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Wagner Götterdämmerung

Andrew Davis Conductor
Christine Goerke Soprano
Danae Kontora Soprano
Amber Wagner Soprano
Erin Wall Soprano
Karen Cargill Mezzo-Soprano
Ronnita Miller Mezzo-Soprano
Catriona Morison Mezzo-Soprano
Burkhard Fritz Tenor
Josef Wagner Baritone
Ain Anger Bass
Samuel Youn Bass
Royal Conservatoire Voices  

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Andrew Davis

Andrew Davis Conductor

Sir Andrew Davis is the music director and principal conductor of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and chief conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Maestro Davis' career spans over forty years during which he has been the musical and artistic leader at several of the world's most distinguished opera and symphonic institutions, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra (conductor laureate; chief conductor 1991-2004), Glyndebourne Festival Opera (music director 1988-2000), and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (conductor laureate; principal conductor 1975-1988), where he has also been named interim artistic director from 2018-2020. He also holds the honorary title of conductor emeritus from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

One of today's most recognized and acclaimed conductors, Sir Andrew has conducted virtually all the world's major orchestras, opera companies, and festivals. In the 2017-18 season, he conducts three operas at the Lyric: Wagner’s Die Walküre in a new production of the "Ring" cycle, Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers, and Puccini’s Turandot. In addition to his regular and annual commitments with the BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and the Bergen Philharmonic in Norway, Sir Andrew will also perform with the Cincinnati Symphony in the seldom heard Second Symphony composed by the orchestra’s former music director Eugene Goossens, with the Tasmanian Symphony, and at the Edinburgh Festival this summer.

Christine  Goerke

Christine Goerke Soprano

Soprano Christine Goerke has appeared in the major opera houses of the world including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh Opera , New York City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Paris Opera, Théâtre du Châtelet, Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, Deutsche Oper Berlin, La Scala, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro Real in Madrid, Teatro Municipal de Santiago, and the Saito Kinen Festival. She has sung much of the great soprano repertoire, starting with the Mozartand Handel heroines and now earning critical acclaim for the dramatic Strauss and Wagner roles. She has received praise for her portrayals of the title roles in Elektra, Turandot, and Ariadne auf Naxos, Brünnhilde in the Ring Cycle, Kundry in Parsifal, Ortrud in Lohengrin, Leonora in Fidelio, Eboli in Don Carlos, The Dyer's Wife in Die Frau ohne Schatten, Cassandre in Les Troyens, Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes, Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia, Alice in Falstaff, and Madame Lidoine in Dialogues des Carmelites.

Ms. Goerke has also appeared with a number of the leading orchestras including the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra (in Boston, Carnegie Hall, and the Tanglewood Festival), Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Radio Vara (at the Concertgebouw), Sydney Symphony, New Zealand Symphony, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms, and the Hallé Orchestra at the Edinburgh International Festival. She has worked with some of the world's foremost conductors including James Conlon, Sir Andrew Davies, Sir Mark Elder, Christoph Eschenbach, Claus Peter Flor, James Levine, Sir Charles Mackerras, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Andris Nelsons, Seiji Ozawa, David Robertson, Donald Runnicles, Esa-Pekka Salonen, the late Robert Shaw, Patrick Summers, Jeffery Tate, Christian Thielemann, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Edo de Waart.

Ms. Goerke's recording of Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra won the 2003 Grammy Award for Best Classical Recording and Best Choral Performance. Her close association with Robert Shaw yielded several recordings including Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzes, Poulenc's Stabat Mater, Szymanowski's Stabat Mater, and the Grammy-nominated recording of Dvorak's Stabat Mater. Other recordings include the title role in Iphigenie en Tauride for Telarc and Britten’s War Requiem, which won the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance.

This season, Ms. Goerke returns to the Lyric Opera of Chicago for Siegfried, the Canadian Opera Company for Elektra, and to the Metropolitan Opera for the complete Ring Cycle. She also appears in concert with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Goerke was the recipient of the 2001 Richard Tucker Award, the 2015 MusicalAmerica Vocalist of the Year Award, and the 2017 Opera News Award.

Danae  Kontora

Danae Kontora Soprano

A native of Greece, coloratura soprano Danae Kontora trained at Munich’s Hochschule für Musik und Theater and Bayerische Theaterakademie August Everding before joining Oper Frankfurt’s Opernstudio where she appeared as Tigrane in Handel’s Radamisto, Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, Taumännchen in Hänsel und Gretel and Voice from Heaven (Don Carlos). In 2015, Danae was nominated for "Best Young Singer" by Opernwelt and in the same year she was awarded the Bayerische Kunstförderpreis.

A former ensemble member at Oper Leipzig, Danae Kontora performed an interesting mix of roles during her two seasons in Leipzig including Blumenmädchen I (Parsifal), Marion Delorme in Gounod’s Cinq-Mars, Young Shepherd (Tannhäuser), Blondchen (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Waldvogel (Siegfried) and, for the first time, Die Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte) a role which has subsequently formed the backbone of her professional seasons. A voice described by Süddeutsche Zeitung as “brilliant to its highest notes”, Danae Kontora has subsequently performed Die Königin der Nacht at Semperoper Dresden, Komische Oper Berlin, Aalto Musiktheater Essen, Oper Frankfurt, and in Barrie Kosky’s iconic production at the Tianqiao Performing Arts Center in Beijing. Danae Kontora has appeared at the Prinzregententheater with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester in the title role in Martin y Soler’s L’arbore di Diana under Paolo Carignani, as Isabelle in Oscar Strasnoy's Le bal under Ulf Schirmer, and she’s performed the role of Coloratura soprano in Claude Viviers’ Kopernikus at the Munich Biennale Festival of Contemporary Music.

In concert Danae Kontora joined Andris Nelsons and the Gewandhausorchester as part of the orchestra’s 275th Anniversary Celebrations, she’s performed Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester and Mario Venzago, Mendelssohn’s Elias with the Orchestra of Oper Frankfurt and Sebastian Weigle at the city’s Alte Oper, and Mozart’s Requiem with the Bamberger Symphoniker under Juraj Valcuha at Würzburg’s Mozartfest. Danae Kontora has performed the role Waldvogel in Wagner’s Siegfried with Sir Mark Elder and The Hallé at the Edinburgh International Festival and she returns to Edinburgh in August 2019 as Woglinde in Götterdammerung with Sir Andrew Davis and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

This current season includes her first appearance with Greek National Opera as Frasquita in Carmen, she returns to both Oper Leipzig and Oper Frankfurt as Die Königin der Nacht and she joins Oper im Steinbruch for the first time in the same role. She also appears with Daniel Oren and Israeli Opera in her role debut as Oscar in Verdi’s Un ballo in Maschera.

Amber  Wagner

Amber Wagner Soprano

American soprano Amber Wagner has been featured in Opera News as one of twenty-five artists poised to break out and become a major force in classical music in the coming decade. In a recent review of Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer at the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Times described her as possessing a “powerful, gleaming and richly expressive voice [which] was ideal for the music.”

Amber Wagner’s 2018-2019 season begins with a return to the Metropolitan Opera, for her role debut as Giorgetta in Il Trittico, conducted by Bertrand de Billy. She returns to Opera Australia to sing the title role in Puccini’s Turandot, and later reprises the role of Sieglinde in Die Walküre with Oper Frankfurt, conducted by Sebastian Weigle.

In the 2017-2018 season, Amber Wagner made her role debut as Aida with Opera Australia. With Sir Andrew Davis, she returned to Lyric Opera of Chicago in the title role of Turandot, a role she debuted with Vancouver Opera earlier in the season. Also with Sir Andrew Davis, Ms. Wagner reprised the role of Sieglinde in concert at the Edinburgh Festival and reprised Senta in Der fliegende Holländer in Rome with the Accademia di Santa Cecilia conducted by Mikko Franck, as well as in Turin with the National RAI Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Conlon. In addition, she returned to the Oregon Symphony to sing Verdi’s Requiem under the baton of Carlos Kalmar.

Operatic highlights of Ms. Wagner’s recent seasons include her company debut with Opera Australia as Sieglinde, and her company debut with the Bayerische Staatsoper in the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos opposite Jonas Kaufmann and conducted by Kirill Petrenko, a role she later reprised for her company debuts with Minnesota Opera and Palm Beach Opera. She returned to the Lyric Opera of Chicago to debut the role of Leonora in Verdi’s Il Trovatore conducted by Asher Fisch, and the role of Elisabeth in Tannhäuser conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. Ms. Wagner returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Senta conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin (to great critical acclaim), and returned to Oper Frankfurt to sing Senta and Sieglende.

Other recent operatic engagements include her European debut with the Prague State Opera as Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde; appearances as Elsa in Lohengrin with Lyric Opera of Chicago conducted by Sir Andrew Davis; Elsa and Senta with the Savonlinna Opera Festival; Leonora in La forza del destino at Washington National Opera in a new production directed by Francesca Zambello, and her return as Amelia in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera conducted by Fabio Luisi; the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos at Lyric Opera of Chicago and in concert performances at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, both conducted by Mo. Davis, as well as with the Canadian Opera Company, and Sieglinde at Oper Frankfurt with Sebastian Weigle.

Symphonic highlights include Verdi’s Requiem with the Melbourne Symphony and Toronto Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Asher Fisch, L’Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice conducted by Philippe Auguin, Houston Symphony conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Taipei Symphony, Pacific Chorale, Kansas City Symphony, Tucson Symphony, Colorado Symphony, and Grant Park Music Festival. Ms. Wagner performed Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, Spokane Symphony, and Oregon Symphony; a concert of Strauss songs with L’Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice; Mahler’s Symphony No 8 with the Aspen Music Festival conducted by Robert Spano; Sieglinde in Act 1 in concert performances of Die Walküre with the Colorado Symphony; Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 with the Grant Park Music Festival and Russian National Orchestra at the Napa Valley Festival del Sole, and Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Oregon Symphony. With the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco in Guadalajara, Mexico, Ms. Wagner performed several Strauss Lieder, Mahler’s Symphony No 4, and performed an all-Wagner program — later returning for her first recording of select Wagner works.

Other highlights on the concert stage include a concert of select Wagner works with the Minnesota Orchestra conducted by Asher Fisch, and Senta in a concert performance with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival conducted by James Conlon. Ms. Wagner also participated in the Metropolitan Opera’s summer concert series in Central Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York City, and in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Millennium Park concert, where she sang excerpts from Cavalleria Rusticana. Amber Wagner appeared in recital with mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton under the auspices of the Tucson Desert Song Festival and Arizona Opera, and made her New York recital debut with the George London Foundation at the Morgan Library.

Amber Wagner is a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition Grand Finals, Liederkranz Foundation Competition, and recipient of a Richard Tucker Career Grant Award, Kirsten Flagstad Award from the George London Foundation, and Sullivan Foundation Career Grant. She is also the first place winner of the Palm Beach Opera and Palm Springs Opera Guild Competitions, winner of the Lynne Harvey Scholarship from the Musicians Club of Women, and winner of the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Competition. As part of her participation in the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Ms. Wagner was also featured in the documentary “The Audition.” She is a native of Oregon.

Erin  Wall

Erin Wall Soprano

With an extensive repertoire spanning three centuries, Canadian soprano Erin Wall works with many of the world's leading conductors on opera and concert stages alike and is in great demand around the globe thanks to an innate musicality and vocal versatility.

Recent seasons have featured a series of critically-acclaimed debuts including Vanessa, Arabella and Daphne for Santa Fe Opera, Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) at The Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala and Los Angeles Opera, Clémence (L’amour de loin) and Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro) at Canadian Opera Company, Desdemona (Otello) for Vancouver Opera, and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) at The Metropolitan Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper and San Francisco Opera. Other key appearances have included Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Antonia (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) and Konstanze (Die Entführung auf dem Serail) at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Most recently she has met with unparalleled acclaim as Massenet’s Thaïs, which she performed in concert version under Sir Andrew Davis at both the Edinburgh International Festival and with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and for her first Ellen Orford in concert performances of Peter Grimes under Edward Gardner with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.

Karen  Cargill

Karen Cargill Mezzo-Soprano

Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and was the winner of the 2002 Kathleen Ferrier Award.

Forthcoming concert highlights include Gurrelieder with the Orquesta Nacional de Espana and David Afkham; Bruckner Mass in F minor with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Mariss Jansons; Mahler Symphony No2 with the Hong Kong Philarmonic and Jaap van Zweden and also with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla; Brangaene in concert for Montpellier Opera and Das Lied von der Erde and La Damnation de Faust for DSO Berlin and Robin Ticciati.

On the opera stage she will appear as Waltraute Götterdämmerung at the Royal Opera Covent Garden and has three return invitations to the Metropolitan Opera, New York with roles including Erda and Mere Marie.

Karen regularly sings with the Boston, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Chicago, Rotterdam and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras, Dresden Staatskapelle, London Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra working with conductors including Donald Runnicles, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Bernard Haitink, Sir Simon Rattle, Daniele Gatti, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Daniel Harding, Robin Ticciati and Edward Gardner. Opera highlights have included appearances at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Metropolitan Opera, New York; Deutsche Opera, Berlin and Glyndebourne Festival with roles including Waltraute Götterdämmerung, Brangaene Tristan and Isolde; Mere Marie Dialogues of the Carmelites and Judith Bluebeard’s Castle. Karen appears regularly at the BBC Proms and the Edinburgh International Festival.

Highlights with her regular recital partner Simon Lepper include appearances at Wigmore Hall London, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Kennedy Centre Washington and Carnegie Hall, as well as regular recitals for BBC Radio 3. With Simon she recently recorded a critically acclaimed recital of lieder by Alma and Gustav Mahler for Linn Records for whom she has also recorded Berlioz Les nuits d’été and La mort de Cléopatre with Robin Ticciati and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

In July 2018 Karen was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She is also Patron of the National Girls’ Choir of Scotland.

Ronnita  Miller

Ronnita Miller Mezzo-Soprano

American mezzo-soprano Ronnita Miller continues her upward career trajectory in Season 2018-19 in her sixth season as a permanent member of the ensemble at Deutsche Oper Berlin. Performances there this season include Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette before she travels to Lyric Opera Chicago to sing her signature role of Erda Siegfried. The artist then sings Erda Das Rheingold at Teatro Real, Madrid before returning to the Metropolitan Opera to sing First Norn, Schwertleite and Erda (cover) Der Ring des Nibelungen.

Last season at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Ms Miller recreated the roles of Third Lady Die Zauberflöte, Mary Der fliegende Holländer, Handmaiden L'Invisible, Fenena Nabucco, Marcellina Le nozze di Figaro and Lucia Cavalleria Rusticana. She then traveled to San Francisco Opera to sing Erda and First Norn in Der Ring des Nibelungen.

Recent highlights include Ulrika Un Ballo in Maschera and Madelon Andrea Chenier as well as appearing in revival performances of some of the roles that have brought her the admiration of Berlin audiences such as Marthe Schwertlein Faust and Erda and First Norn Der Ring des Nibelungen. She joined Semperoper Dresden as Erda under the baton of Christian Thieleman. Guest appearances elsewhere included the role of Armando Le Grand Macabre under the baton of Simon Rattle with both the London Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic, as well as Verdi’s Requiem at Opernhaus Hannover.

Catriona  Morison

Catriona Morison Mezzo-Soprano

Winner of the 2017 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Main Prize and joint winner of the Song Prize, Scottish mezzo Catriona Morison is the first British artist to win this highly coveted award. Currently a member of the ensemble at Oper Wuppertal, her 2017-18 appearances include Maddalena Rigoletto and Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel. Away from Oper Wuppertal, engagements include an autumn tour of European festivals with MusicAeterna and Teodor Currentzis conducting Mozart Requiem as well as appearances with the BBC Orchestras and at Wigmore Hall.

Last season’s highlights at Oper Wuppertal included Nicklausse Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Clarice The Love of Three Oranges and Maddalena Rigoletto.

Recent successes include the roles of Annina Der Rosenkavalier and Kay in Albrecht’s Die Schneekönigin (The Snow Queen) in the highly lauded 2015 production, both at Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar; Giove/Pisandro Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria for Theater Erfurt, staged performances of Mozart Requiem for Theater Hof and Handel’s Alexander’s Feast for Lithuanian National Opera.

Catriona started her musical career at an early age at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) as a singer and a violist. She went on to study for her BMus (Hons) and PGDip Opera Studies at the RCS and with Prof. Julie Kaufmann at the Universität der Künste, Berlin, and graduated from the Alexander Gibson Opera School of the RCS under the tuition of Clare Shearer with a MMus Opera with Distinction in 2013. She continues to study with Prof. Siegfried Gohritz in Weimar.

The artist became a Samling Artist in 2013, and the following year she joined the Bayreuther Festspielchor and appeared in their productions of Tannhäuser, Lohengrin and Der fligende Holländer. In summer 2015, Catriona joined the prestigious Young Singers Project at the Salzburg Festival where she made her debut with the Vienna Philharmonic in Der Rosenkavalier, and participated in the YSP Final Concert with the Mozarteum Orchestra under the baton of Christoph Altstaedt. Her 2015-16 season was spent as a member of the Thüringer Opernstudio in Germany.

Other roles include Dorabella Così fan tutte at Theater Rudolstadt and the Banff Centre in Canada, Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro in Weimar, Nerone L’incoronazione di Poppea and Bianca The Rape of Lucretia for the RCS, Hermia A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Scottish Opera and Mercédès Carmen for Edinburgh Grand Opera. She appeared as a Lady of Mahagonny The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at Usher Hall for the Edinburgh International Festival.

Concert appearances include her 2013 BBC Proms debut, broadcast on BBC Radio 3, performing two of Charlotte Seither’s recent works in a Proms + Portrait. She joined Bamberger Symphoniker in February 2014 for E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Miserere. Other highlights from the concert stage include Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle conducted by Rolf Beck with the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Chor, Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Poland and Bach’s St John Passion conducted by Helmuth Rilling. Her other oratorio and concert repertoire includes Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem and Vesperae Solennes Confessore, Bach’s St Matthew Passion and Christmas Oratorio, and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music.

Catriona’s other competition achievements include the Toonkunst Oratorio Prize at the 50th IVC ‘s-Hertogenbosch, and finalist at the 9th International Hilde Zadek Voice Competition in Vienna.

Burkhard  Fritz

Burkhard Fritz Tenor

Burkhard Fritz, is not only one of the world's most sought-after young hero duo-musicians, but has also been able to establish himself with great success in the Italian and French disciplines.

Parallel to his vocal training with Ute Buge he studied medicine at the University of Hamburg. He received further artistic impulses from Alfredo Kraus, Carlo Bergonzi, Arturo Sergi and most recently from Irmgard Hartmann-Dressler.

After starting at the Stadttheater Bremerhaven and the Musiktheater in the district in Gelsenkirchen, Burkhard Fritz was part of the ensemble of the Berlin State Opera from 2004 to 2010. Since 2010 he works internationally as a freelance opera singer.

His operatic repertoire includes Florestan in Fidelio, the title roles in Lohengrin, Parsifal and Tannhäuser, Stolzing in The Mastersingers of Nuremberg and Max in Der Freischütz, Bacchus in Ariadne on Naxos, The Emperor in The Woman Without a Shadow and the title role in Benvenuto Cellini, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Alvaro in La forza del Destino, Henri / Arrigo in Les Vepres Siciliennes / I Vespri Siciliani, Don José in Carmen and Paul in Die tote Stadt.

Guest engagements have taken him to the Vienna State Opera, the State Opera Munich, the Bayreuth and the Salzburg Festival, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the La Monnaie in Brussels, the Frankfurt Opera, the Hamburg State Opera, the Royal Opera Copenhagen, the Opera Vlaanderen and the Richard Strauss Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. He sang the title role in the premiere of Parsifal in China and guested with the Florestan and Parsifal in Japan. Great attention was given to the scenic world premiere of Schönberg's Gurre Lieder at the Amsterdam Opera.

He has previously worked with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Christian Thielemann, Mariss Janssons, Valery Gergiev, Andris Nelson, Gustavo Dudamel, Simone Young, Philippe Jordan, Sebastian Weigle, Paavo Järvi, Dmitri Jurowski and Ulf Schirmer, Kent Nagano and others together.

The recording of Benvenuto Cellini by Hector Berlioz from the Salzburg Festival 2007 and Les Vepres Siciliennes by Giuseppe Verdi from the Amsterdam Opera at OPUS ARTE have so far appeared on DVD with Burkhard Fritz in the title role. Mahler's monumental Symphony No8 under Gustavo Dudamel with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra was released as a DVD by Deutsche Grammophon. There are also releases on CD from: The 9th Symphony by Beethoven under Daniel Barenboim at Warner Classics, The Mastersingers of Nuremberg with the Nierderland Radio Orchestra at Quattro Live Netherlands, The Fairies of Richard Wagner and The Woman Without a Shadow with the Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra at OEHMS Classics and The Song of the Earth at PentaTone Classics.

Josef  Wagner

Josef Wagner Baritone

The musical training of the bass baritone Josef Wagner, born in Niederösterreich, began in a boys choir, and with violin and piano lessons. After deciding for a career in voice, he studied at the University for Music and the Performing Arts in Vienna with Kurt Equiluz and Robert Holl. He has received important artistic incentives in master classes of Paul Esswood, Walter Berry and Christa Ludwig. His present teacher is Prof. Wicus Slabbert.

After his stage debut as Don Alfonso and Dulcamara he became a member of the ensemble of the Vienna Volksoper in 2002. There he expanded his repertoire considerably and sang a.o. Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), Papageno and recently with sensational success the title role in the Achim Freyer production of Don Giovanni. He still feels closely connected to this house. In summer 2006, Josef Wagner gave his debut at the Salzburg Festival as Don Cassandro (La Finta Semplice). Since then he has been working as a freelance singer, performing e.g. Guglielmo at Opera Ireland and Papageno at Hyogo Performing Arts Center in Japan. Further engagements included appearances as Herkules in Anton Schweitzer’s Alceste with Concerto Köln under the baton of Michael Hofstetter; Lord Sidney (Viaggio a Reims) at Israeli Opera, Nick Shadow (The Rake’s Progress) at Opera Nantes, Frank (Fledermaus) at Geneva Opera, Escamillo with Bavarian Radio Orchestra and in Tel Aviv, Eduard (Neues vom Tage by Hindemith) and Pantalone (Turandot by Busoni) at Dijon Opera, as well as Leporello and Publio (La Clemenza di Tito) in Marseille.

He is also a regularly guest at Opera Vlaanderen where he sang Don Alfonso, Ercole/Giove in Cavalli’s Giasone, Assur (Semiramide) with Alberto Zedda conducting, Fra Melitone, Papageno and the title role in Don Giovanni.

At Deutsche Oper Berlin he participated in a concert version of Le Vaisseau Fantôme (by Pierre-Louis Dietsch). With great success he sang Jochanaan at Royal Opera Stockholm by Nina Stemme’s side, Papageno at the Festival Aix-en-Provence as well as Golaud at Deutsche Oper Berlin. Lately he had a big success with his debuts as Eugene Onegin in Helsinki and as Flying Dutchman at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin.

Josef Wagner is also greatly in demand as a concert singer, whose repertoire ranges from Baroque to contemporary pieces. He has performed under the conductors Ton Koopman, Dennis Russel Davies and Nikolaus Harnoncourt e.g. at Wiener Musikverein, Wiener Konzerthaus and the Festival of Ludwigsburg (Ludwigsburger Festspiele). He also often appears as a Lied singer, Die Winterreise and Die schöne Müllerin belonging to his favourite repertoire.

Ain  Anger

Ain Anger Bass

Hailed by The Guardian as “one of the great Wagner basses of our time” Ain Anger made his Bayreuth Festival debut as Fafner in Das Rheingold and Siegfried under Christian Thielemann before singing Hunding in new Ring Cycles at Bayerische Staatsoper under Kent Nagano, Wiener Staatsoper with Franz Welser-Möst and Oper Frankfurt under Sebastian Weigle. Since then Ain has debuted at Teatro alla Scala as Daland (Der fliegende Holländer) under Hartmut Haenchen, San Francisco Opera as Pogner (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) under Sir Mark Elder, Lyric Opera of Chicago as Hunding under Sir Andrew Davis and joined Deutsche Oper Berlin at the BBC Proms in Tannhäuser under Donald Runnicles. Recent seasons have brought further expansion of the Wagner repertoire with debuts as Hagen (Götterdämmerung) for the Canadian Opera Company conducted by Johannes Debus, and as König Marke (Tristan und Isolde) for the Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst.

A mainstay of the Wiener Staatsoper stage since his house debut as Monterone (Rigoletto) in 2004, Ain Anger has sung more than forty roles there ranging from Dosifei in Mussorgsky’s epic Khovanshchina conducted by Semyon Bychkov, Koenig Heinrich (Lohengrin) under Christian Thielemann to Philippe II (Don Carlos), Zaccaria (Nabucco), and Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra).

Recent seasons have included further important debuts, notably his acclaimed first performances as Boris Godunov in Richard Jones’ production at Deutsche Oper Berlin - the same production in which he appeared as Pimen under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano, marking his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and as Cardinal Brogni in Halévy’s seldom-performed La Juive at Bayerische Staatsoper under Bertrand de Billy.

The current season brings Anger’s return to Covent Garden as Hunding under Sir Antonio Pappano as well as his debut at Teatro Real in Das Rheingold under Pablo Heras-Casado. At Wiener Staatsoper, Ain Anger appears as Zaccaria, at Bayerische Staatsoper he returns as Prince Gremin (Eugene Onegin) and at Opéra National de Paris he sings his first production of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta under Tomáš Hanus and joins Ivo van Hove’s new production of Don Giovanni as Commendatore, conducted by Philippe Jordan.

On the concert stage, Anger sings Dvorák’s Stabat Mater with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Andris Nelsons, Mahler’s Symphony No 8 with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra under Marc Albrecht and Hagen (Götterdämmerung) at the Edinburgh International Festival conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. Other recent concert highlights have included Khovanshchina under Semyon Bychkov at the BBC Proms, Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Olari Elts, Mahler’s Symphony No.8 with Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks conducted by Mariss Jansons, Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under David Robertson, and Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with Gewandhausorchester Leipzig conducted by Riccardo Chailly.

Trained at Tallin's Academy of Music, Ain Anger began his career in his native Estonia before further developing his repertoire and experience as a former member of the ensembles of both Oper Leipzig and latterly Wiener Staatsoper.

Samuel  Youn

Samuel Youn Bass

Bass-baritone Samuel Youn received his first vocal training in his hometown of Seoul, after which he completed his studies at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan and at the Conservatory of Cologne. He started his singing career in 1999 at the Cologne Opera where he has quickly established himself as a leading dramatic bass baritone of his generation in such roles as Amonasro (Aida), Tonio (Pagliacci), Kurwenal (Tristan), Gunter (Götterdämmerung), Kaspar (Freischütz), Pizzaro (Fidelio), and the title role in Wagner`s The Flying Dutchman. Apart from his commitment at the Cologne Opera, he has also been invited to perform on many international stages, including the Theatre du Capitole de Toulouse, Teatro Real de Madrid, Bayreuth Festival, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburg State Opera, Opéra de Paris, Scala di Milano, Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur, Teatro Sao Carlo in Lisbon, Teatro di San Carlo in Napoli and Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.

In the 2017/18 season, Youn sang the role of Don Fernando in a concert performance of Fidelio at Teatro di San Carlo Napoli under the baton of Zubin Mehta and made his debut as Hagen in a production of the Ring at Theater an der Wien. In addition, he performed the roles of Jochanaan (Salome) and Scarpia (Tosca) at Deutsche Oper Berlin, as well as Jago (Otello) at Semperoper Dresden.

Future projects include his role debut as King Henry (Lohengrin) at the Opéra de Marseille, Alberich (Rheingold) in Seoul, Scarpia (Tosca) at Teatro di San Carlo, a concert performance of Alberich (Götterdämmerung) in Edinburgh, Kurwenal (Tristan) at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Alberich (Siegfried) at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Alberich (Rheingold) at Teatro Real de Madrid.

Most recently, Youn performed the roles of Alberich (Rheingold) at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Wotan (Siegfried) and the title role in The Flying Dutchman at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Dutchman at Teatro Real de Madrid, and Don Pizarro (Fidelio) at Opera Cologne, where he also sang the title role in Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle to much acclaim.

In 2012, Youn had his international breakthrough singing the title role in the The Flying Dutchman under the baton of Christian Thielemann at the Bayreuth Festival, where he was invited back to sing the same role in 2013 and 2015. 2015 also saw Youn return to Deutsche Oper Berlin for various productions, as well as debut at the Theater an der Wien as the Dutchman and with the Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Other highlights from past seasons include the roles of Paolo Albiani (Simon Boccanegra) at the Opera Nice Côte d’Azur and in Oman, Donner (Das Rheingold) at the Opéra National de Paris, Méphisto (Damnation de Faust) at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Orest (Elektra), Gunther (Götterdämmerung) at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, as well as Wotan and Wanderer (Der Ring an 1Abend) and Scarpia (Tosca) at Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, the latter of which Youn performed at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, where he also performed the roles of Creon (Oedipe) and Raimondo Bidebent (Lucia di Lammermoor).

Youn has worked with such conductors as Marc Albrecht, Pierre Boulez, Riccardo Chailly, Andris Nelsons, Zubin Mehta, Donald Runnicles, Markus Stenz and Pinchas Steinberg, among others.

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