Anna Caterina Antonacci
Established as one of the finest sopranos of her generation, Anna Caterina won prestigious prizes at the Voci Verdiane, Callas and Pavarotti competitions.
She has been honoured with the ‘Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’honneur’ by the French Republic, which is the highest national distinction one can receive. Her first recording Era la Notte for the Naive label received great acclaim and she has also recorded L’Alba separa dalla luce l’ombra for Wigmore Live, with her pianist Donald Sulzen, featuring songs by Tosti, Cilea, and Hahn.
Frédéric Antoun was born in Quebec and studied at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia.
Frédéric has appeared as Belmonte Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Thespis Platée and Ferrando Cosi fan tutte (Opera de Paris), Tonio La Fille du Régiment (Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Opera de Lausanne and Opera de Toulon), Amaedus Daberlohn Charlotte Salmon and Raul in the world premiere of Adès’ The Exterminating Angel (Salzburg Festival), Nadir Les Pecheurs de perles (Opernhaus Zurich), Laërte Hamlet at the Theater an der Wien, Cendrillon at La Monnaie Brussels and Ferrando Cosi fan tutte (Opera de Marseille and Opera de Paris).
Concert repertoire includes Handel’s Messiah, Schumann Das Paradies und die Peri, Berlioz L’enfance du Christ and Requiem, Beethoven Symphony No.9, Mozart Requiem, Orff’s Carmina burana and Bach’s Magnificat and St Matthew and St John Passion.
Cheryl Barker pursues an active opera and concert career. In Australia, she appears regularly with Opera Australia, where her roles have included Nedda (Leoncavallo I pagliacci), the Countess (Mozart Le nozze di Figaro), Mimì (Puccini La bohème), Violetta (Verdi La traviata), Donna Elvira (Mozart Don Giovanni), Tatyana (Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin), all three sopranos in Puccini Il trittico, Desdemona (Verdi Otello) and the title roles in Puccini Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Janáček Jenufa, Dvořák Rusalka and Strauss Arabella. She has also sung Mimì, Antonia (Offenbach Les Contes d’Hoffmann) and Tatyana (Eugene Onegin) for the Victoria State Opera, Violetta for Opera Queensland, and Madama Butterfly and Violetta for New Zealand Opera.
Internationally, Cheryl is particularly noted for her performances of Madama Butterfly, singing this role for English National Opera, De Vlaamse Opera, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper, Berlin, Dutch National Opera, Houston Grand Opera and the Opéra National de Paris.
Cheryl appears regularly on the recital and concert platform and her many recordings include Madama Butterfly, Katja Kabanova, Rusalka and The Makropoulos Case for Chandos.
Cheryl was awarded the Order of Australia in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Dmitry Belosselskiy is one of the most exciting basses of his generation, taking the operatic world by storm, equally celebrated by audiences and critics.
In 2019/20, Dmitry will appear at the Teatro Real as Filippo II Don Carlos, Oper Frankfurt, Boris Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk; Dutch National Opera, Zaccaria Nabucco; The Metropolitan Opera, Fiesco Simon Boccanegra; Opéra national de Paris, Pimen Boris Godunov. Concert appearances Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the Prague Philharmonia with Emmanuel Villaume as well as his debut at the Bayreuth Festival singing Shostakovich 13th Symphony “babi yar” in a special concert ahead of the Wagner Festival 2020.
He has already established a remarkable career and has performed at the world’s finest opera houses and concert venues, including Metropolitan Opera New York, Teatro alla Scala, Salz-burger Festspiele, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Wiener Staatsoper, Opera de Paris, Chorégies d’Orange, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Opernhaus Zurich, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Theater an der Wien, Washington National Opera, Canadian Opera Company Toronto, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, and Bayerische Staatsoper Munich. He has also appeared with the London Phil-harmonic Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as on the stages of Avery Fisher Hall, New York, Harris Theater, Chicago, John Hancock Hall Boston, Philharmonie Luxemburg, Wiener Konzerthaus, Gewandhaus Orchester in Leipzig, Macau International Music Festival, Seoul Arts Center, Palm Beach Opera and Bregenzer Festspiele.
Dmitry has worked with many leading conductors including Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Chailly, Vladimir Spivakov, Yuri Bashmet, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Marco Armiliato, James Levine, James Conlon, Jan Latham Koenig, Ion Marin, Thomas Sanderling, Jesus López-Cobos, Riccardo Frizza and Mikhail Pletnev.
Sophie was the recipient of the 2010 Critics’ Circle award for Exceptional Young Talent, The Times Breakthrough Award at the 2012 South Bank Sky Arts Awards, the Young Singer award at the 2013 inaugural International Opera Awards and was made an MBE for services to music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2019.
Conductors she works with include Sir Antonio Pappano, Daniel Harding, Andris Nelsons, Edward Gardner, Laurence Cummings, Sir Mark Elder, Ivor Bolton and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.
Her operatic roles include Ilia Idomeneo, title role The Cunning Little Vixen, Sophie Der Rosenkavalier, Susanna Le nozze di Figaro, Governess The Turn of the Screw and Pamina. She made her debut at Glyndebourne Festival Opera as Michal Saul, at Teatro Real, Madrid as Pamina and at the Salzburg Festival and Metropolitan Opera as Beatriz in Thomas Adès’ The Exterminating Angel.
Ukrainian, Andrei Bondarenko, is one of the most exciting young baritones of today, having worked extensively with Valery Gergiev, Ivor Bolton, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vasily Petrenko, Enrique Mazzola, Kirill Karabits, Teodor Currentzis, Emanuelle Villaume, Michael Sturminger, Omer Meir Wellber, Alain Altinoglou, Daniele Callegari, and Mikhail Tatarnikov.
Despite his youth, he has already appeared at Salzburg Festival, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Glyndebourne Festival and Touring Opera, Teatro Colon, Cologne Opera, Sydney Opera House, Perm State Opera and Mariinsky Theatre. He also gave his role debut as Billy in the Russian premiere of Britten’s Billy Budd (Mikhailovsky Theatre, St. Petersburg).
The 2019/20 season includes Conte Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro on tour with Currentzis and Musica Aeterna in Vienna and Lucern; Andrei will reprise this role later in the season with Opera Australia and at The Bolshoi Theatre. Andrei will make his debut at the Royal Opera House as Marcello in La bohème and as Don Giovanni at Teatro Stabile del Veneto, Padova and will return to New Isreali Opera in the title role in Eugene Onegin.
Andrei has recorded Don Giovanni (title role) and Le nozze di Figaro (Conte) for Sony Classics, Rachmaninov songs with Iain Burnside at the Queens Hall in Edinburgh for Delphian Records, as well as the highly-acclaimed Lieutenant Kijé Suite on the BIS label.
Ian Bostridge CBE has made regular appearances at the Salzburg, Edinburgh, Munich, Vienna, Schwarzenberg and Aldeburgh festivals. He has had residencies at the Wiener Konzerthaus, Carnegie Hall New York, Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Philharmonie Luxembourg, London’s Barbican Centre and Wigmore Hall. In 2018 Ian began an auspicious Artistic Residency with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the first of its kind for the ensemble.
In opera, he has performed the roles Lysander (Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream) for Opera Australia and at the Edinburgh Festival, Jeptha at the Opéra National de Paris, Tamino (Mozart Die Zauberflöte) and Jupiter (Handel Semele) for English National Opera and Peter Quint (Britten The Turn of the Screw), Don Ottavio (Mozart Don Giovanni) and Caliban (Adès The Tempest) for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. For the Bayerische Staatsoper he has sung Nerone (Monteverdi L’Incoronazione di Poppea), Tom Rakewell (Stravinsky The Rake’s Progress) and Male Chorus (Britten The Rape of Lucretia), for the Wiener Staatsoper he has sung Don Ottavio and for the Teatro alla Scala Milan he has sung Peter Quint. He has sung Aschenbach (Britten Death in Venice) for English National Opera, La Monnaie, Brussels and in Luxembourg.
Highlights of the 2018/19 season include a European recital tour with jazz pianist Brad Mehldau which will include a new composition by Mehldau, a world premiere of a new commission by James MacMillan with the London Symphony Orchestra for the WW1 centenary, staged performances of the Zender Winterreise, directed by Netia Jones, in Shanghai, recordings of the three major Schubert song cycles live at the Wigmore Hall with pianists Lars Vogt and Thomas Adès, recital tours in Japan, Hong Kong and Korea, as well as a European concert tour with Europa Galante. Further ahead, Ian will return to the operatic stage at the Deutsche Oper and give the world premiere of a new work written for him by Olli Mustonen.
Graeme Broadbent studied at the Royal College of Music with Lyndon Vanderpump and in Moscow with Yevgeny Nesterenko. He was awarded the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire Postgraduate Diploma in 1991. He has performed with the Opera Comique, Theatre des Champs- Elysees, Theater an der Wien, Staatstheater Stuttgart, Festspielhaus Baden- Baden, New Zealand Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra (Dudamel) and Accademia Santa Cecilia (Pappano). New productions for Opera North included Pinocchio, Der Zwerg and Seven Deadly Sins; and many roles for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden included Colline La boheme, Angelotti Tosca and King Marke Tristan und Isolde. Engagements include Eugene Onegin for the Scottish Opera, a new commission Monstrous Child for the Linbury Theatre of the Royal Opera House, Lieutenant Ratcliffe Billy Budd for the Bolshoi Theatre, and Menotti’s The Consul for the Welsh National Opera.