Georges Delnon is a Swiss director, theatre director and professor. Raised in Berne, he studied history and art history at the Universities of Berne and Fribourg as well as composition and music history at the Berne Conservatory. In 1985 he was one of the founders of “Atelier 20”, a group for contemporary theatre and music in Berne. This was followed by numerous musical theatre and drama productions, including Carmen and Die Fledermaus at the Frankfurt Opera, Dido in Toulouse, The Rape of Lucretia in Düsseldorf and Basle, La traviata, Madame Butterfly and The Love for Three Oranges in Dortmund, Miss Julie in Essen, La Griselda (Vivaldi) in Geneva, Der Junge Lord (Henze), Maria Stuart and Ezio (Handel Festival) in Karlsruhe, Parsifal, Jenufa and Medea in Saarbrücken, Schwarze Spinne (Sutermeister), Das Lachen der Schafe (Demierre) and König für einen Tag (Grünauer) in Lucerne and Hofmanns Erzählungen in Hanover.
In addition, Georges Delnon holds teaching posts at numerous universities and academies. In 2003 he was appointed honorary professor at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz.
In 1996 he took over his first post as artistic director at the Municipal Theatre in Koblenz and was co-founder of the festival Festungsspiele Koblenz.
From 1999 to 2006 he was artistic director of the Mainz State Theatre. During his tenure there, he directed numerous productions, including Alban Berg’s Lulu and the world premiere of G by Gavin Bryars. The great reopening after the complete renovation of the theatre in 2001 with G. F. Handel’s opera Saul was broadcast live by 3sat.
Further productions he directed during this period included Il figlio delle selve by Ignaz Holzbauer for the Schwetzingen Festival and the Féstival Radio France Montpellier as well as Juditha triumphans by A. Vivaldi for the Festival Schloss Rheinsberg. Georges Delnon also appeared as an actor in the feature film HEIMAT 3 by Edgar Reitz. In 2004 he directed the world premiere of Mark André’s 22,13 at the Munich Biennial, which was also shown in Mainz and at the Festival d’Automne à Paris at the Opéra National de Paris. In 2005 and 2006 he staged the world premiere of Zaubern by Frederik Zeller and the baroque opera Proserpina by Joseph Martin Kraus at the Schwetzingen Festival.
With the beginning of the 2006/2007 season, Georges Delnon was appointed director of the Basle Theatre, the largest three-genre theatre in Switzerland. During this period, he directed further productions, including the world premiere of Der Alte vom Berg by Bernhard Lang at the Schwetzingen Festival in co-production with the Basle Theatre (2007) as well as the world premiere of Carola Bauckholt’s hellhörig at the Munich Biennial (2008), the world premiere of Maldoror by Philipp Maintz at the Munich Biennial, and Alexanderfest by George Frideric Handel at the Basle Theatre. He also directed the TV production of Aida am Rhein by Giuseppe Verdi, which was broadcast live on Swiss television and on 3sat. In 2012 he directed the world premiere of Alfred Zimmerlin’s musical theatre work Das Licht at the Lucerne Festival and in 2013 Anschlag also at the Lucerne Festival in cooperation with the Basle Theatre.
From 2009 until 2016 Georges Delnon has been artistic director of musical theatre for the Schwetzingen SWR Festival. The two world premieres “Proserpina“ in 2009 and “Koma“ in 2016 had been awarded world premiere of the year in the critic survey of “Opernwelt”.
With the beginning of the 2015/2016 season, he took up his position as artistic director of the Hamburg State Opera.
photo: Peter Schnetz
Begleitung am Klavier
Klavier, Dirigieren und Musikwissenschaft bei Prof. Hamish Milne an der Royal Academy of Music London (1984-1989); Soloklasse Prof. David Wilde an der Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover (1989-1994)
Bezug zur Staatsoper:
Studienleiter seit 2010/11
Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden (1998-2000), Studienleiter und Leiter des Opernstudios an der Oper Köln (2000-2010), Gast beim Glyndebourne Festival Opera (2017), Lehrbeauftragter an der Hochschule für Musik Hamburg (seit 2013)
Zusammenarbeit mit Orchestern:
Arion Orchestra London, Gürzenich Orchester Köln
Iulia Maria Dan
Romanian Soprano Iulia Maria Dan graduated from the National University of Music in Bucharest as a student of Maria Slatinaru-Nistor. In 2011, she became a member of the Opernstudio of the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, where she was also a member of the Ensemble. In August of 2015, Ms. Dan became a member of the Ensemble at Staatsoper Hamburg. Her engagements there included First Lady in a new production of “Die Zauberlföte”, Mimi in “La Bohème”, Contessa di Almaviva in “Le nozze di Figaro”, Helena in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Mathilde in “Guillaume Tell”, Rosalinde in “Die Fledermaus”, Fiodiligi in “Cosi fan tutte”, Tatyana in “Eugene Onegin” and Agathe in “Der Freischütz”. She also sang Ofelia in Franco Faccio’s Amleto at the Bregenz Festival in Austria. In the 2014/15 season, Ms. Dan made a successful debut as the title role in Massenet’s “Manon” at Oper Graz in Austria. She also sang Waldvogel in “Siegfried” at the Bayerische Staatsoper and premiered “Francesca da Rimini”, music by Stefan Wirth, at the Münchner Opernfestspiele. In August of 2014, Ms. Dan sang Aminta in “Il re pastore” at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, an appearance received with great reviews. In the 2013/2014 season, as a member of the Ensemble at the Bayerische Staatsoper, she sang Frasquita in “Carmen”, Giannetta in“ L’elisir d’amore”, La contessa di Ceprano in “Rigoletto”, and Dama di Lady Macbeth in Verdi’s “Macbeth”. Ms. Dan’s 2012/13 engagements at the Bayerische Staatsoper included Hilda Mack in Hans Werner Henze’s “Elegie für junge Liebende”, Jano in Janácek’s “Jenufa”, Papagena in “Die Zauberlföte”, and Füchslein Schlaukopf in Janácek’s “The Cunning Little Vixen”.
Iulia Maria Dan has performed in concerts in Bucharest, Modena, Gdansk, Milan and Munich. In 2010, she sang the Soprano solo in the world premiere of acclaimed Romanian composer Felicia Donceanu’s “Salbe – Monodrama for Soprano and Orchestra” at the Bucharest Radio Hall. In 2011, Ms. Dan debuted with great success as Gilda in “Rigoletto” at the Romanian National Opera. That same year, she received a Special Award for Most Promising Young Artist at the renowned Hans Gabor Belvedere International Singing Competition in Vienna, where she was also awarded the Graz Opera Special Prize and the Soroptimist Prize.
In 2010, Ms. Dan won the Grand Prize at the Ionel Perlea National Song Competition and Second Prize at the Hariclea Darclee International Singing Competition in Romania. That same year, she won a Special Prize at the Arta Florescu Masters of the Lyrical Art International Competition in Bucharest. In 2008, Ms. Dan won First Prize in the Orange Young Musicians Competition, First Prize in the Romanian Song Festival and Competition, Special Prize for “Interpretation of Music by Mozart” in Mihail Jora and Dinu Lipatti’s National Competition, and Special Prize for “Chamber Music Style – Martha Joja” in the Ionel Perlea International Song Festival and Competition.
photo: Kartal Karagedik
Violinstudium an der Musikhochschule Trossingen, Gesangstudium bei Sylvia Geszty an der Musikhochschule Stuttgart
1. Preis Mozartfestwettbewerb (1985), Verleihung des Titels „Hamburger Kammersängerin“ (2011)
Bezug zur Staatsoper:
Ensemblemitglied der Staatsoper Hamburg seit 1988
Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Blanche (Dialogues des Carmélites), Mélisande (Pelléas et Mélisande), Despina (Così fan tutte), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Ännchen (Der Freischütz), Micaëla (Carmen), Morgana (Alcina), Oscar (Un Ballo in Maschera), Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Nedda (I Pagliacci), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Anne Truelove (The Rake’s Progress), Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel), Musetta (La Bohème), Sophie/Marianne Leitmetzerin (Der Rosenkavalier), Woglinde/Wellgunde (Das Rheingold), Ortlinde (Die Walküre), Hanna Glawari (Die lustige Witwe), Clorinda (La Cenerentola), Echo (Ariadne auf Naxos), Blumenmädchen (Parsifal), Fortuna/Giunone (Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria), u.a.
Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe (1985-88), Gastengagements in München, Antwerpen, Brüssel, Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig, Frankfurt, Barcelona, Toulouse, Straßburg, Glyndebourne Festival, u.a.
Zusammenarbeit mit Regisseuren:
Willy Decker, Cristof Loy, Guy Joosten, Harry Kupfer, Bob Wilson, Marco Arturo Marelli, Peter Konwitschny, Renaud Doucet, Achim Freyer, Calixto Bieito, John Dew, Vera Nemirova, u.a.
Zusammenarbeit mit Dirigenten:
Horst Stein, Christian Thielemann, Donald Runnicles, Michel Plasson, Antonio Pappano, Robin Ticciatti, Silvio Varviso, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Ivor Bolton, Kirill Petrenko, Gerd Albrecht, Ingo Metzmacher, Simone Young, Kent Nagano, u.a.
photo: Jörn Kipping
The “excellent” (Kurier) young Hungarian mezzo-soprano Dorottya Láng has earned international acclaim for her “ravishing” (Musik Heute) and “impeccable” talent. John Allison writes in The Telegraph that “she quickly showed herself to be a singer of great musical poise. …with rich and even tone rising to a pure top.”
Born in Budapest in 1986, Ms Láng studied at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien (Vienna’s University of Music and the Performing Arts) with Claudia Visca. Her awards and honours include Prize Winner of the 2012 Emmerich Smola Competition, Third Prize at the 2011 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation Song Competition and Prize Winner at the 2013 Mozart Academie competition in Aix-en-Provence.
Highlights of her 2016/17 season included Angelina in Renaud Doucet’s "La Cenerentola" and Hermia in Simon Phillips "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" at Hamburgische Staatsoper; Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in the new Elbphilharmonie under Kent Nagano; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in her Tonkünstler debut; a Schubertiade recital debut with Helmut Deutsch; and a further recital with Mr Deutsch at Budapest’s Palace of the Arts.
photo: Shirley Suarez
Renate Spingler began her musical studies at the State Conservatory for Music in Munich. She finished her vocal training under the guidance of world acclaimed soprano Professor Reri Grist. Immediately after her studies, she received an engagement as soloist at the Hamburg State Opera, to whose venerable ensemble she still belongs. In the scope of her duties at this opera house, she works with many internationally renowned conductors and directors.
Renate Spingler guests regularly at many European opera houses such as Frankfurt, Dresden, Bonn, Leipzig, Bremen, Brussels, Cologne and Copenhagen. There she creates roles such as Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Jenny (Mahagonny), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) and the Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos).
The recordings of this mezzo soprano include the soundtrack of “The Magic of Venus“, starring Glenn Close, in which she sang the role of the Shepherd (Tannhäuser), and another “Tannhäuser“ production with the Hamburg State Opera produced and aired by a Japanese television company.
As an active performer of contemporary music, Renate Spingler also participated in recording productions led by Gerd Albrecht with the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra, which have included ”Hagadah“ by Paul Dessau and the world premiere of „Freispruch für Medea“ by Rolf Liebermann. Under the direction of Ingo Metzmacher and the Hamburg State Opera, she sang the role of Margret in a live EMI recording of Berg’s “Wozzeck“. Recently, two further recordings with the Philharmoniker Hamburg led by Simone Young have been released by Oehms Classics: In the “Walküre“ by Richard Wagner, Renate Spingler sang the role of Rossweiße; in the live recording of the highly acclaimed premiere of Hindemith’s “Mathis der Maler“, she sang the role of Gräfin Helfenstein / Üppigkeit.
Other solo performances include concerts and recitals throughout Europe and North America in cities such as Munich, Hamburg, Bratislava, Monte Carlo, Luxembourg, Prague and New York. Furthermore, Renate Spingler worked as a Guest Professor for Singing at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock from March 2005 to March 2006. In June 2008, she sang the role of Sigrune in two concert performances of the opera Walküre at the Gran Teatre del Liceu together with Placido Domingo and Waltraud Meier under the direction of Sebastian Weigle.
On December 9, 2017, the Hamburg Senate honored Renate Spingler with the title of “Kammersängerin” for her special merits in the field of music.
photo: Jörn Kipping
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.
Oleksiy Palchykov was born in 1986 in Kiev. In 2006 he started his studies at the vocal faculty of the National Musical Tchaikovskiy Academy. In 2004 he is the recipient of the “Art of XXI century” international competition. He made his debut in 2008 singing the roles of Trike and Lenskiy in “Eugeny Onegin” (Tchaikovsky) at the National Shevchenko Opera Theatre and Lykov in “The Tzar’s Bride” (Rimskiy-Korsakov) with the Tatar Academic State Opera and Ballet M. Dzhalil Theatre (Kazan, Russia) and the Shaliapin festival of opera singers.
In 2010 he received the Grand Prix of the XVI International Lydia Abramova vocal student’s competition “Bella voce” (Moscow, Russia), the Grand Prix for the best Tchaikovsky music performance in the National Tchaikovsky Musical Academy vocal faculty competition, the Third Prize of the “International Vocal Competition in Memory of Antonina Nezhdanova” (Odessa , Ukraine), the Special Award of the festival “Tournament Tenors” (Szczecin, Poland), the Special Prize of the Jury at the International Vocal Competition “Debut” (Wiekersheim, Germany). In 2011 he was awarded with the Grand Prix International Vocal Competition Ivana Alchevskogo “Alchevskiy Debut” (Kharkov, Ukraine). He is finalist of the International Vocal Competition in the Opera Festival in Savonlinna (Finland).
He has toured with the Kiev Musical Theatre performing the role of Alfredo in Verdi’s “La traviata” in Switzerland (Theatre du Leman in Geneva, Palazzo dei Congressi in Lugano, Theatre de Beaulieu in Lausanne, Theâtre du Passage in Neuchatel). He performed in France the roles of the Second Policeman, the Second Gentleman, the First Dandy in the “The Nose” of Shostakovich (Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 2011 and the Opera de Lyon) with Kazushi Ono as conductor and William Kentridge as director, the roles of the Third Esquire in “Parsifal” (Opéra de Lyon) with Kazushi Ono as conductor and François Girard as director. With the Symphony Orchestra of Thessaloniki (Greece) performing “Jewish Songs” by Dmitry Shostakovich, conductor Alexander Myrat in 2012.
In October 2012, he joins the Atelier Lyrique of the Opéra National de Paris. He sang the role of Gernando at La Ferme du Buisson and Théâtre Firmin Gémier / La Piscine and Ecclitico at the MC93 Bobigny.
In 2014 and 2015, he made his debut at the Opéra National de Paris in the role of the Messenger (Aida, October 2013), then sang the Male Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia) at the Théâtre de l’Athénée and Don Ottavio in (Don Giovanni) in Bobigny, Ecclitico in Haydn’s “Il mondo della luna”, Scaramuccio (Ariadne auf Naxos) at Paris Bastille, Pylade (Iphigénie en Tauride) with the Atelier Lyrique, Ferrando (Così fan tutte) with the Atelier Lyrique of the Paris Opera in Paris.
In 2014 he received the Prix Lyrique du Carpeaux and Prix Lyrique de L'AROP. In the Summer of 2015 he was among the 5 finalists of the prestigious "BBC Singer Of World" singers competition. In October 2015 he covered Roberto Alagna in the role of Nemorino at Opéra Bastille.
Since 2017 he is a member of the Hamburg State Opera where he sings such parts as Tamino, Lensky, Ferrando, Nemorino, Steuermann, Eurimaco (Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria).
Kirchenmusik und Musikerziehung am Augsburger Leopold-Mozart Konservatorium, Gesangsstudium bei Leonore Kirschstein
Stipendiat des Richard Wagner Verbandes, Förderpreis der Hamburgischen Staatsoper, Ernennung zum Hamburger Kammersänger (2017)
Bezug zur Staatsoper:
Ensemblemitglied der Staatsoper Hamburg seit 1991/92
Mime (Siegfried), Mime/Loge (Das Rheingold), Herodes (Salome), Knusperhexe (Hänsel und Gretel), Hauptmann/Andres (Wozzeck), Monostatos/1. Geharnischter (Die Zauberflöte), Maler/Prinz/Marquis/Kammerdiener (Lulu), Dr. Cajus (Falstaff), Tichon (Katja Kabanova), Truffaldino (Die Liebe zu den drei Orangen), Valzacchi (Der Rosenkavalier), David (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Junger Mann (Moses und Aron), Steuermann (Der fliegende Holländer), Peter Iwanow (Zar und Zimmermann), Pedrillo (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Walther von der Vogelweide (Tannhäuser), Goro (Madame Butterfly), Graf Elemer (Arabella), Raoul de St. Brioche (Die lustige Witwe), Novagerio (Palestrina), Orontes (Flavius Bertaridus), Asasello (Der Meister und Margarita), Tanzmeister (Ariadne auf Naxos), Graf von Kent (Lear), Reverend Adams (Peter Grimes), L´Aumonier (Dialogues des Carmélites), Aegisth (Elektra), Fedotik (Tri Sestri), Sylvester von Schaumburg (Mathis der Maler), u.a.
Hamburgische Staatsoper, Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, La Monnaie, Gan Teatro del Liceu, Königliche Oper von Kopenhagen, Teatro alla Scala, Salzburger Festspiele, Theater an der Wien, Budapester Staatsoper, Teatro Municipal in Sao Paulo, Wagner Festival Budapest, Theater Dortmund, Staatstheater Braunschweig, Staatsoper Budapest, u.a.
Zusammenarbeit mit Regisseuren:
Harry Kupfer, Willy Decker, Claus Guth, Mario Martone, Achim Freyer, Géza M. Tóth, Livia Sabag, Roger Vontobel, Stefan Herheim, Karoline Gruber, Vincent Boussard, Jochen Biganzoli, u.a.
Zusammenarbeit mit Dirigenten:
Adam Fischer, Bertrand de Billy, Claudio Abbado, Kent Nagano, Semyon Bychkov, Horst Stein, Christian Thielemann, Ingo Metzmacher, Michael Boder, Kirill Petrenko, Simone Young, Daniel Barenboim, u.a.
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.
photo: Thomas Kunsch
Turkish Baritone Kartal Karagedik joined the ensemble of Hamburg State Opera at the beginning of season 2015/16 where he made his debuts in the new production of “Les Troyens” (Chorébe) under the baton of Kent Nagano and as Il Conte Almaviva in Stefan Herheim’s production of “Le nozze di Figaro” with Ottavio Dantone, as well as Lescaut in Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut” and Guglielmo in “Così fan tutte”.
Karagedik’s highlights of season 2016/17 included the title role of Don Giovanni at Savonlinna Opera Festival, Dandini, Marcello, Belcore at Hamburg State Opera, Escamillo at Komische Oper Berlin and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 under Kent Nagano at Elbphilharmonie.
Before joining the ensemble of Hamburg State Opera, Karagedik was a member of Theater Magdeburg and Theater Erfurt. Guest engagements brought him to stages of Teatro Communale di Bologna, Puccini Festival Torre del Lago, Oper Leipzig and Staatstheater Braunschweig. He had interpreted a very wide range of repertoire including Eugeny Onegin, Don Giovanni, Enrico, Riccardo ,Valentin, Albert, Carlo Gérard, Sharpless, Besenbinder, Michonnet, Simon Boccanegra, Germont , Rodrigo in “Don Carlo” and many others.
Karagedik was born in Turkey and completed his vocal studies in his hometown Izmir. In addition to his artistic career as a singer, he is a prizewinner story telling photographer. Since 2014 his photography exhibition “Emotions IN motion” has been met with widespread public acclaim.
photo: Maria Chabounia
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).
Alexander Roslavets graduated from the vocal department of the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory in 2014 where he studied under Professor Nikolai Okhotnikov.
While studying at the Conservatory he was a soloist of the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory theatre where he appeared on stage as Malyuta Skuratov in “The Tsar's Bride” by Rimsky-Korsakov and sang at the numerous festivals and concerts. In July 2013/14 he took part at the open-air opera festivals in Saint Petersburg where he sang the parts of Mephistopheles in the opera “Faust” by Ch. Gounod and King Dodon in the opera “The Golden Cockerel” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov conducted by Fabio Mastrangelo. In April 2014 he made his debut on the stage of the Mikhailovsky Theatre as Tom in “Un ballo in maschera” by Verdi.
In the seasons 2014/15-2015/16 he was an artist of the Young Artist Program of the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia. In 2015 he made his debut on the stage of the Bolshoi performing the part of Marchese d'Obigny in “La Traviata” by Verdi under the baton of Tugan Sokhiev.
In November 2015, he debuted on the stage of the Bolshoi theatre of Belarus singing Don Basilio in “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” by Rossini.
In June 2016 he performed the part of Duke of Cornwall in the World Premier of S. Slonimsky`s King Lear on the stage of the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall conducted by Vladimir Jurowsky.
In July 2016 he covered the part of Mephistopheles in the new production of “La damnation de Faust” staged by Peter Stein in the Bolshoi. He sung the part of Brander in the premiere conducted by Tugan Sokhiev.
In October 2016 he joined the ensemble of the Hamburg State Opera.
Alexander took part in several international competitions among which in 2014 the 42nd Russian National Vocal Graduates Competition in St. Petersburg where he won the Grand Prix and the 1st International Christmas Vocal Competition in Minsk where he was awarded a special prize. In 2015 he took part in the 10th International competition of E. Obraztsova in St. Petersburg where he was awarded a diploma and he won the first prize in the 7th International Competition of Opera Singers «Saint-Petersburg». In 2016 he won the second prize in the 6th Galina Vishnevskaya International Opera Singers Competition in Moscow and the Grand Prix and the Audience Prize in the II International Eva Marton Competition in Budapest. He is the laureate of the Special Foundation of the President of Belarus, which supports young talents.
photo: Jörn Kipping