Danish mezzo-soprano Hetna is the founding director of Home Opera. She was trained at the Royal Academy of Music (Copenhagen) and made her debut in the Soloist Class at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus. She has performed as soloist with The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Malmö Symphony Orchestra and Aarhus Symphony Orchestra. Hetna is a renowned singer in the classical Mezzo-Lied repertoire and together with pianist Kristoffer Hyldig, she has given numerous lied recitals all over Europe and in the USA (Bruun Hyldig Duo). Together, they recorded Lieder by Olivier Messiaen at NAXOS International, which were highly praised by the critics.
Swedish baritone Joa Helgesson studied acting at the Shanghai Theatre Academy in China, Chamber Music and Literature Science at Mälarden University in Sweden and graduated as an opera singer at the University College of Stockholm in 2008. He subsequently joined the National Opera Studio in London and the International Opera Studio at Opernhaus Zürich.
His first fixed engagement in Germany followed at the Landestheater Schleswig-Holstein, where he sang Onegin, Figaro (Barbiere), Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor), Sharpless, Demetrius, Falke, Shaunard and Sparbüchsen-Bill and the baritone solo in Gustav Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem together with the symphony orchestra of Schleswig Holstein.
Mette received her diploma in 1993 at The Royal Academy of Music, where she studied under Professor John Damgaard. The following years, she worked as an accompanist and Piano Teacher in Copenhagen just after she ended her one year of studies in Vienna. In 2001, she resumed her studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Music for the accompaniment and repetition under Tove Lønskov and Friedrich Gürtler.
Mette made her debut in 2004 and the following years she worked as a repetitor at The Royal Opera Academy in Copenhagen. Since 2008 she has been assigned to The Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir as a repetitor, with whom she has played concerts in both Denmark, China, Sri Lanka and India. Mette is very active as an accompanist at lied and opera concerts in countries like Denmark, USA, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Greece.
American tenor Joshua Stewart has been praised for his “big, warm, confident” voice (Palm Beach Arts Paper) and “interpretive conviction” (Philadelphia City Paper). Displaying compelling artistry and versatility, he is quickly making a name for himself in the world of opera without losing touch to his jazz roots. In the 2015-16 season, Stewart made his Hamburg State Opera debut in Giacomo Puccini`s La Fanciulla del West. He will return to Festival d’Aix-en-Provence as the Shepard in Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rexconducted. He will also return to Spain for several jazz concerts with the Bourbon Street Stompers brass band.
After his studies in conducting, piano and singing at the Universities of Lübeck and Karlsruhe he worked as solo repetitor and conductor on the Opera Theatre Rostock in 2003. Beside his work as a conductor and pianist in the Opera Theatre he was active in numerous productions as pianist and singer, producing play music for Brechts Mr Puntila and his Man Matti , Kleists The Käthchen of Heilbronn, Ladies Night and many other pieces. Markus Syperek also dedicated himself intensively to a solo concert pianist, chamber musician and accompanist on many international stages as well as in radio and television (NDR, RBB, BR). He achieved numerous prizes, among other things, 1st prize Bundeswettbewerb Jugend musiziert and the European music prize for the Jugend der EMCY.
Born in Texas, Jonathan Ware studied at the Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School and with Wolfram Rieger at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin, where he now teaches.
He won the Pianist’s Prize at Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song and Das Lied Competitions, and 1st Prize in the International Hugo Wolf Competition. In 2014, he was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust.
Christian is a very versatile singer with a flexible tenor voice and great musical curiosity and thus his repertoire spans a wide and varied range of musical styles and genres: he sings opera, oratorio, art songs and cabaret tunes – from early Baroque works via full-blown Romantic opera to the latest compositions of the 21st century.
Danish Soprano Philippa Cold graduated from The Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in 2012. Previously, she has studied at Stockholm Opera Studio and at The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. Since 2011, she has been a lyric soprano and won great acclaim for her portrayal of Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Currently, she is exploring her new repertoire with Danish Wagnerian soprano Eva Johansson.
Peter Pade finished from the Diploma class and afterwards in the Special class for Pianists at the Royal Danish Music Academy with the courses accompaniment and repetition. He debuted in 2002 and in 2001 he was hired as an accompanist and repetitor for the Danish National Opera Choir. In 2004 Peter became director of studies. He is part of the artistic directors in the Danish National Opera.
Den danske pianist Peter Møllerhøj har sin grunduddannelse fra Det Jyske Musikkonservatorium og har siden taget specialuddannelse som akkompagnatør og kammermusiker på Royal College of Music i London. – En uddannelse han afsluttede med udmærkelse i 2005.
Som repetitør og akkompagnatør har Peter Møllerhøj arbejdet på Det Kongelige Teater, Den Fynske Opera, Den Ny Opera, Den Jyske Opera, Det Ny Teater, Musikteatret Undergrunden, Opera Hedeland, Festival Lyrique en Mer, Frankrig og Det Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium.
Katarzyna Mizerny graduated from the Opera Academy Im. Karola Szymanowskiego Katowice in Poland in 2002. Katarzyna celebrated her debut in 2001 at Teatr Muzyczny in Gliwice. Even though she was still a student, she sang the role of Sylvia in Die Czadasfürstin by Emmerich Kálmán with great success. Since then, she has sung Papagena and Pamina in Mozart`s Die Zauberflöte at Opera na Zamku w Szczecinie, Mimi in Puccini`s La Boheme in Florence, Italy and Zerlina in Mozart´s Don Giovanni with Operassion on tour in Germany.
Ida Gudim made her debut as a soloist at The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet in 2013, interpreting the role as Mrs. Chan in a modern opera by composer Øyvind Mæland. The following year she did Fiordiligi in Mozarts Cosi fan tutte, and Freia in Das Rheingold at the same stage. In the season of 2014/2015 Ida sung the title roles in Kálmáns DieCsárdásfürstin and Monteverdis L`incoronazione di Poppea as part of her graduate performances at the Opera academy of Norway, working with director Stefan Herheim and conductor/cembalist Clemens Flick among others.
Danish tenor Magnus Vigilius graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in 2001. He has appeared in opera-productions in Scandinavia, France and England. Magnus was in 2007-2010 engaged as a soloist with The Funen Opera and performed in well-known operas such as Rodolfo in Puccini`s LaBoheme, Don Jose in Bizet`s Carmen, Pinkerton in Puccini´s Madame Butterfly as well as in contemporary Danish operas. In spring 2010 he received for his three-year tenure, The Funen Opera´s Lars Waage price.(more…)
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Steffen Bruun graduated from the Royal Danish Conservatorium of Music in June 2005, with further studies for a Diploma of Opera at Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Shortly after his graduation, he had his stage debut as The Emperor in Stravinskij´s The Nightingale at The Funen Opera. Furthermore, Steffen has sung Sarastro in Mozart’s Magic Flute at Nyborg Sommeropera and is often cast in the low bass roles in Monteverdis operas. Recent years, Steffen sung as Leone in Händels Tamerlano at the opera in Poznan, Don Inigo in Ravels L’Heure Espagnole at Musikteatret Undergrunden and Comte de Grieux in Massenets Manon alongside Patricia Petibon at Copenhagen Opera Festival.
American soprano Anna Davidson is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music. Recent engagements include the world premiere of Rene Orth’s A Dialogue Between Death and Youth at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Arnold Schönberg Pierrot Lunaire with the Asturias Symphony Orchestra in Spain, and Dorinda in Händel`s Orlando with Brisbane Baroque. She has performed with Gotham Chamber Opera, The New World Symphony, The Castleton Festival, and The Princeton Festival. As well as a Masters of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, Anna also has a Bachelor’s of Music degree from the Juilliard School in New York.
Anders started singing as a boy soprano at The Jutland School of Singing in Denmark where he was a frequently used soloist with the Herning Church Boys choir since the age of nine. He had his operatic debut as a boy soprano in Puccini’s La Bohème at The Danish National Opera where he sang again the following year, this time in Debussy’s Opera Pelléas et Melisande in the role of Yniold. In 2012, Anders won first prize at the competition Unge Sangere, where he also won the special prize of The Danish National Opera.
Henning von Schulman is a member of the Royal Danish Opera soloist ensemble since 2013. His recent roles are Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Banco in Verdi’s Macbeth, Sarastro in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Henrik in Nielsen’s Maksarade. In the season 15/16 he made his Norwegian debut as Sarastro in Oslo and his first title role as Figaro in Mozart`s The Marriage of Figaro in Copenhagen. This season of 16/17, Henning sings Colline in Puccini`s La bohème, Figaro and Banco in Verdi`s Macbeth in Copenhagen, he also goes back to Köln for Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoo by Donizetti.
Troels Roland has throughout his piano studies involved himself in accompanying singers and instrumentalists. He is currently a post graduate student at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, where he studies with professor Friedrich Gürtler and Søren Rastogi. He also works as an organist.
His latest concerts include Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin with Simon Duus at ‘Schubertiaden’, Carl Nielsen-songs at the Tivoli Festival with Anne Sophie Hjort Ullner and Frederik Rolin and several concerts in music societies and at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. Troels received the Scholarship from the Léonie Sonning Music Foundation in 2015.
The Austrian Baritone Richard Helm studied chant and Opera at the Conservatories in Vienna and Zurich and attended Masterclasses with Meinard Kraak, Margreet Honig, Helena Lazarska and Heidi Brunner. As a concert singer, his repertoire ranges from baroque to the Modern music. During his studies, he performed at Sirene Opera Festival for contemporary art music in Vienna and at the Summer of Operettes. He also performed as Papageno in Mozarts The Magic Flute, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte and as Gianni Schicchi in Puccini`s one-act opera of the same name. He also worked with the baroque orchestra La Risonanza in the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam for performing in Purcell`s Dido and Aeneas and performed at Concertgebouw Brügge, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genua and at the Händelfestpiele in Halle.
Kateryna Tereshchenko was born in Ukraine and has been surrounded by musicians since her earliest childhood. In 2006, she graduated from the Lysenko Special Musical School in Kiev, where she studied under Prof. Boris Fedorov. From 2007, Kateryna continued her studies in at the Zurich University of the Arts under Prof. Konstantin Scherbakov and Prof. Ulrich Koella. During this time, she won a prize at the Scholarship competition of Migros Kulturprozent in 2011 and 2012.