Sopranistin Anne Schwanewilms fotografiert von Studioline

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Sopranistin Anne Schwanewilms fotografiert von Studioline

Anne Schwanewilms

Anne Schwanewilms is recognised as one of the leading interpreters of the works of Richard Strauss. Her extensive repertoire covers roles such as Arabella, Ariadne („Ariadne auf Naxos“), Chrysothemis („Elektra“), Feldmarschallin („Der Rosenkavalier“), Empress („Die Frau ohne Schatten, Danae („Die Liebe der Danae“), Elsa („Lohengrin“), Elisabeth („Tannhäuser“), Desdemona („Otello“), Marie („Wozzeck“) and Madame Lidoine („Dialogues des Carmélites“). She has appeared at many of the major opera houses of the world including Munich, Dresden, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Vienna, Madrid, Barcelona, Milan, New York and Tokyo. At the Semperoper Dresden, Anne Schwanewilms enjoyed a great success as Arabella and Chrysothemis under the musical direction of Christian Thielemann, roles which she reprised at the Vienna National Opera under the baton of Ulf Schirmer and Franz Welser-Möst. Anne Schwanewilms is a regular at the Bayreuth and the Salzburg Festivals, where her performances as Carlotta in „Die Gezeichneten“ by Franz Schreker and as the Empress in Richard Strauss’ „Die Frau ohne Schatten“ were particularly significant. Engagements in 2017 included Marschallin („Der Rosenkavalier“) in Munich, Elisabeth („Tannhäuser“) at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin and Eva in the new production of „Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg“ at the Bayreuth Festival in 2017.

Anne Schwanewilms appears regularly with conductors such as Christian Thielemann, Zubin Metha, Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim, Franz Welser-Möst, Kent Nagano, Stefan Soltesz, Vladimir Jurowski, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Simone Young, Christoph Eschenbach and Riccardo Chailly. Her prolific concert career takes her to the foremost halls of Europe and she appears regularly with the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestre National de France.

One of the leading exponents of Lied, Anne Schwanewilms has appeared in recital at the Wigmore Hall London, at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, at the Lincoln Center New York and at the Edinburgh Festival. She is a member of the jury of the international Louis Spohr-Competition and leads masterclasses. A British music critic described her as a ‘veritable sound painter’. Accompanied by Malcolm Martineau, Charles Spencer and Roger Vignoles, Anne Schwanewilms has set artistic standards with her interpretations of songs by Schumann, Wolff, Wagner, Liszt, Mahler, Strauss and Schönberg. Music critics praise her unfailing sense of the subtlest details of phrasing, lustre and suppleness of voice and great technical expertise. „Recitals are my staging“, Anne Schwanewilms said once in an interview. „Here I can create something from the beginning with very simple means – the voice and the piano.“

Anne Schwanewilms has a comprehensive discography. Her opera recordings include DVDs of „Die Gezeichneten“ (Salzburg Festival, Kent Nagano, DSO, 2005), „Die Frau ohne Schatten“ (Salzburg Festival, Christian Thielemenn, Vienna Philharmonic), „Der Rosenkavalier“ (Fabio Luisi, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, 2007) and „Dialogues des Carmélites“ (Simone Young, Hamburg State Opera, 2008). In addition, she has presented a Richard Strauss CD („Vier letzte Lieder“ and excerpts from „Der Rosenkavalier“, „Capriccio“ and „Arabella“, Markus Stenz, Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra), a Richard Wagner CD with „Tristan and Isolde“, „Tannhäuser“ and the „Wesendonck-Lieder“ (Cornelius Meister, RSO Vienna) as well as several recital discs including works by Liszt, Mahler, Schumann, Wolff, and Schönberg. In May 2016 her CD „Schöne Welt…“ with Lieder by Schubert, Schreker and Korngold has been released.

A recipient of many awards, in 2015 she received a GRAMMY Award nomination for her CD recording of Richard Strauss’ „Elektra“ with Christian Thielemann. Her recording of „Wozzeck“ with Hans Graf and Houston Symphony Orchestra received the ECHO Klassik Award 2017 and a GRAMMY Award nomination.

Sandrine Piau

A renowned figure in the world of baroque music, French soprano Sandrine Piau regularly performs with celebrated conductors such as William Christie, Philippe Herreweghe, Christophe Rousset, Gustav Lleonhardt, Ivor Bolton, Ton Koopman, René Jacobs, Marc Minkowski and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

Sandrine Piau embraces different roles on international stages. The roles she has previously performed include Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Morgana (Alcina) at the Opéra de Paris, Dalinda (Ariodante) at the Salzburg Festival, Alcina, Mélisande, Sandrina, (La Finta Giardiniera), Sœur Constance (Dialogue des Carmélites) at the Monnaie, Alcina and Dalinda (Ariodante) in Amsterdam, Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) and Sœur Constance at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, and Despina (Cosi fan tutte) and Titania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) at the Festival d’Aix en Provence.

As a celebrated recital singer of both French and German repertoire, Sandrine Piau performs with renowned accompanists including Jos van Immerseel, Roger Vignoles and Susan Manoff.

She regularly gives recitals and has appeared in concert in New York, Paris, London, Tokyo, Munich, Zurich, and Salzburg, and recently in Hamburg for the opening of the Elbphilharmonie.

In recent years she has performed at the Salzburg Festival, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Covent Garden Festival, Musikverein, Salle Pleyel, Festival de Saint Denis, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Teatro Communale in both Florence and Bologna and with the world’s most prestigious orchestras including Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris and Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Sandrine Piau has an extensive discography and she now records exclusively for “Alpha Classics” and her first CD under this label, released in 2018, is a recital disc recorded with Susan Manoff entitled “Chimère”.The disc includes a selection of German Lieder, French Mélodies, and Art Songs.

The 2019/20 season included Les Arts Florissants’ 40th anniversary tour, a European Tour with Teodor Currentzis and concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

This season Sandrine Piau sings Alcina at the Opernhaus Zurich and takes part in several European tours with different ensembles.

Sandrine Piau was given the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres in 2006 and was named “Lyrical Artist of the Year” at the Victoires de la Musique Classique award ceremony in 2009.

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.

Hila Baggio

Mit ihrem kristallklaren, anmutigen Sopran ist Hila Baggio eine der berühmtesten und begehrtesten israelischen Sopranistinnen, von der Kritik stets hoch gelobt.

In der Saison 2020/2021 singt Hila Baggio die Rolle der Pamia (Zauberflöte) an der Israelischen Oper, Ligeti’s „Mysteries of the Macabre“ und Ayal Adler’s „Alone, I return from the night“ mit dem Israel Philharmonic Orchestra sowie Konzerte mit dem Jerusalem Quartet in der Wigmore Hall in London, beim Heidelberger Frühling und beim Granada Festival. Weitere Highlights sind Schönberg’s „Pierrot Lunaire“ mit dem Israeli Chamber Project in der Bing Concert Hall der Stanford University und ein Auftritt mit dem Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.

In der vergangenen Saison 2019/2020 sang Hila Baggio erstmals die Rolle des Gepopo/der Venus in Ligeti’s Oper „Le Grand Macabre“ an der Semperoper Dresden, in einer neuen Produktion unter der Regie von Calixto Bieito und dirigiert von Omer Meir Wellber. An der Israelischen Oper debütierte sie mit der Rolle der Ilia (Idomeneo). Außerdem sang sie Ayal Adler’s „Alone, I return from the night“ mit den Müchner Philharmonikern, Berg’s „Sieben frühe Lieder“ mit dem Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra und begleitete das Jerusalem Quartet auf einer Europa-Tour mit dem gemeinsamen CD-Programm „The Yiddish Cabaret“; die CD wurde im Frühjahr 2019 bei harmonia mundi veröffentlicht. Die Tour inkludierte beispielsweise das Theatre des Champs-Elysées, das Wiener Konzerthaus, die Tonhalle Zürich, die Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, das Gewandhaus in Leipzig oder die Dresdner Philharmonie. Wegen „Covid-19“ mussten ihr Debüt als Violetta (La Traviata) an der Israelischen Oper und weitere Konzerte mit dem Jerusalem Quartet in 2022 verlegt werden.

An der Israelischen Oper wirkte Hila Baggio bereits in vielen Opern mit und sang dort die Rollen der: Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), Juliette (Roméo et Juliette), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Gilda (Rigoletto), Musetta (La Bohéme), Tytania (A Midsummer NIght’s Dream), des Oscar (Un Ballo in Maschera), der Micaëla (Carmen), Norina (Don Pasquale), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Marie (La Fille du Régiment), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Euridice (Orfeo ed Euridice), Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), des Füchslein (The Cunning Little Vixen), der Lisette (La Rondine), des Kindes (The Child Dreams), der Despina (Cosi Fan Tutte), Olympia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Frasquita (Carmen), Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Lucinde (Armide), der Ersten Nypmphe (Rusalka) und des Parteonis (La Belle Hélène).

Mit der Rolle des Oscar (Un Ballo in Maschera) trat sie in der Opéra National de Lorraine in Nancy, in der Opéra de Rennes, der Opéra Nantes und dem Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg auf, als Musetta (La Boheme) in der Semperoper Dresden, als Giulia (La Scala di Seta) beim Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, als das Füchslein (The Cunning Little Vixen) in der Nationaloper Bergen, als das Kind (The Child Dreams) bei den Wiesbadener Maifestspielen und als Olympia (Hoffmanns Erzählungen) im Landestheater Mecklenburg.

Zu ihren bisherigen konzertanten Aufführungen zählen Schönberg’s Pierrot Lunaire mit Daniel Barenboim in Berlin sowie mit dem Israeli Chamber Project auf Tour durch Israel und die USA, Mahler’s Sinfonie Nr. 8 bei den Dresdner Musikfestspielen, Mahler’s Sinfonie Nr. 2 mit dem ONPL unter Pascal Rophe sowie mit dem Rishon LeZion Orchestra unter Dan Ettinger, Brahm’s Requiem mit dem Valencia Orchestra in Palau de les Arts unter Omer Meir Wellber, das Gala Concert mit dem Israel Philharmonic Orchestra unter Zubin Mehta, Mozart’s Messe in c-Moll mit dem Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra, sowie Haydn’s „Die Schöpfung“, Mahler’s Sinfonie Nr. 4, Mozart’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah und Bach’s Matthäus-Passion mit dem Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.

Baggio trat bereits unter der Leitung von ausgezeichneten Dirigenten auf, so zum Beispiel unter Daniel Barenboim, Frédéric Chaslin, Daniele Callegari, Rani Calderon, Dan Ettinger, Asher Fisch, Gabriel Feltz, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Oren, Pascal Rophe, Speranza Scappucci, David Stern, Omer Meir Wellber, Ilan Volkov, Alberto Zedda und vielen mehr. Hila Baggio war langjähriges Mitglied des Israeli Opera Studio’s. Während ihrer umfangreichen Karriere hat sie zahlreiche Preise gewonnen, darunter den 2. Preis in der Kategorie Operette beim Internationalen Hans Gabor Belvedere Gesangswettbewerb in Wien, den Israeli Minister of Culture Award, den Rosenblum Prize for the performing Arts, den Silverman Prize, den Grabov Award, den Basser Award, sowie Unterstützungen der America-Israel Cultural Foundation und der Israel Vocal Arts Institute Foundation.

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.