Fanny Soyer

Die Sopranistin Fanny Soyer, geboren 1994 in Paris, begann im Alter von vier Jahren Klavier zu spielen. 2009 nahm sie erstmals Gesangsstunden bei Patrick Marco im Rahmen der Kinder- und Jugendförderung „Maitrise de Paris“ am Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional (CRR) de Paris, wo sie anschließend bei Melanie Jackson im Département Supérieur pour Jeune Chanteurs de Paris Gesang studierte.

Seit September 2016 studiert sie in der Klasse von Prof. Christine Schäfer an der Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler und arbeitet dort u.a. mit Julia Varady, Wolfram Rieger, Eric Schneider, Thomas Quasthoff zusammen. Im Juni 2018 übernahm sie in der Hochschulproduktion „Dido und Aeneas” von Henry Purcell die Partie der Dido. 2019 schloss sie ihr Bachelorstudium erfolgreich ab. Das erste Semester ihres Masterstudiums verbringt sie an der e Royal Danish Academy of Music in Kopenhagen in der Klasse von Helene Gjerris.

Ketevan Chuntishvili

Georgian soprano Ketevan Chuntishvili was born in 1996 in Tbilisi. She studies with Prof. Dr. Marek Rzepka at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover. She completed her Bachelors degree there in 2019, and at the same time received a place to study for a Masters in Opera.

Ketevan is grateful to be supported by various scholarships, including the ‘Musik braucht Freunde’ and ‘Deutschlandstipendium’. In addition, she has been a scholarship holder at Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now Hannover since 2018.

Ketevan’s musical influences include masterclasses with numerous distinguished singers, such as Peter Berne, Roman Trekel, Ana Sokolovic, Claudia Barainsky and Stefan Vinke. She also greatly enjoys studying Lied under Justus Zeyen.

As a soloist, Ketevan has sung Lisa (Fanchette) in Jacques Offenbach’s Pariser Leben, Lena in Ana Sokolovic’s Svadba and Echo in Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos for the HMTM-Hannover. In February 2019 she sang the role of Maiden at the Hamburger Sprechwerk, in a shortened version of the opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis by Viktor Ullmann directed by Karina Häßlein. This year she made her debut at ‘Oper auf dem Lande’ as Gretel in Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel.

Jerica Steklasa

Young Slovenian soprano Jerica Steklasa started her music education at the age of six with violin and piano. At the age of 13 she began to take singing lessons in Ljubljana and in 2011 she joined Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts (professor Claudia Visca), later also in Master Lied&Oratorio (Charles Spencer).

The concerts and opera performances led her around the world stages in Austria (Wiener Musikverein, Konzerthaus), Germany (Alte Oper Frankfurt), the Netherlands, Switzerland, Russia, Japan, Australia, USA. She sang at the world-renowned New Year’s ball HOFBURG Silvesterball in Vienna and won many national and international awards. Most recently she won the KALEIDOSCOPE Competition in Los Angeles, so she will perform there again in June 2020.

Following her invitation to Australia, Ms Steklasa made her opera debut in Sydney as Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte in 2013, followed by her debuts (in Austria, Germany, Italy) as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Marie in Carneval in Rom, Ännchen in Der Freischütz, Silvia in L’isola disabitata, Lisette in La Rondine, Zerlina in Don Giovanni.

She took courses, among others, with Roberta Alexander, Jack LiVigni, Nelly Miricioiu, Steven Maughan, David Gowland. As a Scholarship Holder of 1st International Opera Workshop Waiblingen in September 2019, she worked with Melanie Diener and Thomas Hampson (final concert with Stuttgarter Philharmoniker and Maestro Dan Ettinger).

Iida Antola

Soprano Iida Antola graduated as a choir conductor and pianist from the Sibelius Academy in 2015 before studying voice at the University of the Arts in Berlin.

In 2017 Antola made her operatic debut as Pamina (Mozart: Die Zauberflöte) at the Finnish National Opera. In 2018 she appeared as Christine in the FNO production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera and also sang the role of Crobyle (Massenet: Thaïs). Upcoming roles include Micaëla (Bizet: Carmen) and Susanna (Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro).

Antola has been successful in many competitions: In 2017 she won 1st prize at the Kangasniemi Singing Competition in Finland and 2nd prize at the International Paula Salomon Lindberg Competition “Das Lied”. In 2018 she was a finalist in both the International Hugo Wolf Lied Competition in Stuttgart and the International Schubert Competition in Dortmund with pianist Anni Laukkanen. Before her voice studies she was awarded the prize for the most promising young choir conductor at the International Tampere Vocal Music Festival 2015.

Antola has appeared in recitals at the Crescendo festival in Berlin, Mozart festival in Würzburg as well as in Romania at the Ateneum in Bucharest and the Philharmonie in Ploiesti. She’s also an experienced performer of contemporary music, and recently sang and conducted “Pierrot Lunaire” by Schoenberg at the “Kaivos festival” in Finland. Publisher SULASOL has published Antola’s own compositions.

Nikola Hillebrand

The German soprano Nikola Hillebrand was born in Recklinghausen, Germany and began her singing studies at the age of 17 with Prof. Fenna Kügel-Seifried at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich. While still a student, Nikola performed at the Bonn Theater as Belinda in Dido & Aeneas, Papagena and Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Magic Flute as well as Marzelline in a new production of Beethoven’s Fidelio.

In the summer of 2015, she made her Glyndebourne debut as Blonde in David McVicar’s new production of Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio. The following season, she was again invited to Glyndebourne to sing the role of Barbarina and to cover the role of Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro. In her debut season, she was named the winner of the 50th John Christie Awards. Nikola Hillebrand also sang Blonde at the Bremen Music Festival under the musical direction of Jérémie Rhorer and in 2018 in a scenic production at the Mozart Week Salzburg under René Jacobs.

Nikola Hillebrand has been a member of the ensemble of the National Theater Mannheim since the 2016-2017 season and has sung roles such as Adele (Fledermaus), Oscar (Ballo in Maschera), Despina (Così fan tutte), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Poppea (Die Krönung der Poppea), Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte) and Gilda (Rigoletto). Since the 20120-2021 season she is member of the ensemble of Semperoper Dresden.

In 2017 she made her debut at the Bavarian State Opera Munich in the role of Azema in Rossini’s Semiramide. In December 2018 she could be heard as Adele in Johann Strauß’ Die Fledermaus alongside Jonas Kaufmann and under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst – a production that was broadcast worldwide.

In 2019 she was awarded the first prize of the International Song Competition “Das Lied” which takes place every two years within the Heidelberger Frühling.

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Anja Harteros

It is the symbiosis of intense stage presence, perfect voice control and musical sensitivity that marks her out, both in opera performances and in lieder recitals and concerts, as a truly great artist.

Her international career began when she won the 1999 Cardiff Singer of the World competition and before long the artist was being invited to all the world’s major opera houses: the Metropolitan Opera in New York, La Scala in Milan, London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the State Opera in Munich, Vienna, Berlin, Hamburg and Dresden, and the opera houses of Florence, Amsterdam, Paris, Geneva, Tokyo and many more, plus the Salzburg Festival.

Her extensive operatic repertoire embraces such leading roles as Contessa (LE NOZZE DI FIGARO), Donna Anna (DON GIOVANNI), Elettra (IDOMENEO), Mimì (LA BOHÈME), Feldmarschallin (DER ROSENKAVALIER), Elisabetta (DON CARLOS), Alice Ford (FALSTAFF), Leonora (IL TROVATORE), Violetta Valéry (LA TRAVIATA), Desdemona (OTELLO), Amelia (SIMON BOCCANEGRA), Maddalena di Coigny (ANDRÉ CHENIER), Sieglinde (THE VALKYRIE), Elsa (LOHENGRIN), Elisabeth (TANNHÄUSER) and the title roles in TOSCA, ALCINA and ARABELLA.

Anja Harteros works with such celebrated conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Ivor Bolton, Riccardo Chailly, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Harding, Marek Janowski, Mariss Jansons, James Levine, Fabio Luisi, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Kent Nagano, Sir Roger Norrington, Antonio Pappano, Sir Simon Rattle, Donald Runnicles and Christian Thielemann.

Anja Harteros was chosen as Female Singer of the Year at the 2015 International Opera Awards, having received the Europa-Medaille of the Bavarian State Government in 2013. Awarded the French art critics’ ORPHEE D’OR prize for her lieder CD “Von ewiger Liebe” in 2010, she was the first recipient of the Cologne Opera Prize later that year. She was Opernwelt magazine’s Female Vocalist of 2009 and in July 2007, in recognition of her outstanding artistic achievements, she was the youngest bearer to date of the honorific title of Kammersängerin in Bavaria.

Johanna Winkel

Johanna Winkel initially made herself an excellent reputation in the early music scene and has been consistently expanding her stylistic range to include Romantic and Modern repertoire as well.

In the 2016-2017 season she was invited to perform with musicAeterna and Teodor Currentzis (Purcell The Indian Queen), Freiburg Baroque Orchestra with Gottfried van der Goltz (Beethoven’s 9th Symphony), Musik Podium Stuttgart with Frieder Bernius (Brahms’s Requiem), the Bavarian Radio Choir and Howard Arman (in works by Mendelssohn), the International Bach Academy conducted by Hans-Christoph Rademann (in the Bruckner Te Deum) and the Bonn Beethoven Orchestra conducted by Christof Prick (in Britten’s War Requiem).

Johanna Winkel is also often heard on the opera stage. In April of 2017 she made her début appearance at the Salzburg Easter Festival under the baton of Christian Thielemann, covering the role of Gerhilde in Die Walküre; then, in the fall of 2017, she sang the same role in China with the Hong Kong Philharmonic conducted by Jaap van Zweden. She first sang the role of Leonore (Beethoven Fidelio) at the Theater für Niedersachsen in Hildesheim, where she also covered the role of Agathe (v. Weber Der Freischütz) for the first time in the 2016-2017 season.

Johanna Winkel’s recordings include the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen’s production of Louis Spohr’s oratorio Die letzten Dinge: the CD was featured in the German Record Critics’ quarterly selection of outstanding recordings in 2014. A further recording of Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron (at the Teatro Real Madrid and the Berlin Philharmonie with SWR Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sylvain Cambreling) was nominated for the 2015 Grammy Awards. A further CD featuring works by Bach and Kuhnau with the Arion Baroque Orchestra is soon to be released. Johanna Winkel is also one of soloists regularly featured on Christoph Spering’s complete recording of Bach’s Lutheran Chorale Cantatas with Das Neue Orchester.

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”.