Mezzo-Soprano & Contralto
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, Carnegie Hall and on disc), Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (Welser-Möst/Cleveland and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestras, Sir John Eliot Gardiner/Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique), Waltraute in Wagner’s Die Walküre (Sir Simon Rattle/Bayerische Rundfunks Symphony Orchestra and on disc), Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder (Kalmar/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Brabbins/BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Dausgaard/BBC National Orchestra Of Wales), Mahler’s Second Symphony (Zinman/Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Lintu/Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, De la Parra/London Philharmonic Orchestra), Mahler’s Third Symphony (Welser-Möst/Cleveland Orchestra, Zinman/Orchestre National de Lyon), Mahler’s Eighth Symphony (Welser-Möst/Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra), Mahler’s Rückert Lieder (Zinman/Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Kalmar/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Sondergard/Royal Scottish National Orchestra), Mahler’s Das Lied Von Der Erde (Marin/Hamburg Symphony Orchestra), Elgar’s Sea Pictures (Sir Jeffrey Tate/Hamburg Symphony Orchestra), Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius (Brabbins/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Hill/Bournemouth 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), Schumann’s Faustszenen (Harding/Gewandhausorchester and Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Schonwandt/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra), 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 Season 2019-20 include Brigitta in a new production of Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt, and Hedwige in Rossini’s Guillaume Tell, both at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Baba the Turk in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress at the Glyndebourne Festival, Auntie in Britten’s Peter Grimes at Oper Frankfurt, Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass at the First Night of the Proms (Kanellakis/BBC Symphony Orchestra), Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (Welser-Möst/Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Stutzmann/Bamberg Symphony Orchestra), Mahler’s Das Lied Von Der Erde (on tour with Treviño/Basque National Orchestra), Mahler’s Second Symphony (Hrůša/Philharmonia Orchestra), Mahler’s Third Symphony (Treviño/RTE Symphony Orchestra), Mahler’s Eight Symphony (K. Petrenko/Bayerische Staatsorchester), Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex (Treviño/Malmö Symphony Orchestra), Verdi’s Requiem (Farnes/BBC National Orchestra Of Wales), Beethoven’s Opferlied (Gernon/BBC Philharmonic Orchestra) and Elgar’s Sea Pictures (Hill/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra). She will be Artist in Residence at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, for whom she will sing Mahler’s Second and Third Symphonies (V. Petrenko), Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (Stutzmann), Messiah (Jeannin), and a recital with Joseph Middleton at St George’s Hall. Her debut solo disc, A Love Letter To Liverpool, will be released in September 2019 by Rubicon Classics.
From Volgograd, Victoria is an alumna of member of the prestigious Young Artist Programme at the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia where she appeared as Aglaya in a new production of Weinberg’s The Idiot and Third wood sprite in new production of Rusalka with Ainars Rubikis. Victoria has toured extensively with the Bolshoi, with performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington and across France.
Recent highlights include dritte dame in Die Zauberflöte conducted by Stanislav Kochanovsky, and Stimme von oben in Die Frau ohne Schatten with Valery Gergiev at the Verbier Festival, and the Mozart Requiem with the Athens Philharmonic. This season Victoria will make her US debut as Olga in Eugene Onegin at Palm Beach Opera – on the concert platform will sing Stravinsky’s Les noces with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, and Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9 at the United Nations in New York. Future seasons will see Victoria make a series of exciting house and roles debuts across Europe, incuding at the Opéra de Lyon, Stanislavsky Theatre Moscow, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, and the Gran Teatre del Liceu.
Victoria is an Opera for Peace affiliated artist.
For the Wiener Staatsoper her roles include Dorabella (Mozart Cosi fan tutte), Octavian (Strauss Der Rosenkavalier) and Clairon (Strauss Capriccio). For the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden her roles include Mélisande (Debussy Pelléas et Mélisande), Sophie (Maw Sophie’s Choice), Hänsel (Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel) and Octavian.
In 2007 the Austrian government awarded Angelika the title of Kammersängerin for her outstanding contributions to the Vienna State Opera. In 2009 she became an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music in London.
She has a wide discography on the Sony Masterworks label which have won numerous awards including a Grammy.
Highlights of the 2018/19 season include Mrs Lovett Sweeney Todd for Opernhaus Zurich; Mrs Muskat in Johanna Doderer’s Liliom for Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz Munich; a performance of Winterreise at the Wiener Staatsoper with Julius Drake and other major European recital dates including the Opernhaus Zurich.
One of the leading mezzo-sopranos of her generation, Magdalena Kožená was born in Brno and studied in her hometown and in Bratislava.
Her recital appearances have taken her to London, Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Amsterdam, Vienna, Tokyo, San Francisco, to New York’s Alice Tully and Carnegie halls, and the leading European festivals – working with pianists including Daniel Barenboim, Yefim Bronfman, Malcolm Martineau, András Schiff and Mitsuko Uchida.
In concert she has collaborated with many of the world’s foremost orchestras, including the Berlin, Vienna, Rotterdam and Czech Philharmonic orchestras, the Philadelphia and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestras and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. She works with conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Mariss Jansons, Gustavo Dudamel, Bernard Haitink, Jiří Bĕlohlávek,
Sir Roger Norrington and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
To begin the 2019-20 season, Magdalena will make her highly anticipated role debut as Lady Macbeth in the world premiere of Pascal Dusapin’s Macbeth, Underworld at La Monnaie, Brussels. Other opera engagements this season will include her return as Octavian in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier at the Metropolitan opera under Sir Simon Rattle, as Idamante in Mozart’s Idomeneo at the Staatsoper Berlin, and she will make her role debut as the Waitress in the world premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s Innocence at Festival Aix En Provence. In concert this season, Magdalena will embark on a European and US chamber music tour, joined by Sir Simon Rattle on piano. She will join Fillarmonica della Scala in Milan for Mahler’s Ruckert Lieder at Teatro alla Scala, and in Spring 2020 she will re-join her long-standing touring partners, The Melody Makers
Mezzo-soprano & Contralto
Globally renowned for her interpretation of Mahler, Swedish mezzo soprano, Anna Larsson, has worked with the greatest Mahler conductors of our time including Claudio Abbado, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Harding, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Lorin Maazel and Kurt Masur. On the operatic stage, she is a distinguished Wagnerian and her roles include Erda, Waltraute, Kundry and Brangäne, for which she is regularly in demand. She built and inaugurated the Vattnäs Concert Barn in Sweden which has been the stage for many community projects including a world premiere. She is an intellectual and vocal commentator and ambassador for the future of opera and classical music. In 2014 she was awarded the Royal Medal ‘Litteris et Artibus’ from the King of Sweden.
Highlights in Isabel’s 2019/20 season include her debut for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Charlotte Werther, the title role in Laurent Pelly’s new production of La Cenerentola for the Dutch National Opera and Rosina Il barbiere di Sivligia for Cincinnati Opera.
In previous seasons she has appeared at the Salzburg, Aix-en-Provence and Glyndebourne Festivals, the Opéra National de Paris, the Canadian Opera Company, the Vienna and Munich State Operas and, in the United States, at the Metropolitan Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Washington National Opera.
Her concert appearances have included the New York Philharmonic with Maazel, the Boston Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras with Dudamel, the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Nelsons at the Tanglewood Festival, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with both Salonen and Gergiev, the Cleveland Orchestra with Welser-Möst and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra with Conlon. A popular recitalist, she has appeared in Boston, San Francisco and Washington, in Atlanta’s Spivey Hall and in New York at both the Zankel and Alice Tully Halls.
Elena Manistina trained in her home town at The Music School of Saratov and later the Moscow State Conservatory P. I. Tchaikovsky. She was winner of the first prize at the Operalia Competition (2002) and a finalist of the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition (2003).
Elena works with numerous world-renowned conductors including Michael Tilson Thomas, Edward Gardner, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Daniel Oren, appearing on the stages of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Washington National Opera, Opera de Paris, Canadian Opera and the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Metropolitan Opera among others.
Ann Murray DBE
Ann Murray was born in Dublin. She has close links with both the English National Opera, for whom she has sung the title roles in Handel Xerxes and Ariodante and Donizetti Maria Stuarda, and with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where her roles have included Cherubino, Dorabella, Donna Elvira, Rosina, Octavian, new productions of L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, Ariadne auf Naxos, Idomeneo, Mitridate, Re di Ponto, Cosi fan Tutte, Mosé in Egitto, Alcina and Giulio Cesare.
Her international operatic engagements have taken her to Hamburg, Dresden, Cologne, Berlin, Munich, Paris, Zurich, Brussels, Amsterdam, Milan, Vienna, Salzburg, the Chicago Lyric Opera, Los Angeles Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, New York.
In concert, she has appeared with the world’s great orchestras and her recital appearances have taken her to Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Geneva, Dresden, Zurich, Frankfurt, Madrid, London, Dublin, the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Munich and Salzburg Festivals and both the Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna. Her discography reflects not only her broad concert and recital repertoire but also many of her great operatic roles.