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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
“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.