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LAURA TELLY CAMBIER
FIORDILIDGI / COSÌ FAN TUTTE
Brussels-born soprano Laura Telly Cambier went to Italy to study with Francesca Ruospo and Umberto Finazzi (Academy of Lyric Opera in Milan); during her time in Italy she joined the "Accademia B. Gigli” in Recanati. She currently studies with Marc Coulon in Belgium and with Nadine Denize in Paris. In the context of various masterclasses, she has also received the guidance of such renowned artists as Barbara Frittonli, Diego Mingolia and Enza Ferrari.
Laura Telly has taken part in various opera productions in Brussels, Venice and Luxemburg. Moreover, she has sung Rosina (Barbieri di Seviglia - Rossini) in London and Micaëla (Carmen - Bizet) in Verona, under the direction of Riccardo Serenelli. In 2016, she reprised these roles for Villa In Canto while adding Musetta (La Bohème - Puccini) and Contessa Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro - Mozart) to her repertoire. In January 2016, she was invited by the German television channel SWR to compete for the Emmerich Smola Prize for New Talent, in a gala concert with the German Philhamonic Radio Orchestra under the direction of Marco Comin. The result? As the youngest participant, she took home the first prize (female singer).
Following her Contessa “doted with all the nobility required by the role” (La Libre, 07/07/16) and her “exquisite” Donna Anna (GOpera, 07/07/17) in 2017, Laura Telly Cambier will appear as Fiordiligi at the 3rd festival Midsummer Mozartiade.
FERRANDO / COSÌ FAN TUTTE
In 2016, the Belgian tenor Pierre Derhet became the very first laureate of the MM Academy, La Monnaie’s training programme for young singers who are advanced conservatory students or recent graduates.
He studied singing at the “Institut de Musique et de Pédagogie” (IMEP) in Namur, under Françoise Viatour, Elise Gäbele and Benoit Giaux. He has had further opportunities to perfect his technique in masterclasses with leading artists such as Marianne Cornetti, Robert Chafin, Christophe Rousset, Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, Andrea Marcon, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Roger Vignoles, Michael Spyres and José Van Dam.
He has distinguished himself in several national competitions, including the “Concours Dexia”, a competition dedicated to promoting new opera talent, and the “Concours Jacques Dôme” in Verviers. He has sung the tenor solos in Mozart’s Requiem, Charpentier’s Te Deum, Saint-Saëns’s Oratorio de Noël, Bach’s St. John Passion, and Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, as well as in masses by Schubert, Zelenka and Pergolesi.
As an opera singer, Pierre has appeared in productions of La Vie parisienne, Cendrillon, Die lustige Witwe, Ariadne auf Naxos, Un ballo in maschera, Three Tales, Les Mamelles de Tirésias, Capriccio and Il Ritorno di Ulisse. Warmly applauded by the audience and the press for his interpretation of Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) in July 2017, this exceptionally talented young singer returns to the festival in the role of Ferrando (Così fan tutte) in July 2018.
DON ALFONSO / COSÌ FAN TUTTE
Shadi Torbey is a Belgian bass of Lebanese origins. Born in Siegburg (Germany), he holds degrees in Romance Languages and Literature and Cultural Management from the Free University of Brussels. At the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, he earned the highest degrees in Opera and Concert under Ludovic de San. He completed his vocal training at the opera studio of La Monnaie and at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel under José van Dam. In 2001, he won the “Voix d’or” at the Voix d’Or singing competition; in 2004, he took the 3rd prize at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Singing Competition.
As a concert singer, he has performed the bass solos in Bach’s St. John Passion, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung and Stabat Mater, Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s The Messiah and Judas Macchabeus, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Perie. He has given solo recitals with pianists including Abdel Rahman El Bacha, Fritz Schwinghammer and Eugine Asti, and recorded a CD of French melodies for the Cyprus label. He has worked with renowned international stage directors such as Stéphane Braunschweig, Robert Carsen, Antonio Latella, Gérard Corbiau, Robert Lepage, Pier-Luigi Pizzi, Karl-Ernst and Ursel Herrmann, as well as with prestigious conductors including William Christie, Bruno Bartoletti, Patrick Davin, Eduardo Lopez-Banzo, Paul McCreesh, Evelino Pido, Philip Picket, Roy Goodman, Laurence Equilbey, Marcello Viotti…
In recent seasons his stage roles have included Nick Shadow (The Rake’s Progress) in Brussels; Leporello (Don Giovanni) in Rouen; the Drum Major (Le Caïd) in Metz; the title role in Johann Mattheson’s Boris Goudenow in Saint Petersburg, Moscow and Hamburg; Lord Rochefort (Anna Bolena) in Lyon, Paris and Dortmund; Lord Sidney (Il viaggo a Reims) in Montpellier, Marseille, Toulouse and Bordeaux; Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) in Aachen and Osnabrück, where he also sang the title role in Telemann’s in Germanicus.
This year will see Shadi Torbey’s third appearance at the festival Midsummer Mozartiade. Following his unanimous success in the title role of Le Nozze de Figaro in 2016, he was again applauded by audience and press in the role of Leporello (Don Giovanni) in 2017.
STAGE DIRECTOR / COSÌ FAN TUTTE
Eric Gobin has been active as a stage director for over twenty years. His numerous stage productions include Weill’s Street Scene, Haydn’s Lo Speziale, Pierre Marie Beaude’s Marie la passante and Peter Nichol’s Un jour dans la mort de Joe Egg. Since 2006, he has collaborated with David Miller and Keith Tillotson on various musical theater and opera productions, such as Cole Porter’s Anything Goes, Frank Loesser’s Guys & Dolls, Massenet’s Cendrillon and Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. In 2007, the same team wrote and staged Tom Sawyer, an original musical comedy based on the novel by Mark Twain, for Ars Lyrica. His more recent work for the lyric stage include Les Monologues de l’Abandonnée, a show pairing Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine and Schoenberg’s Erwartung, with the Belgian soprano Magali Mayenne. He staged Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro for the third time for Opera Avanti’s 2012-13 season, followed by an adaptation of Bizet’s Carmen for the same company in 2013-14. In 2017, this collaboration continued with Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. From 2014 to 2017, Eric Gobin taught acting courses for singers at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Liège.
Eric Gobin will complete his staging of the Mozart-Da Ponte trilogy with Amadeus & Co’s new production of Così fan tutte. During the 1st edition of the festival, his staging of Le nozze di Figaro was applauded by the press as “moving and true” and his directing of the cast as “thorough and sensitive” (La Libre, 07/07/16). During the 2nd edition, the press underlined the qualities of his work: “Coherent staging and an engaged group of relatively young singers made this one of the better productions of Don Giovanni that I have seen in the past few years. (…) Eric Gobin was responsible for powerful stage direction in which the giocoso aspect was also not overlooked.” (GOpera, 07/07/17) What is more: “It was so overwhelming that I can say that, aside from a few remarks, this was for me the best Don Giovanni that I have ever seen on stage. (…) The standing ovation was merited. The numerous bravos equally so. This Don Giovanni would be at home in the big opera houses.” (Klassiek Centraal, 02/07/17)
ORCHESTRA / COSÌ FAN TUTTE
The “Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie” (ORCW) is Belgium’s longest established chamber orchestra. Founded in 1958 by the violinist Lola Bobesco, the orchestra’s direction was entrusted successively to concertmasters Philippe Hirschhorn, Jean-Pierre Wallez, Georges Octors and Augustin Dumay. In January 2014, the pianist Frank Braley was appointed the orchestra’s first Artistic Director.
The ORCW performs regularly with major artists in Belgium and abroad. In addition to being an established partner of the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition, the orchestra often accompanies renowned soloists – instrumentalists or singers – including José Van Dam, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Mischa Maïsky, Arthur Grumiaux, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Paul Tortelier, Jean-Pierre Wallez, Philippe Hirschhorn, Janos Starker, Aldo Ciccolini, Maria João Pires and Frank Braley.
In addition to giving numerous performances at home each year – notably at its residence in Mons and at the BOZAR in Brussels – the ensemble frequently appears abroad at leading concert halls and prestigious music festivals, such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, the Folles Journées in Nantes, the Menton Festival, as well as in cultural capitals such as Lisbon, Bilbao, Tokyo and Peking.
MOVEMENT COACH / COSÌ FAN TUTTE
Françoise Ponthier has been a professor of Stage Movement (specialized in body-voice-imagination training) for actors and singers at the Liège Conservatory for many years. She is also active as a stage movement coach in the context of theater and opera performances.
She began her artistic path with singing lessons at the age of six. Following her training in the theatre department at the Royal Conservatory in Liège, she began a long period of research into the body-voice connection under numerous international personalities: Eugenio Barba (Odin Teatret), Ludwig Flaszen (Warsaw Theater Laboratory), Kirstin Linklater (USA), Jacques Delcuvellerie (Liège), Jacques Lecoq (Paris), Laban Centre (London), Teatro Potlach (Italy), Shakespeare And Company (USA). During this same period, she continued to perform as an actress as well as to teach at the academy and the conservatory level.
Certified in “Danse Sensible” by Claude Coldy and a Master Practitioner in NLP, she has continuously pursued her search for personal knowledge and self-development and is currently in her second year of training in “Life Art Process” under Anna and Daria Halprin. Now retired from the stage, she has dedicated herself entirely to artistic training, performing arts education, as well as the understanding of human complexities and of life experience.
PIANOFORTE / FIORDILIGI’S FAVORITES
At only four years of age, Lucas Blondeel began to make music on a 19th century fortepiano that stood for sale in his parent's art gallery. After his studies at the Royal Flemish Conservatory in Antwerp, he moved to Berlin in 2004 to study with Professor Klaus Hellwig at the Universität der Künste, where he graduated with the Konzertexamen in 2012.
He won prizes in international competitions in Antwerp, Zurich, Berlin, Vevey, Geneva, Cincinnati and reached the semi-finals in the Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition in Brussels. He has performed in most European countries, Japan, Singapore and the United States. An avid chamber musician, Lucas Blondeel forms a successful duo with fellow-pianist Nicoas Callot. He also performs regularly with clarinettist Annelien Van Wauwe, with whom he has made guest appearances at festivals in Lucerne, Schleswig-Holstein and Wolfsburg and made recordings for the BBC and France Musique. As a Lied accompanist, he was greatly inspired by master classes with Helmut Deutsch, Wolfram Rieger, Malcolm Martineau, Irwin Gage, Thomas Hampson, Kiri Te Kanawa and Brigitte Fassbender. His passion for Lieder was rewarded with the prize for best Lied accompanist at the La Voce Competition of the Bavarian Radio in Bayreuth. Recent career highlights include a concert in Suntory Hall (Tokyo), a three weeks residency at the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute (Chicago) and a performance at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as part of a memorial concert for Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.
His numerous recordings demonstrate his musical versatility: the Impromptus by Schubert (Klara); ‘Für Marianne’, with music by Haydn (Cyprès); chamber music by Albert Huybrechts (Cyprès); Lieder by Schubert, Strauss and Mahler with bass-baritone Werner Van Mechelen (Phaedra); piano duets by Schubert with Nicolas Callot, recorded on a historical fortepiano (1826) by Conrad Graf (Warner); as well as works for clarinet and piano by Weinberg and Prokofiev with Annelien Van Wauwe (Genuin). His concerts and recordings are broadcast regularly by Klara, Musiq3, NL4, France Musique, HR2, Bayern4, SWR2, BBC3.
Lucas Blondeel was awarded important scholarships from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes. Since 2012, he leads a piano class at the Akademie für Tonkunst (University of cooperative education) in Darmstadt. He has also given masterclasses in Germany and China.
WIND ENSEMBLE / MUSICA IN PIAZZA
The wind ensemble “Venti Nuovi” is an established artistic partner for the festival Midsummer Mozartiade. Recently created by Christian Debauve, the group aims to promote the vast and varied repertoire consecrated to wind instruments, too seldom presented in concert and thus little known to the larger public. Under his direction, this flexible formation permits talented students at Belgian conservatories to explore and to perform these works, together with professional musicians, most of whom are themselves members of the prestigious Royal Band of the Belgian Guides.
VOCAL ENSEMBLE / MUSICA IN PIAZZA
The octet Contr’Air was recently formed by Damien Parmentier in order to explore a traditionally-inspired repertoire for eight voices, ranging from the Baroque to the contemporary, either a capella or with piano accompaniment. The group"s “chamber” formation aims to facilitate the desire to reach those for whom the access to live performance or to classical music is not a given, to be closer to their audience. As for the name “Contr’Air”, it originates in the group’s desire to offer hope, joy and positive energy to their fellow citizens in the face of the widespread distress in our civilization and to strengthen social connectedness through the practice of vocal music.
DORABELLA / COSÌ FAN TUTTE
After obtaining her master’s degree in Law, Belgian mezzo-soprano Pauline Claes studying singing at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels under Marcel Vanaud, Nadine Denize and Christine Solhosse.
A regular guest with Collegium Musicum, she appeared with the same ensemble during the festival “Automne Musical” in Spa, as well as in Brussels' Palais de Beaux-Arts (BOZAR) in the context of the exhibition “Antoine Watteau: la leçon de musique”. In 2013, she interpreted the role of Jacinte in Grétry’s L’amant jaloux at the Théâtre Jean Vilar in the university town Louvain-La-Neuve. The same year, she performed arias by Rameau under the direction of Frédérick Haas at Festival Musiq3 and made her debut at the Metz Opera as Rose in Léo Delibes’s Lakmé. In 2014, she took part in the creation of La Forêt (Vert presque vert), a chamber opera by Belgian composer Boudewijn de Jaer, at Théâtre de la Balsamine in Brussels.
Oratorio is also one of her favorite repertoires. She has sung in Duruflé's Messe Cum Jubilo with the collective Alliage Art Project, as well as in Bach’s St. John Passsion with Dutch group Collegium Ad Mosam. In 2014, she gave a Rameau recital as part of the “Festival de Saint-Michel-en-Thiérache” and performed Pergolesi's Stabat Mater for the festival “Juillet Musical d’Aulne” with the historic-instrument ensemble Ausonia. With pianist Lionel Bams she gave lieder recitals at the Lille Opera, at Brussels' Palais des Beaux-Arts (as part of BOZAR Sundays) and at Flagey. As guest soloist with the ensemble Musiques Nouvelles, she appeared in Pierrot Rewrite, the closing concert of the festival “Ars Musica”. That concert was reprised for the Smetena Days Festival in Pilsen, Czech Republic.
During the 1st edition of the festival Midsummer Mozartiade, La Libre (07/07/16) singled out the Pauline Claes for her “top-class” Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro). This year, she returns to our festival as Dorabella (Così fan tutte).
GUGLIELMO / COSÌ FAN TUTTE
Canadian baritone Drew Santini performs as a concert and opera singer throughout Europe. Comfortable in repertoire of many periods, he is particularly known for stylish, sensitive performances of Bach and his contemporaries. This season’s highlights include debuts with the Zuid Nederland Philharmonic (St. Matthew Passion—Matthew Halls) and Il Gardellino (Bach Cantatas—Marcel Ponseele), various projects with Nederlandse Bachvereniging, and a series of concerts with the vocal quartet Damask in The Hague.
Most recently Drew made his debut with the Lautten Compagney (Berlin) singing Amanzio in Handel’s Giustino at the Händel-Festspiele Halle. In past seasons he debuted at the Dutch National Opera singing Le Mari in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias with music director Roger Vignoles, and in a collaboration between the Nederlandse Reisopera and Gothenburg Opera as Ben in Menotti’s The Telephone. Other opera credits include Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), Le Gendarme (Les Mamelles de Tirésias), Lockit (Beggar’s Opera), Ramiro (L’heure Espagnole), and Mr. Splinters (The Tender Land). He has given world premieres in opera creating such roles as Gilfaethwy the False (Wolf-in-Skins by Gregory Spears), Gunnar (The Raven’s Kiss by Evan Fein), and Reporter (Séance on a Wet Afternoon by Stephen Schwartz).
Drew holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music (BM) and The Juilliard School (MM). He currently lives in The Hague, the Netherlands.
DESPINA / COSÌ FAN TUTTE
Belgian soprano Laurie Janssens is a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp, where she studied principally under Stephanie Friede. Since then she has studied with Mark Schnaible, Tom Allen, John Norris, An Rodier and, above all, Abbie Furmansky (Berlin) and Patricia McCaffrey (New York).
Laurie has performed various opera roles, including Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart) and the title role in Semele (Händel). She has sung soprano solos in Ein deutsches Requiem (Brahms), Symphony Nr. 4 (Mahler), Delirio Amoroso (Händel), Athalia (Mendelssohn), Requiem (Hanssens) and has given recitals with music by diverse composers of lieder. She has also taken part in performances of numerous atonal or minimalistic compositions, such as Pierrot Lunaire (Schönberg), Tehilim (Reich) and Coming Together (Rzewsky). Owing to her experience in this particular repertoire, she has been asked to create roles in the world premieres of three recently composed operas: Orphelie in Orphelie in de Bovenkamer (Axelle Kennes), Clarissa in Dolores (Mathias Coppens) and Zerlina in Opera Buffa (Mozart/Jan Van Outryve).
In March 2016, she reached the semifinals of the prestigious Handel Singing Competition in London. During the subsequent season, she performed the role of Lisa in the operetta Gräfin Mariza (Kálmán) for the “Nieuw Muziektheater” in Brasschaat. Last year, Laurie returned to the role of Zerlina (this time in Mozart’s Don Giovanni) at Brussels' “Théâtre des Martyrs” during the 2nd edition of the festival Midsummer Mozartiade. This year, she rejoins us in the role of Despina in Così fan tutte.
CONDUCTOR / COSÌ FAN TUTTE
David Miller has been a professional pianist, conductor and composer for over forty years. American-born, he has lived and worked in Brussels for many years, notably as a répétiteur at La Monnaie/De Munt and a vocal coach at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel.
Beyond Brussels, David has worked as a pianist at numerous opera houses including Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liège, Semper Opera in Dresden, Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, La Scala in Milan, as well as festivals including the Bayreuth Festival and the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. He has worked closely with many outstanding stage directors: Luc Bondy, Peter Brook, Willy Decker, Karl Ernst Herrmann, Christoph Loy, choreographer Maurice Béjart. He has also assisted numerous well-known conductors: Jonas Alber, Sylvain Cambreling, Sir Colin Davis, Kazushi Ono, John Pritchard, Alberto Zedda. Of particular note was his close collaboration with Giuseppe Sinopoli, for whom he prepared the singers and orchestras for Die Frau ohne Schatten (Strauss) in Dresden, Wozzeck (Berg) in Milan and Parsifal (Wagner) in Bayreuth. In recital, he has accompanied such singers as Julia Migenes, Jeannette Thompson and José Van Dam.
In recent seasons, he has conducted opera and ballet performances at Semper Opera in Dresden, Teatro Carol Felice in Genoa, Teatro Municipal in Santiago di Chile, as well as numerous concerts at the Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR) in Brussels. In Liège, David was conductor for productions of Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini), La Traviata (Verdi), La Bohème (Puccini), Riders to the Sea (Vaughan Williams), Candide (Bernstein) at Opéra Royal de Wallonie, as well as for a series of concerts with the Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia and José Van Dam. On tour, he has conducted Peter Brook’s La Tragédie de Carmen throughout Italy and Germany as well as productions of Verdi’s La Traviata and Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni throughout France for Milan-based Opera Stage.
David Miller composed original music for Gérard Corbiau’s films Le Maître de Musique and L’Année de L’Éveil and was musical advisor for Farinelli.
ITALIAN COACH / COSÌ FAN TUTTE
Pianist, vocal coach, Italian coach and chef de chant at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Sabrina Avantario moved to Belgium in 2009. Here, she has often collaborated with the Flemish Opera and is a guest professor in the voice departmentat the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp. Currently, she collaborates with the Flemish Opera’s educational department, for which she has conceived and performed a project to expose toddlers to opera and taken part in numerous innovative opera projects. She is considered to be an expert the Italian repertoire in general, and in the works of Mozart and Rossini in particular.
Sabina’s international resume includes work as chief repetiteur for dozens of operas by composers ranging from Monteverdi to Menotti; as harpsichord or fortepiano player for the recits and the continuo in 17th and 18th century repertoire; as vocal and language coach in Belgium (De Vlaamse Opera in Antwerpen and Gent, La Monnaie in Brussels), Greece (Greek National Opera, as Italian coach for La Bohème in 2007 and 2008 at the personal demand of Graham Vick), Switzerland (the Lucerne and Bern opera houses), Ireland (Wexford Festival Opera), Germany (Staastheater Kassel), Japan (Otsu and Tokyo’s Bunkamura Hall). Her many years of experience in Italian theaters include having collaborated with Teatro Comunale of Bologna (from 2001 until 2008), Ravenna, Lugo, Cesena, Modena, Ferrara (especially called to collaborate on Così fan tutte with Claudio Abbado), Piacenza, Reggio Emilia, Lucca, Livorno, Spoleto (Festival dei due mondi) and the Rossini Opera Festival (since 1995). She has collaborated with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Antonello Allemandi, Paolo Arrivabeni, Francesco Maria Colombo, Ottavio Dantone, Alexander Joel, Vladimir and Dmitri Jurowsky, Lukas Karytinos, Paul McCreesh, Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli, Julian Reynolds, Carlo Rizzi, Alberto Zedda and with stage directors such as Daniele Abbado, Pier'Alli, Michael Hampe, Mario Martone, Giancarlo Menotti, Luca Ronconi, Fabio Sparvoli, Gabriele Vacis, Micha Van Hoecke, Graham Vick etc.
Sabrina graduated from the Cesena Conservatory in 1991 with a degree in piano (under Daniel Rivera) and in 1995 with degrees in composition (under Gilberto Cappelli), choral music and orchestral conducting. She won several national prizes in Italy, both as a recitalist and as a soloist with various orchestras including the Symphonic Orchestra of Sibiu, Romania. She also took part in numerous master classes at the Imola Piano Academy, where she obtained a master’s degree (magna cum laude) in chamber music in 1995, under the supervision of Pier Narciso Masi.
SOPRANO / FIORDILIGI’S FAVORITES
Born in Kiev to a German father and a Ukranian mother, Anke Herrmann began singing lessons at the age of 15, initially in Neubrandenburg and later in Berlin at the “Hanns Eisler” Academy of Music. She completed her studies with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Ruth Berghaus and Brigitte Eisenfeld. She has since worked with Dario Pangrazi, a specialist of the old school of Italian Belcanto, for many years. While still a student, she was invited to the Staatsoper Berlin, where she performed roles including Elisetta (Matrimonio segreto), Silvia (L’isola disabitata), Priestess (Orpheus), Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Parascha (Mavra) and Calisto (La Calisto) under the direction of conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, René Jacobs, Peter Schreier, Sebastian Weigle and Alessandro De Marchi.
Elsewhere she has performed roles including Stellidaura (La Stellidaura vendicante; La Monnaie, Brussel), Aminta (L’Olimpiade; Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Paris), Erminde (Der lächerliche Prinz Jodelet; Staatsoper Hamburg), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas; Maggio musicale fiorentino, Florence), Serviglia (La Clemenza di Tito; National Theater Opera, Prague), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia; Nationale Reisopera, Enschede), Die Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte; Nationale Reisopera, Enschede), Angelica (Orlando; Aalto Theater, Essen), Agilea (Teseo; Staatstheater Klagenfurt), Griselda (Griselda; Theater Bielefeld), Nerea (Deidamia; Händel-Festspiele, Halle), Angelica (Angelica vincitrice di Alcina; Händel-Festspiele, Halle), Donna Fulvia (La pietra del paragone; Rossini Festival, Bad Wilbad), Irina (first-ever staged production of Johann Mattheson’s Boris Goudenov; Early Music Russia, Saint-Petersburg, Moscow, Hamburg).
Her collaboration with René Jacobs marked the start of an intense period of concert performance, particularly in the repertoires of the 17th and the 18th centuries. In just a few years, she made appearances at important international festivals ((Innsbrucker Festwochen der alten Musik, Festival d’Ambronnay, Millenium Festival di Santiago de Compostela, International Arts Festival Melbourne, Music Fest Vancouver, Mostly Mozart New York...) and on prestigious stages Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Teatro Regio (Turin), la Fenice (Venice), l'Accademia Nazionale Santa Cecilia (Rome), Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing), Berliner Philharmonie, Royal Concert Hall – under the direction of such conductors as Ton Koopman, Claudio Scimone and Sir Simon Rattle.
Equally noteworthy is her fruitful collaboration with Italian cultural foundation “Academia Montis Regalis”, with whom she has recorded numerous woks for labels Opus 111, Naïve and Hyperion. Her interpretation of Vivaldi's Motetten received the “Orphée d’Or" award (for best recording of sacred music) from the “Academie du Disque Lyrique”.
BRASS ENSEMBLE / MUSICA IN PIAZZA
The “Ensemble de Cuivres de Belgique” (ECB) is composed of 11 talented musicians: four trumpets, four trombones, two French horns and a tuba. Its founding members decided to join together to express their shared passion for music. Today, their friendship and motivation constantly incite them to create new artistic projects to promote the full range of music composed for their instruments. Their diverse repertoire ranges from Gabrieli to Bizet, an beyond to the music of Astor Piazzolla and favorite film scores. The ensemble’s brass virtuosi present musical programmes that are guaranteed to satisfy the tastes and stimulate the curiosity of all types of audiences.
BRASS ENSEMBLE / MUSICA IN PIAZZA
Founded in 2004, Primus Brass count today among Austria’s top brass ensembles. They offer world-class music paired with spontaneous wit, technical brilliance and a self-confident modern style. With an extensive repertoire that forms the ideal basis for any type of entertainment, Primus Brass never fail to charm their audiences with their unmistakable sound. These six highly-skilled musicians delight in demonstrating what they can do with well-known classical pieces, disco hits of the 70s, sizzling latin rhythms or sing-along Austrian folk tunes.