Young Sicilian tenor Pietro Adaíni studied singing and music with baritone Salvo Todaro and has attended masterclasses with notable tenor Marcello Giordani. He currently studies under renowned bel canto tenor Salvatore Fisichella. He was a finalist in the 2011-12 international singing competition Voci dal Mediterraneo – Premio Archimede in Syracuse, and in 2014 was awarded a scholarship at Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, where he debuted in the roles of Rodolfo La Bohème and Nemorino L’elisir d’amore.
Pietro quickly began establishing himself on the operatic stage in Italy, attending the ‘Gran Prix of the Opera’ in Parma, performing as the tenor soloist in Puccini’s ‘Messa di Gloria’ in Cagliari, and appearing as Beppe and Arlecchino in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci at the Sferisterio Macerata Opera Festival and as Ernesto in Don Pasquale in Bergamo, Como, Cremona, Pavia and Jesi.
An adept singer of Rossini repertoire, Pietro has had much success as Il Conte d’Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, a role that he has performed in Florence, Salerno, Padua, at the Operaestate Festival Veneto and at the Gran Teatro Nacional in Lima, Peru, as well as the role of Don Ramiro in La cenerentola in Ravenna, Lucca, Piacenza and Ancona. Other roles include Fenton Falstaff in Genoa, Narciso Il turco in Italia at the Bergen National Opera, Norway, Ruodi Guillaume Tell and Lindoro L’italiana in Algeri at the Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Fadinard Il cappello di paglia di Firenze at the Teatro di San Carlo, Naples and Il Conte di Libenskof Il viaggio a Reims in Verona and at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.
Recent highlights include highly praised appearances as Elvino in La sonnambula at the Teatro Regio di Torino, Il Duca di Mantova in Verdi’s Rigoletto in Salerno with conductor Daniel Oren and Dorvil La scala di seta at the Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman. Pietro has also recently achieved great success in the role of Rinuccio in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi at the Teatro Grande di Brescia and the Teatro Fraschini di Pavia. Upcoming engagements will include several new runs as Rinuccio at the Teatro Sociale di Como and the Teatro Ponchielli di Cremona, Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Bolshoi Theatre conducted by Tugan Sokhiev, and Bruschino Il signor Bruschino at Pesaro’s Rossini Opera Festiva.
Armenian tenor Migran Agadzhanyan came to international attention in 2018 when he won 2nd prize at Operalia. He has worked at the major opera houses around Europe, including the Mariinsky Theatre where he regularly performs, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Opéra Royal de Versailles, Hamburgische Staatsoper, and Royal Swedish Opera, in roles including Don José Carmen, Pinkerton Madama Butterfly, Rodolfo La bohème, Macduff Macbeth, and Alfredo La traviata.
This season he returns to the Deutsche Oper Berlin for Madama Butterfly, debuts at Royal Danish Opera in Barrie Kosky’s Carmen, and makes his Opera di Roma and Teatro di Pisa debuts. The coming seasons see debuts at Teatro di san Carlos Napoli, and New National Theatre Tokyo for Carmen, and his debut at Royal Opera House Covent Garden.
John Mark Ainsley
John Mark Ainsley has appeared with the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors, including the London, Chicago, Boston and San Francisco Symphony orchestras and the London, Berlin, Vienna and New York Philharmonic orchestras, with Davis, Haitink, Mackerras, Charles Dutoit, Masur, Norrington, Rattle and Abbado. He has performed on stage with the Glyndebourne Festival, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, English National Opera, Theater an der Wien, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Teatro all Scala Milan, Oper Frankfurt and Bayerische Staatsoper, with the Salzburg and Aix-en-Provence and Edinburgh festivals, and the BBC Proms. He has recorded extensively for the major labels and was nominated for a Gramophone Award. He won the Royal Philharmonic Society Singer Award, and is a Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music.
In 2016 John Mark was diagnosed with Leukaemia. Fortunately this was an early diagnosis and with ongoing treatment the prognosis for his general health is very good. However, he has decided that it is time to retire from public performance. It is still very much his intention to remain involved with singing and performing through teaching, adjudication and master classes.
Louise Alder studied at the Royal College of Music International Opera School where she was the inaugural Kiri Te Kanawa Scholar.
In the 2019/20 season Louise returns to the Royal Opera as Zerlina Don Giovanni; to the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich as Marzelline Fidelio and to the Glyndebourne Festival as Ann Trulove The Rake’s Progress. She also makes debuts with the San Francisco Opera in the title role of Partenope and with the English National Opera as Susanna in a new production of Le nozze di Figaro.
In concert, she sings Schumann’s Szenen aus Goethes Faust with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Messiah with the New York Philharmonic/Harry Bicket, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Tokyo Philharmonic/Jonathan Nott, Mozart Arias at the Salzburg Mozartwoche with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra/Daniel Harding and the title role in Theodora at the Konzerthaus in Vienna with Arcangelo/Jonathan Cohen.
In recital, she appears at the BBC Proms and the Oper Frankfurt with Gary Matthewman, Wigmore Hall with both Joseph Middleton and James Baillieu and at the Oxford Lieder Festival and Fundación Privada Victoria de los Ángeles in Barcelona with Sholto Kynoch.
Azerbaijani soprano Dinara Alieva graduated at the Baku music academy and joined the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow as soloist in 2010. She has won prizes at the Operalia Competition, Francesco Viñas Competition and Maria Callas Competition, and has since performed with the Wiener Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Oper Frankfurt, Hamburgisch Staatsoper, Semperoper Dresden, Staatstheater Stuttgart and Bayerische Staatsoper. Ms Alieva’s growing discography includes Pace mio Dio, a CD of Italian opera arias for Delos Records, and a recording of great Italian love duets with Alexandr Antonenko.
Engagements for the 2018/19 season and beyond include Elisabeth Don Carlos at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Nedda Pagliacci at the Liceu Barcelona and Liu Turandot for the Wiener Staatsoper, as well as her debut appearances with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Violetta) and Paris Opera (Cio Cio-san Madama Butterfly).
Baritone & Director
Sir Thomas Allen
Sir Thomas Allen is an established star of the great opera houses of the world. He has sung over fifty roles at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; in 2012 he celebrated his 40th anniversary of his debut with the company. An acclaimed recitalist, he is equally renowned on the concert platform and has appeared with the world’s great orchestras and conductors. He is Chancellor of Durham University. His many honours include the title of Bayerischer Kammersänger awarded by the Bayerische Staatsoper. In the New Year’s Honours of 1989 he was created a Commander of the British Empire and in the 1999 Queen’s Birthday Honours he was made a Knight Bachelor. Among his proudest achievements is having a Channel Tunnel locomotive named after him; and most recently, being awarded the Queen’s Medal for Music 2013.
She made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2016 as the Madrigal Singer in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut and has since sung at the Glyndebourne Festival (Dryad/Ariadne); Seattle Opera (Ursula/Beatrice et Benedict); Opera Columbus (Carmen) and at the Grand Théâtre de Genève (Cherubino/Nozze di Figaro). This season, Avery will sing Alcina/Bradamante, at Glyndebourne and in her house and role debut for the Hannover Staatsoper, as well as Irene/Bajazet for Portland Opera. On the concert platform Avery will open the season with the world premiere of ‘The Listeners’ by Caroline Shaw on a US concert tour with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. Avery will also sing Messiah with Bernard Labadie and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, perform Mahler 2 at Salisbury Cathedral and record her debut solo album, also with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.
Recent concerts include Dido and Aeneas at the Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam with Early Opera Company, Vivaldi arias with the Orchestra of St Luke’s in New York; Mozart’s Requiem with the Rhode Island Philharmonic and Bramwell Tovey; Bach’s St John Passion and Duruflé’s Requiem with the Voices of Ascension, New York; Berlioz Les Nuits D’été and Brahms Alto Rhapsody with the American Classical Orchestra, and concerts of Handel and Vivaldi with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Nicholas McGegan. Exceptional in baroque repertoire, she has worked with William Christie, Helmuth Rilling and Maasaki Suzuki, and at the Bachfest Leipzig and the Boston Early Music Festival.
Italian-American tenor Michele Angelini made his European debut at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro as Count Libenskof in Il viaggio a Reims and sang the part of Hänschen Rilow in the world premiere of Benoit Mernier’s opera Frühlings Erwachen at Theatre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels, which was also released on the Cypress Records Label.
In the 18/19 season, highlights include a return to Staatsoper Berlin for performances of Il Barbiere di Siviglia; performances of Rossini’s Stabat Mater conducted by Gianandrea Noseda with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, Washington DC and Carnegie Hall New York and his house debuts at the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow in Il viaggio a Reims, and at Teatro Petruzelli, Bari as Argirio in Tancredi. He will take part in the AIDS Galas in Berlin and Bonn and sing Barbiere in concert in Bremen’s Die Glocke with Jérémie Rhorer. Looking ahead Michele will give his house debuts at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Tokyo’s New National Theatre.