Italian tenor Andrea Carè is one of the most prominent artists in the new generation of operatic tenors. He was among the last students who had the privilege to study with Luciano Pavarotti and is also a protégé of legendary soprano Raina Kabaivanska. He won the Spoleto International Opera Competition in 2005.
He features on the Royal Opera House’s DVD release of Nabucco also featuring Placido Domingo, released on Sony Classical (2015).
American Bass-baritone Brandon Cedel is a recent graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, and was an ensemble member of Oper Frankfurt from 2016-2019.
Highlights in his 2019/20 season include Masetto Don Giovanni for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Basilio Il barbiere di Siviglia for the Canadian Opera Company and Garibaldo in a European tour of Rodelinda with The English Concert under Harry Bicket.
Elsewhere he has sung Masetto for the Metropolitan Opera; Leporello Don Giovanni and Argante Rinaldo for the Glyndebourne Festival; Collatinus The Rape of Lucretia for the Boston Lyric Opera; the title role in Le nozze di Figaro for Opera Philadelphia and Colline La bohème for the Canadian Opera Company.
His many roles for Oper Frankfurt include Masetto, Sprecher Die Zauberflöte, Lieutenant Ratcliffe Billy Budd, Argante, Ariodate Xerxes, Cesare Angelotti Tosca, Brander La damnation de Faust and Achior in Mozart’s La Betulia Liberata.
The Siberian baritone is a member of the prestigious Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers. He has already performed the title role in Eugene Onegin on the stage of the Mariinsky.
He took part in the Moscow Easter Festival (2012 and 2013), and with the Mariinsky Academy he has already sung recitals in venues such as Wigmore Hall, London, Serate Musicali, Milan, Prinzregententheater Munich, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse, Brucknerhaus Linz, Opéra national du Bordeaux and concert halls in Russia, Asia and Europe, mostly accompanied by Larissa Gergieva.
Gregory graduated from the Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg Conservatory (2006-2011). He was winner of the 8th Elena Obraztsova International Competition of Young Singers in Saint Petersburg (2011) and of the 5th Nadezhda Obukhova Russian National Competition for Young Vocalists in Lipetsk (2012). He also came in second at the 3rd Maxim Mikhailov Competition for Young Opera Singers in Kaluga (2013) and the 9th International Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singers’ Competition in Tikhvin (2015).
He took part in the Moscow Easter Festival (2012 and 2013), and he also performed at the Grand Theatre de Genève, the Prince Regent Theatre in Munich, and in concert halls in Russia and Europe. Gregory will continue to study at the Mariinsky Academy and perform on the stages of the Mariinsky Theatre.
Australian / British soprano Samantha Clarke is a member of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama Opera School as a Baroness de Turckheim Scholar, Help Musicians, Tait Memorial and Countess of Munster Trust Scholar where she recently appeared as Helena A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Guildhall Gold Medal, Leverhulme Royal Northern College of Music Award, the Dame Eva Turner Award and the Michael and Joyce Kennedy Award for the singing of Strauss. Samantha was awarded a 2017 RNCM Gold Medal and was a Ferrier semi finalist in April.
Peter Coleman-Wright has performed throughout the worlds great Opera Houses, including The Metropolitan Opera, New York, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, English National Opera (most recently in the title role of Glanert’s Caligula) and the Glyndebourne Festival. He created the roles of John in Johnathan Harvey’s Inquest of Love, Colin in David Blake’s The Plumbers Gift and Harry Joy in Brett Dean’s Bliss which he performed in Australia and at the Edinburgh Festival.
He has sung in the opera houses of Paris, Bordeaux, Munich, Amsterdam, Geneva, Milan, Florence and at the Aix-en Provence and Bregenz Festivals. In North America he has sung in Houston, Santa Fe, New York (City Opera) and Vancouver.
For his native Australia he has sung Scarpia, Macbeth, Mandryka, Don Giovanni, Il Conte, Germont, Billy Budd, Balstrode, Pizzaro, Onegin, Golaud, and Sweeney Todd, winning the Helpmann Award for Best actor in a Musical.
As a concert artist he has performed in all the major venues throughout the world, most notably at the BBC Proms, the South Bank Centre. Barbican Centre and Wigmore Hall in London, Avery Fisher Hall, New York, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Concert Hall and he has recorded extensively for Telarc, Chandos, Hyperion, and EMI.
He was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Melbourne, and was awarded the Order of Australia in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours.
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.
“a prodigiously gifted singer whose voice makes an immediate impact” (Associate Press).
Philadelphia-born tenor Stephen Costello quickly established a reputation as a “first-class talent” (Opera News) after coming to national attention in 2007, when, aged 26, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut on the company’s season-opening night. Two years later Costello won the prestigious Richard Tucker Award, and has since appeared at many of the world’s most important opera houses and music festivals, including the Metropolitan Opera; Royal Opera House; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin; Paris Opera; Semperoper Dresden; Vienna State Opera; Teatro Real Madrid; Liceu Barcelona; Bayerische Staatsoper Munich and the Salzburg Festival.
The 2019-20 season features Rodolfo La bohème return at Semperoper Dresden and Staatsoper Hamburg, a house debut at Opernhaus Zürich in a staged production of Verdi’s Requiem, Paris Opera as des Grieux in a new production of Massenet’s Manon and Ferrando in Così fan tutte and returns to The Metropolitan Opera as Leicester in Maria Stuarda.
Stephen won the 2009 Richard Tucker Award, First Prize in the 2006 George London Foundation Awards Competition, First Prize and Audience Prize in the Giargiari Bel Canto Competition, and First Prize in the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Competition.
Born in Staffordshire, Lucy Crowe studied at the Royal Academy of Music, where she is now a Fellow.
With repertoire ranging from Purcell, Handel and Mozart to Donizetti’s Adina and Verdi’s Gilda she has sung with opera companies & orchestras throughout the world, including the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, the Glyndebourne Festival, English National Opera, the Teatro Real Madrid, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Bavarian State Opera, Metropolitan Opera New York, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Haïm, Oramo and Nelsons, The Berlin Philharmonic and Vienna Philharmonic under Nelsons, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Egarr, Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Nézet-Séguin, the Monteverdi Orchestra under Gardiner, and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia with Pappano.
This season Lucy makes her debut at Dutch National Opera in the title role Rodelinda & returns to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for Poppea Agrippina. In concert she joins the Berlin Philharmonic and Haïm for Apollo e Dafne, the Monteverdi Orchestra & Sir John Eliot Gardiner for a worldwide tour in celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday year, the Orchestre de Paris and Daniel Harding for Elijah and the English Concert and Harry Bicket in a worldwide tour of Rodelinda.