Simon was born into a musical family and started playing the cello in the Age of 5. With 18 he was awarded a foundation scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music. He studied at London’s Royal College of Music, Berlin’s Hanns Eisler and Leipzig’s Hochschule für Musik und Theater.
Subsequently he was engaged at the International Opera Studio of the Zurich Opera House (2009-2011). There he sang several roles on the main stage under the batons of Sir Mark Elder, Nello Santi, Phillipe Jordan, Ingo Metzmacher, Massimo Zanetti, and work with directors such as Konwischny, Michieletto and Poutney.
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.
The young Danish soprano Frederikke Kampmann completed her Bachelors degree at the Royal Danish Academy of Music with Margrete Enevold and her Masters degree at the Konservatorium Wien with Sylvia Greenberg in Vienna. From 2012 to 2014 Frederikke was in the Lied and Oratorio studio of Carolyn Hague, Angelika Kirchschlager and Birgid Steinberger.
In 2013 Frederikke received the Young Opera talent of the Year award from the Copenhagen Opera Festival, and in 2014 she was a finalist in the 5th international Antonio Cesti Early Music competition in Innsbruck, Austria.
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…)
Pianist & Moderator
Pianist finished the postgraduate programme at Danish National Academy of Music in Odense. He has also studied at the conservatories in Hannover, New York and finally Aarhus where he took the soloist class in 2002.
Beck has performed as soloist, as chamber musician and as accompanist at home and abroad. His main field is working with classical singers — both with opera and lied. He works at The Royal Danish Music Conservatory and at The Opera Academy in Copenhagen and otherwise freelance. Besides his work as a pianist Jacob Beck lectures on music history and he is much demanded as a presenter at classical concerts. Finally, Jacob Beck directs theatre and opera and is also translator of libretti and other lyrics besides writing his own material.
As a child, Teit began singing in Roskilde Cathedrals Boys Choir, and had his first solos as a treble. He later went on studying singing at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, and finished his education in London at the Royal Academy of Music Opera with distinctions in 2008. He has since then worked as a freelancer.
On the operatic stage Teit has also performed internationally in leading rôles as Mozart`s Figaro and Don Giovanni and bigger supporting roles in Cosi fan tutte, Rossini`s LaCenerentola, Puccini`s La Bohéme, Britten`s The rape of Lucretia and Verdi`s La Traviata.
During the time, he has worked with many distinguished music professionals such as Sir Colin Davis, Steuart Bedford, Michael Schønwandt, Ingrid Surgenor and Denins O’Neill. Teit also does lied recitals, and is currently preparing a concert series of Schubert`s Winterreise.
American Soprano Katie Bolding began her career as a blues-rock singer and songwriter, touring the Midwestern United States, before transitioning to classical music. She completed her master’s degree in Opera Performance at the State University of New York at Purchase, where she sang the roles of Susanna in Mozart`s Le Nozze di Figaro, Drusilla in Monteverdi´s L’incoronazione di Poppea and the Daughter in Carissimi’s Jephthe. She made her professional debut with The Dallas Opera as Countess Ceprano in Verdi’s Rigoletto, while she also covered the role of Gilda.
Norwegian Isa Katharina Gericke studied at Norges musikkhøgskole in Oslo and at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. Her debut was at the Norwegian Opera in 2003 as Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel and Gretel. She won the 1st Prize in the national part of the Queen Sonja International Music Competition 2001 in Oslo. She has visited all of Norway’s most important classical music festivals, as well as music festivals in Greece, Germany and Canada.
Hamida took her Bachelor- and Master Degree at the University of Tromsø, with vocal professors Anne- Lise Sollied Allemano and Carlo Allemano. She has also worked a lot with Njål Sparbo and Patricia McCaffrey.
She was in the semifinals in the Belvedere singing competition in June 2013, and was one of the five finalists in The Queen Sonja International Music Competition in August the same year, where she was granted the Ingrid Bjoner scholarship and the prize for best performance of Norwegian music.
Edward Rushton studied piano (with Renna Kellaway) and composition at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, before going on to read Music at King’s College, Cambridge and then composition at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. In 2001 he graduated with distinction from Irwin Gage’s masterclass in Lied interpretation at the Zurich Conservatory. He has been teaching piano accompaniment at the Musikhochschule Luzern since 2000. (more…)
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.
Danish tenor Adam Frandsen is quickly gaining international attention for a lyric tenor voice that is “shining, effortless, and bursting with energy.” He started his opera studies in 2007 at the Moores School of Music in Houston, then went on to Yale University School of Music and recently finished his degree after three years at the renowned Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.