Giacomo Puccini | Madama Butterfly
General Music Director of Hamburg
Kent Nagano is renowned for interpretations of clarity, elegance and intelligence. He is equally at home in music of the classical, romantic and contemporary eras, introducing concert and opera audiences throughout the world to new and rediscovered music and offering fresh insights into established repertoire. He has been Music Director of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal since September 2006 where his contract has been extended until 2020. In September 2013, he became Artistic Advisor and Principal Guest Conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. In September 2015, he took up the position of General Music Director of the Hamburg State Opera and Chief Conductor of the Philharmonic State Orchestra. With his Hamburg orchestra he went on South America Tour in the beginning of season 2016/17, with concerts e.g. in Buenos Aires, Sao Paolo and Bogotá. On 13 January 2017 Kent Nagano conducted the world premiere of a new oratorio by Jörg Widmann as the very first concert with the Philharmonic State Orchestra in the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg on the occasion of the inauguration festivities of the new hall. Since then the traditional Philharmonic Concerts take place in the new Elbphilharmonie. In February 2017 he stood at the rostrum of the orchestra for the premiere of Alban Berg’s “Lulu”. Kent Nagano started his first season with the premiere of Berlioz‘ “Les Troyens”, the world premiere of Toshio Hosokawas “Stilles Meer” followed in January 2016. Messiaen’s symphony “Turangalîla” choreographed by John Neumeier was premiered in early July 2016.
With the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Kent Nagano went on US tour in March 2016. A milestone at the helm of the OSM was the inauguration of the orchestra’s new concert hall “La Maison Symphonique” in September 2011. Highlights with the orchestra include the complete cycles of Beethoven and Mahler symphonies, Schoenberg's “Gurrelieder”, concert versions of Wagner's “Tannhäuser”, “Tristan und Isolde”, “Das Rheingold”, Honegger’s “Jeanne d’Arc au Bûcher”, Messiaen's “Saint François d'Assise”, and concert series featuring the works of Dutilleux (2010-11) and Boulez (2011-12). Nagano has taken the orchestra on a coast-to-coast tour of Canada and also to tours to Japan, South Korea, Europe and South America. In October 2014 they embarked on their second tour to Japan. Their recordings together include Mahler’s “Orchestral Songs” with Christian Gerhaher, Beethoven’s Piano Concertos Nos. 4 & 5 and a complete recording of all the Symphonies by Beethoven of which the album “Ideals of the French Revolution” with Symphony No. 5 won a Juno award. In March 2015 Kent Nagano conducted the North American Premiere of “L’Aiglon”, a rare opera of Honegger and Ibert. This production was recorded and released by Decca and has won an ECHO Klassik 2016. “Danse Macabre” followed as second production with Decca, with works by Dukas, Dvořák, Mussorgsky, Balakirev, Saint-Saens and Ives in October 2016.
At the Bayerische Staatsoper, where he was General Music Director from 2006 to 2013, Kent Nagano commissioned new operas such as “Babylon” by Jörg Widmann, Das “Gehege” by Wolfgang Rihm and “Alice in Wonderland” by Unsuk Chin. New productions have included Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov” and “Khovanshchina”, “Idomeneo”, “Eugene Onegin”, “Ariadne auf Naxos” and “Die Schweigsame Frau”, “Les Dialogues des Carmélites”, “St François d’Assise”, “Wozzeck”, George Benjamin’s “Written on Skin” and “Der Ring des Nibelungen”. With the Bayerisches Staatsorchester Nagano has toured throughout Europe and in Japan and together they have recorded Bruckner Symphonies No. 4, 7 and 8. In January 2014, Kent Nagano returned to the Bayerische Staatsoper to conduct a revival of Widmann’s “Babylon”.
As a much sought after guest conductor, Nagano has worked with most of the world’s finest orchestras, just as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonics, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, WDR Symphony Orchestra, Concerto Köln, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rom and at Wiener Festwochen. Since 2014 he is forming his own festival as part of the AUDI Sommerkonzerte, called Vorsprung-Festival. He has an ongoing relationship with Sony Classical and has also recorded for Erato, Teldec, Pentatone and Deutsche Grammophon as well as Harmonia Mundi, winning Grammy awards for his recordings of Busoni’s “Doktor Faust” with Opéra National de Lyon, “Peter and the Wolf” with the Russian National Orchestra and Saariaho’s “L’amour de Loin” with the Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin.
A very important period in Nagano’s career was his time as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, from 2000-2006. He performed Schönberg’s “Moses und Aron” with the orchestra (in collaboration with Los Angeles Opera), and took them to the Salzburg Festival to perform both Zemlinsky’s “Der König Kandaules” and Schreker’s “Die Gezeichneten”, as well as to the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden with “Parsifal” and “Lohengrin” in productions by Nikolaus Lehnhoff. Recordings with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin for Harmonia Mundi include repertoire as diverse as Bernstein’s Mass, Bruckner’s Symphonies Nos. 3 & 6, Beethoven’s “Christus am Ölberge”, Wolf Lieder, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 and Schönberg’s “Die Jakobsleiter” and “Friede auf Erden”, as well as Brahms’s Symphony No. 4 and Schönberg’s “Variationen für Orchester” Op. 31. In June 2006, at the end of his tenure with the orchestra, Kent Nagano was given the title Honorary Conductor by members of the orchestra, only the second recipient of this honour in their 60-year history. To this day he has a close friendship to the orchestra.
Kent Nagano became the first Music Director of Los Angeles Opera in 2003 having already held the position of Principal Conductor for two years. His work in other opera houses has included Shostakovich’s “The Nose” (Staatsoper Berlin), Rimsky Korsakov’s “The Golden Cockerel” (Châtelet, Paris), Hindemith’s “Cardillac” (Opéra national de Paris), “Dialogues des Carmélites” (Metropolitan Opera) and at the Salzburg Festival “Les Contes d’Hoffmann”, Zemlinsky’s “Der Koenig Kandaules”, Schreker’s “Die Gezeichneten” and the world premiere of Saariaho’s “L’amour de loin”. Other world premieres include Bernstein’s “A White House Cantata” and operas by Peter Eötvös (“Three Sisters”), and John Adams (“The Death of Klinghoffer” and “El Niño”).
Born in California, Nagano maintains close connections with his home state and was Music Director of the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra from 1978-2008. His early professional years were spent in Boston, working in the opera house and as assistant conductor to Seiji Ozawa at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He played a key role in the world premiere of Messiaen’s opera “Saint François d’Assise” at the request of the composer, who became a mentor and bequeathed his piano to the conductor. Nagano’s success in America led to European appointments: Music Director of Opéra National de Lyon (1988-1998) and Music Director of the Hallé Orchestra (1991-2000).
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Christian Günther stammt aus Freiburg im Breisgau und schloss sein Dirigierstudium 2000 an der Hochschule für Musik und Theater in München ab. Er besuchte Dirigierkurse bei Neeme Järvi, Jorma Panula und Gianluigi Gelmetti. Anschließend war er als Gastrepetitor und Assistent am Württembergischen Staatstheater in Stuttgart, am Theater am Gärtnerplatz in München und bei der Münchner Biennale engagiert.
Von 1996 bis 2007 war Christian Günther Dirigent des Ensembles für Neue Musik „piano possibile“ München und dirigierte zahlreiche Ur- und Erstaufführungen. Als Stellvertretender Chordirektor und Leiter des Kinderchores am Bremer Theater wirkte er von 2002 bis 2007, ab 2005 auch als 2. Kapellmeister.
Christian Günther leitete das Ensemble „Atelier Neue Musik“ an der Hochschule für Künste Bremen und hat dort seit 2007 einen Lehrauftrag für Dirigieren inne.
Gastengagements umfassen Tätigkeiten beim Bremer Musikfest, beim Festival der Projektgruppe Neue Musik Bremen und beim Oh Ton-Ensemble Oldenburg.
Seit 2008 ist er Assistent des Chordirektors an der Hamburgischen Staatsoper und wirkte unter anderem bei Premieren von „Die lustige Witwe“, „Faust“, „Don Giovanni“, „Fürst Igor“ und „Madama Butterfly“ mit. Außerdem war er unter anderem verantwortlich für die Chorpartien in den Repertoire-Vorstellungen von „Don Carlos“, „Chowanschtschina“, „Tannhäuser“, „La Fille du Régiment“ und „Die Fledermaus“.
Born in Pietrasanta (Italy), she studied with Gianpiero Mastromei. In 1995 she was one of the youngest winner of the “Luciano Pavarotti Competition” in Philadelphia. In 1998 she attended the Accademia of Teatro alla Scala, and soon after she made her house debut in “Don Giovanni” (Donna Anna), under the baton of Riccardo Muti.
Since then she established a remarkably international career performing regularly in some prestigious opera houses and festivals including Teatro alla Scala, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Festival Pucciniano di Torre del Lago, Teatro Regio di Torino, Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Opéra de Lausanne, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Liceu de Barcelona, New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Savonlinna Opera Festival, Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile, Welsh National Opera in Cardiff, Suntory Hall in Tokyo.
She collaborated with such important conductors as Bruno Bartoletti, Vladimir Jurowski, Nicola Luisotti, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Gianandrea Noseda, Daniel Oren, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Pinchas Steinberg, and directors like Paul Curran, Willy Decker, Gabriele Lavia, Jonathan Miller, Michele Placido, Pier Luigi Pizzi, Pier’Alli, Luca Ronconi.
In 2016/17 she performed Elisabetta in “Don Carlo” at Teatro Regio di Parma, Donna Elvira in “Don Giovanni“ at Opera Stuttgart, Mimi in “La bohème” at Bayerische Staatsoper, Verdi’s “Messa da Requiem” at Opernhaus Zurich and Desdemona in “Otello” at New National Theatre in Tokyo.
Among her future plans are “Manon Lescaut” (title role) in Auckland, “Simon Boccanegra” (Amelia) at Munich Staatsoper, Verdi’s “Messa da Requiem” at Opera Australia in Sydney and “Maria Stuarda” (title role) at Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf.
Russian born Mezzo Soprano Nadezhda Karyazina was born in Moscow and trained at the Russian Academy of the Theatrical Arts in Moscow. Upon graduation, she attended the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Centre.
She has won multiple prizes including a Diploma at the Russian Theatrical Competition 'Capital Renaissance' (2008) and second prize at the Savonlinna Opera Competition in Finland (2012). She was also a prize winner at the prestigious Operalia and Neue Stimmen competitions (2012).
She was a member of the Young Artist Program of the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, where she has taken part in master-classes with Gloria Guida Borelli, Laura Claycomb, Elena Obraztsova, Eugeny Nesterenko, Luba Orfenova, Diane Zola, Richard Bado and Ann Hallenberg among others. Her debut at the Bolshoi was as Petronova “The Tsar’s Bride”, conducted by Vasily Sinaisky.
She was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (2013/14) and made her stage debut there as Mercedes (Carmen). Other operatic roles there included Flora (La Traviata), Madrigal Singer (Manon Lescaut), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Second Lady (Die Zauberflote), Bersi (Andrea Chenier), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) and Meg Page (Falstaff). She has also sung Polinesso (Ariodante) and Charlotte (Werther) at the Salzburger Landestheater, Lel (The Snow Maiden), Soneyetka (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) and Princess Clarice (The Love of three Oranges) at the Bolshoi Theatre.
She has performed the roles of Marquise Melibea in scenes from “Il viaggio a Reims” by Rossini at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow with the 'Moscow Soloists' Chamber Orchestra under Yuri Bashmet. In March 2011 she sung the part of mezzo-soprano in Mozart's Requiem at the Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre.
In 2015, she became a member of the ensemble at Staatsoper Hamburg. Her engagements for the 2016/17 season included Mercédès (Carmen), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Emilia (Otello), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Kontschakowna (Prince Igor), Pauline (Pique Dame) and Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte).
Die aus Moskau stammende Mezzosopranistin Ruzana Grigorian begann ihr Gesangsstudium im Alter von 16 Jahren an der Russischen Akademie für Theaterkunst (GITIS). Im Rahmen des dortigen Opernstudios wirkte sie in Purcells „Dido and Aeneas“ mit und sang die Rolle des Orpheus in Glucks „Orfeo ed Euridice“.
Von 2007 bis 2015 war sie Solistin im Orfey Theater in Russland und nahm an der Sommerakademie der GITIS unter der Leitung von A. Kalyagina teil. Im Rahmen eines Projekts übernahm sie die Titelpartie der Carmen in der gleichnamigen Oper. 2011 war sie am Moskauer Musiktheater als Maddalena in Verdis „Rigoletto“ zu hören, bevor sie im Jahr 2012 die Partie der Olga in Tschaikowskys „Eugen Onegin“ im Orfey Theater sang.
Seit Oktober 2015 studiert Ruzana Grigorian Gesang am Mozarteum in Salzburg, zunächst bei Prof. Barbara Bonny, aktuell bei Prof. Mario Diaz. Im Jahr 2016 debütierte sie in der Rolle der Bianca in Brittens „The Rape of Lucretia“ in einer Opernproduktion der Universität und 2017 als Filipjewna in Tschaikowskys „Eugen Onegin“ am Mozarteum Salzburg.
Ruzana Grigorian gehört ab der Spielzeit 2017/2018 zum Internationalen Opernstudio der Staatsoper Hamburg.
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Vincenzo Costanzo is one of the youngest Italian tenors of the opera scene, winner of the “Oscar Della Lirica” Award (New Generation Tenor Award), in Doha (Qatar) in December 2014. Born in 1991, he began his musical studies at the age of six years old, singing in the children choir of Teatro San Carlo in Naples. At the age of 11 years old, he made his debut as a soloist. He studied piano and music theory privately then graduated at the conservatory.
In parallel he took Degree in Computer Engineering. He began to study singing with M°Marcello Ferrara, son of the famous violinist M° Aldo Ferraresi; later studied with M° Marco Berti.
Despite his young age, Costanzo has already had the opportunity to know and work with internationally renowned conductors and directors such as M° Daniel Oren, M° Franco Zeffirelli at the Arena di Verona, Liliana Cavani at the Liceu in Barcelona.
In December 2012 he made his debut in “Macbeth” at Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, under the baton of M° Andrea Battistoni; in July 2013, on the occasion of the Verdi Bicentennial, he debuted in Busseto in the role of Rodolfo in “Luisa Miller” under the conduction of M° Donato Renzetti
and with the extraordinary collaboration for the theatrical staging of the baritone Leo Nucci.
Then he sang the same role at Teatro Comunale di Piacenza,
Teatro Comunale of Ferrara and the Teatro Dante Alighieri in Ravenna, with great success by the public and critics; in September of the same year he made his debut in the role of Alfredo Germont in “La Traviata” conducted by M° Daniel Oren at the Guangzhou Opera House, in a production of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden of London. After the experience in China, he takes part in setting of “La Traviata” at La Scala in Milan for the opening of the 2013/2014 season.
In February 2014 he debuted the role of Pinkerton in “Madama Butterfly” at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under the baton of M° Juraj Valcuha and later took part in the production of “Simon Boccanegra” at the Municipal Theater in Piacenza directed by Riccardo Canessa. In the spring of 2014 he made his debut as Pinkerton at the Teatro la Fenice in Venice, with the conduction of M° Bisanti; role then also debuted at Teatro San Carlo in Naples.
Subsequently he collected new successes in the role of Alfredo (La Traviata) in Novara with M° A. Battistoni and in Astana (Kazakhstan) with M° Francesco Ciampa Ivan.
Costanzo ended 2014 by taking part in New Year concerts at Guangzhou Opera and Shanghai (China).
Recently he performed in “Madama Butterfly” with La Verdi Orchestra in Milan, in Florence, Piacenza and Venice, in “Macbeth” at the Dutch Opera Theatre in Amsterdam and in Palermo, as Rodolfo in “La Bohème” in Palermo, “Luisa Miller” as debut at Teatro Real in Madrid, “Nabucco” at the Reggia di Caserta in Italy, “Un Ballo in Maschera” in Piacenza and Modena, “Madama Butterfly” in San Francisco. He was also invited to the AIDS Gala at Deutsche Oper in Berlin, where he also sang Alfredo in “La Traviata”.
His upcoming engagements include “Madama Butterfly” in Madrid and Venice, “La Rondine” in Berlin, “Simon Boccanegra” in Liege and “I masnadieri” in Bilbao.
Alexey Bogdanchikov is a young Russian baritone. Born in Tashkent (Uzbekistan) in 1985. In the 2011/2012 season he embarked upon his first resident contract in the ensemble of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Alexey Bogdanchikov previously studied at the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Centre and the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in Moscow, where, in October 2012, he returned to complete his master’s degree in music. In September 2012 he won the 2nd prize in the prestigious European Vocal Competition “Debut”. He has also taken part in various Russian vocal competitions and won prizes in Smolensk (2006) and Rusa (2007). In 2010 he was winner of the Armel Opera Competition in Hungary, which led to his engagement in the role of Barrett in Marco Tutino’s opera “The Servant” at the Armel Opera Festival in Szeged. He sang this role again in Pilzen, Czech Republic, and, in, 2011, in Lugo, Italy. In January 2011 Alexey Bogdanchikov made his debut at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna as Wolfram in “Tannhauser”.
Alexey Bogdanchikov’s repertoire includes number of important roles in Russian, Italian and German operas like Onegin in "Eugene Onegin", Robert in "Iolanta" and Prince Eletsky in "The Queen of Spades" by Tchaikovsky, Belcore in "L’elisir d’amore" by Donizetti, Marcello in "La Boheme" and Ping in "Turandot" by Puccini, Wolfram in "Tannhauser" by Wagner and Barrett in Marco Tutino’s "The Servant". In June 2013 he represented Russia at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. Guest contracts in 2013/2014 included Marchese in "La Traviata" in Guangzhou Opera House, at The Teatro Luciano Pavarotti in Modena and at the Teatro Municipale in Piacenza Alexey made his debut as Paolo Albiani in "Simone Boccanegra" next to Leo Nucci and Carlo Colombara. Also Teatro Delle Muse, Ancona, engaged Alexey to sing the role of Belcore in "Elisir d’amore" and Teatro Dell’Opera di Roma to do Morales in "Carmen". Also Alexey sang the role of Onegin in Astrakhan opera house and in Magnitogorsk. From 2014 Alexey Bogdanchikov is a member of ensemble of Moscow Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre where he made his debut in the title role in "Eugene Onegin" by Tchaikovsky. In the season 2014/2015 he made his debutes as Conte in "Le Nozze di Figaro", as Prince Eletsky in "The Queen of Spades" and as Mercutio in "Romeo and Julliete" by Gounod.
In 2015/16 he joined the ensemble of the Hamburg State Opera.
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Sergei Ababkin was born in 1991 in Parabel, Russian Federation. In 2008 he entered the vocal faculty of Krasnoyarsk College of Arts by Ivanov-Radkevich (teacher V. M. Gavrichkov). 2011 he won the first prize of the International Competition "Romansiada" in Moscow. A year later Sergei Ababkin entered the vocal faculty of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory by Rimsky-Korsakov (teacher n. a. of Russia, Y. M. Marusin) and is currently in his fourth year.
His repertoire includes Lykov in Rimsky-Korsakov´s "The Tsar's Bride", Lensky in Tchaikovsky´s "Eugene Onegin" and young Romani in Rachmaninoff´s "Aleko".
Since 2016/17 Sergei Ababkin is part of the International Opera Studio at the Hamburg State Opera.
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Il Principe Yamadori
Peter Galliard was born in Chur, Switzerland. He studied under Rico Peterelli, at the Conservatory in Feldkirch under Maria Eibenschütz and at the Mozarteum Salzburg under Rudolf Knoll, where in 1985 he won First Prize at the International Mozart Competition.
In 1986 Rolf Liebermann invited him to join the Hamburg State Opera, where Galliard has been working till today. In Hamburg he sang Tamino in “Die Zauberflöte”, Jaquino in “Fidelio”, Cassio in “Otello”, Froh, Loge and Mime in “Das Rheingold”, Augustin Moser in “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg”, Alfred and Eisenstein in “Die Fledermaus”, Peter Iwanow in “Zar und Zimmermann”, Bardolfo in “Falstaff”, Captain in “Wozzeck”, the Witch Knusperhexe in “Hänsel und Gretel”, Lenskij in “Eugen Onegin”, Narraboth in “Salome” and Don Basilio in “Le Nozze di Figaro”. In Amsterdam he sang the Prince in “Lulu and the Captain”. Peter Galliard also sang L'Aumonier in “Dialogues des Carmélites“ and Melot in “Tristan und Isolde“, Walther von der Vogelweide in “Tannhäuser“, Wolfgang Capito in “Mathis der Maler“, Goro in “Madame Butterfly“, Red Whiskers in “Billy Budd“ and Demon in “L'Upupa und der Triumph der Sohnesliebe“. In March 2008 Peter Galliard performed in the new production of “The Ring” in Hamburg as Loge in Rheingold. In 2008/09 he sang the part of Mime in “Das Rheingold” and Augustin Moser in “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg”. Also in 2009 he made his debut as Mime in the new production of “Siegfried” and was highly praised by the audience and press. In the 2010/2011 season he sang in new productions of “Bliss” and “Palestrina”. In 2011/2012 concert performances of “Siegfried” and “Das Rheingold” led him to Lisbon and Australia. In the 2012/2013 season he gave a concert performance of “Das Rheingold” in Santa Cecilia. In summer 2013 he was part of concert performances of “Das Rheingold” and “Siegfried” at the Lucerne Festival. In spring 2015 “Siegfried” in Nuremberg followed. Apart from his commitments in Hamburg, in 2015/2016 he sang the Gurrelieder in Shanghai and Beijing, a concert at the Salzburger Osterfestspiele and the role of Haushofmeister bei Faninal in “Der Rosenkavalier” at the Opéra National de Paris. 17/18 leads him as guest to the Enescu Festival in Bucharest where he will be singing Capito in “Mathis der Maler”.
Peter Galliard performed at many opera houses in Germany – at the Staatsoper and the Deutsche Oper Berlin, as well as at the Opera Houses in Frankfurt, Dresden and Leipzig. He also worked in Japan, Spain, France and Israel. Peter Galliard’s repertoire is very extensive. There are many TV, radio and CD recordings of his opera, Lied and concert performances. The tenor worked with famous stage directors such as August Everding, Johannes Schaaf, Harry Kupfer and Peter Konwitschny as well as with great conductors such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Christian Thielemann, Ingo Metzmacher, Simone Young and Kirill Petrenko.
On December 9, 2017, the Hamburg Senate honored Peter Galliard with the title of “Kammersänger” for his special merits in the field of music.
Lo zio Bonzo
Tigran Martirossian was born in Armenia, where he studied physics. Following this, he began his musical studies at the Gnesin State Academy of Music with Prof. Artur Eizen and Prof. Pavel Lisitsian. During his studies, he made his operatic debut at the Moscow Municipal Theatre where he performed numerous roles including Salieri in Rimski-Korsakov's “Mozart and Salieri“, Gremin (Eugen Onegin), Farlaf (Ruslan and Lyudmila), Cecil (Maria Stuarda) and Stromminger (La Wally). In 1995 he was invited to perform at the Bolshoi Theatre, where he sang Ramfis (Aida), King Rene (Iolanta), Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor), as well as Pimen (Boris Godunov) and Galitsky (Prince Igor). In 1998 he made a highly successful debut as King Treff in Peter Ustinov’s new production of Prokofiev's “The Love of Three Oranges“. In 1993 he won the first prize at the “Competition of Russian Music“ in Moscow. In 1994 he was awarded a special prize and diploma at the “X. International Tchaikovsky Competition“. He took the second prize winner at the “Neue Stimmen“ Competition in Guetersloh in 1997 and in 1999 he won the first prize at the “Ondina Otta Competition“ in Marburg. In 2000 he was a finalist at Placido Domingo's “Operalia“ in Los Angeles, after which he was invited to perform Verdi's “Requiem“ in Washington conducted by Placido Domingo.
His engagements include concerts of Pulcinella at the Salzburg Festival, his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra in Shostakovich's King Lear conducted by Rostropovich and concerts of Shostakovich's Suite on verses by Michelangelo Buonarotti with the LSO. He also made his debut at the BBC Proms in the premiere of a contemporary Russian piece written by Gerard McBurney. In 2003 he sang two concerts of “Les Troyens“ in London and Birningham. The recording of this Opera with the LSO won the “Grammy Award for Best Classical Recording and Best Opera Recording“. 2003 also brought him debuts at the Lyric Opera Chicago and at Covent Garden. Tigran Martirossian joined the ensemble of the Hamburg State Opera in 2005/06 where he has sung Selim (Il Turco in Italia), Sparafucile (Rigoletto), Sagrestano (Tosca), Soljony in Peter Eötvös’ “Tri Sestri“, La Voce (Idomeneo), Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra), Dulcamara (L’Elisir d’Amore) and Sulpice (La Fille du Régiment). In the new production of Wagner’s Ring he sang Fasolt (Das Rheingold).
Der Bariton Eun-Seok Jang studierte in Stuttgart Operngesang (Diplom) und absolvierte das Solistenexamen bei Francisco Araiza. Er ist Preisträger internationaler Wettbewerbe wie dem „Piero Cappuccilli“. Von 2000 bis 2006 war er an verschiedenen Opernhäusern zu Gast, wo er mit Partien wie Emirenus (Otto und Theophanu), Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni), Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Rodrigo (Don Carlo), Germont (La Traviata) sowie Marcello (La Boheme) zu hören war.
Außerdem gab er Konzerte, u.a. „Carmina Burana“ bei dem Opernfeuerwerk mit dem Württembergischen Philharmonie Orchester, der Opernakademie Opern Gala in Baden-Baden, den Tiroler Festspielen Araiza & Friends in Erl und dem 9. Europäischen Jugend-Musik-Festival in Passau.
Seit 2006 ist er Mitglied im Opernchor der Hamburgischen Staatsoper.
Il Commissario Imperiale
Der isländische Bariton Jóhann Kristinsson studierte von 2009 bis 2013 an der Akademie für Gesang und vokale Kunst in Reykjavik/Island bei Bergþór Pálsson. Sein Masterstudiom an der Hochschule für Musik „Hanns Eisler” begann er 2015 in der Klasse von Prof. Scot Weir. Unterricht erhielt er außerdem bei KS Prof. Thomas Quasthoff, Prof Wolfram Rieger und Prof. Júlia Várady und sammelte darüber hinaus musikalische Impulse in Meisterkursen bei Thomas Hampson und Graham Johnson.
Nach seinem Studium in Island übernahm er die Rolle des Pfarrer Torfi in der Uraufführung der Isländischen Oper „Ragnheidur” von Gunnar Þórðarson. Das Konzert wurde bei der Isländischen Musikpreiverleihung 2013 als das Musikalische Ereignis des Jahres nominiert. Im Jahr 2013 sang Jóhann Kristinsson auch die Rolle des Morales in Georges Bizets „Carmen” an der Isländischen Oper. Im 2015 sang Johann die Rolle des Eugen Onegin in der Aufführung der Hochschule für Musik „Hanns Eisler”.
Neben den Partien des Morales aus Bizets „Carmen“ und Onegin aus Tchaikovskys „Eugen Onegin“, umfasst sein Repertoire außerdem verschiedene Arien Bellinis, Donizettis, Gounods, Korngolds, Lortzings, Mozarts, Rossinis, Tschaikovskys, Verdis und Wagners.
Im Sommer 2016 wurde er Finalist im Internationalen Robert-Schumann-Wettbewerb für Klavier und Gesang Zwickau. Im März 2017 gewann er den 3. Preis und den Publikumspreis des Wettbewerbs, „Das Lied” in Heidelberg.
Mit der Spielzeit 2017/18 ist Jóhann Kristinsson Mitglied im Internationalen Opernstudio der Staatsoper Hamburg.
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L'Ufficiale del Registro
Doojong Kim wurde in Seoul, Südkorea, geboren und studierte Germanistik und Gesang an der Hanyang Universität sowie an der Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe bei Professor Roland Hermann. Als Student gewann er den 1. Preis im Seong-Jung Gesangswettbewerb in Korea. In Deutschland war er Stipendiat des Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienstes und des Wagnervereins.
Seit der Spielzeit 2008/2009 ist er Mitglied im Chor der Hamburgischen Staatsoper und dort auch regelmäßig in Solopartien wie Javelinot in „Dialogues des Carmelites“ und Kappadozier in „Salome“ zu sehen.
La Madre di Cio-Cio-San
Die Sopranistin Ines Krebs wurde 1976 in Lübeck geboren. Nach dem Abitur studierte sie Gesang an der Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg bei Frau Professor Eva Acker und Chorpartien bei Herrn Professor Jürgen Schulz. Seit der Spielzeit 2001/ 2002 ist sie ein festes Mitglied im Chor der Hamburgischen Staatsoper, wo sie schon zahlreiche kleinere Soli gesungen hat.
Die 1972 in Schwerin geborene Sopranistin Bettina Rösel schloss 1998 ihr Studium für Bühnen- und Konzertgesang an der Musikhochschule Lübeck ab.
Sie erhielt zahlreiche Gastverträge als Solistin an den Bühnen Lübeck, dem Theater Osnabrück und dem Mecklenburgischen Staatstheater Schwerin sowie der Hamburger Kammeroper. In den Jahren 1999 bis 2001 war sie als Solistin am Nordharzer Städtebundtheater fest angestellt. Zu den von ihr gesungenen Partien gehören u.a. Susanna, Gretel, Anne Frank, Olympia und Adele.
Seit dem Jahr 2001 ist sie Mitglied des Chores der Hamburgischen Staatsoper.
Veselina Teneva stammt aus Sofia, Bulgarien. Ihr Gesangstudium absolvierte sie an der Staatlichen Musikakademie in Sofia. Bereits während ihres Studiums erhielt sie ihr erstes Engagement am Staatlichen Musiktheater Sofia. Von 2003 bis 2008 war die Sängerin Ensemblemitglied am Theater Erfurt. Dort übernahm sie u.a. die Partien von Aninna in „Rosenkavalier" (R.Strauß), Dritte Dame in „Das geheime Königreich" (Krenek), Agricola in „Eine Nacht in Venedig" (J.Strauss) und wirkte bei verschiedenen Urraufführungen und den Domstufen-Festspielen mit.
Veselina Teneva hat auch am Festival für junge Sänger der Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg mit der Partie der Gismonda in der Oper „Ottone" von Händel, unter der Regie von Harry Kupfer mitgewirkt. Die Sängerin hat erfolgreich an Gesangswettbewerben teilgenommen. Im Jahr 2000 gewann sie den 1. Preis beim Sv. Obretenov Wettbewerb in Bulgarien, dann folgte im Jahr 2010 der 2 Preis beim „Lauritz Melchior" Wagner Competition in Dänemark. Seit März 2009 ist Veselina Teneva Mitglied des Opernchores der Hamburgischen Staatsoper wo sie auch ihr Solo-Debüt in der Oper „Katja Kabanova" von Janacek gemacht hat.
Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg
The Philharmonic State Orchestra is Hamburg’s largest and oldest orchestra, looking back on many years of musical history. When the “Philharmonic Orchestra” and the “Orchestra of the Hamburg Municipal Theatre” merged in 1934, two tradition-steeped orchestras combined. Philharmonic concerts have been performed in Hamburg since 1828, artists such as Clara Schumann, Franz Liszt and Johannes Brahms being regular guests of the Philharmonic Society. The history of the opera company goes back even further: Hamburg has been home to musical theatre since 1678, even if a regular opera or theatre orchestra was only formed later. To this day, the Philharmonic State Orchestra has embodied the sound of the Hansa City, a concert and opera orchestra in one.
During its long history, the orchestra encountered great artist personalities. Apart from composers of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, such as Georg Philipp Telemann, Piotr I. Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler, Sergey Prokofiev and Igor Stravinsky, since the 20th century chief conductors such as Karl Muck, Eugen Jochum, Joseph Keilberth, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Horst Stein, Gerd Albrecht, Ingo Metzmacher and Simone Young have shaped the orchestra’s sound. Renowned conductors of the pre-war era such as Otto Klemperer, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Bruno Walter, Karl Böhm and Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt gave brilliant performances, as did outstanding conductors of our times: suffice it to mention Sir Neville Marriner, Christian Thielemann, Semyon Bychkov, Kirill Petrenko, Valery Gergiev and Sir Roger Norrington.
Starting with the 2015/2016 season, Kent Nagano has taken on the position of Hamburg’s General Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Philharmonic State Orchestra and the Hamburg State Opera. In his first season Kent Nagano initiated a new project, the Philharmonic Academy at St. Michaelis, focusing on experimentation and chamber music. In 2016 Nagano and the Philharmonic undertook a successful three-week concert tour in South America. Since 2017 Kent Nagano and the Philharmonic State Orchestra have continued the traditional Philharmonic Concerts at the new Elbphilharmonie, for which they commissioned Jörg Widmann to compose the oratorio ARCHE, which was given its world premiere during the hall’s opening festivities.
The Philharmonic State Orchestra offers approximately 35 concerts per season and performs more than 240 performances per year at the Hamburg State Opera and the Hamburg Ballet – John Neumeier, making it Hamburg’s busiest orchestra. The stylistic bandwidth covered by the 134 musicians, ranging from historically informed performance practice to contemporary works and including concert, opera and ballet repertoire, is unique throughout Germany. Chamber Music has a long tradition at the Philharmonic State Orchestra: what began in 1929 with a concert series for chamber orchestra has been continued since 1968 by a series of chamber music only, which celebrates its 50-year anniversary in 2017/18.
In 2008 Simone Young and the Philharmonic State Orchestra won the Brahms Award of the Schleswig-Holstein Brahms Society. In 2012 Simone Young received a Helpmann Award for performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 and Wagner’s Rheingold with the Philharmonic in Brisbane, Australia. The orchestra has recorded the complete Ring by Wagner as well as the complete symphonies of Johannes Brahms and Anton Bruckner – the latter in the rarely-performed original versions – as well as works by Mahler, Hindemith and Berg, and has released DVDs of opera and ballet productions by Hosokawa, Offenbach, Reimann, Auerbach, J.S. Bach, Puccini, Poulenc and Weber.
The members of the Philharmonic State Orchestra feel equally beholden to the Hansa City’s musical tradition and responsible for the city’s artistic future. Since 1978 the musicians have been participating in education programmes in Hamburg’s schools. To this day, the TV format Musikkontakte initiated by Gerd Albrecht during his tenure as General Music Director is unforgotten. Today, the orchestra maintains a broad education programme, including school and kindergarten visits, patronage for music projects, introductory events for children and family concerts. The orchestra’s own academy prepares young musicians for their professional careers. The Philharmonic’s musicians thereby make an equally enjoyable and valuable contribution to tomorrow’s music education in the music metropolis of Hamburg.
photo: Foto: Felix Broede