Nicole Car is one of the most outstanding young singers to emerge from Australia in recent years, performing at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Dallas Opera, Deutsche oper Berlin, Opera Australia and Opera de Paris.
Concert repertoire includes Brahms’ Deutsches Requiem, Das Klagende Lied, Mozart’s Requiem and St John Passion.
Nicole was 2013 winner of Neue Stimmen and was nominated for Best Young Singer at the 2015 International Opera Awards. She won Best Female Performer in an Opera category at the 2018 Helpmann Awards.
Her discography includes her first solo orchestral disc The Kiss.
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, Figaro Le nozze di Figaro for the Stuttgart Staatsoper, Garibaldo in a European and American tour of Rodelinda with The English Concert under Harry Bicket and Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Opera Orchestra of Valencia and James Gaffigan.
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.
Future seasons see him return to the Metropolitan Opera, the Glyndebourne Festival and make his debut at Teatro alla Scala, Milan.
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 was 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.
She is supported by the Australian Music Foundation
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
Sarah Connolly was made a DBE in the 2017 Birthday Honours, having previously been awarded a CBE in the 2010 New Year Honours. She has sung at the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Lucerne, Salzburg and Tanglewood festivals and the BBC Proms where, in 2009, she was a soloist at the Last Night. Opera engagements have taken her around the world from the Metropolitan Opera to the Royal Opera House, the Paris Opera, La Scala Milan, the Munich State Opera and the Bayreuth, Glyndebourne and Aix-en-Provence festivals.
Recent highlights include Fricka in The Ring Cycle at both the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the Teatro Real in Madrid and recitals for the Schubertíada a Vilabertran, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid and for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.
Recent performances on the concert platform have included 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). In the 2018/19 season, Sarah curated a residency at Wigmore Hall.
“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.