WOLFGANG NAEGELE Stage director

born in Landsberg am Lech, studied literature and philosophy at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. He has directed productions at the Bavarian State Opera, the Hamburg State Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Bielefeld Theatre, the Basel Theatre, the Hanover State Theatre, the Mainz State Theatre, the Hanover State Opera, the Meiningen State Theatre and the Venice Music Biennale. Most recently he staged 'La Bohème' at the Staatstheater Darmstadt, 'Odysseus' Homecoming' at the Theater Bielefeld and 'Le vin herbé' at the Staatstheater Hannover.

ROLAND BÖER, Musical direction

was artistic and musical director of the Cantiere Festival until 2020 Internazionale d'Arte di Montepulciano. Until 2019 he was first guest conductor of the Mikhailovsky Theater Saint Petersburg. He made guest appearances at leading international Opera houses such as the Teatro alla Scala, the Royal Opera House London, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Royal Opera Houses Stockholm and Copenhagen, the Polish State Opera in Warsaw, the Czech National Theater Prague and the New National Theater Tokyo

Photo: Marco Mazzolai

ALEXANDER MAYOROV Choir/Conductor

studied at the Choir Academy in Moscow in the Popov Academy and graduated with honors degree. He was a winner of many competitions, e.g. Choir Festival in Hong Kong, Rovodo Festival, All Russian Choir Festival. He has conducted festivals in Moscow, Lenten Festival, Macedonia, with the Kaluza Philharmonic Orchestra, Belgrade, Ljubljana and Madrid.

VERENA KELLER, Direction

the Swiss studied at the state colleges in Vienna and Berlin. Scholarship holder at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. Permanent engagements at the state operas Hannover, Mainz and at the Cologne Opera. Guest performances u.a. At the Grand Théatre Geneve, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Hamburg, Opéra National de Paris, Opéra de Marseille, Teatro Massimo Palermo, Teatro San Carlo, Napoli, Los Angeles Opera, Vancouver Opera with roles such as 'Brangäne' Tristan und Isolde, 'Ortrud' Lohngrin, 'Eboli' Don Carlos, 'Azucena' Trovatore, 'Sexton' Jenufa, 'Kabanicha' Katja Kabanova, 'Marie' Wozzeck

KALLE KANTTILA, Auditon training

was born in Oulu, Finland. He began his music studies at the Helsinki Conservatory of Music and furthered them at the Zürich Conservatory and the Music Department of University Karlsruhe, Germany. Kalle Kanttila is the founder and director of IOA Management. International Opera Artists was established in 2012 and is an agency for opera singers and conductors. It is based in Munich (Germany) & Helsinki (Finland) and provides worldwide services in the field of opera.

VSEVOLOD DVORKIN, Répétiteur/Pianist

The Russian pianist, who made his debut with the Ulyanovsk Symphony Orchestra at the age of fourteen, has performed on stages all over the world. He specialises in the interpretation of Romanticism and the works of Liszt. He has performed in Milan, Mexico, with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre d'Auvergne, the Orchestra Stabile di Bergamo and the National Symphony Orchestra of Belarus. Highlights were performances at festivals in: North Dakota, New York, Tuscany and King`s Palace in London.

SVETLANA SMIRNOVA, Korrepetion/Pianist

studied at the Tchaikovsky Musical College (piano classes) in Yekaterinburg (1991-1995). After she had graduated from the Ural State Conservatoire with distinction (1995-2000), she completed a postgraduate program there (2000-2013). As a pianist, she participated in productions that have been led by conductors such as Michael Güttler, Fabio Mastrangelo, Pavel Klinichev, Mikhail Granovsky, Konstantin Chudovsky, Oliver von Dohnanyi, Tugan Sokhiev, Yannis Pouspourikas, Vello Pähn among others. She works with singers individually to help them prepare their programs for concerts and competitions, also accompanying them in competitive programs in Russia, Holland, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Switzerland, Spain among others.

MATTEO PIROLA, Répétiteur/Pianist

The Italian pianist Matteo Pirola was born in Erba and completed his piano studies at the music conservatory “G. Verdi ”in Como. Exchange semesters took him to the University of Music in Karlsruhe. Master classes with internationally renowned pianists and conductors such as Aldo Ciccolini, Richard Bonynge, Natalia Troull, Vsevolod Dvorkin, Vincenzo Balzani gave him important artistic impulses.

 

GRETE EINSIEDLER, Organization

Grete Einsiedler is an Austrian contralto who has found her centre of life in Zurich. Already at a young age she had wanted to become a singer, but first studied mathematics and only later decided to train as a singer. She studied singing with Cornelia Kallisch and was also coached by Sandra Trattnigg (themasterclass).

In addition to her work as a singer and singing teacher she also takes on other tasks in the artistic environment, among others, she was assistant director for the production "Crispino e la Comare" by the FreeOperaCompany in 2020.

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