Ryan Speedo Green
A native of Suffolk, Virginia, bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green has quickly garnered an international reputation as a “breakthrough star”, appearing at many of the world’s most important opera houses and music festivals.
Roles for the Wiener Staasoper have included Sarastro Die Zauberflöte, Raimondo Lucia di Lammermoor, Banquo Macbeth, Titurel Parsifal, Der Einarmige Die Frau ohne Schatten and Lodovico Otello, amongst others.
Mr Green began his 2020/21 season with a house debut at the Theater an der Wien as Jake in Porgy & Bess. Upcoming highlights will include a return to the Metropolitan Opera as Jake and as Colline La boheme.
In 2016, Little, Brown & Company published ‘Sing for Your Life’, by New York Times journalist Daniel Bergner, telling the story of Mr Green’s personal and artistic journey to the Met stage. ‘Sing for Your Life’ has been honoured with a number of accolades, including the New York Times bestseller and editor’s choice, a Washington Post Notable Book, and a Publishers Weekly Book of the Year.
Amongst his many other awards, Mr Green is the winner of the 2014 George London Foundation Award, a 2014 Annenberg grant recipient, a 2014 Gerda Lissner Foundation First Prize winner and a finalist in the Palm Beach Opera Competition.
Armenian dramatic baritone Gevorg Hakobyan studied at the Komitas State Conservatory in Yerevan with Maestro Sergey Danielyan. In 2008, Gevorg was awarded both the Gold Medal and First Prize at the prestigious First International Pavel Lisitsian Baritone Competition in Moscow, and in 2011 was recognised as a Merited Artist of the Republic of Armenia.
Gevorg starts the 2019/20 season as Scarpia at Teatro Regio Torino in Tosca. A sought-after guest of the Bolshoi Theatres, Gevorg then returns to Bolshoi by invitation of Tugan Sokhiev as Tomsky in Pique Dame, Gryaznoi in The Tsar’s Bride, Ibn-Hakia in Iolanta and Mazeppa (title role). Gevorg then returns to Oper Frankfurt as Don Carlo di Vargas (La forza del destino).
Recent highlights include Ibn-Hakia (Iolanta) at Palau de les Arts Valencia, Alfio (Cavalleria Rusticana) at Teatro Carlo Felice Genoa and The Bolshoi Theatre as Gryaznoi in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride, Renato in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera and Tomsky in Tchaikvosky’s Pique Dame and the Mariinsky Theatre as Scarpia (Tosca).
Siberian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky established an extraordinary international career, performing at the most prestigious opera houses, concert halls, and festivals of the world. His distinctive voice, incomparable legato, breath control, and stage presence, firmly cemented his repuation as one of the finest singers of the century.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dmitri Hvorostovsky on Wednesday 22 November 2017 after a two and a half year battle with brain cancer.
It has been a great joy and an honour for our colleagues to have worked with Dmitri over the past three decades, and he will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with Dmitri’s family and friends.
Farewell, Dima. Rest in Peace.
Norwegian baritone Audun Iversen won the Queen Sonja International Singing Competition 2007 in Oslo and made the final in the Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna, in addition to being the first singer to win the newly founded Ingrid Bjoner Scholarship.
Audun has appeared at some of the most distinguished houses worldwide including Royal Danish Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Theater an der Wien, English National Opera, Opera di Roma and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Concert performances include Carmina Burana with Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and l’orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, and Britten’s War Requiem with the New Japan Philharmonic conducted by Daniel Harding.
Recent operatic engagements include title role Wozzeck at Oper Frankfurt; Marcello La bohème for his return to San Francisco Opera and the Royal Danish Opera, his Paris Opera debut as Fieramosca Benvenuto Cellini, Alfio/Tonio Pagliacci & Cavalleria rusticana at Opera Graz; Albert Werther for Opernhaus Zürich and Olivier Capriccio at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
This season, Audun makes his role debut as Posa Don Carlo at Oper Frankfurt. He will also return to Den Norske Opera for the Count Le nozze di Figaro and title role Eugene Onegin, and make his role and house debut as the title role Don Giovanni with Latvian National Opera. In concert, he returns to the Hamburger Symphoniker for Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9.
Sir Simon Keenlyside
Revered British baritone Simon Keenlyside received a Knighthood in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours. Awarded the title of Austrian Kammersänger by the Wiener Staatsoper in 2017, his many other accolades include Musical America’s Vocalist of the Year, the ECHO Klassik Male Singer of the Year Award and an Olivier Award for outstanding achievement in Opera.
Simon began his 2020/21 season with Wozzeck at the Bayerische Staatsoper and he will return to Munich later in the season for appearances as Macbeth, Amfortas Parsifal and Père Germont La Traviata. Other season highlights will include Don Carlo at the Opernhaus Zurich, concert performances with the Bayerische Rundfunk Munich under Franz Welser-Möst and Brahms Requiem under Zubin Mehta at the Teatro alla Scala Milan.
From South Korea, baritone Gihoon Kim has risen to prominence following a string of international competition successes, including winning Second Prize and the Audience Prize at Operalia 2019 and the Second Prize at the 2019 International Tchaikovsky Competition.
Gihoon is a former member of the Junges Ensemble at Staatstheater Hannover which he joined after his studies with Kwan-dong Kim at the Yonsei University in Seoul.
This season Gihoon will make his Glyndebourne Festival debut in a new Barrie Kosky production of Dialogues des Carmélites conducted by Robin Ticciati, and will sing in gala concerts at the Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall and Zaryadye Hall in Moscow at the invitation of Valery Gergiev.
Future seasons will see series of exciting opera and concert debuts including his US debut at Washington National Opera.
Born in Pyatigorsk, Russia; Ilya is currently in the ensemble of the Bolshoi Theater. He was a member of the prestigious Young Singers Project at The Salzburg Festival, where he will appeared in both Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk conducted by Mariss Jansons in a new production by Andreas Kriegenburg and in concert performances of Lucrezia Borgia conducted by Marco Armiliato.
This season, Ilya will make his Opéra national de Paris debut as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia.
From November 2014 to June 2017, Ilya was a member of the Young Artist Program of The Bolshoi Theatre where he studied with Dmitry Vdovin. During his time in the program, he performed in chamber music concerts with Ivari Ilja, Liubov Orfenova, Semyon Skigin and Giulio Zappa as well as in the concerts of the Young Artists Program of the Bolshoi Theatre in France: 2015 at Opéra de Toulon and at Opéra de Nice, 2016 at Opéra de Lille, and 2017 at Théâtre du Châtelet. He also attended numerous master classes with Svetlana Nesterenko, Neil Shikoff, Sir Thomas Allen, Evgeny Nesterenko, Kurt Rydl, Carol Vaness, Elizabeth Vidal, Diane Zola, Alessandro Amoretti, John Fisher, John Norris, Stephanie Rhodes, Paul Curran and Giacomo Sagripanti.
During the 2015/16 season he made his Bolshoi Theatre debut as Moralès in Carmen under Tugan Sokhiev, later returning as Shchelkalov in Boris Godunov under Ainars Rubikis. During the 2016/17 season at The Bolshoi Theatre he performed the role of Novice’s friend in Billy Budd under William Lacey and then he made his debut as Malatesta in Don Pasquale under Michal Klausa. The 2017/18 season included his debut at Glyndebourne Touring Opera as Guglielmo in Nicholas Hytner’s classic production of Così fan tutte, the same role he sang at Vilnius Opera and at the Bolshoi, where he also took part in the productions of Billy Budd, Boris Godunov, Carmen and Don Pasquale.
In Summer 2019, Ilya made his debut at the Bregenzer Festspiele with the title role in Eugene Onegin. He followed this by making his second debut of the season at at Opera national de Paris as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia. Later in the season he will perform the part of Marcello in La Boheme in Torino and will later return to Bregenzer Festspiele as Marullo in Rigoletto and Dositèo in Nerone.
Ukrainian baritone Andrei Kymach is the First Prize Winner of the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.
Andrei graduated from the Bolshoi Young Artist Program in 2018. Within his tenure he made is role debut as Don Carlos in Dargomyzhsky’s The Stone Guest at the Bolshoi Theatre.
The 2019/20 sees Andrei give performances as Belcore (L’elisir d’amore) at Norwegian National Opera, Escamillo (Carmen) at Opera di Firenze, Erico (Lucia di Lammermoor) at Ópera de Oviedo, Sadko (The Venetian Guest) at The Bolshoi Theatre, and a concert performance with The Dallas Opera Hart Institute for Women Conductors.
Recent highlights include his house and role debut at the Gran Teatro del Liceu Barcelona as Sir Riccardo Forth (I puritani) alongside Javier Camarena and Pretty Yende, role and house debut singing Lord Enrico Ashton (Lucia di Lammermoor) at the Auditorio de Tenerife, title role debut as Don Giovanni at Opera de Nice and Théâtre d’Antibes, plus a concert performance of Rubinstein’s The Demon (title role) at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.