba-Welitsch competition in Vienna.
Irena Weber was born in Novi Sad, Serbia and from the age of 10, grew up in Hungary, where she studied the violin for many years , then took up singing lessons and received numerous prizes.
Magdalena Kožená was born in the Czech city of Brno and studied voice and piano at the Brno Conservatory and later with Eva Bláhová at Bratislava’s Academy of Performing Arts. She has been awarded several major prizes both in the Czech Republic and internationally, culminating in the Sixth International Mozart Competition in Salzburg in 1995.
Magdalena was signed by Deutsche Grammophon in 1999 and immediately released her first album of Bach arias on its Archiv label. Her recital debut recording, an album of songs by Dvořák, Janáček and Martinů, appeared on Deutsche Grammophon’s yellow label in 2001 and was honoured with Gramophone’s Solo Vocal Award. She was named Artist of the Year by Gramophone in 2004 and has won numerous other awards since, including the Echo Award, Record Academy Prize, Tokyo, and Diapason d’or. In 2017 she began a long-term relationship with Dutch classical music label Pentatone. In May 2019 she released her first album with them; ‘Il Giardino dei sospiri’ with secular cantatas on tragic love by Handel, Leo, Marcello, Gasparini, Vince and Sarro, accompanied by harpsichordist Václav Luks and the Czech baroque orchestra Collegium 1704.
Magdalena has worked with many of the world’s leading conductors, Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Mariss Jansons, Sir Charles Mackerras and Sir Roger Norrington. Her list of distinguished recital partners includes the pianists Daniel Barenboim, Yefim Bronfman, Malcolm Martineau, András Schiff and Mitsuko Uchida, with whom she has performed at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, and at the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh and Salzburg festivals. Magdalena’s understanding of historical performance practices has been cultivated in collaboration with outstanding period-instrument ensembles, including the English Baroque Soloists, the Gabrieli Consort and Players, Il Giardino Armonico, Les Musiciens du Louvre, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Venice Baroque Orchestra and Le Concert d’Astrée. She is also in demand as soloist with the Berlin, Vienna and Czech Philharmonics and the Cleveland, Philadelphia and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestras.
Magdalena’s operatic engagements include the Salzburger Festspiele, the Glyndebourne Festival, New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Staatsoper Berlin to name but a few.
Magdalena was appointed a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 2003 for her services to French music.
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Elisabeth Kulman is one of today’s most sought-after singers and leading authorities in the international classical music scene. She impresses audiences and critics alike with her rich, colourful timbre, her charismatic stage personality and her musical versatility.
She studied voice with Helena Lazarska at the Vienna Music University, made her debut as Pamina in 2001 at the Volksoper in Vienna and enjoyed early success as a soprano. Since 2005 Elisabeth Kulman has been singing the major parts of the mezzo and alto repertoire and quickly became a favourite of the audience. Her operatic repertoire, which she established in large parts as a member of the ensemble at the Vienna State Opera, includes works from Gluck, Wagner and Verdi to Weill. Her symphonic repertoire ranges from the Passions by Bach, Beethoven’s Missa solemnis, Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder, Dvořák’s Stabat mater and Mahler’s Lieder for orchestra to Schnittke’s Faust-cantata.
Since 2010 Elisabeth Kulman has been working as a freelance artist. She is a much sought-after soloist in the metropolitan centres of the music world: Vienna, Paris, London, Munich, Berlin, Tokyo, Salzburg, Moscow, etc. She works regularly with world-class orchestras and conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Kirill Petrenko, Christian Thielemann, Philippe Jordan, Herbert Blomstedt, Mariss Jansons, Kent Nagano and Marek Janowski. She enjoyed a particularly close collaboration with Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
Since 2015 Elisabeth Kulman has been focusing her artistic activities on recitals (together with her longtime accompanist Eduard Kutrowatz), concerts and operas in concert. She is especially devoted to unconventional projects: “Mussorgsky Dis-Covered” with an international jazz quartet, “Mahler Lieder” and “Wer wagt mich zu höhnen?” with the ensemble Amarcord Wien as well as “Hungaro Tune with symphony orchestra and jazz soloists. In her latest solo programme, the music show “La femme c’est moi”, Elisabeth Kulman joyfully correlates different genres with each other in a very personal way, always meeting the highest artistic standards. Arranged for chamber orchestra by Tscho Theissing she performs famous opera arias (not only from the mezzo repertoire), classic “Lieder”, show tunes as well as songs by the Beatles and Michael Jackson.
Born in Macedonia, Ema Nikolovska grew up in Toronto where she studied voice with Helga Tucker and completed an undergraduate degree in violin at The Glenn Gould School. She received her Masters at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (with Professors Susan McCulloch and Rudolf Piernay) where she won the Guildhall Wigmore Prize, and is currently on the Opera Course.
Ema is a BBC New Generation Artist and a YCAT artist. Awards include the 2019 Ferrier Loveday Song Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards with Gary Beecher; Gerald Moore Award Singers’ Prize; 2nd Prize at the 2018 Helmut Deutsch International Lied Competition with Michael Sikich; and First and Audience Prizes at the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards.
Highlights over the last year include a Schubert recital with Malcolm Martineau at the Pierre Boulez Saal, her debut at Wigmore Hall with Dylan Perez, singing in the Guildhall Gold Medal Final, a recital with Joseph Middleton at the Glenarm Festival of Voice, and a performance of Ligeti’s Síppal, dobbal, nádihegedüvel broadcast by BBC Radio 3. Ema also joined Verbier Festival’s Atelier Lyrique and the Creative Dialogue XI Symposium led by Kaija Saariaho in Finland.
Among other song activity, Ema has been part of Graham Johnson’s Song Guild at Guildhall, Thomas Hampson’s Lied Akademie at the Heidelberger-Frühling Music Festival, the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme, and the Franz-Schubert-Institut.
Upcoming performances include the role of Celia, Haydn La fedeltà premiata (Guildhall Opera); Sister Edgar, Lliam Paterson The Angel Esmeralda; Beethoven Symphony No.9 in Berlin Cathedral; a recital at Lille Opera House with Simon Lepper; and Mahler songs with the BBCSO.
Ema is grateful to the Sylva Gelber Grant, Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund, Shipley Rudge Scholarship, London Syndicate, and The Countess of Munster Musical Trust for supporting her studies.
Mezzo Soprano, Giulia Laudano has been singing since she was eight and was a chorister with International Voices of Enfield Choir. She was a Music Scholar at Dame Alice Owen’s School, Hertfordshire and studied concurrently at the Royal College of Music Junior Department. Her awards have included the National Association of Choirs Cup for Future Talent, the Smythe Cup for Excellence, the John Rutter Award for Superb Musicianship, the Jack Petchey Leadership Award and the Elena Gerhardt Lieder Prize 2017.
She is now in her fourth year on the BMus programme at the Royal Academy of Music studying with Catherine Wyn-Rogers and Chad Vindin.
Giulia will be working on the role of Sesto from Handel’s Giulio Cesare at RAM’s Opera scenes and has also worked on the roles of Dorabella and Meg in scenes from Mozart’s Cosí fan tutte and Verdi’s Falstaff on an Italian Intensive Opera Course run by Isabella Radcliffe and Philip Thomas. She also participated in a workshop on The Magic Flute with British Youth Opera, singing the role of Third Lady.
Giulia is a soloist and chorus member in the Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series at RAM and is also a member of the Royal Academy Song Circle where she recently performed in a concert with them at the Austrian Cultural Forum.
She has also recently participated in a masterclass with Angelika Kirschlager at the RAM.
Giulia has already gained much experience on the concert platform at venues including the Austrian Cultural Forum Knightsbridge, the Salvation Army Hall Oxford Street, Eton College Chapel, Selwyn College, Cambridge, il Duomo in Milan, and several cathedrals in the UK.
Giulia will be performing as a soloist with the Enfield Chamber Orchestra in November singing a selection of songs from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn and a collection of Mozart arias.
Adèle Charvet is a young mezzo soprano. She studied at the Paris National Conservatory CNSMDP (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris) with professor Elène Golgevit.
Very passionate about the Song and Lieder repertoire which she studied with David Selig and Anne le Bozec, she formed in 2015 a duo with pianist Florian Caroubi with whom she obtained the Mélodie prize at the International Lied and Song Competition Nadia and Lili Boulanger in Paris, and, in 2016, the Grand duo prize of the International Vocal Competition in ’s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands, as well as the Junior Jury Prize, the prize for the Contemporary piece, the Dutch friend of Lied prize and the Press prize.
Adèle’s very first musical experience on stage is in the children’s opera Brundibár by Hans Krása, in which she sang the leading role Pepíček. From this enriching experience, she developed and irrepressible passion for Opera.
With the Opéra 3. Company, she sang the role of Hänsel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel. In 2016 she sang the role of Frau Reich in Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor by Otto Nicolai, in a production of the CNSMDP, staged by Emmanuelle Cordoliani.
She made her debut at the Dutch National Opera, singing the Polovtsian Maiden in Borodin’s Prince Igor, stage by Dmitri Tcherniakov and conducted by Stanislav Kochanovski.
Last July, Adèle had the unique opportunity to study in both Lied and Opera Academy of the Verbier Festival where she sang the role of Filypievna in Eugene Oneguine by Tchaikovski. There, she sang in Masterclasses with Thomas Hampson, Thomas Quastoff, Sir Thomas Allen and Anna Tomowa-Sintow. She was awarded the «Yves Paternot » prize for the most outstanding musician of the Academy.
Next November, she will be Adele, in Bellini’s Pirata at the Opéra de Bordeaux, and in February 2018, she will make her Covent Garden debut in Carmen, singing the role of Mercedes.
British mezzo soprano Bethan Langford is a recent graduate of the opera course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where she was the recipient the Paul Hamburger Award for lieder, Violette Szabo Award for English Song, and the Susan Longfield prize for accomplished female singer.
A Samling Artist and alumna of the Verbier Festival Academy, Bethan is enjoying the beginnings of a varied career on both the opera and concert platforms. Recent engagements include Noble Orphan Der Rosenkavalier and Lehrbuben Die Meistersinger for Glydnebourne Festival Opera, Dorabella Cosi fan tutte for Bury Court Opera, a recital of Schubert songs at the Wigmore Hall, her debut recital for the Aldeburgh Festival, Angel 2/Marie Written on Skin at the Mariinsky Theatre, Magt in Elektra at the Verbier festival conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Messiah with Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, understudy Proserpina Orfeo for Royal Opera and various concerts and recitals for the Oxford Lieder Festival.
Anglo-French mezzo-soprano Anna Stéphany has been praised for her stage-craft and for possessing a “a superb, glowing, impassioned mezzo” voice. Anna was born in the North East of England and studied at King’s College London and the National Opera Studio. She is a Guildhall Gold Medal recipient, represented England at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and is a winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award. Anna was a member of the ensemble at Zürich Opera House from 2012-15.
One of her most coveted roles is Octavian in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier; she made her role debut to critical acclaim at the Bolshoi Theatre in 2011, and recently reprised the role for the Royal Swedish Opera. She made her critically acclaimed opera recording debut in 2013 in the title role of Handel’s Serse with Christian Curnyn and Early Opera Company. Anna has appeared as Rosina in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia at Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris; Annio in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito at Aix-en-Provence; the title role in Charpentier’s Médée at Chicago Opera Theatre and in 2013 she covered Joyce di Donato in La Donna del Lago at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. She made her debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich stepping in as Annio in La Clemenza di Tito and returned last season as La Musica and Speranza in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo.
On the concert stage Anna has performed with some of the world’s finest orchestras. Recent appearances include the BBC Proms with the London Philharmonic Orchestra/Jurowsky; Cesti’s Orontea with La Nuova Musica at Wigmore Hall; Elgar’s Sea Pictures with the Bremer Philharmoniker; Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the Gabrieli Consort in Schaffhausen; St Matthew Passion with the Handel & Haydn Society/Harry Christophers; La damoiselle élue with the Philharmonia Orchestra/Esa-Pekka Salonen; a programme of Handel in New York, London and Paris with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/William Christie in a tribute to Lorraine Hunt Lieberson; and performances with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra/Jakub Hrusa, Pygmalion/Raphaël Pichon, Balthasar Neumann/Thomas Hengelbrock, and La Scintilla/Laurence Cummings.
This season, Anna makes her Covent Garden debut as Octavian, and her Glyndebourne debut as Annio. She also appears as Serse with Early Opera Company at St John’s Smith