Dame Sarah Connolly
Highlights in Dame Sarah’s 2018/19 season include Fricka Das Rheingold and Die Walküre for the Royal Opera and in Das Rheingold at the Teatro Réal in Madrid.
On the concert platform, her engagements include Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin/Jurowski & London Philharmonic Orchestra/Jurowski), his Symphony No. 8 (Wiener Symphoniker/Jordan), Des Knaben Wunderhorn (Orchestre national de Paris/Saraste) and Tippet’s A Child of our Time (Orchestre de Paris/Adès).
Dame Sarah also curates a Residency at Wigmore Hall in the 2018/19 season and gives recitals for the Schubertíada a Vilabertran, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.
Michelle DeYoung is one of the world’s most exciting mezzo-sopranos.
Her prolific concert engagements include the New York Philharmonic and London Symphony orchestras under Sir Colin Davis (with whom she recorded Didon in Les Troyens to great critical acclaim), the San Francisco Symphony under Tilson Thomas, the Boston Symphony under Ozawa, the Chicago Symphony and Philharmonia under Boulez, the Cleveland Orchestra under Slatkin, the Royal Concertgebouw under Chailly, the Berlin Staatskappelle under Barenboim and Boulez, the Israel Philharmonic under Maazel and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Gardner. She has given recitals in New York, San Francisco, Lisbon, Paris, London’s Wigmore Hall and the Edinburgh Festival.
Her operatic engagements have included Jocasta with von Dohnanyi in Paris; Fricka for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden under Haitink; Fricka, Brangäne, Venus and Shaman in Tan Dun’s The First Emperor at the Metropolitan Opera under Levine; Brangäne in Chicago under Sir Andrew Davis and at the Deutsche Staatsoper in Berlin and La Scala, Milan under Barenboim and Kundry in Bayreuth under Boulez and Berlin under Barenboim.
Celebrated Russian mezzo-soprano Larissa Diadkova is a principal artist of the Mariinsky Theatre and is a favourite singer of Valery Gergiev. In addition to the Russian repertoire she’s so associated with, Ms Diadkova also concentrates on the works of Bach, Händel, Mahler, Verdi and Wagner.
Her international career has taken her to the leading opera houses around the world and has sung leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera, Salzburg Festival, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala Milan and Lyric Opera of Chicago. She has also appeared in many of the world’s prestigious concert halls, including the Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican and Wigmore Hall in London, the Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Avery Fisher Hall in New York. As well as Maestro Gergiev, conductors with whom she has collaborated include Claudio Abbado, James Levine, Antonio Pappano, Sir Charles Mackerras and Semyon Bychkov. Ms Diadkova records for BMG/RCA, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Phillips and EMI Classics.
Kansas-born Joyce DiDonato entrances audiences and critics across the globe in operas ranging from Mozart and Handel to Rossini, Donizetti, Berlioz and Heggie. Winner of the 2018 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera, she is a multi-Grammy Award winner and a fierce advocate for the arts.
An exclusive recording artist with Erato/Warner Classics, the most recent addition to Joyce’s acclaimed discography is Berlioz’ Les Troyens which won the Award for Best Complete Opera Recording at the 2018 International Opera Awards, the 2018 BBC Music Magazine Opera Award and is nominated in the Opera category at this year’s Gramophone Awards. Her solo albums include In War & Peace which won the 2017 Best Recital Gramophone Award, Stella di Napoli, the Grammy-Award-winning Diva Divo and Drama Queens. Erato/Warner Classics will release two new albums this season, Songplay and Into the Fire.
This season she sings Didon in Les Troyens for the first time on stage at the Vienna State Opera, Sesto at the Metropolitan Opera and the title role in Agrippina in a European concert tour with Il pomo d’oro. She will perform at the BBC Proms and in Hamburg with the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique under Gardiner, in Carnegie Hall with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Nézet-Séguin, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Muti and with the Accademia Santa Cecilia Orchestra under Pappano. Joyce will also tour the US and Europe with NYO USA under Pappano and travel to Russia and Asia with Il pomo d’oro under Emelyanychev . In recital she performs Winterreise partnered by Nézet-Séguin in Kansas City and Ann Arbor.
Elīna Garanča was born into a musical family in Riga, Latvia. She studied at the Latvian Academy of Music with her mother. She won the Mirjam Helin Singing Competition in 1999 and was a finalist in the 2001 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.
Ms Garanča is an exclusive recording artist with Deutsche Grammophon. She has won four ECHO Klassik awards: ‘Singer of the Year’ in 2007, ‘Vocalist of the Year’ in 2010 and ‘Solo Recording of the Year’ for both her Romantique recording (2012) and Meditation (2015).
Her most recent album Revive was released in late 2016 and was unanimously praised by the critics: “a thrilling disc, rich in a sumptuous quality” (The Telegraph).
Among other roles, she is particularly famed for her portrayal as Bizet’s Carmen which she has sung at both the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Metropolitan Opera to critical acclaim; the NY Times named
her “the finest Carmen in 25 years…”.
Ms Garanča appears regularly at the Vienna Staatsoper, Metropolitan Opera, ROH Covent Garden, Salzburg Festival, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Bayerisches Staatsoper Munich and Deutsche Oper Berlin and continues to perform in various concerts, festivals and recitals all over the world.
American mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey is quickly making a name for herself at home in the US and abroad.
Highlights of recent seasons include her role and house debuts as Rosina Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Den Norske Opera and as Siébel Faust at the Grand Théâtre de Genèvthe, the title role in Handel’s Agrippina at The Juilliard School, and Varvara in Stephen Wadsworth’s production of Káťa Kabanová.
In the 2018/19 season, Samantha will make her Metropolitan Opera debut as Pantalis Mefistofele, and returns to the Met throughout the year in Adriana Lecouvreur, Carmen, Das Rheingold, Götterdämmerung, and Rigoletto. She will also make her company debut at Opernhaus Zürich as Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro. In addition to these debuts, Samantha will cover the title roles in Agrippina at the Bayerische Staatsoper and the premiere of Nico Muhly’s Marnie at the Metropolitan Opera.
In concert she has appeared with the Berliner Philharmoniker, London Symphony, BBC Symphony, Philadelphia, Oslo Philharmonic and Deutsches Symphony Orchestras, the Dresden Staatskapelle and the Orchestre de Radio France under Ozawa, Conlon, Maazel, Janowski, Colin Davis, Andrew Davis and Rattle. She has recorded widely for Decca, Philips, Chandos and EMI, including Mahler’s 8th Symphony with the CBSO and Rattle.
In opera, she has sung Baba the Turk at the Glyndebourne and Salzburg Festivals; Brangäne in Los Angeles and Paris; the Kostelnicka (Jenufa) in Japan, the Kabanicka (Katya Kabanova) for the Salzburg Festival and Herodias (Les Troyens) at Teatro alla Scala, Milan. Roles for The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden include Fricka and Waltraute, Ulrica (Un ballo in maschera), Klytemnestra and Mrs Grose (The Turn of the Screw). Roles at the Bayerische Staatsoper include Herodias, Klytemnestra, Mistress Quickly and Ortrud; at the Deutsche Oper, Berlin Klytemnestra, Herodias and Ortrud; Auntie (Peter Grimes) in Salzburg with Rattle, Mistress Quickly under Nagano in Los Angeles, and Klytemnestra, Fricka and Mistress Quickly in Vienna.
Jennifer Johnston is a former BBC New Generation Artist, and a graduate of Cambridge University and the Royal College of Music. She is particularly associated with the Bayerische Staatsoper and its distinguished musical director Kirill Petrenko, where her roles have included Second Norn, Roßweise, Floßhilde, Hedwige and La Ciesca. She has appeared in opera at the Teatro alla Scala (Mrs Grose/The Turn of the Screw, Gaia/CO2), Salzburg Festival (Carmi/La Betulia Liberata, Lady de Hautdesert/Gawain, Leda/Die Liebe Der Danae) and Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (Dido/Dido and Aeneas), amongst others.
A prolific concert performer, she has performed with many of the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors, including Jocaste in Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex (Sir John Eliot Gardiner/Berlin Philharmonic & London Symphony Orchestras, released as an LSO Live disc), Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis (Sir John Eliot Gardiner/Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique at the BBC Proms and on disc), Mahler’s Second Symphony (De la Parra/London Philharmonic Orchestra), Mahler’s Third Symphony (Welser-Möst/Cleveland Orchestra, Zinman/Orchestre National de Lyon), Elgar’s Sea Pictures (Tate/Hamburg Symphony Orchestra), Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius (Brabbins/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra), Verdi’s Requiem (Gardner/Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Slatkin/Orchestra National de Lyon), Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri (Gatti/Accademia Di Santa Cecilia), Adès’s Totentanz (Adès/Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Harding/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra), and Pasqualita in Adams’ Doctor Atomic (Adams/BBC Symphony Orchestra, recorded for Nonesuch).
She made her solo recital debut at the Wigmore Hall accompanied by Joseph Middleton and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. She is a founder member of The Prince Consort, with whom she has recorded for Linn Records, and has appeared in recital at Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw and the Aldeburgh Festival. Her extensive discography includes Anthony Payne’s arrangement of Vaughan Williams’ Four Last Songs with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Martyn Brabbins for Albion Records, which she premiered at the BBC Proms (Vänska/BBCSO) and which was nominated for a Grammy Award.
Jennifer’s engagements in 2018-19 include La Ciesca (Gianni Schicci) / La Maestra della Novizie (Suor Angelica) in Puccini’s Il Trittico at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Waltraute in Wagner’s Die Walküre (Sir Simon Rattle/Bayerische Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra), Mahler’s Eighth Symphony (Welser-Möst/Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra), Mahler’s Second Symphony (Zinman/Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Lintu/Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra), Mahler’s Rückert Lieder (Zinman/Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Kalmar/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra), Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder (Kalmar/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra), Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis (Leenaars/Berliner Rundfunkchor, recorded for Sony), Mahler’s Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen (Collon/Aurora Orchestra), Chausson’s Poème de L’amour et de la Mer (Šedivy/Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra), and she will appear as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s guest artist for their Spirit of Christmas concert series.