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.
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.
Mezzo-Soprano & Contralto
Adriana Bignagni Lesca
Born in Libreville, Gabon, Adriana Bignagni Lesca studied at the Conservatoire de Bordeaux with Maryse Castets. Previous opera highlights include Brambilla in Offenbach’s La Périchole with Les Musiciens du Louvre and Marc Minkowski at Salzburg Easter Festival and on tour to Montpellier, Bordeaux, Grenoble, and Versailles; Fatouma in Marouf, Savetier du Caire by Henri Rabaud at the Opéra National de Bordeaux and the Opéra-Comique de Paris; Rossweisse Die Walküre in Bordeaux. This season Adriana will return to the Opéra National de Bordeaux as Mistress Quickly in Laurent Pelly’s production of Verdi’s Fastaff; other highlights include Mozart’s Mitridate, Re di Ponto on a concert tour of Europe with Les Musiciens du Louvre and Marc Minkowski.
Future seasons will see a series of exciting debuts at Staatsoper Berlin and the Opéra National de Paris.
Hailed as a “gifted young tenor” by the New York Times, Ben Bliss is quickly establishing himself as one of the most exciting performers on today’s operatic stage, both in his native America and internationally. He was the 2016 recipient of the Martin E. Segal award at the Lincoln Center and his many other accolades include the 2013 Operalia Don Plácido Domingo Sr. Zarzuela prize.
Recent highlights include Don Ottavio Don Giovanni at the Lyric Opera Chicago and Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, and Ferrando Così fan tutte at the Metropolitan Opera. Ben returns to the stage in the 2020/21 season as Flamand in Christof Loy’s new production of Strauss’ Capriccio at the Opernhaus Zurich. For Ben’s full biography please download his Publicity Pack.
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, Deutsche Oper and in Luxembourg.
Future highlights include a recital and lecture series for the University of Chicago, Des Knaben Wunderhorn with Barcelona Symphony and Marta Gardolińska, Britten’s War Requiem with Kent Nagano and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and with Philippe Jordan and the San Francisco Symphony, Evangelist St Matthew Passion for Teatro Regio Torino, Bajazet Tamerlano in concert for the Moscow State Philharmonic, Winterreise with Sir Antonio Pappano at the Pierre Boulez Saal Berlin and further performances with jazz pianist Brad Mehldau of his composition for Ian, The Folly of Desire.
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.
Paata Burchuladze was born in Georgia and studied at the Tbilisi State Conservatory and La Scala, Milan. His notable operatic appearances include Rossini’s Don Basilio, Konchak Prince Igor, Grand Inquisitor The Fiery Angel, Tsar Dodon The Golden Cockerel, Boris Godunov, Attila, Walther Luisa Miller, Timur, Jacopo Fiesco, Sobakin The Tsar’s Bride and Grand Inquisitor Don Carlo (Royal Opera House); Boris Godunov, Gounod’s Méphistophélès and Zaccaria in Nabucco (Paris Opéra); Walther, Boris Godunov, Nabucco, Grand Inquisitor and Prince Ivan Khovansky in Khovanshchina (Vienna State Opera); Zaccaria, Ramfis, Banquo, Jacopo Fiesco, Boris Godunov, Walther and Sparafucile (Teatro alla Scala); and Boris Godunov, Prince Ivan Khovansky, the Commendatore, Grand Inquisitor and Zaccaria (Metropolitan Opera, New York).